Christmas ah? That magical time of the year where, amongst other things; much food and drink are unscrupulously consumed, your grandparents are nodding in an out of consciousness, induced by the vast quantities of turkey and brussels sprouts they’ve ruthlessly devoured, not to mention the increasingly potent, toxic gas’s which seem to emanate on an all to regular basis, from my Uncles bowels *mental image, click!, deleted*. But these glorious moments of gluttony and nauseous bouts of wind are fleeting (thankfully), and its time we began to contemplate another exciting year of gaming, but when so many of us are struggling for funds to support family’s, mortgages and chocolate Frijj addictions, what factors play an integral role when purchasing new titles?
Gamers are generally far more cautious in their spending “gaming” habits, due to typical money restraints and controlling spouses, so we consolidate gallant suppression and limit ourselves to a select group of priority titles, which is fair, particularly considering the current economical uncertainty. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to advocate the acquiring of yet another game to your already bulging collection, so what makes a game worth buying? Is it easier to condone forking out 40 quid for a Skyrim inspired, life consuming expedition, rather than a briefer stint that can be completed and satisfactory attained in little over 8 hours? Is bigger necessarily better? (No, that’s not a euphemism). Sure, in an idyllic world the balance between graphical prowess, gripping story telling and compelling gameplay would be equally balanced, but such gaming variables are ambitious rarities, I mean by that same rationale I would be awakened every morning with a large cup of tea, accompanied by a variety of differing, but equally delicious biscuits, that has been thoughtfully brewed by several elegantly attired, burlesque entertainers, whilst performing a striptease to Celldweller’s “One Good Reason”, it’s just not going to happen, no matter how patient and persistent your constitutions are! So what does a game require to warrant your money?