For both the next gen consoles, Gameplay Still Key, Not Graphics
The two next gen gaming consoles had been the hot topic for a very long time. At the New York Comic Con last year their anticipation had reached the fullest and they were only about a month away from the anxious fans. But now the Xbox One and PS4 have been on the shelves and up for sale for over a year and it is time to analyze how well the two have been doing. The gaming journalists Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty and Marty Sliva of IGN and Alexa Ray Corriea of Polygon discussed how well each system delivered on its powerful potential. While citing Warner Bros’ recent action game Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor as an example, Corriea said referring to the panel saying “We’re just starting to see games that we can call next-gen right now.”
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From the view of all the panelists, the Shadow of Mordor is a next-gen experience for not only because of the looks but also because of the new systems’ hardware to create unpredictable enemy encounters via the game’s Nemesis system. While referring to the Shadow of Mordor, Sliva said “It’s the interesting idea, not just the better graphics. I’m hoping in the next year, there will be ideas that are like ‘holy crap, I can’t believe they did that.”
There is no doubt that the big-budget chaos of the latest Lord of the Rings game was highly praised by Sliva and Corriea, Moriarty on the other hand cited indie side-scrolling shooter Resogun as one of the new gaming generation’s greatest achievements. The PS4-exclusive Resogun, developed by small Finnish studio Housemarque, has received high praise for its intense and addicting gameplay all over the world. This is enough evidence to suggest that niche, non-cinematic games can survive in the current console era.
“I love this rise of indie games, these $5 to $10 games that go against $60 games,” said Moriarty. “That’s the future, whether you’re ready or not.”
Indie hits were also mentioned here such as Transistor and Super Time Force which show what the next gen gameplay is all about. Transistor is a highly advanced gameplay which allows the users to switch between real-time action and slowed-down strategy on the fly. On the other hand Super Time Force, allows you to rewind time and fight alongside time-displaced versions of your character.
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There is no doubt that the new generation of consoles has allowed for exciting and novel gameplay experiences but the Xbox One and PS4 have had their own share of pains. According to Sliva, the user interfaces of both systems are still very cumbersome because of which some people still claim that they have a better time navigating his old Xbox 360 than an Xbox One or PS4. The unused accessories also pose a greater problem here.