Assassin's Creed Unity: Next-Gen Is Finally Here?
Yes, I know. Everyone's definition of "next-gen" is different.
For me, I think I'll know it when I see it. So far, I've seen glimpses of "next-gen" prowess in a few 2014 games. I catch flashes of it in fun titles like inFamous: Second Son, for instance.
But thus far, I don't think we've seen a single game for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that feels like a significant upgrade from the previous generation. Graphical upgrades are inevitable and as far as I'm concerned, far less interesting than gameplay-related upgrades. I also think that until we start weeding out the cross-generation projects (games made for the old and new consoles), we won't start seeing multiple "next-gen" productions. The first one might be Assassin's Creed Unity, which is only coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC.
There are plenty of reasons why Unity could look and feel "next-gen," and I sincerely hope Ubisoft comes through. In my view, 2014 has been moderately disappointing. Nothing I've seen has really blown me away and based on the Metacritic averages for the year, I'm not the only one. As usual, it takes about a year before we really start seeing games that make us go, "yes, now it feels like a new generation." Unity has the size, ambition, and scope to impress the hell out of me. If it doesn't, I'll have to turn my attention to next year's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
10/3/2014 Ben Dutka