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I’m mainly interested in AAA games, am I in the minority on ERA?

What games do you prefer?


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residentgrigo

Member
Oct 30, 2019
515
Germany
I play all sorts of (modern) games and the average AAA game, Era´s 2019 darling REmake 2 is one, isn´t more or less artistic than the average indie game. Production values are just that. Even someone is giant as Ubi can do small niche things even if those got put on hold for now. EA Originals exist too, i guess.
 

Frump

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Oct 27, 2017
2,417
Super hero movies aren't considered the peak of cinema by anyone and don't get awarded constantly.
The best of the game industry has always been represented by the highest end AAA games.
You haven't spoken with some MCU fans then. Ask them about Scorcese sometime.

Don't you think it's odd that the awards for games come from either the industry itself, which is paid for by the big players, or the periodicals and websites that get paid in advertising by these companies? What incentive is there to award something that isn't a big AAA game nowadays?
 

DirtyLarry

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Oct 27, 2017
1,724
I do not have a preference, but I find myself primarily playing AAA games for one reason and one reason only: Limited Time.

I do not have a whole lot of time to dedicate to playing games these days so I tend to go with the "bigger" experiences, but honestly I will play whatever. If I had unlimited time, I would play whatever. Since I do not, it is primarily AAA games with the occasional indie game on the Switch.
 

Nameless

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Oct 25, 2017
4,783
A lot of my favorite games fall in that weird "2.5 A" (stuff like Souls games, Prey, Control, DMC5) or "Triple Indie"(anything from Outer Wilds to Life is Strange to Kingdom Come) area.
But I feel like I play a healthy mix of everything.

Nothing beats Rockstar in the AAA space, but they're in a position where they don't have to 'play it safe' like a lot of Triple A devs, so you get things as remarkably ambitious as RDR2.
 

nachum00

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Oct 26, 2017
2,960
Super hero movies aren't considered the peak of cinema by anyone and don't get awarded constantly.
The best of the game industry has always been represented by the highest end AAA games.
I definitely don't think they're the best the industry has to offer. To me they're usually very safe and bland.
And I think the reason that less smaller games get awards has more to do with the fact that far less people play them, including game critics.

I've seen sites like Giant Bomb decide GOTY and while smaller games may have one person in the group championing them, the rest of the office hasn't touched them at all. So it's very hard for one person out of a group of ten to convince everyone else that a game none of them has played is worthy of GOTY. The games that end up winning are the ones that everyone has played and everyone considers to be decent. They might let a smaller game get an award in a different category provided the person pushing it is passionate enough, but they sure as hell won't vote for it as GOTY.
 
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Twinsun

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Nov 2, 2017
604
I'd say it's about 50/50 at this point. I used to be way more of a AAA primarily kind of guy, but the Switch has made me get into more indie stuff lately.
 

Angst

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Oct 27, 2017
1,223
There are very few AAA games that hold my attention nowadays. They're all kind of congealing into one big gigantic blob of The Same Game to me, especially as far as western games are concerned.

RPGs are almost completely gone now, which means everything's some kind of open world game with token RPG elements stapled to it, designed around bloat instead of careful design. It's just...boring.
I see so many people say the bolded but personally I think we are swimming in stuff that isn't like that.
 

Andalusia

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Sep 26, 2019
269
Majority of this forum is mainly interested in AAA games. You only have to look at the number of posts/pages any AAA game related thread gets in comparison to AA/indie threads.
 

Camwi

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
3,589
It's weird, my backlog is huge with games like God of War and Breath of the Wild, that I know I'll love, and yet I've got the urge to make Wasteland 2 the next game I play.
 

Sotha_Sil

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Nov 4, 2017
1,777
I play mostly AAA games, but don’t discriminate against a good indie game or smaller budget game.

The Witness, Inside, The Talos Principle, Into the Breach, SOMA, Pillars of Eternity 2, Divinity OS2, and Disco Elysium are among the best games released this gen.
 

Sidebuster

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Oct 26, 2017
749
California
AAA games are good if I don't play too many one after the other. I think it's because they're all the same and none of them take the kind of risks that make me enjoy them in a way where I can't stop thinking about them while I'm not playing.That's just for me by the way, I know some people obsess over the slightest details in whatever games they do, but I don't. I get really into the games that a AAA studio would'nt/couldn't try in a million years (until it gets proven as a success, then they copy the mechanic/idea until it is polished to something that doesn't even resemble the original idea).

I think AA makes a pretty happy in between for that as well. Games like Prey, or early Demon's Souls, etc still take those risks, but maybe without the completely left field mechanic that an indie would have. So you really get a best of both worlds master of neither with AA.

So I picked indie. Because in the end, I'm more of a "unique" mechanics/ideas person and that's what indie usually offers in spades.
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
6,786
If I really have to choose just one type, then I prefer AA games, like Alliance Alive.
 

