I'm shocked by how much the delay of Watch Dogs has knocked the wind out of my next-gen sails.
I was already going into this generation with a little hesitation. There are a lot of problematic hitches with the Xbone, but I've never been quite comfortable with the idea of jumping ship over to the Playstation side of things. Besides, I know that no matter how vile Microsoft's system is, no matter how much the camera spies on me, the dash board pushes fantasy football in my face, or how draconian the DRM schemes, I'm 99% guaranteed to get one because of Titanfall. I can't say no to robots.
But I don't think I need either console until then.
What the hell is coming out for these things by Christmas? Assassins Creed 4? Whatever, I didn't play the last few. Dead Rising with all the goofy fun sucked out? Killer Instinct? Not unless they reveal Fulgore pronto.
Watch Dogs was kind of the big ticket item that made the new consoles look good. A big showy open world game that appeals to my worst Rage Against the Machine fantasies. Without it to anchor the purchase, nothing else really makes the case for grabbing a new console.
The only title I'll really miss out on is Battlefield 4, and that's a bummer. But it's a bummer I can fix. While ideally I would be playing BF4 on a shinny new console with some Dtoid bros, I can probably make due with the 360 version for now (even though I hear it's not looking so great), or better yet, I can play it on PC.
Yes, my PC is getting a little long in the tooth for a cutting edge title like BF4, but at this point, I'm thinking I would probably be better off sinking another $200 into a video card upgrade to buy me some more time on the PC than dumping $500+ on a console that has no games I'm interested in for the next 4-6 months (more when Titanfall is inevitably delayed).
In the meanwhile, the PC is banging. The XCOM expansion will be dropping soon, it was my GOTY for 2013 and I'll take any excuse to go back (especially if said excuse involves E-Frame like mecha suits). Star Citizen's dog fighting alpha will begin in the next month or so, finally giving us a chance to stop admiring our pretty little ships in the hanger, and go out and mess some stuff up with them. Arkham Origin is launching on PC at the same time as consoles and may be a better playing experience if you've got a beefy machine. We have a Steam Christmas sales extravaganza to look forward to and I have a huge backlog of games I've missed and would love to catch up on for the price of a song – Tomb Raider, Payday 2, Metro: Last Light, Outlast, Saint's Row 4 – I'm looking at quite the shopping list if the sales are good enough.
And of course, I'm still, STILL, balls deep in Mechwarrior Online for reasons even I don't understand. I guess if the robots look prettier thanks to a video card upgrade I can delay the inevitable aneurism for a little while longer.
I've been looking forward to the next console generation for so long that it seems weird to be so close to it now and not really care. I'm still super curious to see all the front end designs, the social systems, the video capture/sharing features, and all the weird Kinect 2 stuff, but at this point, it's an intellectual curiosity, not a "I gotta get this thing right now!" burning passion.
In other news, Halloween is coming up! SPOOooOOOooOKY EXCITMENT!
Me and my girlfriend are going to be hosting a little get together as Gomez and Morticia Addams. I know that's not really germane to anything videogame related, but I'm too psyched to keep it to myself.
I get down with the classic John Astin "super manic" Gomez. Of course Raul Julia did an amazing job in the movies, but I can't help but love Astin's intense eyebrows. Dude be crazy.
- How can you not love that man?
Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year and we're doing it right this time. We've got costumes, a slew of decorations, and you can expect a vaguely Halloween related Steam give-away contest by me in the next week or so!
No matter what the experience was or which game or genre left that strong first impression, such experiences have the potential to open our eyes to the rich history of a series or genre. With any luck, we might find even more to love or something better. A great first experience with RPGs could lead to an undying love affair.
Sometimes a first kiss can be so impactful that the game gets placed on a pedestal and enshrined as a gold standard, which has its own pros and cons. I mean, it is nice to have a basis for comparison, but some folks take it too far. There are people who loved Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy VII so much that nothing after them really got a fair shake.
So first impressions matter -- they can shape and inform our gaming habits. I grew up on arcades, Nintendo, handhelds, and eventually into RPGs, so much of what I play will be influenced by how I acquired my tastes. I probably like Overwatch a ton because it has a passion for RPG roles, but contextualizes them closer to older shooters focused on objectives more than gear builds and grinding out perks for better killstreaks.
So for this month's Bloggers Wanted, we'd like you head over to the community blogs write about your first kiss, the games that positively influenced you or maybe biased you a little too much for a time. What turned you on to a series or genre? Was it love at first sight? Did it set any expectations in stone or possibly lead you to something better?
Whatever the case might be, remember to use the title "First kiss" and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!
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