Saturday Morning Gaming: On Replaying the Campaign and On Not Bothering To
This tweet went out and my jaw dropped:
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) March 10, 2021
Now it’s a hair sensationalist. You can, of course, delete your old save and start a new save and replay the campaign. What they’re talking about is that the game did not have a New Game+ mode.
If you aren’t into video games to the point of being nutty about them, you should know that New Game+ means that after you’ve beaten the big bad, the game asks you to save and then you can either go back to your first game and run around doing all of the side quests you missed or you can play New Game + where you start over from the beginning but, this time, you keep your level (and hit points!) and the non-plot-dependent skills/items/abilities (like if there is a major quest in the first bit of the game where you get your grappling hook, you don’t start New Game+ with your grappling hook… but when you get the grappling hook, you also get the upgrades).
This is one of those things that adds to “replayability” and, in a really awesome game, you find yourself wanting to play it again but, this time, with all your hit points and most of your skills and it’s one of the things that makes games like the Batman Arkham games really *FEEL* like a Batman simulator and allows you to get enough resources to upgrade everything in games like Dead Space 2 (where, in a first playthrough, you’re agonizing over every single power node).
Well, Avengers did not have a New Game+ mode. People who wanted to replay the game just had to start over from scratch. (Nothing wrong with that, of course… I mean, it’s not like World of Warcraft has a New Game+ mode.)
But I think back to this article:
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) November 7, 2020
And I find myself boggling at the massive failure. They released a game tied into the biggest movie franchise since Star Wars and they forgot to make it fun and replayable. They released it in the middle of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC! and they lost money.
Which brings me back to the original tweet: They’re adding a New Game+ feature. The announcement that they were adding it was the first time that I had heard that it didn’t already have it. Of all the complaints that I had heard about The Avengers (and I had heard many), I never heard the one that said “I wanted to play the game again and I couldn’t.”
Which tells me that the people who beat it put the game down and didn’t want to play it again.
So… what are you playing?