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Can The Holiday Season Save 2014?

Oh, I'm not talking about sales and numbers. The industry is up, so things are very promising on that front.

I'm just referring to the selection of next-generation software we've seen thus far in 2014. I mean, is anyone really impressed?

I liked inFamous: Second Son a lot but it doesn't quite fit my definition of "next-gen." For the record, from what little I've seen and played of Titanfall, that one doesn't, either. Right now, the best game of the year is an updated 2013 title (The Last Of Us: Remastered), and the second-best game (I think) is Dark Souls II, which isn't even available on next-gen platforms.

Earlier this year, the end of the 2014 was looking pretty damn stacked. It would make us forget about the first six or seven months. But now, the delays have mounted: Battlefield: Hardline, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Order: 1886Evolve, Batman: Arkham Knight, and we're hearing Grand Theft Auto V for PS4, Xbox One and PC won't make it, either. That leaves us with Destiny, a couple Assassin's Creeds, LittleBigPlanet 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Driveclub, Alien: Isolation, and a few others. But is it enough?

It should be. After all, we're still looking at a whole lot of games in a span of only three or four months, so... What do you say?

Tags: video games, gaming industry, next gen games, ps4 games, xbox one games

8/21/2014 10:17:38 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Knightzane
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 11:15:04 PM
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Its all dependent on the person. My crazy arse felt like Thief felt next generation. As I did with Second Son.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 11:26:51 PM

You be nuts.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 11:29:05 PM
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That's like 1 actual next gen game so no, but people will look back fondly on some crossdressers like Destiny and Dragon Age.

Best games this year: Bound By Flame & Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed :)

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 11:39:58 PM
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I don't know but no next-gen game gonna compete with this marathon of Star Trek the NEXT GENERATION episodes I'm watching while doing artwork.

yea, it's so nice when school is out.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 8/21/2014 11:40:33 PM

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Danny007
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 11:50:36 PM
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Can we start referring to "next gen" as "current gen" on this site? PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are current gen, no longer next gen. They're here, you can go out and buy any one of them right now if you want to...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 12:05:46 AM

But they haven't proven themselves to have anything next geny yet.

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DIsmael85
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 12:32:06 AM

Agreed they aren't next geny, they are current geny.

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Beamboom
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 1:30:14 AM

It's very common to refer to the software for the new generation hardware for "next-gen" for quite a while yet.
The new console generation is barely born.

It's like when we talk about the "next generation leaders" or "next generation parents" - who we then talk about are already born, the generation is already here technically speaking, they are just infants yet. Same with consoles.

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DIsmael85
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 7:14:04 AM

It's current gen. If we argued about tech how would you explain PC gaming then? It's been "Next-gen" forever.

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Beamboom
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 7:16:27 AM

There are as far as I know no generation definition in the PC world. For pretty obvious reasons.

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PSN French
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 4:39:17 PM

There are generations of graphics cards in the PC World.

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DIsmael85
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 8:44:17 PM

My words exactly PSN French.

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Wrote
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 3:31:46 AM
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Yup the fall is totally lame compared to what we thought it was gonna be like. I probably could've waited until fall to get my ps4, I'll definitely enjoy the best versions of FC4 and DA:I among others, but the amount of actual next gen games is embarrassing..

It became clear around e3 that next gen wouldn't start until 2015, and oh my god can I not contain myself over how amazing Bloodbourne and The Witcher 3 will be!

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Axe99
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 4:23:53 AM
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Sure, it's not as packed as before, but I'm still looking forward to Shadows of Mordor, Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishments, LBP 3 and a few of the indies. Looking forward to checking out Driveclub as well, but not sure if I'm up for a racer (or I'd be looking forward to Project CARS as well as that). That Infamous: First Light should be an enjoyable distraction as well.

I'm not sure about all the focus on what 'gen' something is - I enjoy a well designed game on whatever system can handle it, and there are still plenty coming out (while Destiny isn't my thing, it's still a very well designed experience, and the new CoD is turning heads as well).

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 6:54:56 AM
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yeah i think it'll be enough

but next year is gunna be chocka full 20broke15 as i said on another forum ealier

happy gaming

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 7:27:10 PM
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Can we do a best gamer's xmass article? some years are down, but there's always that one year where you got an arsenal of classics!

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