I Paid $64.12 For This?
With so many epic video game titles making their debut last year, 2008 has some pretty big shoes to fill. Several titles released in 2007 undoubtedly rank the highest among several industry top 10 lists; Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, and Mass Effect to name a few. These games have proven and will continue to prove that they will be quite difficult to surpass in quality. Such competition is exactly what makes the gaming industry as successful as it is; publishers pushing hardware technology to the limit to optimize the consumer experience.
There is a certain standard that gamers expect when it comes to quality; everything from seamless graphics to logical gameplay functionality all play a role in the success of a title. The incentive to achieve superiority throughout these facets of gaming (among several others) is simply a universal expectation among the community. So when it comes to shelling out close to $65.00 on a video game, that title better be as great if not greater than the standard-setting titles that precede it.