PS3 News: Next-Gen Focus: Which Genre Needs More Attention From Devs? - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Next-Gen Focus: Which Genre Needs More Attention From Devs?

As the next generation of gaming looms large, which is the one genre that needs to be amped up? Which one needs more attention from designers?

A popular answer around here would be "JRPGs" but that's more of a sub-genre. Besides, they still exist aplenty; it's just the quality that has been suffering mightily. It's not so much the lack of titles in the genre, but the fact that such titles aren't getting anywhere near enough TLC from the developers.

So, what genre tops your list? Which one has been getting overlooked this generation? Or is there a genre that just hasn't done well in terms of quality and sales, like JRPGs? There's the always niche flight genre, which enjoyed a bit of a resurgence during the current era, but fans could definitely use more love. It's also interesting that going in to the current generation, the fighting genre was definitely ailing. Many wrote it off entirely. But that particular category has done very well in recent years, hasn't it? Some of the best games ever!

The sports and racing genres need a bit of a boost, I think. We've been seeing a lot of the same ol', same ol' and I'd hope the new consoles would give them new life. And I want to see more in the way of old-school arcade-type sports games. We always get the sims every year, but where'd franchises like MLB Slugfest go? We got the NBA Jam reboot - which was awesome, by the way - but we need others. I miss stuff like NBA Street, and let's not forget those wicked entertaining Hitz sports games from the PS2 generation. Not great but always super fun.

Another popular answer might be adventure or puzzle games, but we're seeing a lot more of those in the digital world. They don't usually have big budgets but at least they exist. Still, I kinda miss the days when pure adventure games were a big part of the market. Myst, anyone?

Tags: next generation, next gen, video games, gaming culture

7/17/2013 10:06:01 PM Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (64 posts)

KingRD7
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:27:27 PM
Reply

RPG's most definitely. Having just Square Enix dish out majority of the games isn't gonna cut. Plus the ones they had this generation weren't even that good. RPG's almost feel like a dying breed that needs to be brought back to life. Companies need to collaborate and give us mind blowing experiences. We definitely need a lot more developers dedicated to this genre. Plus, with next-gen on the horizon, they can do amazing things. Hopefully Japan steps up there game as well. They CANNOT let FPS's takeover!

Agree with this comment 3 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

jera_truhart
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:36:34 PM
Reply

RPGs. And not US RPGs. It makes me sad that the term I used to refer to my favorite genre (rpg) has to change to (jrpg) to mean the same thing. In the 90s RPG meant final fantasy and chrono trigger. Now RPG in many people's minds means FPS with experience points. Oh to get old...

Agree with this comment 6 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:39:55 PM

I know how ya feel.

Agree with this comment 4 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

cLoudou
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:46:13 PM

This

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:29:03 PM

My thoughts exactly. Word for word.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:33:11 PM

Or TPS... heres lookin' at you ME!

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Cho_Quin
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 3:13:28 AM

you have the correct attitude. If you don't want your favorite RPG's to be called JRPG's, should not call them that way

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bldudas1
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:48:39 AM

I agree.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Beamboom
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:53:35 AM

I believe the old term for what we now call "jrpg" is "console rpg". At least that's what PC gamers used to call those games back in the days.


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/18/2013 9:53:57 AM

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 10:39:07 AM

Crazy PC folks get everything all messed up :)

Agree with this comment 0 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:37:47 PM
Reply

JRPGs from more mainstream devs like Konami, it's not enough to just have the niche of the niche. The reason we can't count good sales for JRPGs this gen is because all of the ones for bigger audiences are gone, went to the wrong console, or stopped being RPGs.

BeatEmUps, why would these ever go away when the technology to make them the most epic exists now?

