I will tell you this right now. Buying a next generation console when it first comes out is a stupid, fanboy move. The first batch of next generation systems are always pretty much the beta run, even if no one wants to admit it. For proof of this, look to the millions of Xbox 360 users who got the red ring of death. That shit is unforgivable. It really is. You shouldn’t fork over hundreds of dollars for something that may very well die on you. The smartest of us wait until the first few bugs have been discovered and worked out.
Keep in mind though that it wasn’t always this way. When Sega and Nintendo were battling back in the days, systems weren’t nearly as complicated as they are now, so they were less prone to disaster. You could be a first day customer, and have that same system for, well, ever. I don’t know about you, but my Genesis still works just fine. Thing is, more complicated software and hardware means more room for problems. Honestly, though, when it comes to spending half a grand on what boils down to being a really fancy toy, most consumers want to make sure they are getting the best product they can, and this often means waiting patiently when systems first come out. All your friends are telling you how great it is. You see the commercials and drool. Yet you wait. For the most part, as adults, this is okay. We can do this. We are aware of the payoff, and we deal with it.
But then there are always THOSE games. The few games that almost make it almost impossible to not just cave and buy a new system when it drops.
Though first pickings can often be weak, there is always a boatload of badass games waiting, just around the corner to be released. Last gen it was Bioshock that did it. The game that finally made me cave and buy a 360, regardless of any ring of death worries. A game so good, you would risk the loss of investment just to play it.
Please note that games like Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4 will not be on this list simply because they will still be available for current gen systems. The games on this list are all next-gen exclusivesNext
Dead Rising 3
I will admit, I am not nuts about the Dead Rising series. I know it is great fun, and is a kind of sandbox for sickos like me who always fantasized about a zombie invasion. But the actual gameplay (forced boss fights, time limit to escape and so on) just wore on me rather quickly. Having said that, Dead Rising 3 has me very excited. The textures look amazing and the size and scope of the game is epic. To me, it looks like Dead Rising 3 is the game Dead Rising always wanted to be. Massive, overwhelming, and incredibly fun.
In the same breath, I am uber-aware that this series has disappointed me before, so I am not so stupid as to assume it won’t do it again. That being said, I would also be lying if I were to say the game didn’t kind of make me drool a little. Even stupid little features like how the zombies in the game will actually react to real life sounds in your own living room (damn sentient Kinect) just seem like it could amp up the intensity of the gameplay that much more.
Or it could be really annoying if you sneeze a lot. I guess it all depends on the person. But yes, Dead Rising 3 is the first next-gen game that I actually really want to play.Previous Next
Ryse: Son of Rome
Who wouldn’t want to play Gladiator meets 300 meets Spartacus meets Michael Bay? Anyone? Good. The aforementioned amalgamation is exactly what Ryse: Son of Rome is selling itself as, an epic re-creation of the ancient city that puts you into the shoes of a Roman General out for revenge.
Not only is the game being developed by Crytek, meaning it will no doubt look gorgeous, but it’s also an Xbox One launch title and one of the console’s more prominent exclusives, which hopefully indicates that it will be of high quality. Along with perhaps Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5, this is one of the must-haves on launch day and judging by the footage we’ve seen so far, it’s not hard to see why.
All that aside, Ryse: Son of Rome just looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Its hack and slash gameplay looks bloody and brutal and the promise of being able to fight off invading tribes of barbarians in order to protect your city’s legacy is just too tantalizing to pass up. And don’t think this will be a watered down version of the empire either. Crytek has promised some truly Mature rated content so that we can experience Ancient Rome in all its glory.
Just thinking about that makes me want to pre-order an Xbox One immediately.Previous Next
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher is treated like the red headed step child of the RPG world, even though it is really the Tesla. It is such a well crafted series yet so few people have played it. Hopefully the third outing will change that.
I cannot help but be swept up in the excitement about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. First of all, of all the next-gen games coming down the pipeline soon, The Witcher 3 is definitely one of the most visually stunning. It seems to be the first time time that we can really tell that this is next-gen gaming. Just the textures alone are enough to make Pixar animators drool.
On top of just the aesthetics, the gameplay is bound to be amazing, because in this series, it always has been. It’s not the button mashing you get in most adventure RPGs. No, this is fairly layered combat, and you need to learn the ebb and flow of offence and defence if you want to survive in this world. It may not be Dark Souls levels of sadism and difficulty, but it also isn’t a game that you can just wander through.
Lastly, think about just how great the story will be. The Witcher is one of those games that places decisions into your hands. You can pretty much screw people over and seduce the shit out of them. As trite as those features may sound now because so many games have them, I am curious to see just how robust these moments and crucial decisions will be.
Oh, and next-gen sex scenes. Those ought to be interesting, right?Previous Next
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It was right around the point in Metal Gear Solid 2 when I was a naked, long haired man running around, that I realized this series was batshit insane. I know there were moments when I should have realized this in part one, but I was too busy being awed by that game at the time to realize.
From there on, the series just got more and more crazy. How about the fact that you could let “The End” boss in Metal Gear Solid 3 die of old age if you just waited around long enough and did nothing? Or the hallucinatory sequence where you are a fucking demon hunter?
As crazy as previous games were, it honestly looks like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is going to trump everything. The first trailer made it look like the whole game is one, giant, fever dream. Then they released some gameplay footage, and it looks more akin to Red Dead Redemption than the Metal Gear we all know, but that is absolutely fine by me.
Being an MGS game, we know a few things for sure:
There will be insane boss fights.
There will be hours upon hours of nonsensical exposition.
There will be hours upon hours of cut-scenes.
When all is said and done, none of it will make any sense. But you know that you will love every last second of it.Previous Next
Okay, stop what you are doing and just look at this fucking game.
That, my friends, is what next-gen gaming should look like.
I mean, I know getting caught up in graphics is kind of foolish, but then again, aren’t we allowed to? This is art, and it is a medium being pushed further and further before our very eyes. It would only be asinine of us not to observe that.
Deep Down makes me stop in my tracks and drool. It makes me marvel at just how far we have come since I was playing Venture on ColecoVision. This, my friends, is the new age of gaming.
The funny thing is, I know next to nothing about the game. I know Capcom is developing it (I am sorry, but post RE6, that doesn’t bring the same buzz it once did), and I know it is a free-to-play online game. Basically, a dungeon crawler for the new age. But I am a simple man, raised on simple things. What truly compels me about this game is the creature design.
For years, we have seen the same basic creatures, remade over and over again. We have fought bears and wolves and demons and dragons and trolls and spiders and wizards and werewolves. While those things are cool, they’ve grown old. It looks like Deep Down knows this, and throws us some truly unique and terrifying looking creatures our way. Original creature design is something that really awes me in this day and age, and I am hoping Deep Down will spur a new generation of creatures and beasties for us to slay in the virtual gaming world.
On top of that, I am shallow, and I am a nerd. So give me something that looks REALLY good and has fantasy elements in it, and I am there. That, my friends, is Deep Down in a nutshell.
- Killzone: Shadow Fall: I will admit, Killzone titles NEVER live up to their hype, so I am eyeing this one suspiciously.
- Quantum Break: Episodic TV meets video games? Intrigued, but sensing a sort of flashback to FMV gaming. Think this one may end up missing the mark, big time.
Tell us, which next-gen games are YOU most pumped for? Take to the comments and let us know which titles are forcing your hand to buy an Xbox One and/or PlayStation 4.Previous