It’s become a sad but common practice for game companies to rush the production of a physical disc to hit a deadline and then patch any problems out later – No Man’s Sky, Tony Hawk 5, Spyro Trilogy and many more suffer from this problem. What it creates is a future of games that don’t do anything. A new method of these releases are booming, in the split media method. The split media method is when half of the game is on the disc or cart and the rest is only available is bought new (or the highly unlikely chance it was un-redeemed) – if bought second chance, there’s a large chance you wont get the full package – even though in most cases, it is possible to fit on the disc or cart, but either the expense of the higher storage is too much for the company or the game wasn’t finished in time. If in five years, you try to play the Spyro Trilogy on disc, all you’ll have access to is the first game as the two sequels are locked behind an update. It’s disappointing, but sadly has become reoccurring. The question then comes up, is this practice alright? Do I agree with what gaming companies are doing in today’s age? As a big advocate of collecting physical media, I’m slightly torn.
Though I do prefer to have all of the content (after release, proper additional DLC excluded) in the one package, however, I don’t mind picking up a physical display for a game that otherwise wouldn’t have gotten a retail release – price depending. In a recent example, Wolfenstein: Youngblood for the Nintendo Switch is planned to come out at a full retail price with nothing in the box other than a piece of paper with a code inside. I don’t agree with that, there’s no point in a game you could only buy new and not sell or pass on. The collector in me is alright with the box, but physical games are meant to be traded, sold and displayed – Wolfenstein: Youngblood only gives you one of those options. Cases like Mario VS Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for the Wii U or Death Squared for the Switch came out at a reduced price – and for that, I’m happy to pick up the display box with the purchase. I all, I’m not against fully digital releases in an empty box as long as the price is reasonable – anything at full retail price shouldn’t be put out as an empty box and should happily remain in the eShop.