Are you ready for next gen?

As I sit here and write this on a blustery day in northern England, only a week or two away from not just one brand new console release but two I ponder, am I really ready for Sony and Microsoft’s next big offerings?

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Chances are by now you know if you’re going to throw your money at the Xbox One or the Playstation 4, an enticing double team battle, starring Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack in the blue corner while Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 warm up in the green but are these knock out fighters really such a draw, am I just being cynical in the lack of a really big killer app or totally original, mind blowing new IP?

I understand most of you, myself included, are not sold on the launch titles of either system yet the promise of further exclusives in the vein of interesting indie titles and AAA blockbusters for Sony and Halo/Gears/Titanfall for Microsoft but is the hope that these games will not only wow but also be worth the rather steep asking price (especially in the Xbox One’s case) a bit too much to shoulder the burdens of an early next gen buy?

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Sure, I am not totally immune to the hype of the promised games, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes looks utterly fascinating, Infamous: Second Son looks like something really special and the aforementioned Titanfall looks like all of the best elements of CoD and Halo fused together in a funky display of giant mech mayhem. While I am obviously going to purchase one of these brand new machines  I feel like we’ve written off this gens consoles’ (including the already next gen Wii U) next year’s offerings all too quickly in the promise of something shiny and expensive sitting under our giant green trees or television sets this winter.

The proof is in the pudding as they say, and next year the pudding is sounding extraordinarily sweet for all of us current gen gamers (again including you Wii U buyers). The titles coming to grace our presence are as exciting as almost any next gen title flaunting its juicy graphics at you, from RPGs like Lightning Returns, Tales of Xillia 2, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Dark Souls to the next big shooters in Destiny and Titanfall making supposed low-res appearances on both Ps3 and Xbox 360, the biggest, most interesting in Japanese AAA with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within on both this gen consoles and not to mention the Wii U making us promises of Bayonetta 2,  Mario Kart, Smash Bros and X and this is even missing out big games like Thief and Watch Dogs still coming to the consoles you already have.

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This may seem like some form of rambling idiocy, arguing my jealousy of all the next gen lovers and their happy sexy time with 1080p (kind of) but it’s not, it’s a pledge to all of you out there to re-think whether you are yet ready for the expense of not missing much.  I’m not, and while you will all be playing with your Ps4s and your Xbox Ones and being tickled by your exclusives in Infamous, Driveclub, The Order and The Witcher, I will have the chance to save the world in 13 days, to revisit the Belmont family, to traverse the Tropical Freeze, search for the stick of truth, kill Ryu Hayabusa and die many, many times.

 

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