Survival/Horror, I'm really looking forward to The Evil Within and we need others to enter the field because interactive entertainment is probably the best place to deliver really good thrills, devs just need to stop having a hard on for constant action.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

cLoudou
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:50:23 PM
Reply

Beat'em ups would be nice. Maybe a "Bouncer" sequel, was disappointed when that was only single player game. Enjoyed it though.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Axe99
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:50:25 PM
Reply

More flight sims and turn-based strat games :). OK, sure I'm a throwback to twenty years ago, but I'm not the only one :P.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Shepherd Book
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 10:55:25 PM
Reply

I would have to agree with RPGs and in particular, JRPGs. They are my favorite genre and the PS3 just didn't get enough love.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

maxpontiac
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:32:44 PM
Reply

Mr. Dutka, I thank you. Why you ask??

You put the question out there about which genre needs the most attention and you through your picture selection answer it for me.

That of course is the flight category. I long for someone to give me the Gran Turismo of the skies. A game that includes combat aircraft from all eras ranging from a P51D Mustang to a F-35A Lightning.

With that said, I am not asking for just a strict simulator nor am I wanting a pure white knuckle arcade flyer. What I envision is a SIMU-CADE with options a plenty and of course the airplanes themselves being based on real world data.

Yes, War Thunder for the PS4 is around the corner, but to be honest I am unsure if the development team involved can balance things out accordingly.

So in my eyes, this leaves Project Aces as "my only hope" and to be honest, I am not sure they can accomplish this endeavor. I am hopeful though that PA has gotten over the whole "COD of the skies" routine.

So... will the PS4 be the home to the Flight game rebirth? Why not I say as greatness awaits!

Agree with this comment 2 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

KidPresentable
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:45:53 AM

You doubt Gaijin Entertainment, the studio behind IL-2 Sturmovik, Apache: Air Assault, and Birds of Steel? Why?

Agree with this comment 2 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

maxpontiac
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 1:22:52 PM

Have you played their games? They are good and all but Gaijin does not have the flight/weapon/damage models correct in Birds of Steel and War Thunder.

I am not willing to write them completely off and will give War Thunder a chance but it is not looking good.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

Axe99
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:25:12 PM

They may not be perfect, but there classes above Ace Combat - the handling of the Apache in AAA was streets above that in the latest Ace Combat, and the jets in AC fly as realistically as martial artists on wires fight ;). Am very much looking forward to WAR THUNDER, and have pumped a good amount of time into all of Gaijin's flight games this gen.

Now, if we could get the DCS games on PS4.....

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

maxpontiac
Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 3:37:26 PM

I disagree. At least with Project Aces, all airplanes are treated with equal care. Even if it is not accurate per se, every plane in the game represents a stable and nibble weapons platform and that's how it should be. Yes, I understand that AC is an arcade flight shooter but PA does get several things right.

With Gaijin, The Russian planes are head and shoulders above everything else while the US planes struggle. The rest of the countries fall in line with some better then others. I can accept that as reality as long it is correct when clearly it is not.

It's not that I mind American planes not being be the best, but what I find issue with is how the planes are not treated accurately as a whole.

For proof, look at the "Cat" series of planes in War Thunder and fly them in a match or two. Now try the other planes such as the Zero, the Spitfire, and any of the Russian planes. You will quickly notice that something is off here. The Hellcat (for example) isn't supposed to the be the best, but friend, this warplane shot down thousands of combatants.

Please keep in mind that I am not discrediting the British, Russian, German, and Japanese airplanes. I am however questioning the lack of American parity when history clearly shows American hardware is at least equal and perhaps superior in multiple categories.

Like I said, the game is still in Beta stages, but as it sits, I will not be investing my time nor money on the PS4 version unless things drastically improve.

