This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m covering a topic that often annoys me. It’s Product Placement in Games!
Product Placement?: So real world brands, like Coca Cola or Subway. Sometimes in games you’ll find parodies of real world businesses, like Up and Atom for In and Out Burgers in Grand Theft Auto V. But other times you’ll find actual brands in the games you play. Sometimes this is amusing, like in Final Fantasy XV where not only was there a helmet for Noctis to wear proudly proclaiming Cup Noodles odd placement in the game, but there was an entire side Quest where you hunted an incredibly difficult monster in order to find a good topping for it. It was beyond bizarre, but it didn’t feel immersion breaking. Almost, but not quite. Considering that American Express, and Coleman were also prominently featured in the game that is quite a feat. Other games that have done it well are games like Skate, which features tons of different brands.
But not always?: Right, sometimes it’s just plain annoying. Like the Subway products in Uncharted 3. That was just immersion breaking, and just out of place.
The odd: Some of them are just plain weird though, like EverQuest II having an in game spot where you could order a pizza and get it delivered from Pizza Hut.
That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Are there any games which feature Product Placement that you feel I should’ve mentioned? Leave your answers in the comments below!
This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m going to cover some things you might not notice while playing the latest Final Fantasy. It’s Things in FFXV You Might Miss!
Miss? Like What?: Well for example you might not notice that the parties clothing and skin gradually becomes dirty over time if you don’t go to an inn or set up camp every night.
Really?: Yeah it actually happens, in fact you can get burns and bloodstains as well on the characters or even wet hair in addition to wet clothing. In addition all of those changes are reflected in the main menu screen where you can see the party.
Outfits: Speaking of clothes, you can and should choose which outfits you use. Not only does it affect your stats, yes it actually does that, it also changes how the characters interact out in the world. Noct might complain he’s cold and Ignis will retort saying that he should be wearing his jacket, if he’s not wearing one. The opposite happens as well. Personally I use the standard outfit but leave the jackets off for my party since I prefer to be more hard hitting rather than having more defense or hp.
Break Appendages: Not only does this weaken your enemies, but doing so can often lead to valuable items that sell for a pretty penny or are used in various side quests to upgrade weapons. So break all the appendages you can, it’ll make your fights easier and make you more money.
Mother and Child Rice Bowl: You can acquire this in Lestallum by passing by a certain NPC, but this dish is probably the most useful dish in the game early on. It not only boosts EXP gain by 30% it also increases item drop rate by 50%! Seriously, if you aren’t using this when hunting for rare items you are shooting yourself in the foot. It’s also a great way of earning money relatively quickly.
Point Warping in Combat: It’s not just a good way to get a breather, it also replenishes MP to full. This is doable even if you have no MP and have the Stasis status. So get to warping around, and don’t be afraid to use it.
Pull over for Prompto: You might find him annoying, though personally I just found him to be energetic with the Japanese dubbing, but it’s really worth the extra EXP you can get for a relatively easy task. It also adds to the feel of the game.
Guest Party Members: Take a look at their equipment screens for some good laughs. I particularly enjoyed Iris’s technique.
Turn off the HUD: Seriously, turn it off and enjoy the artwork because it’s some of the best ever made. The entire game is beyond beautiful.