Gamers rejoice! Less than two months away from the PS4 launch and a tad over two months away from the Xbox One launch! Soon we’ll all be playing on new systems with new games and new controllers….or will we? My first question today is what the turnover might be initially and will the games look that much better; also how the console war has heated up and if Diablo III better on console.
The depth of emotion this game showed makes me excited for the next generation of consoles.
I’ll start off with a quick review my time with The Last of Us. This game has, to me defined this generation in a way few games ever have defined a console. TLOU is an emotional ride and defining experience from beginning to end. It gives us a glimpse into true human survival and in a post apocalyptic world a vision of what surviving would require. I actually played through the single-player three times and then started another new game plus. It’s story telling and realness gives the player an emotional connection with the world and it’s characters. Defining games like this is too difficult and can only be called masterpiece.
Diablo III is better than many RPGs out today.
Diablo III is also coming to PS4 as well as already out on PS3 and though I was going to wait, I had a hard time not wanting to travel the darkened fields of Tristram. I was pleasantly surprised and glad I did and have conquered Nightmare mode, and now find myself in Act II of Hell mode. I read a few forums, spoke to my friend who played on PC and from what I see so far, the item drops/loot is better and though the graphics are slightly less pretty, the game plays awesome. I hope many console owners will try it out. I think they will enjoy it very much.
GTA V is the swan song this generation deserves.
The game that many think is a great swan song for this generation GTA V. How to describe it….? It’s a unique mix of driving, shooting, tactics and fun rolled into one game. I have to agree with the reviews I read in that it’s the most fun I’ve had in GTA since GTA III. I have to say if you have children as I do, anyone under 17 definitely should not play this game. There are so many expletives, sex scenes and more nudity shown than any game I’ve seen with the exception of BMX XXX. Rockstar really did a good job of making what we all know the M rating defines. For years the anti-gaming folks have forced the hand of the ESRB to rate games a certain way. What has shocked me is that many of those who detest the medium fail to see the parallels in TV and Movies, let alone print magazines that only 17+ are able to watch or purchase without adult supervision. I guess it’s no surprise though, gaming is to blame for people doing stupid things like movies and TV in the 80’s, comic books in the 60’s/70’s, or dancing in the early 1900’s. Apparently the precedents get overlooked and the real game being played is a political one…alright off the soapbox now and on to the console wars.
Microsoft keeps changing it’s story, backtracking, and may finally be gaining ground…and as I say that I spoke too soon. New reports suggest that Ryse: Son of Rome runs at 900p, that Forza 5 is showing degradation at the Tokyo Game Show(TGS). Just when I was getting excited for the Xbox One, they dash my hopes again. I mean c’mon! Hopefully this is just Alpha game problems or Beta issues but who knows. None of us do until launch. Same thing goes for the PS4, which is looking mighty awesome so far. Killzone: Shadow Fall alone makes me proud to have pre-ordered it first. Many things can change between now and launch so lets hope each of the Big 3 get their act together and ready for this fall.
Hiroshi Yamauchi former Nintendo President
Speaking of Nintendo: Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary behind Nintendo’s journey into the video game market passed away. When I read the articles about this man, it took me back to the first days I owned a NES and sat in front of my little TV playing Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, and Track and Field. My hope for Nintendo’s future is that they gain some momentum and succeed.
That’s all I’ve got for today. I’m considering making this a weekly thing, possibly shorter. If you like the idea let me know!