Think of how far the film industry has come since the days of silent, black and white movies. We now have a kajillion pixels with state of the art special effects. While the progress of film is definitely apparent, take a moment to consider how far video games have come in a much shorter amount of time.
In the 1970’s, video games started gaining popularity in what began as huge square pixels shooting at smaller square pixels. Today, video games transport us into realistic scenes where we can look through the scope of a sniper rifle or see the hairs coming out of someone’s nose from 500 feet away. Seriously. While some may feel that video games are too violent, they provide a great outlet to those that need to release some pent-up aggression, instead of taking it out one someone during a traffic gridlock in the real world.
As video games have grown in popularity, so have their budgets, which now rival those of major Hollywood productions. Together, marketing and production budgets can make games cost over a quarter billion dollars. Today, we’ll focus purely on the development costs associated with these games. Let’s just say, many of these games were delayed, which drove up their prices quite a bit. Here’s the top 10 most expensive video games ever developed. Which ones made the list and which ones didn’t? Let’s start with one of the most highly anticipated games of 2014.
#10 – Watch Dogs ($68 Million)
“Watch Dogs” is one of the two newest games on this list, and was released in May 2014 by Ubisoft. “Watch Dogs” is an open world game that was designed to allow players to explore a fictionalized version of Chicago and bears a slight resemblance to the “Grand Theft Auto” series, which you will hear more about later. “Watch Dogs” places you into the role of a hacker, who is also pretty handy with a gun.
“Watch Dogs” received a lot of hype when it first came out. Many critics said that the open world version of Chicago gave players plenty of time to explore, even if they weren’t active in a mission. When 2014 finally came to a close, “Watch Dogs” sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling game in the Ubisoft’s history. Of course, despite the success, that doesn’t stop some gamers from complaining about the company or the game’s features.
#9 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ($70 Million)
The “Metal Gear Solid” video game series is one of the most legendary of all-time. The first “Metal Gear Solid” video game came out all the way back in 1987 on both the MSX2 (which you probably didn’t have) and the NES (which you probably did have). Character development was not very important in the 8-bit days, but the “Metal Gear” franchise has significantly improved over time.
The fourth “Metal Gear Solid” edition features an elderly version of Solid Snake, the main character in the series. Made in 2008, the fourth release was set in 2014, which was technically the future at the time. “Guns of the Patriots” is a direct sequel to the hit game, “Sons of Liberty”, and is based on Snake setting out to embark on ‘one last mission’ with an array of stealthy attacks and gun battles against humans and cyborg ninjas alike.
#8 – Defiance ($80 Million)
“Defiance” is what is known as a Mass Multiplayer Online game (or MMO, for short). It was developed in collaboration with a TV show of the same name that debuted on the SyFy Channel in 2013. “Defiance” takes you on a journey of fighting off the alien race that’s destroying humanity after the Pale Wars in the San Francisco area. Trion and the SyFy Channel really wanted to make this game so more people would watch the show. With five years in development, the game ended up costing a fortune.
The reviews for “Defiance” weren’t great; it is now even free to play on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. “Defiance” wasn’t a critical or commercial hit like many of the others on this list, but more of a long production with a lot of delays that caused the high budget. If you can find someone to play “Defiance” with you, consider yourself lucky.
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