E3 2014: Everybody’s Gone to 2015
This E3 has been exciting for a lot of reasons. There are some killer games coming out and its a great time to be a gamer,…if you’re from the future and can go back to living in 2015 anytime you want.
Sadly this appeared to be the biggest theme this E3. Fantastic games like Bloodborne, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Legend of Zelda for Wii U, Splatoon, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Dead Island 2, Halo 5: Guardians and others are dated for next year. These come on the heels of Batman Arkham Knight, Dying Light, and The Order: 1886 getting delayed into 2015.
The line up for all consoles during the rest of 2014 looks okay at best compared to the blockbuster 2015, which will surely challenge 1998 and 2007 as “best gaming year ever” if even half of those games make it out.
Nintendo’s struggling home console, the Wii U, will receive Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros and Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker by year’s end. These all look like amazing titles but 2015 mops the floor with them. Yes, even Smash Bros can’t stand up against the 2015 lineup of Yoshi’s Wooly World, The Legend of Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, Mario Maker and Splatoon.
Sony’s PS4 console is possibly the worst off out of all this year. While both Xbox One and PS4 are getting superb multiplatform titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Battlefield Hardline, Destiny, GTA V, and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Microsoft has the advantage in terms of exclusives over Sony.
What games are coming to the PS4 and only the PS4 this fall? You can’t count The Last of Us Remastered or Little Big Planet 3 since they’re also on PS3. (Sumo Digital revealed after Sony’s Monday conference that LBP3 will come to PS3 too) That leaves some good titles like The Witness but nothing that says “spend $400 right now coz you’re only getting this experience on PS4!”.
Microsoft’s exclusives lineup for 2014 isn’t much better than Sony or Nintendo’s but it does boast the Master Chief Collection, a major deal for Halo fans old and new. The game will include the first four Halo games that starred Master Chief and will include every multiplayer mode and over 100 maps. Along with Insomnaic’s Sunset Overdrive, Microsoft has a decent lineup of games coming to Xbox One in 2014. Forza Horizon 2 isn’t entirely exclusive since its also heading to Xbox 360 but I think I’ll be okay with two games only on Xbox One rather than really none for Sony at the moment.
So what did I learn from E3 2014? That E3 2015 is going to blow my friggin’ mind that’s what. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft showed off several promising titles (major credit must be given to Nintendo for investing in two new IPs, especially since they’re both shooters) but they feel so very far away. 2014 is going to be dominated by the cross-gen multiplatform game unfortunately.
If you’re waiting until 2015 to purchase a Wii U, Xbox One or PS4 then you probably made a smart decision since it looks like we won’t see a big flood of truly “next-gen” games until next year. E3 2014 taught me that patience is paramount for fans of the gaming industry.