If you plan on getting The Last of Us Part II, plan on budgeting 25 hours to complete it.
Twenty-five hours isn’t even that long, compared to the 40 – 60 hours it takes to complete the main stories of Red Dead Redemption 2 or Fallout 4. But when you can only squeeze in a couple hours of games a few nights a week, finishing a game can be a challenge on its own.
I bring it up because during the Gamelab Live conference this week, Shawn Layden, former head of Sony PlayStation U.S., remarked that the current production for AAA games isn’t sustainable. Either big name games will have to get shorter or cost more.
Layden said something of particular interest for the 40 Bit set:
Personally, as an older gamer… I would welcome a return to the 12 to 15 hour [AAA] game. I would finish more games, first of all, and just like a well edited piece of literature or a movie, looking at the discipline around that could give us tighter, more compelling content.
For single-player games, I tend agree with Layden. Editing is typically a good thing, and I like actually finishing games. Plus studios can always release extra DLC to keep the story going.
For co-op games, however, I’d pay more for a longer game, mostly so I can keep hanging out with my friends without repeating the same mission over and over.
So will we see shorter games or more expensive blockbuster games for the next-gen consoles? Probably both?
Tower of Pow–err, that thing’s huge
Are you getting a PS5 this holiday? Then you may also want to budget for a new media cabinet, or maybe a bigger media room. The above image speculates just how big the forthcoming console is going to be compared with its rival and predecessors. Good luck squeezing that onto your shelf. We still don’t know the actual size or price, but hopefully Sony isn’t charging by the inch.
Halo. Halo, Again.
Microsoft will be holding an event in July to showcase games for its Xbox Series X (the NOT giant-sized next-generation console). Gamespot writes that the event will showcase Microsoft’s first-party games, namely Halo Infinite.
Honestly? I dropped off Halo after the debacle that was ODST. But perhaps the new Halo will get me back into the franchise and entice me to buy an Xbox Series X.
Jinkies. Forget a bigger media cabinet. I’m gonna need a bigger house (and a bigger bank account).
Speaking of Xbox, looks like there could be multiple versions of the console, including a cheaper, less powerful one.
First Look: A Last of Us for the Rest of Us
While 40 Bit contributor, Mike Romo hasn’t finished The Last of Us Part II (he’s still stuck in Seattle), he took some time to share his experience with the franchise, give first impressions of the new game (Amazing! Gruesome!) and humblebrag about the time he saw Steve Jobs.
That’s it for this week!
Be good on your way to greatness.
-Team 40 Bit