FFD: Is this a generation of disappointment?

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The eighth generation of consoles is in full swing, with nearly over 30 million new gen consoles (Combined PlayStation 4, Xbox One and yes, Wii U) in people’s homes. It’s meant to be an era that ushers in a revolution in games – with games looking better, playing better and just being better than they’ve been. The new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, built on what’s essentially PC architecture, were meant to even elevate PC games. That hasn’t happened. Instead, there’s just been nothing but negativity and disappointment.

Right from the onset, the great big launch games were mostly middling. Killzone Shadowfall was good…but not great. Knack was decent (and terribly underrated), but critically panned. Battlefield 4 was essentially broken at launch, and Call of duty: Ghosts was just rubbish. the Xbox One’s launch titles weren’t great either; Dead Rising 3 was ok, Forza 5 was good, but the much heralded Ryse was for many, a huge disappointment. Even games that were delayed from the console launch, ones that were supposed to be banners for the next generation, have been disappointing; games like Watch dogs, and DriveClub. Destiny was not the second coming.

In fact, I’m not sure there’s a single game yet that’s really made it so that next-gen adoption is really necessary. Worse than that though, is the fact that this gen has been characterised by things just not working. Just about every great big game is being released in a state unfit for release, as if the public – the consumer – exists as beta testers and quality assurance. Driveclub was released without working servers – making it essentially useless. The latest game to suffer from being essentially broken is of course, Assassin’s Creed Unity  – though just last week Call of Duty’s online was (and still is) a mess, as is Halo’s Masterchief collection.

Here’s somebody who agrees.

On top of that, PC games are still being hamstrung by shoddy console ports. Let’s not even mention that so few games are able to run at 1080p and 60fps.  There’s a great deal of anger and disappointment in this generation. Are you genuinely disappointed, or is this all just misdirected vitriol and negativity as run through an online echo chamber?

Last Updated: November 14, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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