-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.
I 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?
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?
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.