After the lengthy presentations on day zero of E3 concluded, I couldn't shake the feeling that there really wasn't much to look forwards to in the next few months. Every exciting trailer or tantalising CG reveal blasted the same message: come back and see me in 2015, Brendan.
This would seem the case for most console owners, be it PS4, Wii U or Xbox One. As a PS4 owner though, I felt there was that little bit less to look forwards to though. Sitting through the Microsoft presser and watching them make it all about the games, there was no getting around the fact they were having an amazing show.
I've never been a Halo fan, but for those that are, the lack of many new games to play at Christmas doesn't seem too bad when they get to replay their old favourites with a next-gen lick of paint. Perhaps, it’s just the lack of interesting Holiday exclusives that are getting me down.
Well, you know what; it’s time to buck up. Before Auld Lang Syne drowns out the chimes welcoming in 2015, there are still some incredible games on their way on PS4. Does it really matter that they’re coming to the PC and XO too? Of course it doesn’t.
By January, I'll hopefully have played the hell out of the likes of Destiny, Alien: Isolation, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FIFA 15, Grid: Autosport and -despite my annoyances with the PS Plus Edition- even DriveClub is looking better and better all the time. The digital scene has some interesting titles on the way too including The Witness or Valiant Hearts: The Great War.
While new games form an essential part of my work as a games journo, as a gamer I should stop looking to the future so much and for a reason I'm sure many of you can relate to; I am of course talking of 'the pile'.
Thanks to being a keen bargain fan, working for a site that hunts down the hottest online prices for games and of course PS Plus, I’ve amassed a twisted tower of discs and hundreds of Gigabytes of games that remain unplayed or with an unfinished campaign mode.
I had a small epiphany playing Watch Dogs the other day. I finished the story weeks ago, have tried the multiplayer and since put many hours into hoovering up the collectibles and side missions while working my way towards a Platinum Trophy. That would be fine if I was still enjoying the experience like I was post-review with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but I wasn’t. Watch Dogs’ end game is seriously dull. So I just stopped, simple as.
I’ve been meaning to finish Arkham Origins for a while, so let’s play that instead. Except, after a night of gameplay, I had to admit that Warner Bros Montreal’s effort is a bit rubbish and I wasn’t enjoying it. That’s valuable free time just washing down the drain. Eject --> eBay.
Thank the stars for Saints Row IV then. 20 hours have just flown by so far and I’m having more fun than I can remember in ages. Gliding around Gotham as Batman was an awkward experience thanks to having to wrestle the camera around while looking for grapnel points. SRIV, lets me leap over multiple city blocks and glide over many more. The idea of playing another open-world game as a non-superpowered human just seems like nonsense now. This is how games should be. Who knows how many other terrific gaming experiences lie undiscovered in the pile?
The short version, yes the games we want aren’t even close to being ready (Uncharted 4, and Mirror’s Edge for me), but the ones we probably felt the same about years ago desperately want some attention since we picked them up and there are probably many more out there that we haven’t even discovered yet. The future is coming, but only when it’s ready, so find something to enjoy the wait with. Life’s too short to always be looking forwards rather than at what’s readily available in the here and now. Happy gaming my friends.
Sound off readers! What are you looking forward to playing this year? What are you playing now? What have you been meaning to play from the pile? Or are you just hoarding more from the latest Steam Summer Sale?