Sony’s Strength Is Story Based Games, Argues PlayStation’s America Boss

I think he is right.

Posted By | On 20th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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If Nintendo’s strength is in focusing on mechanically perfect games with great local and party multiplayer potential, and Microsoft’s is apparently games as a service, what is Sony’s core strength? What is their philosophy as they design their games?

Shawn Layden, the head of PlayStation in North America, was recently asked this question during a conversation with The Telegraph. His response? Sony excels in making story and character focused games.

“My philosophy is to play to my strengths,” he said. “And if you look at the studios we have – Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, Santa Monica Studios, Japan Studios – that’s what we do well. We do story. We create characters. I was so gratified to see the response to [Horizon Zero Dawn protagonist] Aloy when she showed up on the screen and the crowd went wild.

“Those are the kind of things we do well. It’s what we’re known for. It really speaks to our entertainment DNA. We wish to entertain. We wish to make you happy. We wish to make you cry. That whole range of emotions we can pluck at to make you have a great experience.”

He did go on to say that in the future, if Sony saw a way to enter the games as a service realm if they felt they had a team and a concept that suited the space well, they would do it- but for now, they are very clearly happy playing to their strengths. And it’s good for us that they do, because that’s how we get stuff like The Last of Us.

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  • They do story very well, but I’ve been unimpressed with how all of their big AAA games are taking a Last of Us feel, instead of having more variety of stories. Only unique game story wise so far was Bloodborne. God of War, Days Gone, even Horizon which was great felt like Last of Us in how the universe was setup and depicted.

    • Troy Marcel

      They seem very formulaic

    • Riggybro

      Yes. They should release unique stories like muscle men super soldiers who save the world.

    • Well, partially agree – the basis is the same, but they all have their unique spins on the formula so it’s not completely the same, but when you have 3 games all with the same idea that come out all within a 2 year span it starts to get routine…

    • Poseidon team

      For me this formula already started with Uncharted and got perfected with the Last of Us.

    • wilMaster04

      how did horizon feel like last of us? you’re reaching

    • No I’m not, plenty of others feel that way about a game in a post-apocalyptic setting where nature has taken over. I already said the robots make it unique, but it doesn’t change the fact that majority of the cities in the forests felt like TLOU.

    • wilMaster04

      wow you’re really trying to make some sort of connection lol

    • whatever dude, you do you, while the rest of us deals with reality.

  • stopbeingafanboy

    Yup. People actual care about PlayStation”s characters to add also. Drake, Aloy, Kratos, Joel & Ellie, etc etc.

  • Kent Reed

    I haven’t played The Last of Us yet but to me Horizon was for the most part a brand new experience. At first I thought it would be like farcry and be repetitive but no, it’s nothing like Ubisoft stuff. I really like Metro and someone was telling me that’s played just like Last of us. If this is true than Horizon and Last of us don’t have much in common

    • Horizon is strongly influenced by TLOU but not as much as the new God of War and Days Gone. Metro plays more like a horror/story-based FPS. It’s a post-nuclear-apocalyptic story from a Russian perspective so it’s a bit more unique in that it is based off Russian novels…

    • Guest

      Metro plays like a generic FPS, what are you talk about? And nothing you said is true.

    • Kent Reed

      To me Metro is more story based game than a typical fps. The last of us is also a story driven fps so yes…the last of us and Metro do have a lot in common.

  • LDS

    And Phil says story based games are not popular anymore when Sony’s AAA exclusives sells over a million copies at least lol
    And guess what? they got Zero story based AAA exclusive to show off at E3. I am telling you. That guy was just being Effing salty.

    • You need to learn to read the entire paragraph instead of reading the headline. Spencer didn’t say that at all – what he said was SP games make a lot less compared to service based games, so they are a dying breed when you have games like OverWatch, CoD, and Destiny taking the top 10 every month on all platforms. He wants to find a way to make it so that story based SP games don’t go extinct.

    • LDS

      BS. I don’t buy that crap. So he had to bring up other platform’s leading titles just so he can say Story based games don’t sell that much when those games just came out and selling over a million?? and when they got nothing on their side?? That’s the definition of salty dude.

      Come on. That guy even called Zelda a story driven game. He’s clearly never played the game or have any interest. If you want to use your competitor’s leading title as an example, at least you should understand what the game is about which Phil here completely lacks lol

    • This is why people don’t like PS players this gen, y’all believe this utter bs rather than reading what people actually say. Only 10 year olds live in fantasy land and use the word salty. Do whatever the f you want…

    • Dougdec92

      He used the f word and calls himself matured… Pathetic.

    • LDS

      You just remind me one of those many clueless MS defenders trying to come up with excuse for Phil whos constantly finding a way yo screw them.
      It was MS that raised finger to their core users when it came up with stupid internet connection policy, press kinect buy, slashing out their own first parties. And it was MS that made Xbox worthless with anywhere policy. Its MS that cancelled SB. After all that happened somehow people trying to find a way to defend them.
      When will you people finally learn? lol
      SMH

    • You act like XB is trying to kill their fans, give me a f’ing break, grow up.

      Internet policy like Steam? I’m fine with that. Did they explain it well, no – b/c Mattrick was a jackass. And that’s an understatement.

      Kinect – Fair pt, for a device that’s only benefit was voice commands should have been optional.

      First Parties – gee, they killed the groups that made Max and the Curse of the Brotherhood and Fable – both of which hasn’t had a hit since how many years ago. Fable Legends was somewhat fun, but let’s be real here – how fast did Evolve go under? Oh that’s right, player base disappeared in a matter of months.

      XB Play Anywhere – You assume there is no difference between a person who plays a PC and a console, where market data proves otherwise.

      Scalebound – again, see Fable Legends and Evolve, not to mention the technical difficulties Kamiya himself admitted not being able to overcome.

      I don’t need to make excuses for them, I simply read the facts. But you PS idiots read a headline and jump to f’ing conclusions all the f’ing time you read someone’s blog. Check the top 10-15 games on both PS and XB weekly and what you’ll find they are all multiplayer games. There will be one SP game within those ranks depending on the flavor of the month and that’s it. That’s what Spencer was calling out. No matter how great the SP games are (Horizon and Zelda being the latest most successful) – their sales numbers are dwarfed by CoD or OverWatch or GTA with 30M+ copies sold vs 2-4M max. Believe what you f’ing want. It’s clear you’ll hate regardless of the facts. It’s idiots like yourself who got Trump elected believing all the lies b/c it suits your beliefs…

    • Mr Xrat

      Keep damage controlling for your Redmond masters.

    • And you’re blocked.

    • harlemsfinest027

      Blocked because you can’t take some criticism? What a puss. Block me

    • F*ck off. Blocked b/c he was being an a$$ across multiple articles.

  • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Its one of the major failings of MS. And Phil damn well knows it too.

  • mondaymurder23

    Yawn Sony only knows how to make the same stale and uninspired third person action game with stealth and i wonder why this garbage company is still going on

    • Lacerz

      Halo. Gears. Forza.

    • mondaymurder23

      what does those games have to do with me i dont own a xbox lol

    • Lacerz

      Same and stale. Or did you miss the point of your previous comment?

      lol

    • Guest

      Unlike the overly repetitive exactly the same multiplayer games out there today. COD 100, BF50, oh look another FPS that’s just slightly different from the others.

    • mondaymurder23

      ? do you want my steam ID uplay ID origins ID PSN ID or xbox ID becuase i can tell you i own every thing so who are you throwing that comment to ?

    • Dougdec92

      I’m also wondering why and how they sold all those consoles and keep trailing the others, very garbage company indeed.

    • mondaymurder23

      wow because it doesnt take much to plz a console peasant what else ?

  • wilMaster04

    spiderman looks to have a great story also…glad sony makes memorable games still

  • Poseidon team

    Nearly nobody buy Sony’s exclusives… look at Horizon Zero Dawn… 60 millions PS4s out there and only 3 millions copies sold which equals only 5% of the player base… Nioh sold 1 million (1.6%), same for Last Guardian (1.6%).

    What about Yakuza 5, Gravity Rush 2, etc… bellow 1 million for sure…

    Best sales of a PS4 exclusive was Uncharted 4 because it’s a good game and was bundled with PS4. But again sold 8 millions (only 13.3% of the player base got the game).

    Sony is probably losing a lot of money based on how their fans actually support their exclusives. I wonder for how long Sony will continue making so many exclusives based on their actual sales. Only good as fuel for console wars but not really at making money. LOL.

    • Lacerz

      At least Sony actually releases games. If all I got so far this year was a real time strategy game like Halo Wars 2 that’s also on PC, I’d be salty as well.

    • Dougdec92

      Nice

    • wilMaster04

      quantum, gears,recore, all flopped so….

    • Guest

      Forza horizon 2 and 3 and forza 6 also flopped. And each Halo has done worst than the last one and GOW no longer makes its numbers any more. So they are all floundering. And Sony just sold the most systems in May meaning like usual that most people want a PS not a Xbox or Nintendo system.

    • Guest

      STFU bi tch! That’s cuz Sony has a lot games to choose from then MS who only has Forza 107, Halo 600, and GOW 500, so of course ms fanboys will buy them since they have no other choice. And people who buy xbox tend to be more hardcore so they are more fanatical about their system and its games and therefore buy more game and act like much bigger douche bag fan tards.

