I very nearly was just this Monday past.
EB are running a sale... as usual, it seems the stores are constantly in a state of "up to 50% off." I will let you in on a secret, which you may very well already be aware of. Those top games, like Uncharted 2 and such, when the price gets slashed to 50%, it's usually because the Platinum is about to be released, $10 cheaper. But I am off topic...
Trailer lies. Movies have been doing it for years. Modern cinema puts the very best parts of the movie into the trailer, and in an era of mass producing some of the shallowest films ever to grace a screen, this skill is a requirement.
But videogames have previously not been quite so dodgy in the use of the 'trailer sales' medium. Historically, I believe 'gamers' really want to see the game running. I know I want to see heads up displays, I want to see action without clipping, and smooth frame rates. However, more frequently games are just building trailers out of cut scenes. Metal Gear, GTA4, Red Dead... I dare say in these cases can afford to. They come from trusted sources, and they are selling us on an aspect of gaming they are developing- story driven, movie like experiences.
This babble brings us to Monday. A brand new title, it's price reduced by $20, sat on the shelf and caught my eye. I had seen some comical trailers, and I was just about sold on the concept, the $20 price drop was just the motivation I needed to shift into buy mode. As I reached toward the case, a chill came over me, and I snapped back to my senses.
"Why is this brand new title already $20 off, what horrors may be stored on that disc."
I left the store quickly, for fear someone may have seen my blunder, embarressed that I may have been seen reaching for the thing. Once I got home, the computer loaded up and I googled a review of:
With an average review score of 4.2, (which after reading a couple of reviews, I decided was generous) this game comes across as one of those shockers which should never have been finished. If you brought the game knowing what it was, you would likely not be surprised to find on opening the case, the disc smeared with fish oil and the instruction booklet crusted with dry bloody finger prints.
The trailers told a different story. Constructed in such a way as to make you think a wind of change was coming to the action gaming genre. They boasted a dark humour stalking game for the next gen. The reviews of this rancid piece of plastic paint a different picture.
I know I'm not alone in my mistake. Who else has been suckered in by a trailer, shelling out for something sub-par?
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