On A Scale Of 1-10, How Would You Rate PS4's Launch Lineup?
The PlayStation will launch with 22 games, which isn't bad.
Comparatively speaking, with the original PlayStation launching with only 10 titles and the PS3 releasing with 14, having 22 right off the bat for the PS4 is encouraging. The PS2 had 27 at launch but then again, there has been no other video game console in history to dominate as the PS2 did.
So, in terms of sheer number (22), the launch is better than decent, right? But what about the games themselves? Well, I definitely wanted to see more exclusive titles; Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and a few downloadable games are fine, but I think we could've used at least one more big Sony exclusive. Furthermore, it looks like there are several throwaway titles on the list, like Pinball Arcade and Tiny Brains. Maybe "throwaway" is too insulting; those titles might be good, but they certainly aren't convincing anyone to buy a PS4.
On the flip side, there are several huge third-party titles, which we usually don't get with new system launches. Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Skylanders SWAP Force are big-name titles, and they're all ready to go at launch. Those really do help. All in all, if we take into account console launch lineups in gaming history, compare it to the competition (and I believe Xbox One's lineup is a touch better), and analyze the games themselves, I'd say the PS4's initial list of titles earns a 7. What do you say? Too high or too low?
11/3/2013 10:52:29 PM Ben Dutka