Sessler's Soapbox: Black Ops and Sequel Fatigue

Posted: November 9, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Black Ops and Sequel Fatigue
Adam discusses his enjoyment of Black Ops, but how he feels burned out by games that have yearly sequels.

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  • Penetrator72

    I am passing on my first COD game this year. Just like sports titles, I do not need or want a new version of an awesome game every year. I wish Activision would handle the COD series the way the makers of Halo handles their games. Let me actually enjoy the game for a while before you ship out the next version of it. COD games are awesome, but I'd be fine with 2 or 3 map packs a year to keep it fresh and not have to buy a new version every single year.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:25 PM
  • roddy72

    I seriously hate it when a new IP does really well, either critically or commercially, that it automatically warrants a sequel. How about using that same talent, refine their ideas but on a brand new world. And do that through a new IP. I mean it also totally diminishes that element of 'surprise' we used to get when a sequel was announced. That is why David Jaffe lied about there being no reboot of Twisted Metal, he wanted that element of surprise. I mean it makes me excited to know that Rockstar are doing more than just GTA (Even though I love it). Red Dead Redemption, LA. Noire (Team Bondi) and Agent. 3 videogames in which are set in completely different worlds, all of which consists of the fundamental key elements established by GTA. And that is effin awesome because I would rather have that than 3 GTA's in a row.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:20 PM
  • ShawnDeath

    Hard to kill a franchise that may very well sell more copies than the last one and is getting great reviews. I don't know why anyone would deprive themselves of playing a great game because it comes out once a year. That's probably the same person that won't buy from Best Buy or Walmart because they ran the little guy out of business. Me, I'll enjoy playing fun games and low prices all day long. I'm not planning on playing many games if any for more than a couple months tops. If people stop buying copies, they'll start making it less often.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:20 PM
  • MinimumNSS

    I buy games of all types (sequels and new IPS) and if I love a game, its story and setting, of course I am going to want more of that. Sequels aren't a bad thing. I will keep wanting more from the world of Fallout or Mass Effect. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Batman:Arkham City. But I do agree with alot of the posts and what Adam is saying that there has to be more time in between so you're left really wanting more and having to wait. I do find it really funny though how alot of reviewers knocked FO:NV for being more of the same and reflected that in their reviews but every NEW CoD, with the same graphics engine, same game mechanics, same everything, gets praised over and over. It's very hypocritical and makes their opinions hold little to no weight.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:18 PM
  • GunslingerD7

    I agree with you Adam 100%,I am so sequel fatigued that I need a walker now lol.

    But I am waitin for a dev to make a game that was like the first Assassin's Creed when it came out (not gameplay or anything like that) but just original and different idea wise,somethin completely out of the box and refreshing.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:02 PM
  • Tmidiman

    All some people buy are sequels. These are the same people who instantly hate any new game that comes out. Bayonetta, Dante's Inferno, Darksiders, all awesome games that the haters attacked before even playing them. But I loved them and will always support fun games.

    Too many sequels? I don't play FPS, so I don't know about those. Madden, oh yeah and it sucked forever. But so what. People will buy the same stuff over and over no matter.

    I'm just flab I get the fresh games I want, even if I only get one.

    And finally a sequel to one of the best Sci-Fi shooters ever, Earth Defense Force: 2017!!

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:02 PM
  • videoman1994

    The franchise does seem to be degrading. As good as a series as it is, which it is don't get me wrong, will eventually have to come to an end, or it will be saturated until no one wants to buy anymore of them. It is however enlightening that story is starting to come back to us, but it's still no Deus Ex. Very good review though, I agree with every point Adam made there.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:58 PM
  • EdSabre

    Squeel! Not only did Adam mention Bayonetta, but he also grouped it with RDR and ME2 (Which makes sense, those 3 game are some of the best I've ever played) and it makes me so happy! I feel the same way about sequels, I have alot more interest in games that are new IP's with new ideas rather than the next installment of a game that comes out once a year or two. Platinum Games, the developers behind Bayonetta, are the kind of people I respect most, seeing how they've made 4 games since their studio was formed and they were all new IP's. I can understand publishers are scared to take that risk and I know the video games are just a business to them, but you keep digging in the same pit and the gold's gonna run dry eventually. Lets not forget that Assassin's Creed was a new IP that sold like, what 7million copies? Take more chances, let the developers be more creative and we'll all benefit for it.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:50 PM
  • Vulpes5

