Is The Eighth Generation of Gaming Disappointing?

-by Dylan DiBona

Video game console generations don’t typically stick around for as long as they did last time. The seventh generation of gaming was brought down to only three home consoles, each one with over eighty-million units sold. Fans were invested and technology was good enough to bring us stable and fun online. There was almost a feeling of “why move on?” from the consumers. It’s because of this long lifetime of the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii that there are dozens of great games on each system.

Just go onto any game reviewing website and you’ll find at least two hundred games on PS3 and Xbox with “8/10’s”, “9/10’s” or even “10/10’s”. That’s a lot of quality video games.

The eight generation couldn’t do what the fifth did and bring us three dimensional games for the first time. It couldn’t even do what the seventh did and bring us good online. It could only bring us better graphics, load times and storage; which is a big deal but, those factors don’t stop games from being amazing in the first place.

Super Slim modelI didn’t buy a Playstation 4 until a year and a half into it’s life. The beginning of the eight generation was riddled with “remasters”. Games that came late on the seventh gen like Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider were ported onto the new systems. They ran a little smoother and looked a little better, but other than some downloadable indies, nothing screamed “buy me!” for the eighth generation of video game consoles.

Fast forward to today and I can’t really name that many original PlayStation 4 games that were mind-blowing. Uncharted 4 takes the cake, but beyond that, my best experiences on the console were Ratchet & Clank (re-imagining of a PS2 game), The Last of Us (PS3) and the Bioshock Collection (PS3/X360).

There’s a lot of great downloadable games like I mentioned before. Resogun, Rocket League and P.T just to name a few. But are small games like that enough to define a generation?

How about the fact that games we’ve waited almost a full decade for were ultimately unfulfilling? Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian were good games, but nothing more.

Maybe this is an unfair point to make, but the some of the most anticipated games this generation are just sequels to last generations hits. Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us Part II are a few examples

I was recently listening to a podcast and the hosts predicted that the PlayStation 5 would be launching in Fall 2018. Then you have to think about the Scorpio, which is most likely Microsoft’s way of “abandoning ship” like Nintendo did to the Wii U. I was hoping this generation could last us to 2020, but that seems unlikely.

If I’m not alone in thinking this generation could be looked back on as a disappointment, what could “save” it?Image result for xbox 360

New IP’s are a must. Horizon Zero Dawn is the standout example of a promising new series (even though it’s comprised of sixth and seventh generation ideas). I’m all for the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, but we need new.

To continue on that point, open world games weren’t the norm for consoles until last gen. We need more of that, something that feels new for console gaming. I think we got a little bit of that with Overwatch, which explains why it’s one of the biggest games this gen.

I’m not trying to come off as a pessimistic consumer who is unable to be pleased. I’m very excited for Persona 5 and Yooka-Laylee. Personally, the PS4 is one of my all time favorite consoles; it brought me the Bioshock and Uncharted series. I’m just wondering; how many games that aren’t from preexisting series will be remembered as amazing eighth generation defining experiences?

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So what do you guys think? Is this the best or worst generation for gaming ever? Is it just okay? What do you want to see before the next batch of consoles are ready to be sold? Let me know below and I’ll try to reply! As always, thanks for reading.

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5 thoughts on “Is The Eighth Generation of Gaming Disappointing?

  1. I can’t really weigh in on this one given I stopped console gaming seriously back at the N64 and PS2. I don’t think the current consoles are particularly bad but some of them are becoming so much like computers you may as well just PC game anyway or they are pretty gimmicky which makes you wonder if you might as well not wait until they’ve fixed all the bugs and release a much better console in the future.

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  2. I’m pretty satisfied with the state of games at the moment, with my PS4/PC combo. PS4 came out swinging with Bloodborne, but exclusive titles just haven’t been coming like they used to. I heard there are a lot less Sony studios than there used to be. But that might be because games these days take largre teams and such. As for xbox one, they didn’t have anything exclusive that I wanted to play so I never got it.

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  3. I think the phenomenon you’re referring to is all of the original gamers that grew up in the 90s are adults now. So you’ve got a huge group of the gaming world that a) has money, but b) doesn’t have as much time. The companies re-hash old properties and release remasters to play on their nostalgia, and rarely take risks on new concepts, which is why indies sprout up all over the place. Because this group doesn’t have the time they used to, they also just buy less games, but the older crowd buys games for the younger crowd (their kids). Hence you have properties that are lackluster in our eyes but are enjoyed by kids who grew up in the 2000s.

    The core issue is that the demographics for videogames blew up, now you have 5 year olds playing Xbox One all the way up to 45 year olds. How do you make games to such a huge demographic?

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