And don’t get me wrong, they’re probably still going to sell – by all accounts “Mass Effect Andromeda” is not a good game, released in a shoddy state and plagued by terrible writing and characterization, and yet it still managed to outsell “Nier: Automata”, one of the best action-RPGs ever made. Everyone else that is even marginally connected to anime is doing it, so… And later on, when everyone and their mother realized that “Shelter” is one of the best animated music videos of all time, garnering over 3.5 million views at the time of this writing, suddenly those very same people were sending it to me. In any case, don’t be dumb like my friends and go watch “Shelter” if you haven’t already.Western games may be doomed to be inferior to their Japanese counterparts, but no matter what they will always sell better. It’s 6 minutes long, and I promise you every second is worth it.Up until now, the question of whether Western or Japanese games were better was purely a matter of preference.
Western developers need to release games constantly, and they need to be games that make money – even if they’re not necessarily good.
Remember when in 2014 Marvel announced release dates for all of their movies going forward 5 years?
Something similar happens with games, except it’s a lot less public, as games’ release dates tend to be a lot more finnicky and likely to be pushed back.
I think it’s no secret that, due to immense cultural differences, the Japanese and Western gaming markets operate very differently in both the way their games are made and the actual products that are released to the public.
Japanese games tend to be more “out there”, more cartoony and colorful, often being released on handheld systems like the 3DS or Vita (sometimes exclusively, other times alongside a console release).