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Goodbye Cross-Gen: Upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Releases

The triple-A release schedule for 2014 was shaped up to be the year that would truly justify why you bought an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. However, it seems like some of the justification was pushed to 2015 due to a few high-profile game delays and all the awesome announcements from E3 2014. This isn’t to say there won’t be plenty of games coming later this year, but something is taking away from the latest generation’s glory–cross-gen releases of games, on top of delays. If we have the ability to play games like Dragon Age Inquisition, Alien: Isolation, and Destiny on what we already have, why bother rushing out to buy an Xbox One or PS4? I know, I should acknowledge these consoles have some exclusives not found on Xbox 360 and PS3, such as Killzone Shadow Fall, Infamous Second Son, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse: Son of Rome to name a few, but it’s slim pickings. And now that we know games such as Batman: Arkham Knight, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Bloodborne are coming in 2015 and beyond, what can we expect until then?

To help answer that question, here’s a list of a few games coming to Xbox One and/or PS4, and NOT Xbox 360 or PS3, that I know I will have to give in to the new consoles. I’m finally getting that warm fuzzy feeling thinking about picking up a new shiny console this year.

Let’s start with my list of intrigue:

Assassin’s Creed Unity
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014

I am not a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, but this series is a hit overall. I do have some interest in this entry.

The Crew
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Can’t afford to the time or money to road trip across the US? I know I can’t, so I’ll have to do in this game.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: Feb. 24, 2015

I didn’t play the previous entries, so I don’t have an attachment to the series, but this might be the one that changes that. It’s too bad it was delayed to February. One of many delays, but it has a solid release date unlike many other 2015 games.

Here are the games that I won’t pass up:

Evolve
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014

Did you ever want to be a monster? I sure did when I was a youngster–sometimes I still do. Evolve gives me high hopes that I will finally get to fulfill those monstrous desires better than Rampage ever could. Here is a snippet of how Turtle Rock Studios describes their game:

“Four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches. Play as the Monster to use savage abilities and an animalistic sense to kill your human enemies, or choose one of four Hunter classes (Assault, Trapper, Medic and Support) and team up to take down the beast on the planet Shear, where flora and fauna act as an adversary to man and monster alike.”

Turtle Rock, best known for Left 4 Dead, are betting big on 4v1 and hopefully playing as any character type is lasting fun. Playing as a monster is the real hook for me. I’m really enticed by the gritty sci-fi aesthetic and the prospect of this multiplayer. The core concept worked for me in Nintendo Land when I played Mario Chase and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. I know, I know… That was a weird reference, but it makes sense, trust me.

Sunset Overdrive
Xbox One
Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014

This is the first Xbox One exclusive that has me looking forward to being an owner of the system. Oddly enough, my first reaction to Sunset Overdrive was lukewarm way back. I thought it looked great, but something was too familiar about it–never played Ratchet and Clank, though. For some reason Insomniac’s game grew on me, big time. It’s over-the-top, colorful, punk, and wacky.  I like to think that Nintendo’s Splatoon could look like this if the hardware was up to snuff. The premise is bonkers too. I’ll just say the energy drink Overcharge Delirium XT is causing major problems, but it’s OK. You have cool traversal skills and wacky weapons. Here’s how Insomniac describes it:

“The city’s overrun with mutants. Problem? Not for you. Sunset Overdrive is a playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure.”

I really want to play around in Insomniac’s Awesomepocalypse.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Xbox One
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Halo: Combat Evolved change me as a gamer. The experience was epic, and I bought into the world instantly–to the point I read the first trilogy of books. Halo 2 was my introduction to the FPS genre and deathmatch multiplayer.

There is no reason why I wouldn’t pick up this collection to revisit the journey of Master Chief. Throw in the fact that it will be 1080p and run at 60 frames per second, I don’t think anyone with an Xbox One should pass this up. The awesome of this collection doesn’t stop there. It will include all the multiplayer maps from every Halo game, and each game’s multiplayer will run on its own respective engine, preserving the gameplay you remember. This also means I will finally play the original Halo multiplayer maps. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of friends with their own Xbox’s. To be honest, I lacked friends in general.

This collection is exactly what I need to rekindle the love for Halo. I didn’t play Halo 4, for some reason I said bye to the series after Halo Reach, but would love to relive and continue the journey.

The Order: 1886
PlayStation 4
Release date: Feb. 20, 2015

Another game originally expected in 2014, but also has a solid release date. I couldn’t resist putting it on the list.

Ready At Dawn Studio’s third person, cover-based shooter doesn’t seem to offer anything really new in terms of gameplay mechanics, but where it does excel is in its artistic presentation and world. Here is a description from the PlayStation Blog:

“The game’s universe is a complex, heady brew steeped in myth and half-truths. Inspired by an array of divergent topics ranging from King Arthur’s Round Table to the Industrial Revolution, The Order: 1886 paints a grim vision of 19th-century Victorian London. With mankind locked in a centuries-old struggle against a race of monstrous Half-Breeds, The Order was formed to turn the tide using state-of-the-art weaponry and centuries of combat experience. Amidst the ever-present Half-Breed threat, The Order must also contend with a rebel network of humans who resent the aristocracy that created it.”

Along with its world the Victorian design and graphical look of this game are outright amazing. Even with the game being locked at 30 frames per second, The Order: 1886 is still a showcase of what the PlayStation 4 is capable of bringing to a gamer’s eyeballs. I can’t wait!

What triple-A games are you looking forward to that are not going to be available on Xbox 360 or PS3? Is the wait for the 2015 line-up agonizing for you?

The Author

Rafael Berrios

Rafael Berrios

A New York native trying to make an impact. When not dealing with "norm" life, he spends his time reading comics, writing, gaming, watching movies and TV shows, and enjoys contributing to podcasts whenever the chance presents itself.

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