In the last relevant year of seventh gen gaming, we have seen masterpieces of technological prowess such as The Last of Us, and later GTA V, push the PS3 to it’s absolute limit, but even with these swansongs, there are still very potent limitations to the hardware, and it’ll probably never get bigger and better in terms of scope than GTA V. That’s why this upcoming eighth gen can’t come soon enough.
Below are a few games that make me count the days until these new consoles drop, all of which were shown off at E3 this year, all of which benefit from the advanced hardware.
A new “shared-world” first person shooter from the guys who brought you the phenomenal Halo series. If the co-op demo from the PS4 E3 conference is anything to go by, I’ll definitely be rocking out to this on my Xbox One when it drops next year.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
A wholly impressive-looking RPG, with a seemingly vast, detailed world, and fun gameplay, that is sure to keep most of us glued to our screens.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The game we’ve all been waiting for since Kingdom Hearts 2 dropped on PS2, KH3 is certainly on most people’s watch list, and why would it not be? Can’t wait to see if Disney utilizes their Marvel and Star Wars properties.
Final Fantasy XV
Originally slated for a PS3-exclusive release under the guise Final Fantasy XIII Versus, Final Fantasy XV is the next step for the franchise, and is shaping up to be the most impressive yet. Square has definitely not disappointed with their upcoming games roster.
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart, despite first-look impressions, is not a kart racing game. It’s THE kart racing game; the Ur example, and codifier for the genre, and this one is looking to be the best one yet. It brings joy to my heart to know that every new Mario Kart is somebody’s first.
Super Smash Bros. 4 (Wii U)
It’s that time again; that time in every Nintendo console since the 64′s life that they are graced with an installment of the mecca of all fighting games, Super Smash Bros. They are insuring that each character feels unique, and are fizing some of the gripes of the previous game (Brawl), mainly the speed, and the exclusion of the Goddamned trip. Oh, and yes, Mario vs. Mega Man. Yes.
I know what you’re thinking. “Oh yippie! Call of Duty with mechs and parkour. So awesome….” Yes, that seems to be exactly what it is. Then why am I excited, you ask? Because it looks amazing! If it delivers the same smooth, enjoyable gameplay as Call of Duty, and the fulfillment of the promises of the E3 demo, then it’ll absolutely be a killer app for the Xbox One when it releases during the first half of next year.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ah yes, Metal Gear. The most consistently quality franchise in all of gaming. Every installment is fine-tuned to the point of absolute perfection. The greatest developer/director of all-time, Hideo Kojima, is presented to us the next masterpiece in the series, Metal Gear Solid V, at Microsoft’s E3 conference, via one of the most jawdropping trailers/gameplay demos ever.
Overhauled game mechanics, to modernize MGS, and revolutionize stealth gameplay; a new direction in storytelling, focusing on telling more story with less ridiculously-long cutscenes (a staple of the series); and gorgeous graphics and music, just like every one before it, all set in an open-world gamespace that gives Red Dead Redemption a run for its money.
The trailer has me even more excited for the story and presentation than the actual gameplay, though both look phenomenal. Big Boss’ descent into to darkness.
Metal Gear Solid V looks to be everything I could possibly want, and expect, from a next-gen title, plus elements I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams. If Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece (rhetorical; it is), then what is Metal Gear Solid V?
I enjoy playing any and all styles and genres of video games; my favorite franchises include Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Portal, Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Animal Crossing, Assassin's Creed, The Sims, and Resident Evil, with my favorite game of all-time being Resident Evil 4.
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