I spent some time weighing up the various launch titles for both Xbox One and Playstation 4 yesterday; IGN’s video comparison was particularly illuminating, and I’ve included it at the bottom of this post.
I’m always a little frustrated at the release of a new console generation. It’s exciting, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just such an awful amount of research to be done amidst a hurricane of hype and expectation, new titles and features and innovations being hurled relentlessly from all sides at the consumer. I’ve never considered myself a combatant in the console wars – a fanboy, that ugly term. My choice of gaming platform has never been political, and I pity those who become foaming savages in defence of their chosen multinational as if it were their football team or personal saviour. I swear no particular fealty to Sony or Microsoft; the right game could seduce me to either clan.
Rather than spew a lot of insolent hate-speak at strangers in a forum over whose billion-dollar company shits on the other, I would prefer to examine the actual consoles themselves, weigh up some fucking evidence and come to a reasonable conclusion about which I’ll enjoy more. But hey, that’s just me. I’m rational that way.
And in all honesty, I usually end up getting every console at some point anyway. Right now there is an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3 sitting right in front of me beneath my television, side by side in perfect harmony. To my knowledge, neither one has made any attempt to kill the other. Admittedly, the PS3 cost me nothing – it was a promotional bonus I received with my Sony Bravia television – which made collecting them all considerably easier. I don’t imagine either company will be giving me free shit this time around, so I need choose a little more carefully.
I’m determined to leave all first-person shooters out of the equation for the moment, primarily because I just can’t bring myself to invest in another one, no matter how many giant bipedal robots or free-running jetpackers it has. The whole genre feels tired to me; Halo and Call of Duty are apparently the kind of horses you can just keep flogging without reprieve, and even Titanfall looks like it will only hold my interest for so long. Glancing at the PS4’s early lineup, I was actually more intrigued by Knack than Killzone, which disturbs me on some level. Ah, who knows… maybe I’m just awful at first-person shooters.
I really do want to play Infamous: Second Son when it’s released in early 2014, and The Order: 1886 looks interesting as well. And then there’s Sony’s mightiest juggernaut, Naughty Dog – I’m sorely tempted to get the PS4 first simply because I know that, somewhere out there, they are creating something that will quite literally cause me to sob hysterically while achieving orgasm. But Xbox One’s Ryse: Son of Rome would definitely scratch my itch for mythological warfare, and Dead Rising 3 is just light-hearted zombie-brutalising fun with a dash of male nudity.
In fact, allow me to indulge in a Dead Rising 3 photo montage right now.
All appropriate armaments for the zombie apocalypse. I’m glad these things exist – I’m glad someone out there said, “A great white shark wielding a swordfish should be part of the collective human experience.”
Oh, decisions, decisions. What about you guys? Picked a side? If you’re still on the fence like me, here is IGN’s brief rundown of the various launch titles for both consoles: