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411 Games Fact or Fiction: Will Gears of War 4 Match Halo 5’s Sales?

October 12, 2016 | Posted by Daniel Anderson

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. As always, I am Daniel Anderson, and I hope everyone has had a good week. The busy season is starting. October is always a busy time for game releases and this year is no exception. Dishonored 2, WWE 2K17, Gears of War 4, and Battlefield 1 are just a few examples of the releases in October. Looks like a fun month. Anyway this week we have 411’s Stephen Randle going against Todd Vote. Let’s see what they have to say, shall we?

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1.) Gears of War 4 will sell as well as Halo 5.

Stephen Randle Fact: Would it be too obvious to point out that it can’t sell much better since they’re both Xbox-exclusive? It would? All right then. Despite the fact that it seems like Gears 4 has kind of slipped under the radar, it has enough die-hards and a good enough multiplayer that it should do quite well in the sales department. It does have fairly stiff competition this month, however, due to Battlefield 1, Call of Duty, and Titanfall 2 all hitting shelves within the next few weeks, so if it falls behind I wouldn’t be horribly shocked.

Todd VoteFact: It should sell as well, the Gears franchise has always had solid numbers if I remember correctly. I don’t know if it will outsell Halo, but it should put up some solid numbers for Microsoft.

Score: 1 for 1 – It should put up solid numbers. I just hope the game gets good reviews. I like how it looks and can’t wait to play it.

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2.) With yet another Star Citizen related delay, you do not expect the game to be successful overall.

Stephen RandleFact: Unless you count the millions already bilked out of crowdfunding, then no, this game will go down in history as a massive cautionary tale about selling style over substance. If this game even comes out and provides a fraction of what it has promised over its development cycle, I”ll be ridiculously shocked. If you thought people were upset with No Man’s Sky not providing what they advertised, just wait until (well, if) Star Citizen hits stores.

Todd VoteFiction?: I don’t think the delays will hurt whether or not the game is successful. Now if it releases and is full of bugs and things, that could stall the games upward climb right out of the gate.

Score: 1 for 2 – I think the more delays there are, the worse it looks for the game. People were initially excited for the game and the fundraising campaign. As it got delayed again and again I loss more and more interest. I do not think that I am alone in this.

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3.) It is a mistake to already add Star Wars Battlefront to EA Access.

Stephen RandleFiction: I don’t have any user numbers handy, but given that the game was mildly disappointing, I wouldn’t be shocked if they have dropped off significantly and EA wants a way to get it into the hands of more people before the big Death Star DLC comes out, so they can make some more money. Besides, a year after release is generally when most EA titles go on Access. Also, EA Access is mostly a ripoff, you probably shouldn’t pay for it.

Todd VoteFiction: Why is it a mistake? The game has been out for almost a year. One would assume that they’ve collected the majority of the sales they will get from this game. Why not use it to add some value to EA Access?

Score: 2 for 3 – The game got better and better with each DLC release. Especially after just releasing the Death Star DLC. I feel like it is hurting the people that bought the game initially, and rewarding people who waited.

SWITCH!

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4.) Virtual reality headsets and accessories are still priced too high for the average consumer.

Todd VoteFact: Assuming my income level is what the average adult gamer brings in, then hell yes they are too high priced.

Stephen RandleFact: The first wave of VR stuff, even the PSVR, is still a niche vanity product that only hardcore first adopters will likely pick up. The PSVR is relatively affordable, but still another $500, which isn’t small change. The fact of the matter is that even affordable VR is still going to cost a fair amount of money, and while the price may drop in the future, it’s still something you have to seriously consider before purchasing. The good news is that making VR widely available for even this still-sizable amount was a pipe dream only a few years ago, so progress could see VR in a lot of houses before too long.

Score: 3 for 4 – I really want to get into VR gaming. I think it is something that could be the future of gaming, but not at the current prices. I think they also need to get around the issues of watching Netflix and other movies through the headsets. The quality is not up there yet, but once it gets there we will see more and more people adopting the headsets as a way to allow multiple people to watch various things at once while using only one TV.

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5.) You would watch a well made Gears of War movie.

Todd VoteFact: Considering I end up seeing about 95% of video game film adaptations, a well made Gears of War movie would be a welcome addition. Some day soon someone in Hollywood is going to crack the formula for adapting a video game.

Stephen RandleFact: The operative word, of course, being “well-made”, which applies to a lot of video game movies when you get down to it. It’s not the first video game movie on my list, because it’s not a franchise I have any attachment to, but assuming that it was even halfway competently made, then yes, I would probably get around to watching it.

Score: 4 for 5 – I feel like the Gears universe would make a good movie. Sadly, Hollywood treats video game movies like they used to treat comic book movies and basically take everything the fans liked about the game and change them until the final product barely resembles the original source material. Until a game company gets the power Marvel has over their products we will be hard pressed to get a good adaptation.

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6.) You are upset that For Honor dropped split-screen multiplayer from the game.

Todd VoteFact: I’m old school. Couch Co-op is a staple of gaming. I hate it whenever a franchise decides to drop that aspect from their games. It cuts out the chance to interact and bring games to younger generations by playing with them. Instead you can only show them how and hope they like it.

Stephen RandleFiction: I don’t know if the game that I saw really worked with local multiplayer as well as people might be hoping, which almost certainly played into why it got dropped. True, I would always prefer games have local multiplayer, but not if it’s at the expense of making a game that would be better without it.

Score: 4 for 6 – I do not like not having local co-op in gaming. If it doesn’t work well then by all means drop it, but don’t just come out of nowhere and say that it is being dropped.

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Bonus Question: Feel free to talk about whatever you choose.

Todd Vote I got nothing here.

Stephen Randle Fall is always a bad time to realize you have no money for video games, because in addition to the dozen or so known titles, you always find out about games that had flown under the radar and actually might be good. Case in point, Mafia III actually looks incredibly interesting, but even if I had a budget for games this month, it would have to get in line behind four or five other titles. Maybe I should start a Twitch stream so people can fund my video game addiction in exchange for getting to laugh at me trying to play them.

That wraps up this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. Todd and Stephen went 4 for 6 agreeing more than they disagreed. I hope everyone has a good week, and until next week, happy gaming.

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