I don’t regret holding off on the XBOX One.
This generation is starting to feel a lot like last generation with a facelift. The ideas and concepts coming out of the XBOX press conference were largely samey, and that’s starting to make me worry that we’re running out of ideas. But then I look at an indie highlight real and it occurs to me that we’re not that we’re running out of ideas, it’s just that nobody wants to place bets on anything other than shooting and dragon-stabbing. And that’s exactly we got out of this press conference.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looked to be a lite version of Titanfall, Evolve looks like a class-based Left 4 Dead (unsurprising given that it’s a lot of the same developers), and there’s more Halo retreading than you can shake a plasma sword at. Sunset Overdrive looked promising, even if it appears to be a more colorful inFAMOUS with (hopefully!) better shooting.
The folks who bored me with Limbo are looking to bring another slow, plodding platformer about a child in danger called Inside. There’s another Crackdown, and Tomb Raider, both shown off with cinematics not at all representative of gameplay. Then there was the new Tom Clancy’s The Division, which looked to be about shooting people some more.
There was a sizzle real of Indie games, which looked to be some of the most promising content (including the focus on Ori, which I hope isn’t another Limbo). But most of those will inevitably come out on Steam, so there’s no real rush there.
The most interesting thing on deck was a new Platinum Studios game, Scalebound, but it was just another CG trailer. I’m honestly only interested because it’s Platinum Studios and they haven’t disappointed me yet.
There were 7 games that weren’t previously announced, half of them were sequels/reboots, and none of them, except maybe Ori, are coming out this year. It’s hard to be excited at a press conference when none of the games you announced are coming out in the year ahead.
At this point I’m pretty confident that an XBOX One won’t be on my shelf anytime soon. None of these ideas were fresh enough, or exclusive enough, to make me run out and get the system. And I’m about exhausted with the continuing trend of “Play DLC first on XBOX.” I’m actively starting to think of it as a BS tactic to try and hamstring other platforms because XBOX has nothing innovative to bring to the table.
But maybe I’m just calloused and burned out on mainstream games. How excited are you after that press conference? Stick around, I’ll have more thoughts on the other press conferences after they air throughout the show!