Fighting the Prejudice of XBLA

Fighting the Prejudice of XBLA

Why TimeGate offered a fully featured shooter for $15

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Kudos to them, and it's great to hear they're seeing better numbers than with the first game.

I suppose I'm a bit of an odd case, but I'm also another example of why the lower price point works. I read the review here, watched the video, and instantly bought the game... yet I don't even have a Gold level Live account. I simply was in the mood for a really solid fun single player futuristic FPS. There was no way I was going to spend $60 on a game that I wanted just to scratch an itch and had no intention of touching 75% of, but at $15 the price was perfect.

Thinking a little about how to price a game instead of just throwing everything on the same shelf for the same price works. I wish more companies did it.

I'd like to get this but I have SO MANY SHOOTERS. Although the cheap price will probably convince me in the end, then the $70 or so I save can be used on the games that insist on competing against eachother in the burn-a-hole-in-my-wallet price range.

Australian game prices suck, good thing we have Steam.

Sounds really cool, would love to play it and also see a Yatzee review of this game.
Is it available on Steam?

RADlTZ:
I'd like to get this but I have SO MANY SHOOTERS. Although the cheap price will probably convince me in the end, then the $70 or so I save can be used on the games that insist on competing against eachother in the burn-a-hole-in-my-wallet price range.

Australian game prices suck, good thing we have Steam.

I bought it on release day, and I have to say that it's better than most 40 shooters out there. If you can, you should definitely get it.

I wish I had the funds to purchase this, but even $15 bucks is a bit of a stretch (there is also a problem with not having the time, but whatever). I did try the Demo, and it was awesome. Once im able to, im deffinitly buying this.

Off Topic, Anyone remember Blacklight: Tango Down?

I played Prejudice but I do have to say that the campaign was shorter than most FPS's and although the multiplayer has a cool way of coming into the map, it can get annoying when someone lands on your head 2 seconds after you land yourself.

I like the game, but its pretty dead on PC right now. They need to have a free to play weekend or something because its really empty most of the time.

WanderingFool:
Off Topic, Anyone remember Blacklight: Tango Down?

Yeah, I liked the idea of customizing your weapon and stuff but the game was balanced so it had extremely high lethality and specing for defense was futile, accuracy was everything and speed was useful to exploit the UE3 netcode. I think it would have worked better with gunplay like Brink where you do have a use for damage output.

I've been meaning to pick up-er, download this game :p would like to give it a try (the premise of the dropping onto the battlefield intrigued me in the first game but never tried that one out either)

Comic Sans:
I like the game, but its pretty dead on PC right now. They need to have a free to play weekend or something because its really empty most of the time.

Wow, good point. I was just wishing that it would come out on Steam, then I saw this and realized it was already there. Timegate! Pay Valve money! Get it on the front of the Steam page with some fancy review quotes and you will get tons of sales! All Steam users love $15 games :)

The fuck...these guys have an office 5 minutes from my house...and I've been itching for a new shooter...DAMMIT, I just got a $20 gift card too but it's only digital ><

Did the original Section 8 have a single-player campaign? I might pick this up when I get Microsoft Points next, it really does look freakin' amazing.

Haha. Kohan. Now there was a bad RTS. Section 8 certainly made up for it, though.

RADlTZ:
I'd like to get this but I have SO MANY SHOOTERS. Although the cheap price will probably convince me in the end, then the $70 or so I save can be used on the games that insist on competing against eachother in the burn-a-hole-in-my-wallet price range.

Australian game prices suck, good thing we have Steam.

That and Ozgameshop.

I wish there were more games like Prejudice. Hell, most shooters are about four or five hours long...and we're expected to pay full price for them. This is one of the many reasons (But in the top 3) as to why I have given up on modern shooter games, and almost gaming in general.

RADlTZ:
I'd like to get this but I have SO MANY SHOOTERS. Although the cheap price will probably convince me in the end, then the $70 or so I save can be used on the games that insist on competing against eachother in the burn-a-hole-in-my-wallet price range.

Australian game prices suck, good thing we have Steam.

Pff, try New Zealand. MW3 standard edition is retailing for $150NZD. What's it over the pond?

