Is it too Soon for Upgraded Consoles?

It’s time that we face the fact right out of the gate in this discussion, we are going to get new console iterations very soon. Sony has all but confirmed the Playstation Neo’s existence, and not to be outdone, Microsoft has reportedly been working on new modifications to the XboxOne as well. Now before many of you start throwing rocks and saying “Hey, I enjoyed my Playstation Slim” or “I needed that Xbox with the wireless adapter built in!” I want to remind you, this is not merely a look revision. The change that is being speculated at this point would enhance game playability. Why does this matter and what is the difference?

It matters because the console that you bought day 1 less than 3 years ago is about to become outdated for a model that plays games better with enhanced graphical fidelity. Now I want to be clear, I am still on the fence with this subject. So far, up to this point, Sony has done everything right with the PS4, so before I start jumping to conclusions I want to see how they pitch this. I am only saying at this point, they are going to have a difficult time in making the early adopter not feel burned by introducing a price comparable unit that now plays their same games, but better. 

I want to hear your opinion. Is it too soon to need to upgrade your console? If you were an early adopter of either platform, how do you look at this move? Will you double down and re-up, or do you hold on to your buck for the next iteration. Let’s hear it, now sound off in the comments below.

Is Final Fantasy 15 the game you want?

It’s been a decade since the development of Final Fantasy 13 Versus, now renamed Final Fantasy 15, had originally been announced as a PS3 exclusive. A lot of time has passed, and a lot has changed for the game. Proving to be the first real step into the “open world” space, it is also looking to be the most ambitious. 

New combat systems, deep story lines with movies and anime, free demos, flying cars, and the list just goes on and on. Square Enix has a lot of skin in the game now. Will it pay off? For me, I have never been this excited to get my hands on a game in this franchise. Now to give you some context, my favorite Final Fantasy game is 10, which is incredibly decisive. I have played a chunk of 7, a bit of 8, and that’s about it. So you could say I am on the newer side of the series, not the old. Which is why I want to hear what you have to say, for those of you that are new to the franchise or have roots deep into the series- what is your temperature on the upcoming title?

My biggest gripe with the franchise since the introduction of their combat system with FF13, has been that it’s just way too complex. I had the privilege of diving into the first Final Fantasy 15 Demo, Duscae, and while I enjoyed the archetypes of the characters (minus some terrible voice acting) and the beautiful open world environment, the combat was still hit and miss. Overly complex. With the introduction on the platinum demo, they streamlined the switching of weapons, and improved the battle system. Now given, there was only one real battle where you got to test it out, however, what I played I thoroughly enjoyed. 

You know what I think, now let’s hear your thoughts. Give me your opinion of the upcoming game in the comments below. 

Is the Nintendo NX another “Gimmick”?

In an interview with Asahi Shimbum, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has described the upcoming platform as “a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U.” It is no surprise that their next console will have a new feature that they would claim could change the way games are played, this is the same company that created the rumble pack along with other industry changing innovations. 

The question that Nintendo will have to answer, after the downward spiral of the Wii U, is why should the average gamer care? Nintendo will always have their hardcore fan base that will buy their product, however the Wii U proved that they cannot survive on this pool alone. In a day that Microsoft and Sony rule the gaming space (from a console perspective), it could prove rather difficult to find their footing once again. Will the NX be the next Wii? 

While Nintendo has confirmed that they will not be showing off the new console this year at E32016, they did go on to say that they would be holding a separate event for the introduction of the platform. What do you think, can they make noise in the console market again? Or do you want to see them move to a primarily software based movement onto other platforms? Let us know in the comments below.