Last edited by maxpontiac on 7/20/2013 3:38:55 PM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:35:29 PM
Reply

Its tough because therws probably a few I could mention. The genre that I did have a lot of fun with but definitely could use some help, although I have no idea what, is the racing genre. There were some great racing games, Burnout and Twisted Metal both offered something different for this generation and GT5 went all out making the greatest simulator evwr. But it needs something...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

KidPresentable
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:12:37 AM

I don't know, man. As a racing fan myself, I thought this was a pretty sweet gen. Looking over at my collection right now, I see fun stuff like, Split/Second, Ridge Racer 6, 7 and Unbounded, nail'd, Driver: San Fransisco, ModNation Racers, The Motorstorm Trilogy, Fuel, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Pure, Mario Kart Wii, Excitebots: Trick Racing, MX vs. ATV: Reflex, Stuntman: Ignition, Project Gotham Racing 3 and 4, and Blur.
Open worlds like Midnight Club Los Angeles, Wheelman, Burnout Paradise, Forza: Horizon, and Test Drive Unlimited 2, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Sim/arcade like Need for Speed: Shift 1 and 2, Grid 1 and 2, Dirt 1,2, and 3, Sega Rally: Revo, Forza: Motorsport 2,3 and 4.
Pure classy simulation in Gran Turismo 5
And let's not forget the amazing Wipeout HD and Fury.

This is as good and as diverse as racing is ever going to get, in my opinion. Some of these studios behind some of these great titles have been closed or the games didn't perform particularly well, especially on the arcade side of things. I truly and sincerely hope racing continues strong into the 8th gen, though.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bigrailer19
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 10:38:54 AM

I think you are right. I only mentioned a few as opposed tp the many you listed but those alone did enough. I tet the focus should be more on the arcade racer. The latest need for speed was awesome, but scratch the Burnout esque feel and theres not much there. Cant keep copying and pasting.

But thats just being nit picky. You are right this gen had some good racing for sure.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Temjin001
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:51:36 PM
Reply

Brawlers like Double Dragon, Final Fight, and The Bouncer need my money. Create the games and they can take my money!

Last edited by Temjin001 on 7/17/2013 11:51:48 PM

Agree with this comment 3 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:56:29 PM

NO! You must cast aside your outdated need for fisticuffs and join the shooter brigade: all shooting things, all guns, all the time.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Temjin001
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:04:14 AM

OH YAH. Spaceship shooters need a come back. Lawrence Hollands X-Wing games and Tie-Fighter were the pinnacle of the genre. PSX had a solid one called Colony Wars.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Temjin001
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:07:52 AM

Come to think of it. That Buffy Vampire game on Xbox was a pretty nice brawler for it's time. That would be good too.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

berserk
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 7:15:18 AM

Who knows , maybe Dragon crown coming in 2 weeks is gonna help bring those back and show you can make those type of game with depths .

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 10:40:04 AM

Dragon's Crown is an appreciated love letter, though I still wonder what could be done with a modern AAA game.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 11:57:01 PM
Reply

I still don't understand how JRPG became a subgenre. I mean, when I was growing up, they WERE the RPG. Outside of tabletop D&D, there was the Final Fantasies, Dragon Warriors, etc. All with turn-based deliciousness. Then people have to call them JRPGs and call all these other games RPGs that sport a lot of non RPG-ness.

And no one even addressed it. No one outright said, "hey, we are calling RPGs JRPGs now, and all these other games are now going to be called RPGs."

Nothing.

I still remember getting excited about what was advertised as the next huge RPG and when I finally saw it, my only thought was, "what the hell is this!?? this is no RPG!!"

It was Fallout 3. And I hated it. I felt lied to...

Agree with this comment 2 up, 2 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:01:50 AM

Different kind of RPG, but I know what you mean, RPG used to mean anime characters leveling up through an epic story by doing turn based battles.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:03:09 AM

Yeah exactly.

Last edited by SaiyanSempai on 7/18/2013 12:07:07 AM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:05:18 AM

Have you played a recent Tales game? It may have action but there's enough strategy in them so that they "feel" right. It isn't just hacking and slashing as has been popular lately. I'm so stoked for Xillia.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:08:15 AM

So...I guess would like to see more JRPGs with battle systems and production values akin to FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX, Dragon Quest VIII, etc. but with next gen graphical goodness.

