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Mnementh said:
VAMatt said:
Like others have said, I don't see this Sony "iconic worlds, characters.." thing. They have some truly great games in some great franchises. But, the reality is that once you leave the Nintendo characters and the Mushroom Kingdom, the only video game characters that you'll find non-gamers often aware of are Sonic, and to a much lesser extent, Master Chief. Maybe Pac-Man among the older generations.

I would argue Rayman and Lara Croft are quite iconic. But true, Nintendo has a great talent to develop lasting characters. Maybe because they don't give up on them and jump to a different series. Sony abandoned Spyro and Crash, maybe if they had stick with them they would be as iconic today as Mario.

I'm pretty sure Sony has never owned those IP's. As far as I'm aware Spyro was owned by Universal Studios, then acquired by Activison. Crash Bandicoot was also owned by Activision and currently still is. Sony just published their games.

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hinch said:
Mnementh said:

I would argue Rayman and Lara Croft are quite iconic. But true, Nintendo has a great talent to develop lasting characters. Maybe because they don't give up on them and jump to a different series. Sony abandoned Spyro and Crash, maybe if they had stick with them they would be as iconic today as Mario.

I'm pretty sure Sony has never owned those IP's. As far as I'm aware Spyro was owned by Universal Studios, and then acquired by Activison. Crash Bandicoot was also owned by Activision are currently still is. Sony just published those games.

Oh, I didn't knew that. I thought they were Sony IPs and they sold them to Activision. Thanks for the correction.

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Yeah its strange. It might go in the grey area but they never really owned the IP or had full rights to them. I think they wanted to get more publishers on board so they might have made deals (make x amount of games on Playstation) with Universal and Activision.



I had no idea they had a "sad dad image", or that the concept itself even existed. What a weird fixation.



Pyro as Bill said:

Sony always has variety but if you mean games like TLoU, Uncharted and GoW then it's true that most of their biggest/most popular games are 'sad dad' games.

Sony's other games either aren't as good/appealing or Playstation doesn't attract a big enough audience for those types of games.

You mean like Horizon, Spider-Man, Gran Turismo etc...



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KLXVER said:

The only thing I would like Sony to focus more on is replayability. I love several of their games, but I feel like story is too much of a focus in many of them. I just never seem to go back to their games once Ive finished them.(A few exceptions of course) Thats just a bit of a selfish wish I know, since I know many people play their games over and over. I just feel the gameplay could be a bit more fun and random I guess.

That's a good point. With a few exceptions there games have very little replay value. I found this very noticeable when I tried to replay a chapter in uncharted 4 and just finding it so tedious and dull on a second play through. Although I find bloodborne very replayable. 



V-r0cK said:
Pyro as Bill said:

Sony always has variety but if you mean games like TLoU, Uncharted and GoW then it's true that most of their biggest/most popular games are 'sad dad' games.

Sony's other games either aren't as good/appealing or Playstation doesn't attract a big enough audience for those types of games.

You mean like Horizon, Spider-Man, Gran Turismo etc...

Key word is "Most"



pikashoe said:
KLXVER said:

The only thing I would like Sony to focus more on is replayability. I love several of their games, but I feel like story is too much of a focus in many of them. I just never seem to go back to their games once Ive finished them.(A few exceptions of course) Thats just a bit of a selfish wish I know, since I know many people play their games over and over. I just feel the gameplay could be a bit more fun and random I guess.

That's a good point. With a few exceptions there games have very little replay value. I found this very noticeable when I tried to replay a chapter in uncharted 4 and just finding it so tedious and dull on a second play through. Although I find bloodborne very replayable. 

Yeah, Ive beaten Bloodborne like 5 times. Amazing game with great replay value. I think that has a lot to do with From Software though. They are masters of replay value.



V-r0cK said:
Pyro as Bill said:

Sony always has variety but if you mean games like TLoU, Uncharted and GoW then it's true that most of their biggest/most popular games are 'sad dad' games.

Sony's other games either aren't as good/appealing or Playstation doesn't attract a big enough audience for those types of games.

You mean like Horizon, Spider-Man, Gran Turismo etc...

I don't consider Spiderman as one of Sony's just as I don't think of Goldeneye as being Nintendo's. TLoU/Uncharted/GoW have been huge games for 2 gens now.

The types of games that Nintendo/MS sell 10-20m of don't do the same numbers when Sony makes them. Platformers, arcade racers, fighting games, party games, online shooters, local multi in general.



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