I'd like to try it. Rather annoyingly though this isn't on PSN.

I actually found out about the game Prejudice through the Xbox Live Avatar store. After checking out the cool avatar costume models I wanted to know more about the game from there. That's one way to get your game noticed outside the box.

Comic Sans:
I like the game, but its pretty dead on PC right now. They need to have a free to play weekend or something because its really empty most of the time.

That's sad. I think Time Gate pushed the XBLA platform first and that seems to be doing much better. It would be great if both the Steam and XBLA communities could play together but that's not going to happen anytime soon.

greg

I dont trust this article, it says houston is a good place to live

Reaper195:
I wish there were more games like Prejudice. Hell, most shooters are about four or five hours long...and we're expected to pay full price for them. This is one of the many reasons (But in the top 3) as to why I have given up on modern shooter games, and almost gaming in general.

RADlTZ:
I'd like to get this but I have SO MANY SHOOTERS. Although the cheap price will probably convince me in the end, then the $70 or so I save can be used on the games that insist on competing against eachother in the burn-a-hole-in-my-wallet price range.

Australian game prices suck, good thing we have Steam.

Pff, try New Zealand. MW3 standard edition is retailing for $150NZD. What's it over the pond?

Holy tits. Across the pond (in 'merica) MW3 standard is 60 bucks. (about 64 with tax). I'm not sure how the exchange rate is between our money however.

EDIT: googled exchange rates and 150 NZD is 122.01 USD. Which is still about double the price. Is that all for shipping? Seems like forking over an arm and a leg.

RedRussian:
Pff, try New Zealand. MW3 standard edition is retailing for $150NZD. What's it over the pond?

Holy tits. Across the pond (in 'merica) MW3 standard is 60 bucks. (about 64 with tax). I'm not sure how the exchange rate is between our money however.

EDIT: googled exchange rates and 150 NZD is 122.01 USD. Which is still about double the price. Is that all for shipping? Seems like forking over an arm and a leg.[/quote]

I doubt it's for shipping, because Europe pays more or less the same prices for the same games. I have no idea why the real reason is that our prices are hiked so much, but that's one of the reasons I've almost gone of gaming.

The first did have some great ideas, but did come off feeling half-finished... which in turn does make it look like more of an experiment. Now it's done right.

I haven't play this XBLA title yet but i wouldn't be surprised if it's more enjoyable than Call of Duty.

Reaper195:
I doubt it's for shipping, because Europe pays more or less the same prices for the same games. I have no idea why the real reason is that our prices are hiked so much, but that's one of the reasons I've almost gone of gaming.

Europe pays the same as who?

Calico93:
I'd like to try it. Rather annoyingly though this isn't on PSN.

It's actually on XBLA and Steam as well. It's a great game.

OT: We live in a world where companies are having great success self publishing. You can put a a product on Steam yourself, or you can do what Minecraft did sell through your own Paypal account. The day when publishers like EA are not necessary will come one day soon. We have seen the end of the monopoly large companies have over a lot of things. Take music, you can now self publish and release your own music on a number of digital distribution platforms, including iTunes.

My hope and dream is that games like this can push the "big companies" to earn their AAA status.

If some indy group with around 75 employees can produce a quality title for $15, then the big boys have zero excuse for creating a worse product, and charging more for it.

Lets compare

Timegate: 60-80 Employees ... undisclosed assets (as least, I couldn't find it listed)
EA: 8000 employees ... $4.6 BILLION in assets
Activision: 5000 employees .. $13.5 billion in ssets
Squeenix: 4000 employees... $1.6 billion in assets.

Nice review. It's rare that I base buying decisions on reviews alone but I did in this case and I'm bloody glad of it. Yeah, ok, the voice acting is pretty laughable and enemies only appear in your immediate area (limiting the effectiveness of the sniper rifle), but these are small gripes that a) only affect the single player campaign, and b) are easily forgivable in a 12 game. So yeah, I'm glad I bought it, I'll be playing it when I get home from work instead of it's higher priced rivals, and more bloody Escapists should buy it to help populate the MP arenas!

 

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