We live in a strange and cynical video game age. One where gamers around the world destroy a title like The Order: 1886 before it even has a chance to come out and get reviewed. It's all based on one person's statement that they completed it in under 6 hours. But to be fair, 2014 demonstrated how much a publisher can destroy a game due to time constraints or examples of overhyping, and I think a lot of players out their are over cautious due to these errors.
We were plagued with broken games in 2014, some of which are still being patched to this day. The Xbox One and PS4 consoles are in that constant battle stage of utter nonsense, when all it really comes down to is the fact that Sony or Microsoft made better business deals at certain times. I feel like we all need one big title for every platform out there to get excited about (sorry Nintendo) in order to at least momentarily unite gamers in their excitement for an upcoming release date.
Fallout 4 is this game in my serious opinion. It doesn't matter if you pick it up on the PC, the Xbox One or the PS4, that's purely down to opinions, preferences and in a lot of cases, monetary restrictions. Why would so many players pay $400 for a PC that'll struggle to run anything good when we can get a console that will run every cross-platform game that we could want and a few exclusives to boot? Let's remember that that's still a lot of money!
Rather than debating the virtues of any platform, I feel we need a title to unite our collective excitement and anticipation. Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated games of the decade. And now with Bethesda holding their very own E3 conference this year for the first time in their history, it seems more likely now than ever before that Fallout 4 is on the horizon.
Fallout 4 Release Date on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC
The Xbox One is having a bit of a down time at the moment, what with The Order: 1886 coming out on Friday and Bloodborne a little more than a month away, but they'll have their time when we see them get the likes of Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Scalebound and Quantum Break. But just imagine that collective excitement at E3 when the Fallout 4 bombshell hits that room.
For Sony and Microsoft, it will be the definitive title that moves an enormous amount of players over to NextGen consoles to see how Bethesda handle a NextGen title. We all have our expectations, and perhaps resting the idea of mutual understanding on one video game is far too much of stretch.
We'll always have the Xbox, PS4 and PC screaming matches, but I suppose I long for the noise to drown out, and hear every side shout in elation the words 'Fallout 4'. Call me grotesquely optimistic if you will, but such is the power of a developer that represents everything we want out of the industry. Hours upon hours of exceptional content, no downgrades, no broken elements, no exclusivity, no DLC packs. Just a great game worthy of NextGen and a great follow up to an exceptionally crafted game, Fallout 3.