It seems to me that the most successful SP FPS games over the last few years have been one that came with an editor.
Does whether an editor is included in a retail game affect your purchase?
This question is for people who DON’T make the maps or mods. It’s for the players who buy the games with playing maps and mods in mind. Imagien this: You have two games to buy; one that comes with and editor and one that doesn’t. They both are very intersting to you and both cost the same. Which would you buy?
Of course this question may seem like a stupid one to PP reader because you already play mods but think about other games you bought. Did they come with editors? Having an editor may not seem that important to you because you don’t make mods and maps but there must be thousands of mod player who don’t make mods.
Crysis doesn’t seem to have lots of SP mods available, although maybe they take time to make. I suspect that the story wasn’t deep enough to encourage modders to make SP mods. I have heard the Riddick game was really good but it has all but been forgotten. I have a feeling that if that came with tools for making mods it would have been successful.
Is it because the lead character has exactly that – character, whereas the other games just have these generic marine-types? Can you think of a really good SP FPS that didn’t release SP mods? Maybe Halo, although some were made I believe.
I’ve rushed this post and wish I had more time to research and write something better because it seems an interesting topic. Having an editor doesn’t guarantee success but it sure seems to help. What do you think?