We all survived the recent PS4 and XBO launches, and as is typical with new consoles, there aren't a ton of games available to play right out of the gate. A lot of the launch titles just aren't compelling enough reasons to purchase, and are mostly unoriginal or simply bad games. Looking back to the Wii U launch, we saw the same thing happen when Nintendo had no premier titles available to drive sales. Now, with popular Nintendo titles like “Super Mario 3D World” becoming available, there is a good reason to dust off the Wii U and finally get to know it.
The PS4 launched first back on November 15th, and brought with it exclusive titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun. Reviews are mixed for Killzone, but from my personal experience with the series, I’m not expecting anything revolutionary from this new effort. Resogun seems like the best exclusive title, but not something that would push me to part with $400.
A short week later, November 22nd Microsoft released the Xbox One. Exclusive titles included, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 - among others. There have been rumblings about Forza’s micro-transactions, and just recently Turn 10 announced there will be changes coming to race prizes to attempt to “fix” the game’s economy. Forza is the biggest motivator for me to purchase a new system, but I’m holding off for now to see how the upcoming changes pan out.
Reviews for Dead Rising 3 show that it still has some of the quirk that made the other games in the series fun, but like Resogun, is it worth the $500 cost to enjoy? We're not sure. The other big exclusive, Ryse, looks pretty but doesn't seem to have the game play to back up it’s full $60 price tag.
Then we come to the Wii U, which up until recently seemed almost D.O.A. . Similar to the other systems, it experienced a wasteland in regards to software launch. Now after a somewhat rocky start, Nintendo is producing first-party titles that are consistent system sellers for them. I always love playing the new Super Mario Brother games when they come out, and any new Zelda release invariably sells well due to its long history. Can we expect the same turn-around with the new PS4 and XBO that we’re seeing with the Wii U now?
Over in the corner, are the Glorious Master Race of gamers who use their PC. As a member on the fringe of the group, my computer that’s just over 4 years old is still readily capable of playing today’s games at decent specs. Part of the bonus to PC gaming is STEAM, along with their fantastic sales and what’s on the horizon with things like SteamOS, Steam Boxes and streaming options. Many developers will release PC ports, which can still be hit or miss, while others will simply not offer a PC version. As with so many things, there are pros and cons to each way you play.
Ultimately, I believe that come this time next year, after the new consoles have had a chance to mature, nobody will wondering what to play on their shiny new consoles. The Wii U is proof of that. Meanwhile, there will be those with PCs - digging through their extensive steam library with a shiny new steam controller in their hands, looking more and more like their console brethren.