The Tales-style combat is still a little too active for my taste...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:12:43 AM

I'll definitely give Xillia a try. I haven't played a Tales game since Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:38:04 AM

If I recall correctly the combat there was sort of like a fighting game, it isn't like that anymore :)

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:03:20 AM
Reply

What's crazy is action games got better by adding RPG elements and RPGs got lamer by becoming action games. It's like RPGs got absorbed in hopes of gaining mainstream appeal, and it has never resulted in better sales.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SaiyanSempai
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:13:30 AM

Yeah, I definitely agree with you on that.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Temjin001
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:14:42 AM

hey, i thought Sabin from FFVI was pretty sweet for having Street FIghter moves. Ha DO KEN!

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Temjin001
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:20:03 AM

Xenogears is also every action game ever made inside a jrpg's body. It rocks!

Last edited by Temjin001 on 7/18/2013 12:20:10 AM

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Underdog15
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:23:35 AM

Xenogears is my number 1 favorite PS1 game.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:41:17 AM

RPGs co-opt action pretty well when they are fit properly within the framework, hence Xenogears, Legend of Legaia, Star Ocean, Tales of, Rogue Galaxy, but when they lose sight of what they are to begin with they sure have trouble.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Beamboom
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 1:25:27 AM
Reply

Whatever genre the Elite/Privateer type games are. The space trade/rogue/fight games. I'd love to see what can be done now with the next gen power.

I'd like to not only have my ship as my "avatar", but to actually be able to step out of it and into hubs and stations, onto planets and even explore my own ship, but with a focus on the bigger interplanetary business of things.

Man I'd love a game like that.

Agree with this comment 4 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

mick
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:34:24 AM

well said, BB...would love to see this genre properly brought to the console

two other thoughts - as stated earlier, a good "basic" flight sim - nothing newer than WWII - WWI would be great! more sim, less arcade

and - shoot me for saying it - a GOOD WWII fps!

Agree with this comment 1 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

xenris
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:51:18 AM

You should keep your eyes on Star Citizen Beam. It looks to be the most ambitious space sim, combat pirate, game ever.

If you haven't heard about it its being made by the guy who created wing commander.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Beamboom
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:59:08 AM

Oh yeah Xenris, there's plenty of guys at my work who are super psyked about Star Citizen.
Personally I think it looks just a tad too much Wing Commander (ergo a focus on space battle). But it looks totally a-m-a-z-ing graphically. it's done on the CryEngine, after all.

Speaking of stuff taking place in space, I am actually more excited about "repopulation", a sci-fi mmorpg that looks to be exactly how I want my mmorpgs.

But none of these will come for the consoles, and I believe Ben is only talking about console releases here.

PS4+PC is the combo come next gen!

Last edited by Beamboom on 7/18/2013 10:04:22 AM

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Kiryu
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 2:32:27 AM
Reply

Japanese RPG's and Japanese Hack and Slash

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Cho_Quin
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 3:02:09 AM
Reply

rising the budget of the side-scrolling platformer games ain't a bad idea. hehe where are those cool metroidvania games!

Last edited by Cho_Quin on 7/18/2013 3:02:26 AM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

gamer4lifexxx
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 3:05:06 AM
Reply

I'd say JRPGs and survival horror games.. well horror games in general actually. look how bad RE6 and Operation Raccoon City were.. and Dead Space 3 was suppose to be scary but i didn't find it scary at all

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

berserk
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 7:16:31 AM

That s cause it s pretty much all action now ( dead space 3 ).

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

berserk
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 7:20:43 AM
Reply

Me i wish for more srpg , need more then just disgaea ( sadly i m not a fan of those ).At least , there is rainbow moon 2( Rainbow Skies ). coming up .

I would mention turn based jrpg but i just have no more hope left for them .

Last edited by berserk on 7/18/2013 7:22:56 AM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bldudas1
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 8:51:29 AM
Reply

RPGs are still here, but they are being published by niche publishers. Maybe more of them without turning them into western style.

