Remember that feeling when you read through a nice big booklet on the game you bought, giving you a chance to learn the controls, build up hype or brace for disappointment? Can you also recall the feeling you get now? The feeling that what you’ve bought is lesser than everyone else’s due to the amount of advertising shoved down your face for season passes and other ways the developer’s are trying to grab your hard earned cash? For some reason these booklets are becoming a thing of the past, and I cant understand why.
I don’t believe for a second that this is because of financial reasons, actually I do. So let me rephrase that: I don’t believe for a second that these booklets are not being made because the developers are in desperate need for money. Especially when they seem to have plenty of money to include highly detailed advertisements in to the boxes and DLC “offers” I grant you, some companies may need to save money any way they are able, but It is clear to me that some developers are just being cheap or lazy.
An example of this; Ubisoft with Rainbow Six Siege. A game I love despite the fact that it had the excellent idea to stick the sentence: “The instructions can be accessed through the pause menu of the game.” in to their booklet, a booklet which only exists (presumably) for legal reasons. I know that the game can tell me the instructions Ubisoft, but if want to see the instructions before hand I think you should have the common decency to tell me!
And I know that most games now give us a small sheet of paper which tells us the instructions, but it is not just about that. I would like to read a bit about the game, it’s characters, an example of how to pull of some of these moves, weapon bios and maybe something extra. GTA 5 gave us an A3 map of the game world and Banjo and Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, a game I loved, gave us labelled diagrams of example constructions which was amazing!
So to all developers, BRING THEM BACK! Please, for me, for everyone else and for the next generation of gamers who will never even read one.