    This is how I feel about all video games now. I still love them, but theres no personality or real feeling in them anymore. It makes them all a grind, whether or not your actually grind. I have a hard time buying games now.
    Sess is sick, may he live forever in the gaming world.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:35 PM
  • TrggaMan

    I think its great that there are squeals every year. Most of us here see madden every year and say big deal, its the same as last year, but those hardcore madden guys know why its a big deal every year with roster updates and game play enhancements. We got another street fighter this year as well. I think its great that every year we have this big juicy updates in madden and street fighter, we have a year to find the problems and we get an update with some new characters and some more features, thus my problem with black ops. It got a lot of additions that are great but it has features we have seen in other games. No big additions that make this VERSION stand out. Don't get me wrong though, I agree wholeheartedly with the review and surely will be playing this game for a very long time.

    One reason why I prefer Halo over COD is that the entire engine is redone for each game but the core game play and feel stays the same and their are huge additions and features added for each major version released.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:29 PM
  • GriminyCricket

    Adam we must be twins because I was thinking the same thing today. You are just the more hilarious and better looking twin. tee hee I love how every week you come up with great topics to talk about. I don't know how but every week you have me cracking up while yet being very informative, thank you! I agree with you 100% on this. I love sequels but now there is too many! Games are about adventure and a new experience to be apart of. I want to be wowed and be surrounded by a new world. Game companies are making sequels for a sure thing, but look at games such as Crysis, Dead Space, and even Call of Duty 1. These new games were great and lots of people loved them. Just think of the other amazing titles that are deep inside a persons head but not coming out due to another sequel.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:12 PM
  • Bass.EXE

    A seven-minute Soapbox? I hope we see more of these

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:10 PM
  • w2walton

    Adam Sessler keeping it real since the 2600. I vote for him to be a new ghostbuster.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:09 PM

    The Gaming Industry is as bad as the Hollywood Industry. Get used to it Adam. It's all about dollar dollar bills yall!! Saying that, I agree with you 100%. It would be nice if developers would just work on games a little longer and create more space in between sequels. Two things would happen if developers didn't crap out a sequel year after year. First off, I think all games would be in much better shape than they are now. 2nd, you would sell a hell of a lot of copies if you made gamers wait a year in a half or 2 in anticipation. The problem with the gaming industry, is gamers just don't have enough dough to buy all these good games with such a quick turn around.
    Anywho, that's what I think.

    By the way.
    "Where is the Black Ops Wii review?
    Where is the Golden Eye Wii review?
    Where is the love for us Wii gamers?"

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:08 PM
  • w2walton

    Adam keepin it real since the 2600. I vote him for a ghostbuster if they ever make another movie.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:05 PM
  • BCouto

    I agree with adam on the sequel fatigue. They are killing this game. Too much of a good thing is not good. I wasn't too excited for this game this year, it was too over-hyped imo. I will buy it, not in the coming weeks though. I've seen videos of it, and it's way too similar to MW2, there doesn't seem to be anything special about this game that makes this game worth buying right away.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:02 PM
  • keyatzin

    I don't remember the context, but I remember in an old episode of X-play, Adam once said: it's like "milking a dead horse." And that misstated phrase definitely matches the theme of this soapbox. The franchises might not be dead, but hey, all cows (and horses) need a break.
    well said Adam.
    well said indeed.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 3:00 PM
  • OcelotFox

    It's just sad that we've reached the point where there's a generational audience that is not at all familiar with Rocky and Bullwinkle. Just tragic...

    Posted: November 9, 2010 2:59 PM
  • adam.benoist

    I have no problem with them running out a fresh call of duty every year... I stop playing the game after 7 or 8 months anyways. This just keeps me more interested. As long as they make it better each time and create a good story for the single player campaign I'm not going to complain.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 2:49 PM
  • (DeAdMaN)

    I agree with what Adam is saying. If game companies continuously bring out the same franchises year after year then people generally become bored of it regardless of if its COD or any other game. Sadly thought if gamers don't start speaking with there wallets then this trend will continue because people will still dish out cash for people like Bobby Kotick to say " let continue to milk this franchise tell it bleeds to death".

    Posted: November 9, 2010 2:42 PM