I don't even consider most western "RPGs" to be RPGs. *cough* Mass Effect *cough*

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Masszt3r
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:08:54 AM
Reply

Survival-horror. There were a few good survival horror games at the beginning of the Gen, but they have been going downhill. RE5, RE6, RE: Operation Raccoon city, SH6 and DS3 in my opinion were horrible examples of this genre. They had their areas of awesomeness, but there was clearly a decline in quality in favor for a more action oriented style, at least in the case of RE and DS.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

xenris
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:56:59 AM
Reply

Despite there being some interesting Stealth games recently like the Last of Us, and Dishonored I really think the stealth genre needs reworking on the next gen consoles.

I think this mostly comes down to AI, how can they make a stealth game really fun and make the AI really smart in hunting you down? How can they use lighting better to make stealth more interesting, sound etc.

I want the AI to investigate noise but at different levels. Just because there is a clash doesn't mean the guards should all take out their swords and assume its me. At the same time, I shouldn't be able to strangle a guy two feet from his friend, but maybe do a duel stealth kill?

Anyway I think that genre can benefit from the increased power the most by making the AI really smart, making them as realistic as possible while still keeping the game fun. Striking that balance would be the trick.

Otherwise I would like a really solid old school JRPG, with a turn based system combat like Dragon quest only less grindy feeling, one that has meaninful side quests, a huge open world, minigames, airships(or mounts) interesting characters, and cool world to explore, and all that jazz. But in the next gen you could have really alive looking towns :)

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 10:45:06 AM

I agree about stealth, maybe that's part of why The Last of Us let me down, I was expecting some next level sh*t but it wasn't. Sadly when action is the engine behind gaming progress the AI doesn't have to be very smart or dynamic.

Did you play Ni No Kuni? It was pretty close to a classic JRPG. I'm closing in on the end now.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

xenris
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:52:02 AM

Oh yeah I played the crap out of NNK, beat it and did a bunch of side quests, and that Colosseum stuff too.

I definitely feel like it is the closest thing that we have had to a classic JRPG, afterall it was the same team who did Dragon Quest 8 which is my favourite JRPG ever so yeah I want more of that from them and perhaps other devs too.

Also while I loved the combat some people felt it was too actiony, and I'm definitely not apposed to turn based RPGs providing it doesn't start feeling like a grind half way through the game. I find with some turn based games I would just get anxiety every fight because I just wanted the story and the combat was just too much too often.

As for your comment on the last of us, yeah I think that could be part of why you were let down. I know that by the end of the game I just felt like there was something missing there, that thing that would have taken it to the next level.

Imagine if you hurt enemies enough that they just ran away like you could spare them? Or imagine you walk into a room and there are two guys there and they see you and one says like I can handle this frank, and frank just sits on a chair and watches you and like says stuff to his buddy while you have a mini boss fight or something. If you wanted to make the fight harder or something you could run at the guy in the chair and kill or beat him down, then its 2v1 if you didn't kill him, if you did maybe your gun gets knocked away and forces you into a fist fight etc.

I just wanted stuff like that, AI behaviour I hadn't see before. The last of us is a great game, and I enjoyed it, but I do not think it was a 10, or the "citizen kane" of gaming because everything had been seen and done before. It was definitely a game that was better than the sum of its parts and the story and production value did a lot to make the game more enjoyable.

But I really think that say dishonored has better stealth, and more freedom and more elements that hadn't been seen or utilized in a while. Like the freedom and nonlinearity in Dishonored is astounding to me, the Last of Us could have taken some notes from that game and then in my eyes been a 10.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 1:57:57 PM

I was surprised people thought there was a lot of grinding necessary in NNK, maybe they weren't playing properly because it's nothing compared to days of old.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Comic Shaman
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:09:58 PM
Reply

This is perhaps not really a genre, but one thing I'd like to see change in the gaming world is the way that movie licensed games are handled.

I mean... Pacific Rim. Could you ask for a more perfect match for a game/movie license? But no, we get another churned out, mediocre cash-in. It's shameful.

