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Next-Gen vs. Current-Gen: The Hype of 2013

While everyone is undoubtedly excited about the next-gen consoles and games, I feel that the current-gen still has more to offer. That’s not to say that I’m not excited, but there are still some amazing offerings coming to our current systems.

The launch of a new console is always fickle, there usually has to be something coming out with said console to grab your attention and make you want to have it. These are usually first-party games that try to showcase just how powerful these new systems are. Whether by showing off online capabilities like with Halo: CE and the original Xbox, or just how fun games can be like with Luigi’s Mansion on the GameCube(which I still think is one of the best games on the platform). These games are supposed to draw in consumers to their individual
platform, but I’m just not seeing it yet for the Xbox One or PS4. There’s nothing that grabs me and demands that I pay attention to it. I’m just not prepared to drop upwards of $400 for a system that doesn’t have compelling software, but that’s fine, our current systems are still going strong!

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There are a ton of huge games coming for our current systems that will keep me entertained for the next year or so, and I’m sure there are some that haven’t even been announced. I mean… the list just keeps growing:

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13
  • Watch Dogs
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Dark Souls II
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Fable: Anniversary
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Destiny
  • Titanfall

Every title I’m excited for is coming out on the systems that I already own. I’m sure that they next-gen versions will be slightly better, but by how much, really? I’m thinking that they can’t be too much better, as they still have to play on older consoles. But I could be wrong, there could be massive improvements, but I’ve yet to see the developers portray the difference to me aside from the prettier graphics. I want nothing more than the developers and publishers of all these fantastic games to show me what I’m missing by getting it on the current-gen hardware, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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There are also a lot of games taking advantage of tablets and phones with the use of apps, but what’s the point of that? I’d rather keep my eyes focused on the main screen, not shifting from one screen to another all the time. Most of the “advantages” the apps offer are shoehorned in and seem completely unnecessary anyway. Here’s the scenario: I’m playing my game, running around and enjoying it a bunch. But then I drop my controller, pick up my tablet/phone, start the app, and fiddle around on the screen. I’m done with that, so I put that back down and grab my controller to play again. It’s just not very convenient for me; there’s no incentive to use it. The one redeeming feature seems to be a smartphone app that enables you to purchase games using it and then have your system at home download it for when you arrive. That being said, I’d rather miss out on those extra features or have them put into the main game. I want to concentrate on the main screen where my game is while I lay back with my controller.

All of this just comes down to taste. There’s no doubt in my mind that people are excited about the launch line-up for their console of choice, but there is yet to be anything I find appealing. There are games that have been announced like a new Halo and inFamous: Second Son, but those aren’t supposed to be coming out for another year. That’s a big mistake in my eyes, both Sony and Microsoft should want to bust out of the gate strong, having compelling selling points for each of their respective platforms. It’s a missed opportunity that they only get once a console. I find their first-party titles to be severely lacking; there are racing games, fighting games, open-world games, shooters, but the most interesting games are coming from third-parties like Ubisoft, Activision, or EA. Both console manufactures have done this before, and have a better launch line-up on their previous hardware, so why not this time? If anything, it feels as if there’s something to prove this time, what with the smaller jump in graphical fidelity then before. They knew they were working on new hardware, so why not develop some killer titles to release with? The games industry has only grown, but I can’t help but feel as if everyone on the insides, making the games, aren’t paying attention to what is going on around them.

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Once again, don’t get me wrong, I’m ready and all for the next-gen. I even wrote an article previously about how interested I am about what’s going to come with the future of these upcoming platforms. It’s just that I haven’t been convinced that we will see that change yet, I haven’t been dragged in to the excitement. Instead, I’m watching all of the trailers, interviews, and conferences with a keen eye to spot anything that peaks my interest. It just hasn’t happened yet; the only things I keep seeing are games that interest me on the platforms already in my home. I hope that excitement kicks in soon and that both companies have some great stuff up their sleeves, but for now, I’m likely going to hold back on the purchase of my console of choice.

What do you think, have Microsoft and Sony filled you with joy and made you content with buying one of these systems day one? Is there something you still want them to share or show off before you make your purchase? Comment below!