Not So Sneaky Move, Sis!
For those of you on the fence about getting the additional One for your living room, or an extra for your bedroom, wait a couple of days. As of November 2nd until the beginning of January, the One Bundles(!) will be $349. Isn’t that the same price as the 360 right now, at least at some of the stores!? For the One, it is a good deal whether you like the hardware or not. Does this mean early adopters are screwed? Not at all. We all bought knowing the risks, 1) that hardware hasn’t been tested and it might have to go through some iterations before all the kinks are worked out – fortunately, it looks like there are none (Kenny was right), 2) bundles will be made and prices may even drop. Both happened. Had we waited until now, 4GN could buy 4 for the price of three and have two handfuls of games to go with them, plus $100! Shoot! Still, it is what it is. Early adopters pay for the thrill of owning the cool new thing.
A brief analysis of the move is that this is what I said they should do back in February. Offer the non-Kinect, price reduced version, and pull their pants back up to their knees at least. It is a smart bluff on Microsoft’s part. I say “bluff” because if Sony decides they want to match MS’s prices, Sony won’t be able to keep PS4s on the shelf for the second Christmas in a row, even without a pack in game. Were I running Sony, dropping the price is exactly what I would do. Slam that door! What is 50 bucks on a console, when it gets you into living rooms where a single downloaded HD movie costs 24.99? Not to mention the subscription fees to any of the other tens of services they offer. That is why it is a complete no-brainer for MS to offer this deal in the first place. I hope Sony’s hubris and short-sightedness keeps them from price matching, and that MS sells everything they have on store shelves, and everything they can ship through the holidays. I want gamers to play against in my MPvs adventures – populate those lobbies. Game Informer also has their own analysis (which I didn’t read until after writing this). Basically, gamers win.
And, I am going to just add this. I was wrong about Brink and have often admitted such. But I was bang on regarding the negative impact of the Kinect, the unbundling, and the price drops. I called that shit in private and in public from before launch until March of this year. What feels good about being right is that it is still early enough for Microsoft to build a healthy install base regardless of losing this gen’s rights to the number one title. This is one of the few options left for them to do so.
By the way, Sunset Overdrive is getting solid reviews. It is Insomniac going back to what they do best, colorful, humorous, platform-shooter fun where wacky guns are appropriate. Even if fifty bucks seems high, that price shared between friends isn’t.
Sunset Overdrive is not the best game I’ve played on Xbox One, it’s the best game I’ve played all year. From start to as finished as an open world game can get, the game keeps you engaged, dangles carrots enough to keep you motivated, and injects such a fulfillment of power fantasy that the game sticks with you. Sunset Overdrive energizes, and proves that giving an extremely talented studio like Insomniac the trust and funds to do what they creatively envision on a new IP is a huge bet, but one that Microsoft saw value in. This bet pays off in the best way imaginable. Examiner
Outside of the mission monotony, Sunset Overdrive is an immensely rewarding experience that has a look and style all its own and a great gameplay package to complement it. It’s a colorful return to form for Insomniac games, and a hell of an exclusive for Xbox One.