With all the hype about the next gen around the corner (literally less than a week away for PS4 enthusiast), it becomes easy for those of us who still own a 360 or PS3 to become discouraged. Many gamers have already resorted to trading in their old consoles, or selling them off while they still retain some cash value. It's a well known fact that most gamers are attracted to 'new' things - it's simply the nature of the beast. Whenever something bigger and better comes along, many gamers are ready to jump on board and leave the past behind us. Some of us aren't quite ready to move on though; whether it be for financial reasons, fear of change, or just appreciation for all the wonderful things that this generation has served us, you just can't let it go. One might even make the argument that this is the best time to jump in on the current generation of consoles, with a wide library of games established, and many being priced far more affordable then when they were first released. No matter what your decision is, there are many awesome opportunities that await us as gamers. This blog serves to shed some light on them, so don't be too hasty about setting aside that PS3 or 360 just yet!
I must admit, this all comes from a somewhat biased perspective - yes, I just recently purchased a PS3 for the first time. I was able to obtain a newer super-slim model with a 250gb hard drive and 3 games for $160. Those games are Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2. All of which are fantastic games that really impressed me, and were very easy on my wallet. I'm so thrilled about the vast library that the PS3 has, and I can feel good as a consumer knowing that I won't have to spend $60 for every single game I'd like to play. All that being said, I still like the feeling of grabbing a brand new game, and neither the PS3 nor the Xbox 360 are done delivering the goods.
Are you as excited about Destiny as I am? I certainly hope so. Ever since watching the E3 demonstration of the game in action, I've been nothing but excited to try it myself. I think it's fair to say that Bungie and and Halo were a big part of why the Xbox has become as successful as it has. Now that Bungie has been out on it's own, the potential for this game is mind blowing. Bungie has been given the freedom to develop a shooter from the ground up, unrestricted from a franchise label and first party demands. I've got my fingers crossed that this game will raise the bar to a whole new level for first person shooters, just as Halo did so many years ago. Keep your eyes and ears out for it when it's released in 2014.
I've been a Metal Gear Solid fan ever since....well, the original came out on the PSX. This is one of the few franchises in gaming that continues to get even better with every installment, and I have no doubt that Ground Zeroes will execute in a similar manner. Metal Gear Solid 4 literally left me speechless, it was such a powerful game that left me hanging on the edge of my seat to the very end. 5 years after it's release, it's just as brilliant as it's ever been, and I know that Kojima will have many new twists and turns for us with Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Better yet? These games are being released on the PS3 and 360 as well. Better better yet? They can be downloaded digitally for $10 less than the leading retail, and the PS4 and Xbox One versions. If that's not a pretty neat little deal, then I don't really know what to tell you. The game is looking really nice, and I should remind you all that most of the actual gameplay footage we have seen to this point is of the game running on current gen restrictions. This means two things - 1) It's going to look really good on the PS3/360 and 2) It's going to look REALLY good on the PS4 and Xbox One. Like Destiny, we'll see this bad boy poke it's head around in 2014.
Okay, I think it's safe to say that not EVERYBODY is happy with the latest direction that Castlevania has been going with it's franchise. However, statistics will show you that Lords of Shadow has been the highest selling Castlevania game yet, meaning that there are plenty who do enjoy it. Personally, I loved Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate for the 3DS as well. Konami has done a pretty good job of mixing the traditional storyline up and creating an all new dramatic tale, as well as delivering a pretty entertaining gameplay experience similar to God of War. Based on early impressions, it's looking like Lords of Shadow 2 will not only be a visually impressive game, but (fingers crossed) may even be a more engrossing title than the first. Here's a little tidbit you'll want to know if you are as excited for this title as I am - this game is being released on the PS3, 360 and PC, however there is no announcement to this point of it being released on the PS4 or Xbox One. Another good reason to enjoy that current gen console a little bit longer. We'll be seeing Lords of Shadow 2 early on in 2014.
Dark Souls has developed a pretty strong cult fanbase since it's initial release. I've yet to dive into the first game, but it's on my wishlist for holiday/birthday pickups. Dark Souls is the kind of action oriented rpg that gamers will either love or they will hate - it's a game that challenges gamers and forces them to push their levels of patience and persistence to the max. The first game was praised for it's gorgeous graphics, as well as play-stye and challenging level of difficulty (though faulted in the same manner). Dark Souls II looks really good, and I think that we'll be seeing more of the same, and then some. Like Lords of Shadow 2, this game is currently being developed for current gen consoles only (not even a PC port as of now). Keep your eyes open for it early in 2014.
I've only begun to list some of the fun and exciting games that have yet to come to our current gen of consoles. There is still much fun to be had for all with the current going generation, and I don't foresee either Microsoft of Sony abandoning their older siblings so long as the sales are good and the developers are willing to continue working with the tech. Getting a brand new PS4 or Xbox One will be a great experience for everyone, and when the time comes I'm sure there will be even more fun to be had. The bottom line is that whether you're not quite ready to let go, or your anxious to jump onto the newmobile, things couldn't possibly look better for gaming enthusiast. Show your console some love and be excited - good times are comin'!