In case you didn’t know, Microsoft is set to unveil the successor to the Xbox 360 on May 21st, 2013. The entire gaming world knows Microsoft is planning to release a new console, but gamers are still in the dark on what the next Xbox can really do. Rumors have been circulating for what feels like years, but with conflicting rumors, gamers really have no clue what Microsoft has going on in their super secret labs.
So until that fateful day where the Xbox 720 ( is anyone else sick of calling it that?) is revealed, we at For the Love of Gaming have been talking about what games we would love to see launch with the console. Here are the top games the crew wants to see.
Casey: Fallout 4
The problem with an upcoming console is I have no basis for my wishful thinking, other than visuals. However, there is a game that I wouldn’t even mind having released on the 360, but with Bethesda having said little to nothing on the topic, any reveals will most likely be aiming at a next-gen release. Fallout 4. The Post-Apocalyptic-FPS-RPG-Sandbox franchise has its roots in top-down RPG, like Baldur’s Gate; from there it has become one of the most coveted franchises among core gamers. I personally have clocked 300 hours or more in Fallout 3 and New Vegas. The open world has such an amazing story to tell and the narrative really causes the player to become attached to the happenings in the world. With the more recent release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it is clear that Bethesda is improving upon their textures and slowly moving away from the stigma that their games lack proper de-bugging. A graphics engine even relatively close to that of Skyrim (amped up with the capabilities of a new console) coupled with the amazing storytelling of each Fallout game will create an amazing experience that is almost certain to make GOTY if/when it releases. I CAN NOT WAIT.
The PS4 Could Be The PS Vita’s Savior
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the PlayStation 4 announce event as much as the next guy, but there was one major void I couldn’t help but notice. This void is the lack of specifics of PlayStation Vita functionality as it ties into the PlayStation 4. Now could this jsut be because they haven’t ironed out what the Vita will be able to do? Maybe, but I doubt they would announce without having all hardware questions answered thus leading me to believe they wanted to save if for E3 this summer.
As was noted time and again after the press conference last month in New York City, no one saw the actual console, which leads me to believe that at E3 they will focus upon blowing the doors off of any mystery surrounding the PS4 including what the Vita will do with the console, but until then all we have is conjecture, and in that spirit here is what I desperately want to see from the Vita at E3.
Sony’s unveiling of the Playstation 4 was one of the most exciting announcements in gaming history.
February 20th 2013 was a day that will go down in history. After years of rumors and speculation, Sony finally unveiled the Playstation 4. With a new console, new controller, and some fancy new first party titles, the Playstation 4 reveal was amazing.
Let first start off by saying the PS3 was not my console of choice. I owned one, but other than exclusives, I never really fell in love with the console. I am not sure if it was the cross media bar menus, the clunky store, or the weird trigger design for the controller, but the PS3 just never clicked with me. I have been waiting for the PS4 announcement for months, and Sony did not disappoint.
Gamers got a truckload of information at the PS4 reveal. The first piece of news was the hardware itself, and it is safe to say the PS4 is a beast when it comes to raw horsepower. With an 8 core AMD X86 APU and 8 gigs of DDR5, the PS4 is a huge step up over its predecessor. The processing power in itself is just plain exciting because of the possibilities in game design and graphics will be opened up substantially. We saw some of the possibilities with Killzone Shadow Fall, and yes it looks really pretty, but it was the character movement and fluidity that caught my eye. With the power of next gen consoles, not only will the games look better, but they will run much better as well.
DMC: Devil May Cry might be a reboot, but that is no excuse to forget everything the series is known for.
I have been a fan of Devil May Cry since the original on the PS2. I really enjoyed the first game, hated the second one, and fell in love with Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s awakening. There was something special about Awakening that made me fall in love with the series. To that point, I had never really experienced a game that was so insanely difficult, but still amazing at the same time. It became one of my favorite games of all time, and to this day it is still a game I like to visit from time to time. DMC has finally hit stores, and I can say with confidence, the franchise I love is gone.
Of course when the trailer hit for DMC, I like many others, felt betrayed by Capcom. Rebooting a series that I fell in love with, was the complete opposite of what I wanted. Devil May Cry 4 was not the best in series, but it was still an amazing game. It had tight controls, epic combos, and ran smooth as butter. Everything a good Devil May Cry game has. Nobody complained about it, and there isn’t a person I know that wanted the series to be rebooted.
