Key disappointing factors of video game sequels in the eighth-generation era

This work discussed the key disappointing factors of video game sequels in the eighth generation of video game consoles. The video games considered in this study have successful prequels. Examples and evidence indicate that current-generation video game sequels are less popular and disappointing to gamers. The study analyzed powerful games and platforms played by the majority of gamers. Major video gaming websites with prominent reviews, along with Dedoose software, were used for content analysis. The list of selected games was provided by a questionnaire survey among players. The Metacritic scores of these games versus those of their predecessor were compared to compile a final list of games. With the Dedoose software, reviews of the games were analyzed, and 289 excerpts were extracted. The findings reveal that the factors affecting player experience are mostly regarding gameplay, narrative, and technical aspects. Character design has a significant effect on the perceptions of players as well.

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  • Conference: Digital Games Research Conference 2017
  • At: Iran University of Science and Technology,Tehran
  • Authors: Amir-reza Asadi