Firstly, Changes To NSG
Welcome to the first of hopefully many articles written by yours truly. Firstly before we get started, I’d like to explain a few little changes we’ll be making to the content we produce. As part of a slight adjustment of our goals with NoSenseGamers, we are making some changes to our weekly articles. No need to worry though, Chris will still bring you his weekly article, only with a slight change of focus, and Play This! by Adam shall still be available but it will have a new name and a somewhat different structure.
But, in order to fall in line with our reshuffle, we will no longer be producing the weekly News Update. That article shall be replaced with the one you are reading right now. But that’s enough with the formalities, let’s get down to business.
What’s All This Talk About Next-Gen?
The next generation of gaming consoles. It’s probably the biggest talking topic from within the chaos of the internet, with everyone yapping away how Sony didn’t show the PS4 and how Microsoft have forgotten about games. Well Microsoft, I haven’t forgotten. And that’s what I’m going to talk about.
I often try to be a neutral party within the console wars. I own both a PS3 and a Xbox 360 (of course I don’t own a Wii. Who do you take me for?). So for me it’s always been about games, and to be honest that means whichever console, PS4 or Xbox One, it’ll be the one with the more enticing, more alluring games that will receive my patronage.
The Gamer’s Console Or The All-In-One Entertainment System?
So far with several impressive titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub lined up for Sony’s next-gen console they seem to be take the lead in the race for top console. At least for gamers. And it doesn’t look like Microsoft are trying to compete, even with the announcement of the new Forza and Quantum Break at the Xbox conference.
But with the Electronic Entertainment Expo around the corner that could change. Microsoft have said that they won’t be talking about TV at E3 and they’ve stated that they’re investing $1 Billion into games for the Xbox One. Which means maybe they haven’t forgotten that they are supposed to be making a “games” console. That said, it looks like Sony will be bringing 40 games to E3 (PS4,PS3 and Vita games included). So it is likely to be a very interesting couple of days.
Although if you’re like me, you’ll already be leaning towards the PS4 because of the number of games they’ve thrown at us already, the share functionality, and that Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has said “that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers. If we miss that part then I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console.” It’s all about games, and that in my opinion is the most important thing.
That’s not to say that the Xbox One isn’t worth keeping an eye on, with cloud gaming, live sports, and an improved (yet unnecessary) Kinect which are interesting aspects of the console. But with apparent restrictions on borrowing games from friends and that much of their content will be region locked they need to try and recover, and quickly. But they appear to be trying to expand their consumer base without first appealing to their already existing followers. And the problem is that fans of video games are very, very fussy and will moan excessively about something they hate until everyone agrees and then jump ship. Think the Mass Effect 3 ending fiasco, or Sim CIty always online debacle, or the Diablo 3 error shenanigans but on a larger scale.
Third Party Devs For The Win!
Funnily enough though, when I look at the next-gen games already announced it’s the cross-platform games that have drawn my attention. I’ll be monitoring Bungie’s Destiny very closely, with it’s potentially revolutionary concept of shared gaming and a vibrant sci-fi universe. Then there’s Watch Dogs, a game that has been on my radar ever since it’s first impressive demo at last years E3. And don’t forget Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the next installment in the highly successful series about guys running on the rooftops of historic cities inside the Matrix.
Of course there is Call Of Duty: Ghosts, with it’s highly detailed dogs. Although I’m not all that interested in another rehashed version of the same game they’ve release several times before. Similarly, there is also Battlefield 4. Dice always like to show off their Frostbite engine and the almost life-like graphics, let’s hope they continue to try and maintain the unique aspects of Battlefield 3 but make things better and stay away from the repetitive nature of their closest competitor.
While there are some good looking exclusive titles for both new consoles (although so far more for the PS4), it’ll come down to which console complements these third party games the best that may just pull away with the lead. Which I have no doubt is why Xbox have a deal set up with Infinity Ward for the release of COD:Ghosts content and with EA for FIFA content.
It’s All About Games
All in all (like the Xbox One. Get it?), I think that while Sony has the majority of the gaming communities favour, the next couple of weeks and months will be where the real fight takes place. Each will try to battle it out, talking about hardware and features. But as usual it will come down to the games themselves, both exclusives and cross-platform titles will be the deciders. It is precisely why the Wii U has already lost, the Xbox One with the all-in-one entertainment system is trailing, and the PS4 fulfilling the role of the games console is taking the lead. And as long as Sony remember to attract the gamers first, then lure in further interested parties, they’ll pull away and leave Microsoft in the dust with their not-always-online-but-you-have-to-connect-once-a-day console.
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