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#1 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (704 posts) -

First it was collect-a-thon platformers, then WW2 shooters, then music games, then it was the Modern Military shooter. What is the next big thing that everyone will be doing?

#2 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (704 posts) -

I forgot to mention zombie games in there.

#3 Posted by Yummylee (21305 posts) -

General 'survival'--including but not exclusive to survival-horror--games seem to be picking up in pace lately. I Am Alive, Last of Us, DayZ, ZombiU, that Human Element thing, some of which are big-budget top of the line games. Then there's the myriad of indie survival-horror stuff that's populating the PC market. Hard to say whether it'll undoubtedly be the next ''big thing'', but the frequency of such games has definitely been increasing over the year.

#4 Posted by Hunter5024 (5555 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

General 'survival'--including but not exclusive to survival-horror--games seem to be picking up in pace lately. I Am Alive, Last of Us, DayZ, ZombiU, that Human Element thing, some of which are big-budget top of the line games. Then there's the myriad of indie survival-horror stuff that's populating the PC market. Hard to say whether it'll undoubtedly be the next ''big thing'', but the frequency of such games has definitely been increasing over the year.

I doubt it, unless they could find a way to make the gameplay super fast paced and twitchy, which is perhaps the one thing that all of the game types the OP mentioned have in common. Survival type games tend to be pretty tedious, and I don't think the kinds of big audiences that bought into those previous fads are into that sort of gameplay.

#5 Edited by Yummylee (21305 posts) -

@Hunter5024: Just look at the 90s and early naughts. Ever since Resident Evil debuted, there were loads of clones and other such games that took inspiration from the mechanics. Besides Resident Evil itself, there was of course Silent Hill, Dino Crisis, Fear Effect, Parasite Eve, Deep Fear, Cold Fear (goes with the territory I guess to have a lot of titles imbued with fear :P) and a few more that I may have forgotten.

As I already said (EDIT: lol, ok no I didn't, but it's what I meant to infer), though, you're right, survival-orientated games probably won't be the next top of the charts sub-genre, but its increase in popularity is very apparent all the same

#6 Edited by Zaccheus (1789 posts) -

@Yummylee: Survival games definitely don't have the wide appeal they would need to be the next "big thing". By nature they are slow paced and require a lot of patience. I still really hope they find enough of an audience to exist since I'm really interested in them.

#7 Posted by Jimbo (9776 posts) -

'M'MOFPS

#8 Posted by Hunter5024 (5555 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@Hunter5024: Just look at the 90s and early naughts. Ever since Resident Evil debuted, there were loads of clones and other such games that took inspiration from the mechanics. Besides Resident Evil itself, there was of course Silent Hill, Dino Crisis, Fear Effect, Parasite Eve, Deep Fear, Cold Fear (goes with the territory I guess to have a lot of titles imbued with fear :P) and a few more that I may have forgotten.

As I already said (EDIT: lol, ok no I didn't, but it's what I meant to infer), though, you're right, survival-orientated games probably won't be the next top of the charts sub-genre, but its increase in popularity is very apparent all the same

That's true, and I hope that the genre evolves in such a way that I can come to enjoy them a little more myself. As a huge fan of Uncharted I'm scared of how The Last of Us is going to turn out.

#9 Posted by PenguinDust (12455 posts) -

Coin-operation consoles. Every week someone from Microsoft or Sony shows up at your home to empty the coin box. Nintendo's will only accept tokens.

#10 Edited by HH (599 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

General 'survival'--including but not exclusive to survival-horror--games seem to be picking up in pace lately. I Am Alive, Last of Us, DayZ, ZombiU, that Human Element thing, some of which are big-budget top of the line games. Then there's the myriad of indie survival-horror stuff that's populating the PC market. Hard to say whether it'll undoubtedly be the next ''big thing'', but the frequency of such games has definitely been increasing over the year.

so what's the best one?

i play a lot of elder scrolls that way - no quests, no towns etc., and ended up playing dragon's dogma solo as a kind of survival game, so maybe i'd be into this kind of thing.

#11 Edited by Ares42 (2591 posts) -

MOBA, although we're pretty much already there. There's a ton of money being put into MOBAs these days, and we're seeing spin-offs left and right.

#12 Posted by tallTuck94 (553 posts) -

How about just well written stories and characters? I'd hope that developers focus on that rather then one specific genre.

#13 Posted by Mushir (2389 posts) -

I hope 3D-platformers make a comeback some day. There were so many great ones back in the PS2 days.

#14 Posted by PandaBear (1312 posts) -

The Thing. He's big.

#15 Edited by SpartanHoplite (384 posts) -

co op could be, maybe not the next big thing, but still, with better single player co op stories in games such as Hitman it could give us intresting new takes on how we play these. at the moment its mostly just something separate, or not that well made, ArmyOf2..

also it could be the way for publishers to fight piracy, having a choice to go solo or in co op.

#16 Posted by mosespippy (4052 posts) -

Xbox 360 games not getting patched. :(

#17 Posted by imsh_pl (3295 posts) -

I was thinking sandbox action games with strong focus on parkour? The Assassin's Creed franchise is a prime example and really helped to popularize that kind of games. Over the past few years we've got games like inFamous, Prototype, Assassin's Creed, and Batman (it's not really that similar to the overall style but it's out there). All of these games also have sequels which were really strongly promoted by the publishers, meaning it's definitely not a one-time thing.

#18 Posted by TwoLines (2791 posts) -

Oh geez, I don't know. Guess that's why I ain't making vidja games.

#19 Posted by huntad (1930 posts) -

If I knew that I wouldn't be here talking to you guys.

#20 Posted by Hippie_Genocide (541 posts) -

F2P model ala TF2 and DotA 2.

#21 Posted by ma_rc_01 (364 posts) -

fighting games based on popular rpg franchises.

#22 Posted by Village_Guy (2509 posts) -

Well if it was WW2 shooters, then Modern shooters, then I guess the next will be Futuristic shooters?

#23 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

@Village_Guy said:

Well if it was WW2 shooters, then Modern shooters, then I guess the next will be Futuristic shooters?

I wouldn't mind if futuristic shooters become popular, but I'd rather everyone not follow the trend as they did with WW2 and Modern shooters. At that point, they become overused and stale but on the other hand, there are countless possibilities with futuristic/space games.

#24 Posted by Sweep (8830 posts) -

I'm liking the shift towards genuine vulnerability in games. Titles like Day-Z and The Last Of Us force players to react in ways that are counter-intuitive to traditional game design and it's very refreshing. The popularity of Day-Z seems to confirm that people are into it, too.

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#25 Posted by mnzy (2912 posts) -

Futuristic shooters and LOOOOT in every game.

#26 Posted by Brodehouse (9654 posts) -
@Yummylee Absolutely this. I can think of five open world zombie survival games in development between Day Z, The Human Element, The Dead Linger, Dead State and the Dead Island sequel.
#27 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

@Village_Guy said:

Well if it was WW2 shooters, then Modern shooters, then I guess the next will be Futuristic shooters?

CHA-CHING!!

#28 Posted by JEC03 (898 posts) -

Day-Z is the counter the strike of the 2000's where a mod has more players then some mp retail games which is great I hope mods make a big comeback although they never left it's funny how years ago people where saying PC gaming is dying never will or has. I would like more Devs to release mod tools.Personally I would hope the next big thing is more tactical games,games this gen held your hands to much. I miss challenging games there's not enough of them FPS wise.

#29 Edited by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

The sandbox-y Shooter / action game (like the announced zombie games that were already mentioned in this thread).

Also, it might not be a "big" thing but there's a chance that turn-based strategy games are coming back, similar to adventures in recent years.

In general it seems that a considerable portion of gamers got sick of extremely linear shooters and games becoming more and more "casual" and hand-holdy. Now we'll probably get a few years of counter-development.

#30 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2779 posts) -

i dunno but it probably involves guns fuck i hate this industry

#31 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

Pelvic Thrust Kinect Command. Uh!

#32 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -

Whatever it is, you can bet ether

  1. the community will hate it
  2. the press will hate it
  3. the industry will hate it
#33 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2462 posts) -

Unreal4 engine powered games, obviously. Many more games that look alike, yay!

#34 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -

@atomic_dumpling said:

Unreal4 engine powered games, obviously. Many more games that look alike, yay!

well, hopefully they fix the shiny skin.

#35 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I have no idea what the next big thing in video games would be. If I knew that I would be creating games myself.
For me it's probably gonna be The War Z, survival and all that. But that's just personal taste really and it's probably not gonna catch on because everyone is so far up DayZs butt that they can't get out.

#36 Posted by SarjuTheRapper (279 posts) -

open world-(insert genre) hybrid games from ubisoft where the camera/controls remind you of assassin's creed.

#37 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2597 posts) -

Cougars/Milfs will be the next big thing. Move away from young women characters into 35-55 year older women characters.

#38 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

The next big thing is going to be massively multiplayer online puzzle games. I can feel it!

#39 Posted by BaconGames (3317 posts) -

@LordAndrew said:

The next big thing is going to be massively multiplayer online puzzle games. I can feel it!

I would play and MMO version of Chu Chu Rocket RIGHT NOW

#40 Posted by Xymox (2072 posts) -

Girlfriend mode

#41 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

first person shooter sports games

#42 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

Toad. Screw Mario, Toad's where it's at

#43 Posted by Alkaiser (358 posts) -

Second person shooters. You play the whole game through the eyes of your enemies. They'll take place in World War 1 and a half.

#44 Posted by Twiggy199 (496 posts) -

Quick Time Events + On Rails = Quick time on rail events <- The way gaming is heading.

#45 Posted by Slag (4093 posts) -

no offline single player

#46 Posted by Trilogy (2645 posts) -

@Alkaiser said:

Second person shooters. You play the whole game through the eyes of your enemies. They'll take place in World War 1 and a half.

Someone get Molyneux on the line.

#47 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -
#48 Posted by bvilleneuve (265 posts) -

I'm not going to try to predict the whims of the greater populace, but for me, the indie game space gets better and more interesting and more exciting every day. That the next big thing for me.

#49 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6390 posts) -

@Sweep said:

The popularity of Day-Z seems to confirm that people are into it, too.

I cannot believe how mainstream that game has become. Never expected such popularity for a game that was originally an Arma II add-on.

#50 Posted by mtcantor (947 posts) -

Lava and ice levels.