One of my very first posts back in August (wow time has flown!) was about the next generation of consoles. It was the buzz topic back then, we’d got our first peaks of the two rivals and were getting some idea of the specs and exclusives that we’d be getting. Of the two I decided that I preferred the PS4, its a fair amount cheaper for essentially the same thing with exclusives that interested me much more. Aside from that, I also decided that I wouldn’t be buying one in the near future. So, now that we’re in the midst of the releases has the Digital Salad suddenly decided to go out and buy a release day Xbox One instead?
I’m going to do a big spoiler here, I didn’t decide to go out and buy an Xbox One or a PS4 on release day, just like I decided back in August. The main reason is the cost, they’re a lot of money. Talking of money, I can’t help but wonder whether in times of economic trouble whether putting the releases so close to Christmas might have been a slight misjudgement. I guess Sony and Microsoft’s marketing departments decided that it would make for ideal ‘this is the perfect gift for …’ adverts, but with budgets so tight most people I know of are putting it off until at least after Christmas even if they really would quite like one.
Needless to say, the consoles have broken sales records of consoles. I just wonder if the sales would have been more if they had been released earlier in the year.
Even if the patron saint of gaming (Saint Sony has a certain ring to it) gave me £500 to splash out on a console of choice and as many games as I wanted I wouldn’t honestly go and buy either. I’d much rather spend that on a whole range of other media before buying a console.
I’d rather buy gem cards for Guild Wars 2, I’d rather buy DVDs, I’d rather buy a few Xbox 360 games I’ve prevaricated about buying for years. Heck, I’d even rather buy a load of books before I spent it on a new console, because I don’t think I’d honestly use it enough to justify the cost.
Now that the consoles are hitting shelves and the games are beginning to be played for the first time we’re beginning to see and get more of a feel for the next generations exclusives. At the end of the day, with a console its value is in the games it can play. So how do the exclusives, that only these new consoles can play, stand up?
Forza 5 isn’t a great deal different from Forza 4, which has suited me just fine for around a year on the Xbox 360. Forza 5 is quite a big jump in graphics, especially the sky and weather effects, but the graphics on Forza 4 are still better than the majority of games being released today – so I’m not all that excited by that. Forza is one of those games that you don’t really need to buy every installment of, they’re that similar and always that well done. Essentially, it’s a game that I’d buy if I was given an Xbox One, but I wouldn’t buy an Xbox One for it.
Ryse: Son Of Rome was much lauded for the Xbox One exclusive line up, but it seems that have fallen pretty flat on the implementation of what was potentially a great idea. The combat is repetitive, even in official trailers you begin to see the same quick-time-event kill cut-scenes beginning to be repeated.
I appreciate having a Third Person Slasher in the Xbox One line-up, its a bit outside of the usually very traditional Microsoft box, but it could’ve been so much better. The early reviews coming out are hardly glowing – Gamespot’s was particularly brutal, giving it just 4/10. So, Ryse has not allayed the early fears that I had back in August about it failing to deliver on all that it promised.
Deadrising 3 turned out quite well, and is probably the most tempting of the Xbox One release exclusives to me. There wasn’t much news or detail on it back in August, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect other than the precedent of the mindless Zombie mayhem of the previous installments in the series.
Deadrising 3 delivers pretty well on the whole. There’s killing hordes of zombies with a multitude of weapons and vehicles, that was pulled off really well. Add to that pretty funny humour of the game and you get a pretty solid release. You can run around dressed as a lego brick man wielding a lightsaber if that floats your boat. Your friends can come and join you in co-op as well, which is a nice touch that I like to see. Not enough games, let alone highly promoted exclusives, have co-op modes and I always appreciate a game that does.
Deadrising 3 is the same kind of humour as Saints Row 3 and 4, which is fun for a while but will get old eventually even with the added bonus of killing zombie hordes.
As for PS4 exclusives; Killzone Shadowfall looks amazing but, oddly enough, seems somewhat boring at many stages. There’s no big battles, with you spending most of the game wandering about from sniping skirmish to sniping skirmish.
I like to compare Killzone to the recent releases of Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. I think Killzone is closer to COD now that we’ve seen it, and probably is better at what COD does than COD this time if you ask me. That said, I’d still rather have Battlefield 4 over both other games, and that doesn’t require a next generation console!
What I like about Sony’s offerings for the PS4 is the variety, there’s the standard fare of First Person Shooters like Killzone but there’s also all sorts of other games. One really out of the box is Flower, which is not much more than an interactive tour of one of the most beautiful video game landscapes ever (much better than the graphics of the PS3 version allowed all those years ago), but for the equivalent of about £4 you really can’t complain.
Resogun is a similar, essentially glorified mini game, that has been really well made and I would most likely buy for its reasonable price and flawless and enjoyable play. Trouble is, Flower and Resogun aren’t enough of a reason to make me run out to the shops and buy a PS4.
Destiny will be coming out on both the PS4 and Xbox One, and I am quite excited about it from the gameplay videos that are beginning to surface. Although it is reported to be much better on the next generation consoles which it was predominantly designed for, it will be coming out on the older generation as well – so I reckon Destiny might well be the last blockbuster Xbox 360 game worth buying. It’s no reason on its own to buy a new generation console.
The Order 1886 still hasn’t seen much more information released, or even an official release date announced, but I’m still pretty excited from what they have shown us so far. But, without any more news it’s not a reason to go out and buy a console just yet.
So, there’s some fun to be had with some of the games released for the Xbox One and PS4. I would probably enjoy playing on several of the games that have and will be released on both consoles as the older generation gets gradually retired. I just don’t find any of the games reason enough to go and buy a console.
I still lean towards the PS4 more than the Xbox One, but I would be buying that mainly for the promise that The Order shows and a belief in good games to come after that, which may well never arrive. I’m going to keep my money for now and even if Saint Sony comes to me in a flash of light and offers me one of the consoles I’ll have to disappoint him.
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