Resiverence

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Jan 30, 2019
500
I've never been interested in triple A games and that dawned on me when I had my Xbox 360 and had the chance to try out a fair amount of them. All of my top games of the years usually just end up being something AA or Indie.
 

Artdayne

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Nov 7, 2017
3,090
I probably prefer AA and indie games because I feel a lot of AAA games are too safe for obvious reasons, have to appeal to the widest group of people in order to make their money back, but I will of course love a great AAA game when they occasionally come out.
 

Edgar

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Oct 29, 2017
4,647
I love how some you just generalize and shit on AAA games. Love it.
I especially love it when AAA is associated only with call of duty, micheal bays. fifa and ubisoft open worlds.
 

Virtua King

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Dec 29, 2017
2,079
AA, easily for me. I haven't been into AAA games for 12 or 13 years at this point. As for indie titles, I'll play a few here or there.
 
Aug 15, 2019
9
Mostly indie... I like games with polish (think: Celeste, Hollow Knight, Fantasy Strike), and which get straight to the point.

AAA games can have polish, but I can't stand how they mesh genres and don't exceed in any of them. And I often wonder if my life would have been better if I had just skipped all those cut scenes... and why don't I start doing that today? : P

Currently playing Uncharted 4 because I want to make sure I'm not missing anything fantastic. Now at chapter 19. My brain is hurting from how nonsensical it is!!
 

Ruisu

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Aug 1, 2019
79
Well AAA games are mostly what's my taste. I like some indies now and then, I remember really enjoying that music plataformer and Thomas was alone for example, but the thing I hate with indies is that you really can only play them once or twice (to me at least), and then it just doesn't do it anymore and you need to find another game and I REALLY can't afford to keep buying games in a short span of time.

To give a better idea of what I mostly play, I've been doing a lot of Far Cry 4, MGSV, DIshonored 2, Spiderman, Doom, Batman Arkham Knight, DMC5 and Nier Automata(this one probably being the most different in the bunch, but I do have some more games). So mostly games you can keep coming back to and focus a lot on great combat/shooting/stealth where you can really choose your own way to approach the gameplay and so offer tons of replay value.
 
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Feb 15, 2019
450
Era obviously likes AAA games with all the hype around Death Stranding, Cyberpunk, The Last of Us 2 and FF7Remake. A lot more than indie games too most likely. The OT of the big AAA games usually have a lot more posts than those of indies. There's more threads about those games too. How many Final Fantasy 7 threads have we had now? We have threads when someone developing FF7 says about anything about it. We barely have that with any indies whatsoever. And that's mostly because indies don't really have the marketing or hype behind it that AAA does and as a result is carried mostly by word of mouth.
 

FlintSpace

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Oct 28, 2017
2,170
AAA all the way.
Then AA and Indies. Good thing is I would play absolutely any game in any genre.
 

Grapezard

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Nov 16, 2017
3,712
Yeah, I only tend to play the "best of" popular indies like Shovel Knight, Shantae and Hollow Knight.
 

DrakenAstro

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Oct 27, 2017
2,991
I mostly play AAA and AA games. Can't remember last time i played an indie if I'm being really honest with you. Nothing against indies tho
 

Ruisu

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Aug 1, 2019
79
Who are these phantom people that only watch superhero films?
I think that comparing games and movies in this sense falls a bit flat because in movies a lot of people have to consider the whole "going to the cinema" part of it. Personally, these days I only go to the cinema for movies like super-hero stuff and action movies that feel similar in spectacle. Back at home in my notebook? That's where I'll watch all the other experimental or different stuff.
 

Fiery Phoenix

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Oct 26, 2017
2,606
I don't think there's anything wrong with AAA per se, but they tend to be too stale and samey for my liking nowadays. Some of the best ideas and stories this gen have come out of smaller games (indie or AA).
 

Rotimi

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Dec 25, 2017
913
Lagos , Nigeria
Yeah I mostly play AAA games. Funds and time limit me from getting many games so mostly get AAA high quality games. Occasionally I can get the highly reviewed indie or AA game
 

Stat

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Oct 25, 2017
1,487
There was a period of time where I couldn't stand Indie games. They all felt so similar and so unpolished.
 

bionic77

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Oct 25, 2017
12,057
Nintendo, Sony and MS first party are all AAA and those games are among the most talked about on ERA.

You shouldn't care what is popular but also don't confuse noise for popularity. When the internet gets angry or excited it can get extremely excited and it can mislead you to as to how big of a deal it is if you are only getting feedback from the internet (by the way, never ever do this).
 

Oaklight

Avenger
Jun 16, 2018
355
I play basically every type of game from AAA to indie games. When it comes to indie games though, I must admit that I only play the best reviewed ones and the ones that seem to get the most praise( Celeste, Hollow Knight, Shovel Knight, Cuphead, Axiom Verge etc.) The indie marketplace is flooded with so much shovelware garbage that It's basically a necessity to weed out the trash by focusing on the games with the most love and praise.
 

