As the months fly past our slack-jawed faces – from a distance we see the murky cloud of the next generation of consoles approaching. No matter how hard we try to turn around or stay put, we are forcefully urged forward by several brooms to our backs held by the laggard and unhinged claws of Microsoft and Sony. We have no say in the matter; say goodbye to your favourite and cherished, all-time precious games while they turn our heads forward with their unsteady shakers as tears roll down our cheeks. We’re forced to make friends with new IP’s we’ve never even met or affably conversed with. “Backwards-compatibility is for the weak! You are not weaklings!”, can be heard behind us forming from their fang-laden grotesque mouths as they drive us forward to the horizon. No compassion is given if we ask to take just one or two of our games with us to make the pain more bearable. We’ll see what this horizon offers us in the next set of swiftly passing months.
Over exaggeration is of course what happened in the passage above. Leave it to me to take a promising and hopefully successful situation and turn it into a horror story.
We asked everyone a while back about what you good guys and gals will be playing first of the next-gen titles that has been announced.
(Please take note that these responses are quoted verbatim and not the result of our editing staff being on excessive amounts of horse-tranquiliser. That is indeed the case with everyone on the site, but not the cause of what’s to blame here.)
Drum roll, please. Your feedback is as follows:
Which next gen title are you playing first?
We included a list of next-gen titles as a guideline for you to choose from:
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Dead Rising 3
Forza Motorsport 5
Just Dance 2014
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
NBA LIVE 14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Ryse: Son of Rome
Skylanders: Swap Force
Zumba Fitness: World Party
Akbar Kamdar: Pokémon Y
Jean Ballistix Greeff: I actually looked at that list for pokemon.
Morné Rademeyer: Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs & maybe some COD: Ghosts but mainly Battlefield 4.
Kyle Klip Letlapa Stone: I neeed to try Battlefield at some point in my life.
Deshni Jennilee Naidoo: Watch Dogs.
Yashaar Mall: I think I’m waiting for MGS V to be released before I consider getting either one
Zhameer Hashim: Watch Dogs
Daryl Eksteen: Call of Duty Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Killzone
Chantel Fourie: Definitely AC 4!
Zain Baig: Watch dogs, Ac4, Bf4, GtaV
Jason Mentor: Fifa, GTAV and final fantasy
Salt Rsa: Ghost and GTAV and Battelfield 4. Wheres GTA V the game that will be a huge sale
Wessel Foozaholic Beyers: Bf4 and watch dogs
Monique Reaper Rosewarne: Ghosts. Hands down.
Mokgale K. Seshabela: The Crew, The divison, Watch_Dogs, Battlefield 4, Call of duty:Ghost and Metal Gear Solid V
SJ Monkeyman von Solms: Fifa 14
Brandon Evans: Bf4 and watch dogs, The Division.
Dehan Smit: Battlefield 4 and Ghosts. And then Titanfall whenever that comes out.
According to the folks above, the most sought after for games are: Watch_Dogs, Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed 4.
I agree with all of those candidates – Watch_Dogs and inFamous: Second Son being my number one choices to play. I will most likely be playing Watch_Dogs on current-gen due to the prices of new consoles valued at the equivalent of an estate with a gold-lined foundation.
This generation of consoles was the first one I partook in, thus my sadness of this generation coming to a close or rather the lengthy strangle it will be undergoing is a new feeling to me. I’ve mostly gamed on a PC during my 106 years on Earth and I shuffled my hindquarters to consoles due to constant internet requirements on PC. I was tremendously happy about buying a game and knowing it will work, instead of the drive home with an empty feeling in my stomach due to my excitement mixed with the uncertainty about update sizes or massive system requirements. (The empty feeling may have been due to me not eating for a few weeks in order to afford the game.)
However, recently I’ve seen next-gen videos for both Watch_Dogs and inFamous: Second Son – becoming really amped for Second Son in particular, but that excitement is swiftly forced down and suppressed, because of the fact that I won’t be able to run the game with current hardware. This is not me being pessimistic about next-gen and everything it has in store for us, but rather a friendly reminder that everyone will eventually need to pull out a bag of money or gun at a financial storage unit in order to buy a next-gen console.
This isn’t a cheap hobby; we all know that, so it may be very hypocritical to complain about finances. However, I do feel the need to mention backwards compatibility. This is one aspect that would make me and almost every other console gamer out there tremendously happy if it were included among the features of the upcoming hardware.
Backwards compatibility is a feature that allows users to play games from the previous version of Xbox, Playstation or Wii on the latest incarnation of the given platform. A much needed feature in my opinion, due to my thirst for playing previously loved games again and not letting the aforesaid games gather dust as a new platform enters the fray. There have been complaints for both backwards compatibility and always-online features for the new consoles (Luckily a thing of the past, for the time being.) in which I find myself in favour for the demand of backwards compatibility. A feature both Sony and Microsoft sent away on an asteroid eventually finding its way to MACS0647-JD.
There you have it, folks. Your very own feedback concerning the upcoming next-gen titles and my own rambling on the next-gen topic. One must remember that progress is nothing we can put a stop to just for the sake of our own desires, however much we’d like that. Life goes on, it is your choice to stay put or go with the flow. For those of you who have not answered the question at the top and would like to share your most anticipated PS4 and /or Xbox One titles – feel free to drop a comment. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go sell everything I own to have the luxury to play inFamous: Second Son.