It’s no secret that gaming is an expensive hobby. The price of a brand new game seems to increase with the release of each subsequent console generation.
If you’re looking to dive into Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 on 20 October, it’ll set you back a whopping £70 – the new normal for PlayStation 5. In our review, we said, “It’s hard not to come away from my time with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 grinning from ear-to-ear. This is an amazing fantasy come to life and realised like never before. Insomniac Games has crafted yet another heartfelt Spider-Man story bursting with twists, turns, and show-stopping spectacle.” As a sequel, gamers say they feel more confident spending £70 on a familiar franchise. Dropping £70 on a new IP though? Many say they’re far less likely to do so.
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A discussion was started by Reddit user Famaffe who said, “I’ve been thinking about the price hike of new games for the past few days and for me personally, the new $69.99 price tag most certainly makes me less likely to consider buying a game I’m not so sure of. It’s happened with several games that [have] come out, [with] the most recent being MW3. I haven’t played Call of Duty since Black Ops 2 in 2012 so I’m a bit on the fence about jumping back in, but after seeing it has adopted the new standard price my willingness to give it a shot dropped to almost zero.”
Plenty of people agreed. One user replied, “I’ve become a mostly patient gamer, unless it’s something I’m really really excited for. There’s just no need to buy a game straight away. Especially these days, when the game will often have issues that will be patched later. If you’re willing to wait, you get a better product for a better price. It’s tough to argue against that,” while vroomatic added, “Yes. I don’t know how people afford these games at all with the current living cost crisis. I’m fairly well off, but I still have a hard time justifying a purchase of a game with that price tag.”