The Holidays Without Uncharted 4: 'Yawn'
Don't get me wrong, I've got plenty to play and I think the holiday lineup is fine.
Even if you've only got PlayStation 4, you still have access to some of the year's best, including Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (and yes, I'm aware MGSV launched a little outside the holiday rush on September 1, but I guarantee it'll still sell well in November and December).
That being said, I do believe Sony - and the industry at large - could've really benefited from getting Uncharted 4: A Thief's End this holiday season. Not only would Sony have had a AAA PS4 exclusive to brag about, but it also would've been both a nice contrast and an interesting complement. I mean, it would've contrasted with a lot of the other holiday titles, which are open-world adventures or shooters, and it would've made for an intriguing comparison to Rise of the Tomb Raider. And with both titles only being available on competing platforms for the holiday season, that could've resulted in all sorts of fun confrontation.
I know Naughty Dog needed more time and this is one game that shouldn't be rushed. By all means, make us wait until March because we're all expecting greatness. But I still think this holiday season without that anticipated Uncharted 4 hype feels a little empty. We're also talking about one of the most acclaimed video game franchises of all time; that fact alone would've increased the holiday intrigue factor by quite a bit.
11/27/2015 Ben Dutka