There hasn’t been a single title that has come out this year that I have been excited about.
That is worrying enough as it is. The statement itself seemed to be the shared opinion between myself a lot of my friends that game. Mind you though, we are all yet to embrace the ‘next-gen’ (or that would be ‘current gen’) console frenzy, still clinging onto our battered and Red Ring veteran Xbox 360s with our carpel tunnel ridden hands. Maybe it’s just coming with the age, or maybe the quality of games really are just going so downhill that my friends and I just expect another bout of mediocrity time and time again.
So there we were, sitting about with our mics on and probably all pacing about our rooms as the conversation started to roll along. It was a sad fact of the matter that the only games that we were even remotely excited about this passing year were either Nintendo releases, a grand total of two of them (Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros) or re-releases. That’s right. HD rescales of classic games thrown back onto the digital storefront. With that being said, most of the games that held our most fanboyish interest and made us anticipate like there was no tomorrow all fell under that dreaded E3 catchphrase that made console owners fall to their sides and cringe. “Fall 2015”.
With the likes of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne and even the flaming bombshell that came outta nowhere that is Street Fighter V all set for next year, it’s no wonder that we’ve all felt like that we have been utterly starved of good titles that we are gunning to get our hands on. What makes it even worse is that our enthusiasms are then patted down and laid out to dry in the steaming hot sun upon reaching the shocking conclusion that we’d all need to buy brand spanking new consoles costing around about $500 or more just to be able to have the pleasure of playing said titles upon their release. In all honesty, the fact that the likes of the Xbox 360 and PS3 are ‘last year’s game machines’ is still something that we can’t quite get our heads around. Heck, we all bought Advanced Warfare for the 360, despite the majority of our fellow gaming comrades owning it on the XBONE. And there are all the gamers in my class, who are hell bent on supporting their PS4 fetish with outrageous amounts of what I like to call ‘Battlefield 4 Bonding Time’.
Now it’s not entirely true that I don’t own a current gen piece of hardware. After all, my Wii U does play games rather than collect dust while I wait for more worthwhile first party Nintendo games to roll out (Maybe a Star Fox, F-Zero or Metroid, anyone?) . But since the two years that I bought that thing, my grand collection of Wii U titles barely exceeds 10 games, all of them being either Nintendo exclusives or multi-platform re-releases including all of their respected DLC (ala Mass Effect 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution DX) It comes without saying that with the likes of Bloodborne, Street Fighter V and the ‘ potentially definitive’ version of MGSV coming out for the PS4, I really don’t think I’ll be choosing Microsoft’s big VCR-esque brick over the Japanese made TRON stripe wearing post-modern art project. The likes of Halo 5: Guardians and even Titanfall had be excited at one point in time or another but the more gameplay videos I gawk at during brief intervals of not having a clue of what to do with my time, the more I feel as though I could do without them.
And really, what I should be saving up for is a synthesiser. Like, an actual hardware one. And those cost a lot of money.