Next-Gen Console Heartbreak
By Evan McKay
Back in 1995, a much venerated next generation console debuted...the Sony Playstation. Sony, the electronic juggernaut, was at the time ready to move past discmans and really kick consumer electronics into high gear with that sweet grey (and super loud) rectangle. The launch titles were solid and new, but also very weird! Take the terrible Street Fighter: The Movie: THE GAME (lolz) and at the other end, Battle Arena Toshinden, which RULED and put a great spin on the newly emerging 3D fighter. To fill out the launch assortment, Sony gave us a rather middling sample of titles somewhere in between those extremes, such as Air Combat, Jumping Flash!, and the timeless classic Ridge Racer!
Back then, I was a little baby nOOb at the tender age of 11...The world was so sweet and innocent and all that mattered was that glowing screen and the nasty ass gray controller. I loved playing those games (not street fighter..dear god that was atrocious), and I was so easily enthralled, so hooked, that I spent my days obsessing over them…
Will I have a similar experience on 11.15.13 when Sony launches the PS4? Probably not.
At first, I was looking forward to the PS4 release with the fervor of my adolescence. I was excited to play the next chapter of a classic favorite of mine, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and support it with a truly “next-gen” experience, Watch Dogs. WD looked fantastic, like a quasi cooperative shooter with sandbox and parkour elements while driving sweet whips around modern Chicago. Yeah, too bad that shit got pushed back to June 2014. While I can’t fault a developer for taking the time to make a game perfect- especially WD’s developer Ubisoft, notorious for releasing bugged-out games such as every Assassin’s Creed game- I was dying to see something extra special with the new system launch.
What are the other launch games, you ask?
Battlefield 4: looks good but I'm playing COD:G so why would I need two of virtually the same game? Killzone 4: How about Killsnore 4?!?! I dont need to play a pile of catsick that includes the regurgitated bits of Gears of War and Halo with some Syndicate as the frosting! Gross!!!! Marvel Lego: Although the Lego games are fun if you are a 7 year old, if you played one you have played them all. I think the rest are sports and driving games,which if you are reading this probably means you would rather lick your own butt then play any of that garbage (one exception: long live Mutant League Football!!!)