Video Game Industry Turning To RolePlaying Games

Fallout 3
Fallout 3

As the video game industry is aging and pushing out more and more new video games, it seems that the roleplaying genre is becoming more and more popular. Will video games end up taking a turn towards that genre more often?

As of right now, when people mention the genre of video games: RPG, the first thing that comes to many peoples mind is Japanese. The Japanese is known for its large role playing game market, and an amazing one at that. Many people purchase video game consoles that are not region locked for the sake of being able to import these awesome and time consuming games. But here in America, when that same word is uttered, many people will instantly think about Square Enix, Fall out 3, or the Final Fantasy series. There are not many good american made role playing games that are available in our market, which may be seeing a change soon.

The idea of this genre is very appealing to many video game developers, for the fact that it makes the game more time consuming and offers a semi-“custom” experience while playing. Custom as in you decide how to develop and strengthen your character, as opposed to having it be done for you in a cut scene of some sort. This self-development is a great feature that should be included in many games, because it increases the over all life span of the game, which is a great thing for fan reception.On top of that, many rpg video games will allow you to create a custom character, a luxury that is not often granted within a first person shooter or a linear/sand box game.

One of the greatest games, being Fallout 3 by Bethesda, was an rpg with a lot of customization and personal choices. At the start of the game, you create your character as a baby, and you will progress throughout the storyline that may affect the lives of others, or even the fate of an entire city. This game was epic and well received because of the many rpg elements that it included. Personally, I think as the video game generations come and pass, the video game industry will come to recognize the rpg genre as a potential gold mine, and will begin to drift into it.

Mmorpg genre gaining popularity?

All Points Bulletin
All Points Bulletin

It is pretty obvious that the mmorpg genre as of now is fairly popular, but how popular is it getting? Just like multiplayer is starting to completely replace single player,  mmorpg fashioned games may completely replace multiplayer games.

It is an interesting thought, for those of you who are actually trying to imagine the future of gaming, because it is something that has the possibility of happening. From a development perspective, having a mmorpg reduces the amount of games you need to create. Simply because of the amount of management one requires. But not only that, you make more money simply because of the subscription fee’s or premium items being sold through the game, which, contrary to popular belief, far out does the server costs if your game does moderately well.

The world is becoming more connected in a video gaming sense. Before, when games did not feature online match making, it would be all about the single player aspect, maybe including an option for offline cooperative play. But now, with the technology as advanced as ever, we are able to connect from opposing sides of the world, with the purpose of playing a game together. So now we have advanced match making, yes, and we are able to connect and play with people from all over the world. But the manner in which this is presented is quite different. You have to enter rooms, within a multiplayer game, to be able to play with others across the world.

While playing a mmorpg, you simply have to run into someone while going through the world, to be able to find a partner with which you want to do something. It offers a way for you to become much more social, makes the video game experience much more interactive and spontaneous, and in many cases, it just offers more fun period. Like the game in the picture to the upper left, All Points Bulletin, or APB for short. A game with one of the developers of the Grand Theft Auto original on the team, they pretty much managed to create an intricate and complex online mmorpg of cops and robbers. The game is looking fantastic, and will most likely sell out and make way more money than if it included the simply 16 player online mode that GTA4 had. The more players a game is able to support, the better popularity it achieves.

So I personally believe that within the future, near future at that, with the power of the consoles increasing, video game developers will begin to look towards a more unified form of gaming. I am pretty sure that mmorpg games will become the new standard in the video game industry, simply because of the possibilities it presents, the money it makes, and the benefits it brings.

UMD Solution in the works for PSP Go

PSP Go
PSP Go

One of the main problems that potential PSP Go buyers face is the fact that their UMD’s won’t work on the PSP Go, as the games that will be played on the PSP Go will have to be digitally bought and downloaded. So those with an existing library of PSP games are seemingly unable to make the jump, because they won’t be able to play their old games.

However, Sony is working on a solution to this problem. Sony Computer Entertainment is looking into “programs” that will allow them to exchange their UMD game for digital versions. They don’t have a solid plan for it however, and say they will announce it when ready. They’re aiming to have the plan in place before the PSP Go ships, so we should be hearing an announcement any day now.

There are rumors that kiosks would be placed in retail stores that would allow gamers to exchange their UMD’s into digital versions, but they declined to comment on the rumors. This program that they are planning is something that they plan on using long term, for many years to come. So it should be interesting, to say the least. So anyone thinking about getting a PSP Go, you should, since you’ll still be able to play your old games!

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Gameplay

Uncharted 2 Scene
Uncharted 2 Scene

Two Uncharted 2:Among Thieves videos have been released recently. One showing off the co-op/multiplayer capabilities and the other was a 5 minute video of Uncharted 2 single player gameplay. Let me just say that this game is nothing short of amazing. The graphics are the best I’ve seen on a console yet they weren’t playing around when they said that they’re using 100% of the Playstation 3. This game looks visibly better then anything else I’ve seen on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 yet, though may some beg to differ.

The cover system looks great and the stealth mechanics also look well made. I like the fact that you’re able to cimb up terrain and buildings, that adds a whole new sense of gameplay to the mix. Especially in Single Player, as you saw the guy hanging on a sign shooting and using it for cover, on the side of a building. Not only does that add fun, but it adds a sense of mystery as to where to find your enemy. You need to watch literally every spot in sight, because you never know where they may be.

The enemies look quite smart, that’s a great thing. Smart A.I makes the game’s single player great, not even to mention it’s multiplayer. The way you can incorporate stealth to take out your enemies is a simple yet fun mechanic that they put in. I hear the enemies detection system is realistic, making it great for you to great for you to get away from your enemies when you’re trying to hide. The cinematic sequences, such as the part where he was running away from the truck, looks amazing. The graphics were top notch. The little animation touches are admirable too, such as when a bullet whizzes close by him, he cringes a little or flinches. Little touches like that makes the game that much more entertaining and interactive.

Now, not only is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves probably gonna be a Single Player Game of The Year contender, but now it’ll definitely be competing for the Multiplayer Game of The Year award. This game is really something that all gamers need to play. I’m most definitely going to be getting a Playstation 3 sometime soon, and I will own that game once it comes out or once I get my Ps3.

[GameTrailers: Multiplayer Gameplay / Single Player Gameplay

A Million Users Registered to Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic
Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic is a free mmorpg, that is pretty similar looking to World of Warcraft. If you don’t remember, or are new to my blog, I’ve recommended Runes of Magic a while back. It’s a fairly new MMorpg that has many features that rival pay to play mmorpgs. Frogsters mmorpg, Runes of Magic, now has over one million registered users, in a little less then two months of it’s official launch.

Free-To-Play games generally attract more users then Pay to Play games anyway, so it’s success isn’t that much of a surprise. Especially taking into consideration how much of a WoW Clone it looks like. Frogster is over joyous in saying that they’ve been looking for a hit mmorpg for two years, and finally found one with Runes of Magic.

Frogster has also teamed up with BitRaider to allow the game to be downloaded at a faster pace. Some people are complaining that for a game company to succeed they need to copy off of another one’s success. Such as how Frogster is seemingly copying off of World of Warcrafts success. Of course, many do not think that way.¬† To me, a good game is a good game. I doubt Runes of Magic is affecting World of Warcraft sales in the slightest, and as far as I’m concerned, they are targetting two different audiences. So it’s all fair game. I personally have played this game, it’s pretty fun for mmorpg fans.