I have been a gamer since Regular Nintendo. I was not on planet earth when Atari came out, but then again I was not part of this planet when Regular Nintendo came out, but I was still very lucky to experience that generation. When it came to video games my parents used to call me the "wizard" due to my knack for solving games and puzzles at a very young age. This blog is not to bash Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, but to express my love/hate relationship with both; more love than hate though!
I remember the day both systems' pre-orders were launched. I remember waiting on Amazon for the exact second each system went live to pre-order. Without hesitation I pulled the trigger on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4; I also pre-ordered Kill zone, and Battlefield 4 and the camera for PlayStation 4 while I pre-ordered Call of Duty Ghost, Dead rising 3 and Assassins Creed black flag for the Xbox One.
PlayStation 4 released first, I believe a week in advance, so I had my chance to play around with that system first. I remember the day it came in, and when I exactly got home, I was so excited, just like a kid on Christmas morning. The design was clean, the system was light weight, the controller looked to have such a huge improvement over the previous generations. The first game I slid in the system was Battlefield 4. At this time I was reading a lot of debate about PC being el superior to the PlayStation 4 graphics which gave me this odd impression that I would not be blown away; boy oh boy was I wrong! I remember going in to my first match online. The way the lighting looked, the fast, smooth game play of 60fps, the graphics were just astonishing, especially with the explosions. I played a quick team death match and then quickly went to bed; I had flown half way across the country and got in at midnight, was fairly tired even with all my excitement. The next day I fired up the system to try and play a conquest mode. To my disappointment it would not work. It took weeks later and a few patches to actually make that part of the game work. This was however not Sony's fault at all, but I could not enjoy the game to its full and truly understand the next generation leg up Battlefield 4 had on PlayStation 4 over PlayStation 3.
The next game I played was Kill Zone. I remember the opening scene. The graphics again were completely blowing me away. Sitting in front of the big screen I just couldn't believe the graphics the PlayStation 4 was dishing out. If the graphics are this good already what are we in store for years to come? I really cannot imagine it right now. As I played Kill Zone I realized that it sure looked pretty, but the game play did not seem next generation. I will be honest here, I played Kill Zone maybe seven times and I just did not complete it. I feel guilty, maybe I will go back and finish the game, I did pay for it after all. I felt a little robbed because I remember just how big Kill Zone was on the PlayStation 3 when the first game play trailer was released. I feel that this time it was a fresh paint job placed on a Chrysler K Car rather than driving the show room Porsche for the first time. That being said, I still have Battlefield 4 to enjoy! Right!?
The PlayStation 4 UI is fantastic, I love the way it looks, the way it plays out. It is very clean and straight to the point. I know exactly where to go and how to get there. I do however feel there is still some little glitches that need to be fixed. Sometimes my PlayStation store will not load. I usually have to reset the system for it to work. I also downloaded the NHL Game Canter App. No matter what I do the App just will not load. I uninstalled it multiple times, it has been patched but it will not work at all. I am quite a bit disappointed in that there was still some slight errors; I guess this is to be expected for a lunch system. Overall I am very happy with my PlayStation 4. I just Ordered Metal Gear Ground Zeros yesterday. I am hoping to have a sit down with the game and get a feel for what is in store for the next Metal Gear Game.
It is time now to talk about the Xbox One. I will admit when I first scene photos of the Xbox One and the Kinect I thought the system was disgusting. It reminded me of the original Xbox. It did not look next generation; it looked literally like a box. Maybe this is what Microsoft wanted? When expressing my opinion on how it looked I received a lot of hate; and I mean a lot of hate. I also hated the name, Xbox One? We are moving backwards are we not? The theory is that One stands for all-in-one; makes sense, I guess? So I am over that now. When I opened up my Xbox One for the first time and placed it on my entertainment stand I was actually very impressed with how it looked. The black with the very sexy white light on the front, it was very sharp. As for the name that is still growing on me.
First game I plopped in the system was a very hard choice. I already was playing Call of Duty Ghost on Xbox 360. Assassins Creed Black Flag was a multiplatform game. Dead Rising 3 was something specifically exclusive for the Xbox One. I decided to do Dead Rising 3. My first experience with the game was awesome. The graphics were not mind blowing, but the amount of zombies on screen at once was astonishing. The game did suffer from occasional frame rate issues, but it did not bother me too much. Playing the game was a blast. It was just like a dirty habit destroying zombies left, right, and center. I was challenging myself to get my zombie kill count up higher and higher. When I leveled to max level I felt like a killing machine. Yeah, the story sucked, the graphics were nothing special, but the game play was fully intact. It didn't seem empty like Kill Zone did. Another bonus was my friend had bought an Xbox One as well with Dead Rising 3. This again brought Dead Rising 3 to a whole new level. Murdering Zombies with a friend and sharing weapons. It just felt like a great first experience with the Xbox.
Call of Duty Ghost was my next choice. I played the game online, still have yet to touch the single player, and was surprised the graphics were a bit crisper than the next gen. It really didn't offer anything to the table that I did not already experience. I enjoy the game online, but I did not feel blown away. I then quickly put in Assassins Creed Black Flag. I skipped Assassins Creed 3, but absolutely love the series. The graphics were fantastic, sailing the open sea was amazing. I loved the characters. I am very close to beating the game, but have yet to do so. It is on my list of things to do.
The Xbox UI is very nice and clean. As much as there was a hate for the Kinect camera, I absolutely love it. I love using my voice, I love the 1080p camera and how amazing it works with Skype. It is such a great addition; it makes the system feel next gen. I love saying "Xbox record that" when I do something amazing online. I love how the new feed and friend following shows their activities and I can easily get to their videos. I just feel Microsoft did so much right. The one negative is that the system is missing so many features that are present on the Xbox 360. Party chat has some issues, I can’t send voice messages to my friends, the invite to game in the beginning was very crappy and not working fully. Friend notifications were not added until recently. I can understand that other items took priority over others, but it felt like Xbox One took a few steps behind with their online experience. I am happy to say that a lot of the features have been added and improved upon, so I really can't complain much at this time, but in the beginning it felt weird.
Overall I love both consoles. The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One have positive and negatives, but they both do a hell of a job when it comes to playing games. If any gamer was on the fence on which system to buy you honestly cannot go wrong with either one.
What are your guys’ thoughts? Do you feel one system has a clear advantage over the other? I would love to hear!