There are a handful of exceptions, but for the most part the movie-game transition has produced totally crap games. It doesn't have to be that way.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Crabba
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 12:09:03 AM
Reply

What would make me the most excited about next-gen is more AAA adventure games like The Walking Dead & Heavy Rain! There are just far too few developers making games like these, right now it's basically all Quantic Dream & Telltale Games..

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

ransomink
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 1:25:14 PM
Reply

I, as many others, agree on (J)RPGs. We've seen plenty of Western RPGs, mainly open-world decision and roaming games but lackluster content from Japan.

My other choice is platform games, the likes of Ratchet & Clank, Jak and Daxter, Spyro, and the Sly Cooper variety. They simply disappeared. My guess due to the increase in realism the current-gen consoles have provided and the PS4 and Xbox One will continue to provide.

Every games doesn't need to be realistic in order to have fun, gain popularity, and make a profit.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Ather
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 4:37:14 PM
Reply

Yes, more RPGs, but of the JRPG variety. I miss the good old days, when you had turned based battles, and leveled up your class once.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

apdgat
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 11:57:21 PM
Reply

Games like Persona 3-4, Parasite Eve, Shadow hearts, Silent Hill 1-3, Fatal Frame 1-2, whatever genres they represent. The rest of the genres I'm pretty sure will be covered regardless.

Last edited by apdgat on 7/22/2013 12:03:39 AM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Lordnicon
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 6:32:22 AM
Reply

I too like jrpg's but even we become broken records. I go back and play old Phantasy Stars just to get that feeling back but let's branch out.

While all of these genres are great, I miss the days when there where games that were just different - Not exactly 100% unique, but just not one of the flock. The ps1 and Dreamcast had tons. Its hard to pinpoint exactly what i mean, but I'm talking sub genres and the like.

How about a new rhythm game, a new shooter or bullet hell, a new jet grind radio. Hell even a new Jumping Flash or bushido blade. Id also love a flight sim or a new extreme sport game or a mech fighter worth the time. Ooo! Or a console RTS? Idk.

As I said, it's hard to pinpoint what genre needs love this gen but when I think of anything between genesis and dreamcast (I know that's broad), I think of quirky and entertaining and genre's aside, I think that is what is most important.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

MasterGT
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:18:57 PM
Reply

It looks as if GT will finally get some competition Project CARS on the PS4, so we're good there. So long as there are at least two good sims on a platform, then we have a choice.

If any of you GT fans want a race, you know where to find me.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Lunar_Miyuki
Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 1:33:20 AM
Reply

JRPGS honestly

your best JRPGS this gen were Tales of graces F Hyper hyper dimensional neptunia series and well for PS3 im not counting Xillia 1 or 2 because their not outside JP
honestly i got the PS1/PS2 feeling from hyper dimensional series

the only RPG that was turned into a shooter i can agree with is Valkyria chronicles it still felt like a RPG

though because so many games were cancelled like the wild arms series or Legend of the dragoon 2 or breath of fire
then ar tonelico qoga was terrible and ended the series all these things have made JRPGS start to dissapear for consoles

Now if we turn our attention to handhelds theirs plenty of JRPGS
though Devs don't understand why JRPGS on handhelds sell way better in JP than anywhere else its a simple explanation really though
Most JP people arent really at home so they get handhelds and take them everywhere

Now lets look at the JRPGS like shin megami Tensei Fire emblem Tales of innocence tales of hearts and tempest that are handheld only
soul sacrifice
now lets look at the games that are the top handheld selling games
PSP #1 selling game is Monster hunter and it was JP only with over 1 million imported sales

the DS is pokemon say what you want but it is an RPG
combat is turnbased check
combat has some strategy with elemental weaknesses check
story sucks but you do play a role to become the #1 pokemon trainer
you do get freedom of back tracking and changing your pokemon party


Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

What do you think about The Last Of Us: Remastered?
Fantastic! Can't wait to get it!
Good, not sure if I'll buy immediately.
Eh, not bad, but I don't care.
It's just a stupid money grab.

Previous Poll Results