Next Gen Remorse
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2014, 5:15 pm

So, eight months in and the next generation is pretty damn disappointing, if you ask me. Am I missing something? Is this all next-gen is, because as far as I can tell nothing at all has changed.

I don’t mean to be dour or negative, but I do feel a bit like the major console players somehow convinced us all to buy the same machines we already had, with very little to show for it. As I look at the upcoming cavalcade of next-gen games set up for the end of the year, I don’t really see anything that makes me think, “oh, this is why I bought an Xbox One.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there aren’t good games coming out or that there aren’t games I’m excited for. It’s not that at all. But, what I am saying is when I look at the offerings to come, I really don’t see anything that feels like it couldn’t have been played on my 360 or PS3.

Adding insult to injury was recent news that Watch(underscore)Dogs had been graphically hobbled on the PC, conjuring images in my mind of Ubisoft as Kathy Bates holding a sledgehammer threateningly above James Caan, who in this particular metaphor represents my PC. It’s as though game and console makers all agreed on what Next Gen should look like, but just decided not to actually make machines that can accomplish it.

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