Whenever he isnt shouting his mouth at the PS3, you have to give credit to Gabe Newell for being one of the main people behind The Orange Box. Him, Doug Lombardi and a few other people at Valve have done a supurb job with it, putting in Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One for the consoles as well as encorpate Half Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2, some of the finest games you’ll see in gaming. The Orange Box is one of the finest examples of this, as the game is not only of the finest collections of games you’ll get, you also get one hell of a bargin out of it.
But that is the only good part to this, question is, does all the money put into games bring what could be a great game down and make it a bad game?
Right now, there are millions been thrown into Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto IV and Killzone 2 with KZ2 being rumored to cost up to 50 million Euros ($25 million) although so far the signs have seemed positive for all 3 games.
Stranglehold and Heavenly Sword are examples of games that…got meh reception. Both were big budget games and Heavenly Sword was raving previews. But in the end, it turned out to be a good game but was being too short was its downfall.
Same could be said for Stranglehold, with the John Woo tag on it, plus a hefty budget of $15 million, it seemed that this could somewhat be a decent game. Alas it was a 5/6 – 10 game which you could bear with if you played it in short bursts.
So in while there are good parts to big budgets games, there also the bad parts so be careful if you end up with a big budget dud, OK