Square Enix Targets the Geriatric Gamer Market

Topic started by gia on May 31, 2009. Last post by HeeroYuy 5 years, 6 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Who says E3 needs to start before we can start getting E3 coverage? Giant Bomb's already got info on Square Enix's newest upcoming game, Nier, which appears to be a real-time action fighting adventure sort of game, doubtless with some pretty cutscenes and, somewhat surprisingly for Squenix, featuring a fair amount of blood and violence and perhaps even a touch of horror.

And, perhaps even more surprisingly, a hero who appears to be old enough to be my grandfather. Check out the trailer.
  

Pretty interesting stuff. What do you guys think of this new direction of Square Enix's? It's mostly untouched idea, putting an older hero in charge instead of a teenager or someone in their early 20s (at least in appearance), and it may pay off in Japan, land of the ever-increasing average age.

Do you think it'll fly anywhere else? Are you interested in the game?
Post by Axersia (228 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Meh, I'd rather play as a bare-chested silver-haired teenager who likes to spout one-liners left and right (pssst, I was referencing Dante from Devil May Cry 3 here), and I find that whenever a hack 'n' slash game opts for gratuitous violence, the gameplay tends to be pretty lackluster.

So nope, not at all interested.
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Well, Sol Badguy was at least 40 at the time of GGX2, Snake in MGS4 at least looked like he was 60, so the "old hero" archetype doesn't bug me at least.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@HeeroYuy: Do we even have enough "old heroes" as main characters to CALL it an archetype? I'm not saying there are none, but it's not exactly common.
Post by Axersia (228 posts) See mini bio Level 11
gia said:
@HeeroYuy: Do we even have enough "old heroes" as main characters to CALL it an archetype? I'm not saying there ... [more]
Perhaps not as the main central hero, but every JRPG party includes at least one older man, and they tend to be pretty similar in personality.
Post by lanaswift (636 posts) See mini bio Level 4
I'm all for changing out some of the tired old leads. I'll keep an eye on it, but don't really know enough to say whether I'll try it or not.
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@gia: Well, there don't exactly have to be a huge load of them to be an archetype, but I believe there's enough major examples that have common attributes to make up for the lack of quantity. I can understand your point however, so really both sides of the coin have valid points.

In any case, many of us may be tired of the teenage hero thing, but at the same time, I don't believe making the character older is going to really satisfy the problem of bland characters so much as delay it (personally I think what people want more than an older male lead that does the same stuff as a young one is to change the format of the character him/herself, though that's an argument for another time).
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