Mr.Deadshot

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Oct 27, 2017
6,430
Basically all my favorite games are AAA. I am sad there are so few these days or that then went GaaS...
 

llLeonhart

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Oct 21, 2019
115
Right now I am only looking at those tbf. I love experiencing titles of all kinds, but, I have very limited time. And games keep getting massive. I'm still playing BOTW on a regular basis.
 

Hrodulf

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Oct 25, 2017
242
I mean, judging by how people here react at E3 and the purchases, OTs, and general threads, I would say that most people are like you and that you are definitely not in the minority.
 

Sanctuary

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Oct 27, 2017
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Sometimes I can't tell if a game is supposed to be "AAA" or just "AA" with really good art direction. What makes a game AAA or not really just comes down to the budget in the end though doesn't it?

In the typical sense, I don't really care for most "AAA" games. They usually end up looking very nice, but just don't have gameplay that's compelling enough for me to care. Meanwhile, many of the games I do actually enjoy seem to have "pretty good" to serviceable graphics with engaging gameplay, and can actually have aethetics/atmosphere that trumps any downsides to the actual graphics. Now if only I could have my cake and eat it too...

As far as Indie games go though, they aren't my saviour at all. Sometimes I get lucky, but usually I can't stand them. Primarily because I've already played many of these "new" games already decades ago.
 

EdgeXL

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Oct 27, 2017
1,818
California
I tend to see AAA games as products designed to appeal to the mainstream. Nothing wrong with that but I find myself drawn to weird games or titles that explore a particular game mechanic in more depth. Back in 2011 I noticed I was playing more AA and indie games like Bastion, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Terraria, etc.
 

vitormg

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Oct 26, 2017
360
Brazil
I mostly play indie and AA games, with the occasional Nintendo AAA and The Witcher 3, for example. Not very much into the Sony AAA lineup, though
 

Gilver

Banned
Nov 14, 2018
2,777
Costa Rica
I mostly play AAA games too but I have lost complete interest with most western AAA publisher/devs like Ubisoft, Activison, Blizzard, Rockstar, EA; I played games from these people last gen very consistently but this gen from the AAA western stuff its just Sony first party and Bethesda sometimes, so I have lost a ton of places from where I get my AAA games due to the direction they have gone. Id say im 60% AAA, 35% AA and 5% indie.
 

leng jai

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Nov 2, 2017
10,260
Sometimes I can't tell if a game is supposed to be "AAA" or just "AA" with really good art direction. What makes a game AAA or not really just comes down to the budget in the end though doesn't it?

In the typical sense, I don't really care for most "AAA" games. They usually end up looking very nice, but just don't have gameplay that's compelling enough for me to care. Meanwhile, many of the games I do actually enjoy seem to have "pretty good" to serviceable graphics with engaging gameplay, and can actually have aethetics/atmosphere that trumps any downsides to the actual graphics. Now if only I could have my cake and eat it too...

As far as Indie games go though, they aren't my saviour at all. Sometimes I get lucky, but usually I can't stand them. Primarily because I've already played many of these "new" games already decades ago.
Typically it's things like the overall size/scale, quality of animations, quality of voice acting, quality of cutscene cinematography, density of unique assets etc. These are the first things that are usually gimped when a developers have more limited time/money.

Again it's genre dependent too, not all types of games have money and resources out into the same thing.
 
Feb 8, 2019
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AAA games are 9 out of 10 times also open world games and open world games are way too long for me most of the time. A couple years back I probably would've said AAA games are my focus but I've spent most of my time this year playing games that are easy to get into and fighting games.
 

Widdowmaker

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Oct 31, 2017
191
Great Britain
AAA gaming has strayed so far away from what I want in video games that I mainly play indie and AA or mid-tier games. The very occasional AAA game does take my interest, but I refuse to give any money to most AAA public nowadays because of the business practices they have adopted.

Part of the reason I love the Switch is because it's great for the type of games I want to play the most today.
 

Widdowmaker

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Oct 31, 2017
191
Great Britain
Problem with AAA nowadays is that everything is a grind and derivative. Maybe it’s always been like that. Maybe it’s more that I’m tired of it. I still mostly play AAA
I don't think AAA games have always been like that. You only need to go back 10 years and the amount of variety in AAA gaming was much greater than it is today. Most AAA games released now are released with lootboxes and micro transactions in mind, which is why they are very grindy and that has lead to them being derivative.

But compare AAA gaming today to what it was in the past. It's mainly open world games, first person shooters and driving games, with the occasional RPG here and there. And that's it. Gone are the days where genres like horror, strategy and platforming were represented in the AAA space.