Let's face it guys, NextGen hasn't exactly been blowing anyone's mind just yet. We're a year into the PS4 and Xbox One race and there really haven't been any outstanding achievements on either side. It took me a long time before I finally decided to make the move to the PS4 and I'm sure many people are still on the fence about it.
A lot of the games that have been amazing in the last few months have been released for the good old Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles too, though some publishers seem to be pushed to remove content from the old versions. Obviously the graphics are a step up on NextGen, but I'm not feeling the leap forward in time that we did with LastGen.
If people are going to move over, we need an exclusive game to be so highly praised that players will feel like they have no choice but to make the change. I don't think anyone has seen that yet, unless the likes of Sunset Overdrive looks like what you've always been waiting for.
Don't get me wrong, I don't regret my change to the PS4. The graphics are beautiful, the menu system is awesome, the share button is so clever and the controller feels great. And I mean we get to play GTA V in first person and Dragon Age: Inquisition is amazing me at the moment!
What are your thoughts on NextGen, have you made the move yet? I feel like we need a seriously good game to herald the arrival of the age of the Xbox One and PS4, and I feel like Valve, Freeman and Half-Life 3, could be the ones to do it.
Valve & Half-Life 3
Half-Life is one of those amazing creations in the world that makes you wish that the possibilities laid out by The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were possible. I'd love to forget that I ever played this game and experience this story all over again for the first time. To those that haven't played these games yet, I do envy you.
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Valve have transformed since they released the Half-Life series. Their interest in singleplayer campaigns appears to be dwindling. They are interested in online experiences and bringing together a massive fan community. E-sports is also a new area that they have ventured into and, like that super talented kid that used to be in your class, they have naturally succeeded.
Of course they haven't completely abandoned singleplayer games. They've recently given us Portal 2, but I wonder whether the company is actually interested in continuing the story of Half-Life at all. There is not only expectation attached to Half-Life 3, there is also a degree of responsibility. Valve has got to please fans of a series that has meant so much to them. The characters they've created are unforgettable and we long to see them return (or at least have that damned cliffhanger ending resolved).
Valve has naturally succeeded on PC, but Portal 2 was also probably the best console game of 2011. If they gave Half-Life 3 the focus, attention to detail and power that the other titles received, the game would surely by-proxy be an amazing boost for Sony and Microsoft.
I finished Advanced Warfare last night, and it got me thinking about FPSs and their campaigns. Naturally, the online multiplayer in Advanced Warfare is incredible and its pretty much what you get the game for. But the campaign...it's too safe. None of the characters are interesting (apart from Kevin Spacey, but I'm more enjoying the fact that I can see him in a game rather than his character) and the levels are too restrictive and linear. How are we going to get back to the glory days of revolutionary FPSs?
Half-Life 3 and the Modern FPS
What do you think your favourite FPS is of modern times? I'd probably have to say Bioshock. I think that's genuinely one of the greatest games I've got to play. Not only was the combat system new and totally engaging, the plot, its characters and the setting was so enticing, which I've failed to find in any FPS as of late.
The world felt real even though it was about a city under water. I was engaged and prepared to go wherever the game wanted to take me. In Advanced Warfare, I just wanted it to end so I could say I played it and then jump into multiplayer. We need more games like Bioshock, and there hasn't been one on NextGen yet.
Valve are the kind of developers that when they work on something, they put their entire body and soul into their work. The result is always spectacular, I mean just look at Steam! What we need on NextGen are developers like them to release a game with heart, with an interesting body of characters. At the moment, everyone is just grabbing at money it seems, I mean look at Destiny.
The recent Half-Life 3 campaign has failed miserly if you'd heard about, failing to acquire even $3,000 dollars. Fans really want this title, but we're not going to bully or force anything on Valve. Their heart won't be in it then. And I'd rather have no Half-Life 3, then a sequel which felt rushed like almost every other title that's been coming out lately.
What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments Half-Life fans!!