Shooters Dominate PS4 Launch Sales: Aren't We Bored Yet?
It's not like anyone is really surprised, but is this just another example of an industry that has long since gone depressingly mainstream?
I mean, you can always satisfy the masses with the most repetitive, boring garbage on the planet. Just keep giving 'em the same ol' same ol' and they'll continue to lap it up at an alarming rate. And I don't mean to say the three shooters in question are bad games, because they're not. What I'm saying is that they are all shooters and it's disheartening that the three biggest games for a new system launch - especially a new PlayStation - are all FPSs.
Sony fans have razzed Microsoft for really only putting out a bunch of shooters and action games for the Xbox platform, but at least the Xbox One has Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5. Even so, it's very likely that Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 will be the top two launch titles for the new Xbox as well. Hell, even Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, a multiplatform title, didn't manage to outstrip Killzone: Shadow Fall - an exclusive production - during the PS4 launch.
I'm not against shooters; in fact, I really like them. I play just about every one that's ever made and although I can't stand multiplayer, I still enjoy my time with a solid, entertaining FPS. But as we enter a new generation, can we please at least attempt to expand on that age-old formula? Despite its flaws, Shadow Fall tried some new things, which is a step in the right direction, but there's still a long way to go. Maybe something like Destiny will help to rejuvenate the genre, even if it'll bring it in a disagreeable direction in my eyes (i.e., the MMO direction).
I just wish we had seen more diversity at the start of a new PlayStation era, that's all. I'm sure we'll see it in due time.
11/18/2013 10:23:02 PM Ben Dutka