In the September / October of last year I was faced with a tough decision. The decision being which console I wanted to get in the next-generation. In my opinion, both consoles looked fantastic, as did the titles unique to the machines. In the end I was eventually convinced by the EuroGamer expo, where I managed to get my hands on Ryse for the Xbox One. Once I’d finally got home, after a long day of massive games and even bigger crowds, I pre-ordered my Xbox One. But, that’s not to say that I haven’t thought about what my life could be like had I purchased the PS4 instead. Of course, I’m happy with my Xbox One, though I’d imagine that I’d be the same level of happy had I purchased the PS4. In an ideal world, I’d have both. But this isn’t an ideal world and I don’t have a spare 350 odd quid lying around, so I’ll have to make do with just the Xbox One for now. But there will always be titles that make me regret my choice, just for a second or two, and here they are.
The Order: 1886
One game that’s had a lot of hype of late is The Order: 1886. Based on the fictional history of Earth containing humanoid beasts and rather advance weaponry for the Nineteenth-Century, as well as a mythical Order of Knights, this game is shaping up to be a real heavy hitter. Very little information has been released about it, but there has been some really interesting developments in the past week. Enough to get PS4 owners excited and Xbox One owners jealous, at least (myself included). The cinematic trailer looked incredibly enticing, and recent images show eerily dark levels that will rely on the use of lighting to explore the darkness. The game will be stunning, as you’d expect from a next-gen title, and the lighting effects look incredible (from what little I’ve seen). This is one for PS4 owners to keep an eye on and a game that I’ll definitely be playing over my friends house when he gets it for himself.
Infamous: Second Son
There were very few PS3 games that I really wanted to play, way back when I had my Xbox 360. The three most impressive in my opinion were The Last of Us (of course), Uncharted and Infamous, all of which I really wanted to play. Maybe I’ll be able to give them a go sometime soon, thanks to the recent announcement of PlayStation Now? Anyhow, Infamous: Second Son looks just as impressive as the first title in the series, with the added bonus of having immense graphics and a more powerful console to utilise. I love an open-world game, especially one based on a character with superpowers, and every gameplay clip that I’ve seen for Infamous just makes me want to play it even more. The best that we can hope for on the Superhero front with the Xbox One is the next Spiderman game. It looks alright, but I have a feeling it’ll have its work cut out trying to out-do Infamous.
In much of the same vein as Infamous, I also wanted to have a go at the Uncharted series. For me, it looked very much like the original Tomb Raider games, but a bit darker and somewhat more realistic (this was before Square Enix released their stellar re-imagening of the series). The games looked exciting and engaging, with great stories and tonnes to do / explore, like a re-imagening of Indiana Jones. Uncharted 4, I would assume, will be much of the same. The fourth instalment is set in Madagascar, but little else has been revealed. Perhaps, for PlayStation fans, the Uncharted series is getting a little stale, I’m not sure. For me, however, I would love the opportunity to play an Uncharted game, especially on the PS4.
Deep Down is an upcoming fantasy online RPG by Capcom. It was one of the first next-gen game clips that I watched when the PS4 and Xbox One were announced. Very little has been released about the game, other than that it’s a dungeon exploring based RPG. The basics are rather sketchy but, apparently, it’s based on a possible future where touching magical artefacts allows the player to travel back in time to slay monsters, explore dungeons and find treasure. I love a good RPG, which you may already know if you’ve read a few of my articles for IM PLAYIN, so this really has me intrigued. Below is a trailer for the game, I’m assuming that it’s cinematic, but hopefully there might be a little bit of game footage in there!
Shadow of the Beast
Heavy Spectrum have been trusted with the remake of Shadow of the Beast, an old Amiga game first published over 25 years ago. I loved this game when I was a kid (from what I can remember, I played it on an old Amiga as I’m a little too young to have owned it when it first came out), and had a go on it over my cousin’s house on a number of occasions. Some of you may also remember the original, so get excited for the remake! Whether it will stay true to the original, be a complete overhaul of the story or even a sequel of sorts, is yet to be seen, all I know is that I can’t wait to play this game. Though, just like when I played it for the first time at my cousin’s, I’ll have to wait for a friend to get it for me to play it this time as well – swings and roundabouts, I guess.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
This is another one that I’m pretty intrigued by. From the developers of ‘Dear Esther’, ‘Everbody’s Gone to the Rapture’ is The Chinese Room’s spiritual successor to the previous title. The game is based on a fictional apocalypse (hence the title) and will follow six characters in an English village as they tell their stories during the end of days. If you’ve not checked out the announcement trailer yet, watch the video below. If Dear Esther is anything to go by, the game will be heavily focused on story telling and less on actual interaction, more Outlast than Dead Space. It will also be dominated by stunning scenery and incredible visuals, so hopefully it will be a real showcase for the PS4’s capabilities.
This is probably a game that’s slipped well under the radar of many a PS4 owner. It is a ninja based free-running game in which the player is tasked with getting from point A to point B, collecting as many coins on the way as possible. Obviously, traversing the small maps isn’t easy and there are a number of obstacles in the way, from mines to electrified droids. I had N+ on the Xbox 360 and loved every second of it. Sure it was ridiculously frustrating and at times I wanted to launch my controller through the TV, but it always drew me back. This was mainly because the challenge was fun and the game was quaint in its simplicity. It had a memorable soundtrack and a very retro feel, which I love in a cheap game. I’m pretty upset that N++ won’t be coming to the Xbox One. It’s the sort of game that I’d play for ten or fifteen minutes, here or there, and the fact that it was always there for me to play was comforting in a way. I like having a ‘go-to-game’ that I can play when the mood takes me and N+ was always that type of game. So, if you own a PS4, make sure you pick this game up when it comes out sometime this year. You never know, you might get lucky and Sony may just give it away on PlayStation Plus!
(this is footage of N+, but I have a feeling that N++ won’t be too dissimilar)
So there are a few of the games that sometimes make me wish I’d bought a PS4. Or at least owned a PS4 as well as my Xbox One. Could these games convince someone to switch consoles? Or choose to buy the PS4 over the Xbox One? Possibly. Some of them could, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of promise in these games, and I haven’t even mentioned Drive Club and Natural Doctrine or some of the current console exclusives such as Resogun, Don’t Starve and Killzone. But the Xbox One has some great stuff to offer too, and I guess that there are some PS4 owners out there that wish they could get their hands on one or two of them as well. That’s the problem with the next-gen consoles, I have a feeling that they’re only going to get more exciting and more impressive by the month. I give it a year until I’ve bought myself a PS4 too.