Last week, Sony revealed to the world the Playstation 4, their next generation console and follow-up to the PS3. With Nintendo already having released the Wii U, and Microsoft gearing up for some big announcement in April, the next generation of video games aren't far, and I'm excited for a number of reasons, especially ones that can pertain the games like Call of Duty and Halo.
Graphics are always a big thing with video games, you really want the game to look nice when you play it. Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have always been pretty impressive when it comes to graphics, I consider Halo 4 too be one of the best looking games I've ever played, but with a new generation of games, it seems almost anything is possible. Killzone: Shadow Fall was one of the games they debuted at the Sony press conference, and even though I'm not a big fan of Killzone, I was blown away. The level of detail and the sheer size of the cityscape as the player is flown in by helicopter was breathtaking, the enviornments were rich and colorful, explosions and other war effects were just as impressive. It was eye dazzling to see almost CGi level graphics in a game.
It also got me excited for other future games. The Bioshock series has traditionally run on the Unreal engine. The first two ran on Unreal 2 and the third will be running on Unreal 3, so I can only imagine how incredibly amazing a fourth installment running on the beautiful Unreal 4 could be. Halo 5 and 6 will also likely be coming to the Xbox 720, and knowing how beautiful Halo 4 was, I can only imagine how stunning these two will look. Even games like Battlefield and Call of Duty will likely get massive graphical upgrades when the next gen arrives.
New Ways to Play
A highlight of both E3 2012 and the recent Sony press conference was Watch_Dogs, a third person shooter/stealth game with an emphasis on hacking into the city around the player, controlling almost every element of the city with the characters phone. Watch_Dogs strikes me as the kind of game that really needs to be on the Next-Gen platforms. It seems so complex and intricate, with so many different features and ways to play the game, and probably hundreds that haven't even been revealed to us yet, that a game of this depth and scale simply would not be done justice on the current generation.
The Wii U is actually another good example of this, it's tablet like controller which features two screens, motion, touch screen, and button control systems is great fun and an interesting revolution for gaming as a whole.
So much more content
Games like Call of Duty and Battlefield are well known for having massive arsenals of weapons, equipment, vehicles, killstreaks, etc. But there's only so much a developer can put onto a disc for the current generation without sacrificing performance issues. That's why new stuff like weapons and maps are added in DLC, to compensate for the lack of disc space.
With the next-generation and all it's computing power, just imagine how much a developer is going to be able to put in a game, imagine how much stuff you're gonna be able to play around with once.
More varied Gameplay
Another highlight of recent gaming news has been Bungie's newest game, Destiny. Destiny is set to feature a lot of different gaming styles with elements of FPS and RPG thrown into it. Despite the fact that Destiny will be releasing on both current and next gen platforms, I think it's pretty safe to say that this kind of gameplay was inspired by finally being able to move into the next generation.
A More Cinematic Feel
Almost all Shooters nowadays have some sort of story, and a lot of them attempt to go in depth and make you interested. With Next-Gen hardware capable of rendering more realistic animation, worlds, and the like, it won't be surprising if newer shooter games take on even more intricate stories and more cinematic presentation.
To end this, a list of titles I'm excited for or would like to see in the next-gen
- Halo 5
- Halo 6
- GTA V
- A Possible Bioshock Game
- A Possible Fallout Game
- A Possible Elder Scrolls Game
- Call of Duty 2013
- Infinity Wards next Call of Duty
- Treyarchs next Call of Duty
- Human Element
Anyway, that's why I'm excited for the Next-Generation of consoles. Thanks for reading!