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BD Roundtable: Next Gen Plans

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With the PS4 launching in just a few days the next generation of console gaming is just about ready to kick off. There’s a buzz in the air as everyone discusses why they will and won’t be joining in the festivities. Ever eager to hop on the bandwagon, we here at Boss Dungeon had a little chat about what we’ll be doing when the new consoles finally roll out:

Gregory Edwards:

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I’ve always been a sucker for console launches, I remember striking out for a 360 at launch and ending up with nothing to play for weeks other than the rather crap Enchanted Arms, and when I bought the Wii, I didn’t actually have enough money to buy anything with it, so I just played Wii Sports incessantly. Handhelds fared me no better, buying a DS and Super Mario 64 DS, blasting through it and then…just putting the console away. My experiences with the 3DS were even worse, being stuck with Super Street Fighter 4 3D only to remember that I’m actually terrible at Street Fighter.

Naturally, the only thing I’ve learned from all of this is to save more money for console launches. I have no interest in the Xbox One whatsoever due to Microsoft’s original policies souring everything, but I personally can’t wait for the PS4, and I’ve got mine preordered with Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, the latter of which really snuck up on me as a title I’ve anticipated greatly (and held off on for PS4). I’ll admit to the launch line-up being rather weak, and I’m pretty much just relying on those two games, the PS+ freebies of Contrast and Resogun, and any F2P stuff that takes my fancy until the very cool stuff hits. I just can’t wait to play Killzone’s multiplayer with some friends of mine.

All that said, what’s on the horizon is looking fantastic. Games like Destiny, Watch Dogs, Metal Gear Solid 5, and FFXV all excite me terribly, and for me, next gen can’t get here any faster.
Nick Allen:

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Next gen! Xbone! PS4!

I have so little interest in the ‘next generation’ right now you’d think I wasn’t even interested in games. I will never, ever touch an Xbox One after Microsoft has shown so much obvious disdain for their customers. The PS4 is naturally more appealing in that regard, but neither have any games at launch and very little in the coming months. The PS4 and Xbone are going to hit the same brick wall the WiiU has – nothing at all interesting due out in the first year. The only next gen game I want is Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

Not to say I won’t pick up one in the future, mind. But right now, if I had to pick a next-gen console, I’d buy a Steam Machine. That and my WiiU will have me set for this generation. A Nintendo box, a third party box, and both handhelds. Who needs anything else, really?
Michael Carey:

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Tech lust is a hell of a thing, able to turn the most cynical gamer into a squealing fanboy. I had my moment in 2006 when I stood in the cold for a Wii. I had some good times with it, but it’s a purchase I’d largely regarded as a mistake and I figured, between all the problems with that generation’s launches, I’d never get a day one console again. I said, on numerous occasions, that I’d be entering this generation solely as a PC gamer.

Then E3 happened and I preordered a PS4 and Killzone: Shadow Fall after Sony’s conference, an order I figured I’d regret and cancel. Instead, I’ve added Battlefield 4, Knack, and a year of PS Plus for Contrast and Resogun. Part of it is tech lust; another part is that Sony has me genuinely excited about the coming generation, to the point where I’ve made a reversal on my opinions both regarding the company and the generation.

I’ve still got my PC, that’s not going anywhere. It’s aging and might need some new parts before the generation is done, but it’s a nice complement to a console. I know a lot of people are sounding the “PC Gaming Master Race” horn about now, but the truth is that it’s nice to have a console kicking around. Not just for diversity in what, where, and how you can play, but because it’s still to be seen how developers will handle PC development this generation.

Ultimately, getting a new console always will be a gamble, but I’m pretty optimistic and I’m looking forward to the advances this generation will bring to the medium.
Julian Rittmayer:

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Coming off the post-E3 hype I was truly looking forward to the launch of the next generation, and more specifically, the PS4. Despite having a slight interest in several of its games, the Xbox One’s message simply didn’t resonate with me. Perhaps one day I will reconsider, but no matter. The PS4 was the system I had set my sights on and nothing could sway my decision in getting one.

That is, until the launch crept closer and more details came out. Second Son only releasing in 2014, DriveClub delayed, Watch Dogs delayed. Suddenly the PS4 was left with only two launch exclusives, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. These were games I would never buy at $59.99 normally, let alone buy a system for. I decided to simply sell off my next-gen system preorders and wait until 2014. Amazingly the two preorders had sold leaving me with enough to buy a PS4. And I still had a second PS4 preorder. So I caved to my tech lust and without regret will be welcoming the “greatness” that awaits.

To be honest, I still think the PS4’s launch line up is garbage especially compared to the number of exclusives that the Xbox One is fielding at launch. I’m not worried though, because as we have seen, especially over this past generation on the PS3, Sony’s small army of talented studios will be sure to deliver a continuing stream of amazing exclusives for years to come.
Claire Irby:

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Next gen I think I’m just going to wait things out a while. I already have a Wii U and I’m currently only in the market for a new PC. The PS4 and Xbox One just don’t interest me right now. None of the exclusives jump out at me and I’m fine just getting multiplat games on Wii U or PC.

With the news that the Xbox division might get sold off to someone else in the near future, I would be very hesitant to go ahead with Microsoft’s console. Maybe in a year or two when the consoles are cheaper and we have a better idea of the directions they’re headed I’ll jump in fully, but as of right now it pretty much hinges on whether or not the next gen version of Ground Zeroes is that much better than current gen versions.
Zack Furniss:

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It’s difficult trying to resist the new consoles with the hype swirling around.  Since I’m primarily a PC gamer now, I’ve not really drummed up a huge interest in them either. The consoles usually snag me with their exclusives, but as cool as Killzone: Shadow Fall and Dead Rising 3 look, that’s not a lot of bang for a whole lot of buck.

As I live in a house of a gamers, we will eventually pitch in to get both. For now, I’ll do my best to resist my innate tech lust. I assure you though, if inFamous: Second Son was out at launch, I’d be staring at my very own PS4 in a couple days.


So there you have it! Our plans for the PS4, Xbox One, and everything that entails. So how about you? What will you be doing in the future of gaming? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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  • I’m not planning on jumping into next-gen, mostly because I’ve always been a PC player and because I only got a PS3 last year. So I have an extensive library of games to play on my PS3 and I got PS+ for more than a year now, wich is great.
    I’m also quite happy with my 3DS and PSP, so next-gen consoles? Maybe in 2 or 3 years.

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