Do you think that Licensed Products in games are good? Now, I'm not talking about Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo, those types of games would be terrible if they didn't have licensed cars and stuff in them. I'm talking about stuff like GTA. Stuff like real life ads (not this so much but some licensing in game usually results in this), real cars (none of that lame look-a-like different name crap), real gun names, etc etc. I personally think licensing is a great thing if they don't make everything in-game an ad. I know FNR3 and NFSU2 both had a lot of ads for crap in them. Wouldn't it be fun in GTA to hop into a Ford Mustang, that looks just like a real one, and race people, or hop into a big GMC Suburban and run people down? While sure its nice and all that they look just like a lot of real life cars, they don't have the nice details that the real ones do that makes them look good. If GTA 4 had licensed cars it'd be much more fun. Think about it, they could even make hidden in the game special versions of cars or make them in different areas of the city, like a Camaro SS, Mustang Saleen, CTS-V, AMG Edition Mercedes, M Series BMWs, etc. You could even have different years of the cars like in real life. You might find a 88 Honda Accord in the poor part of town, but in the nicer part of town with mansions and nice pretty houses with big yards and garages, find a 2006 BMW 525i. It's just a small (and I'm sure not so easy and expensive to do) thing that I personally think would make a lot of these games more fun. Heh, besides its one thing to smash a car that looks like a real life one you hate but its more fun to smash the real life looking one. Opinions?
I voted other.
Burnout would be too weird if that BMW lookalike was ACTUALLY a BMW. One of the things that makes Burnout great is the cool cars you actually WISH was being made by someone. On the other hand, it would be weird to drive a "Londa NKX" In FZ2 ;)
I doubt any of the larger manufacturers would want to associate themselves with a game as violent as the GTA series, especially after the whole "Hot Coffee" incident.
Besides, there are plenty of third party mods (such as RealGTA3) that replace the GTA universe lookalikes with real-world content. (I.e an Infernus becomes a Ferrari, a Kuruma becomes a Lexus, etc.)
For other games, though, I think it's overall a good thing. It just adds that extra touch of realism.
It's ok if it isn't overdone.
But the whole Wrigleys chewing gum thing appearing in like all the cutscenes for Splinter Cell:Chaos Theory....was a bit too obvious.(Oh look lets stick a real big close-up of this Wrigley's packet of chewing gum).
Oh and it's returning in the next splinter cell.But a different sponsor.