DMC finally hit stores, almost 5 years after Devil May Cry 4. I wanted to wait till DMC hit stores to make my judgment, and now that it is officially out, I can truly say, I feel completely betrayed. I patiently waited for the PC version, because Devil May Cry is meant to be played in 60 frames, and even with my doubts purchased the title hoping the reboot would be good. There is something about DMC that just pisses me off.
Garrett: Dark Souls 2
C’mon. If you’re a regular listener of the For the Love of Gaming podcast, you knew that this was going to happen. When Dark Souls 2 was announced at the VGAs this year, I lost my damn mind. Sure, Dark Souls was a popular title and did well, but I had no idea that a sequel would be announced so soon. That being said, while the trailer was completely pre rendered it did give us an idea about the game’s setting and story. On top of that, the concept art that has been revealed shows off some truly grotesque and brutal looking adversaries. The only worrying part is that the director of both Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls has been replaced. However, while the new director has expressed interest in making the game a bit less obtuse, this doesn’t bother me in the least. So long as we get another tight gameplay experience with jaw dropping boss encounters and a never ending stream of deaths I think that Dark Souls 2 could very well be my GOTY for 2013.
Multiple Consoles Defeats the purpose of a Steam Console.
The rumors circulating around the Steam Console have become a reality. Valve is making a console and it will be running a version of Steam on Linux. As exciting as this news is, the announcement of other hardware partners makes me ponder the question even more, why would anyone buy a Steam Console over a PC?
Steam has become the platform for PC gamers, and it is safe to assume that if you play PC games then you have a Steam account. Unless you are forced to use other services, like Origin, for certain games like Battlefield 3, you are using Steam to purchase your games. Even big companies like Bethesda use Steam to distribute their boxed titles, like Rage.
Rumors of a Steam Console began to surface in 2012, and they quickly turned it into the hottest piece of gaming news in quite some time. It made a lot of sense for Valve to make a Steam Console or Steam Box. With a massive audience of 50 million, and the introduction of Big Picture Mode, it was quite clear that this rumor was going to be confirmed sometime in the future.
It’s 2013 that means it’s time for some video game predictions.
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Since it’s the new year it’s time for some predictions. These predictions will cover everything I think will happen in the gaming world. So let’s get started.
Let’s start with the obvious one: there will be one, maybe two new consoles that will come out next year. The consoles I’m talking about are the next Xbox and the next PlayStation. I’m 100% sure the next Xbox will come out around the Holiday season. We’ve been hearing about for awhile all the leaks and rumors, and even Microsoft has given hints here and there. Microsoft is definitely ready to bring out their next console. For more Microsoft predictions, Cory has written a good piece here. Now the one I’m not sure about is the next PlayStation. I really don’t think Sony will release a new console till 2014, which could hurt them once again. We saw it with this current generation of consoles and only now is the PS3 being successful. But I am sure Sony will announce it at E3.
Microsoft 2013 Predictions: Xbox 720, Killer Instinct, Alan Wake 2, New Controller, Call of Duty Future Warfare
2013 will behold a new Xbox, possible returns of big franchises, and the evolution of the Xbox controller.
The Xbox 360 made a statement this generation. With the original Xbox only surpassing 24 million units worldwide, Microsoft found themselves selling a few million consoles more than Nintendo, but obviously came nowhere close to Sony’s Playstation 2. With the Xbox 360, however, Microsoft made a statement, and proved that they are here to stay in the gaming universe. 2013 is going to be a big year for Microsoft; with the rumors of a new console, new Kinect, and new games from Microsoft 1st parties, 2013 could prove to be the most important year for Microsoft since the launch of the Xbox 360.
Let’s get this out of the way right now: Even with all of the rumors, such as poor chip quality for the next Xbox, there is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft will be releasing a new console in 2013. There is a ton of evidence supporting this theory, besides the supposed leaks of Microsoft documentation. Microsoft has been very quiet about what the second half of 2013 will look like for the Xbox brand. I believe this is simply because there is a new console slated for release, and they don’t want to talk about the console before the holidays.