    • Dougdec92

      So honestly if they were running losses you think they’ll be churning them out year after year?… So by your logic then MS has to invest in movies cos free money is been lost to them.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      Yawn…meanwhile, Horizon’s lifetime sales will dwarf most xbox “exclusives”, and by millions of units, and games like the The Last of Us have sold better than all but the fewest of titles.

      I guess this poor critter ignores all the Microsoft “exclusives” only selling a mere few hundred thousand units, on a player base of 30 million, like Recore, Halo Wars 2, Dead Rising 4, Quantum Bust, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum. Yikes. Some mothers do have them.

    • Mr Xrat

      “For sure”

      Meanwhile any Xbone game that isn’t Halo/Forza/Gears flops hard and even that’s being generous. What a shame.

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    You can keep the single player 10-20 hour one and done games for $60.

    More people are playing Gears, Halo, Forza horizon 3…hell even black ops 2 back compat on Xbox than there are any of Sony’s single player exclusives that are dead a month after launch. Sea of thieves, crackdown, state of decay 2 and Forza 7 all have coop or multiplayer with hundreds of hours of replay.

    • wilMaster04

      lies

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      LOL…this guy is arguing FOR microtransactions, he’s just not smart enough to realize it. Typical. Yikes.

      This medman has the meds you forgot, ocelot.

    • Holeybartender

      After a few monthes you’re STILL cut and pasting this comment…sad.

  • stopbeingafanboy

    This comment section is hilarious. They moved 60 million units because of the VARIETY of story based experiences. That’s the reason the Xbox is in second place, they don’t have that many. I truly hope as the X1X gets older they start to invest these type of games. Because power alone is not going to win the day.

    • Lacerz

      Don’t expect the Xbots to use logic or reasoning. They’ll actually defend their lack of games or all exclusives also releasing on PC as a good thing.

    • stopbeingafanboy

      I got an Xbox(and ps4), and I don’t understand how they keep defending this as well. Like seriously if gamers don’t speak up and demand a better experience, we will keep getting the same stuff.

    • how ya doin?

      Second place? Oh please, they’re in 3rd place far behind Nintendo switch.

    • stopbeingafanboy

      Damn. Lol

  • SalvagedXBot

    If you aren’t interested in the stories they are selling though you lose interest. I loved when naughty dog had jak and daxter, sucker punch had sly cooper and guerilla games killzone since they all moved on so have I.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      Fair enough, but it’s hard to argue with the success they’re currently having not only with the hardware, but with new ip’s and returning franchises.

    • SalvagedXBot

      I think they market their exclusives effectively and they sell really well for being limited to one console. Exclusives help sell consoles there is no doubt about that, but i believe the horrendous launch of xbox one was what really created the gap.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      That was 2013. Plenty of time has passed for Microsoft to correct the failures of that messaging. But month after month, ps4 continues to outsell xbox one not only worldwide, which was always going to happen, but also in North America and the UK. That ain’t a launch issue….that’s a games issue. Sorry.

      Time to stop using poor launch messaging as an excuse for why the console still lags behind badly today….after all, the xbox one is selling better than the 360 did, at least that’s what they tell us.

    • SalvagedXBot

      Well you’re entitled to your opinion and you could be right. I’m not making an excuse when I say selling systems only helps you sell more in the future especially when you deny cross platform play. The redesign with Xbox one s and now with the new Xbox one X solves some of the brand’s problems. As for games ps4 has more that is fact, however more does not mean its competitor has none.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      We probably agree more than we disagree. I had a question for you…you mentioned Jak and Daxter/Naughty Dog, and as it currently stands, The Last of Us is one of my all time favorite games and for me is Naughty Dog’s best game. For me it’s not close, and I also love the Uncharted titles. Do you prefer platformers, or games like Jak and Daxter to Uncharted or The Last of Us?

      Also, you mentioned Killzone and Guerilla, and I like the Killzone series as well, but for me, just like with Naughty Dog, Horizon Zero Dawn is easily Guerilla’s best work imo. Do you prefer Killzone?

    • SalvagedXBot

      We definitely have some common ground. Yeah I’m a fan of platformers for sure. I think Jak 2 was one of the best games ever and killzone 1 is one of my all time favorite shooters. I’m not trying to take away from what naughty dog, sucker punch and guerilla games are doing now because they do great work but i loved their old games and have no interest in their new ones maybe because of art direction or the stories just don’t interest me. I’m glad so many people enjoy their new titles and hope they keep their fans happy.

  • Mr Xrat

    Xgimps downplaying PS4 exclusives again. Don’t you have timed indie games to wait for?

    • harlemsfinest027

      Oh stop it. Sea of Piss is coming soon! That’ll show Sony!


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