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Current Backlog: April 2015

  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Catherine
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez
  • Jurassic Park
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig
  • GTA IV
  • Mirrors Edge
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Final Horizon
  • Titan Attacks
  • Hitman Trilogy HD
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Sam & Max
  • Syndicate
  • Saints Row 4
  • Papa & Yo
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

  • 360:
  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2
  • Joe Danger
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Football Manager 2014

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension
  • Sportsfriends
  • Velocity 2X
  • Spelunky
  • Dust An Elysian Tale
  • Pix The Cat
  • Dust an Elysian Tale
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Wolf Among Us
  • Secret Ponchos
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Counterspy
  • Ollie Ollie 2
  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Games finished:

  • The Crew
  • Injustice Gods Among Us
  • Transistor
  • Resogun (Vita)
  • Bulletstorm
  • Warhammer Space Marine
  • Moto GP 14

Games started:

Metal Gear Solid 2

Wolf Among Us

Current Backlog: March 2015

  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Catherine
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez
  • Jurassic Park
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig
  • GTA IV
  • Mirrors Edge
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Final Horizon
  • Titan Attacks
  • Hitman Trilogy HD
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Moto GP 14
  • Sam & Max
  • Warhammer Space Marine
  • Bulletstorm
  • Syndicate
  • Saints Row 4
  • 360:
  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2
  • TxK
  • Joe Danger
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Football Manager 2014

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension
  • Sportsfriends
  • Velocity 2X
  • Spelunky
  • Dust An Elysian Tale
  • Pix The Cat
  • Transistor
  • Dust an Elysian Tale
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Wolf Among Us
  • Injustice Gods Among Us
  • Secret Ponchos
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Crew

Games Finished

  • NBA 2k15
  • Prototype 2
  • Indoor Sports
  • TxK

Free-To-Pay

Gamers used to earn perks if they managed to beat the game on harder difficulties as a bragging right. During the seventh generation of gaming, microtransactions popped up more than ever. Earning the additional content is no longer earned, you pay for it.

It's become a bad trend within gaming to put microtransactions in full priced retail games. It wasn't always this way. This used to be only restricted to Free-To-Play games. A developer had to make money off the game after all, some how. Some games did it better than others. Not all of them exploited the gamer, but some of them did with gusto. It was understood that you got to play the game for free and you could buy additional content to support the game.

When it entered the paid game space, it started with expansions. They added additional content to retail games which then moved on to Downloadable content (DLC). The most recent thing is microtransactions in games you pay for. In Forza 5 you could <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Forza-5-Top-Car-Run-You-110-Why-Okay-60798.html">buy a car for 110$</a> of your real money. Gran Turismo 6 offered a <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Gran-Turismo-6-Top-Car-Cost-Nearly-200-60880.html">car that roughly cost $196.05.</a> Assassin's Creed Unity offered the first week of the release, you could <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-11-14-how-assassins-creed-unity-micro-transactions-work">buy 100 dollars worth in boosts</a> in the game.

There are despicable examples on all platforms. Not too long ago we had War Z. The game was in an unfinished state and unplayable. Yet it had microtransactions left and right. You were heavily limited to a timer if you didn't buy your way out of it, and i am not even mentioning how broken it was. On mobile platform Square Enix in all its wisdom released Final Fantasy All The Bravest. The whole game was built around to pay your way to the next battle. If you lost the battle you had to pay to continue. The balance was so off that every battle was almost impossible to beat. The only reason that game exists is to get money out of the consumer. Microsoft didn't make a good start to the Xbox One either with Forza as i mentioned before. That wasn't the only game riddled with microtransactions. Crimson Dragon and Ryse had it aswell. In Ryse you have pretty much the option to buy everything. From cosmetics to actual weapons. The worst offended I have seen is Train Simulator 2015. <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/24010/">Train Simulator 2015 has <b>$4,548.84</b> worth of DLC‏ and microtransactions</a>, that is absolute insanity. What is the point in this? Is the whole point not to actually get the items from the game, but rather buying it from the developer themselves?

If the microtransactions only gave you the option of cosmetic content, I would be fine with it. That isn't the case in the industry at the moment. They give you shortcuts and advantages for giving out money in retail games that you pay for. I personally think that demanding money in Free-To-Play games for full access is an acceptable way to make a business model for a game. It's not when the you actually pay full price for the game to get shortcuts. When the game itself is long and has grinding, and then ask them to give you money for the game aswell? That is not acceptable or consumer friendly. When you put in barriers by choice when you already have your money, it's just flat out greed. EA tried this by forcing online passes. That didn't work to say the least.

If microtransaction are only limited to cosmetic content, I would be fine with it in retail games. It doesn't seem to be the case however when you can pay more for a car in the game than the actual game itself. Even though most people don't buy them, they will be in the game because the company can make money of from us.

What I am trying to get across is to use the most powerful tool that gamers have; the wallet. Use it to show that it's not acceptable to sort to these anti-consumer methods. Because we've seen that we get less and they require more money. CD Project Red are releasing 16 free DLC's with the Witcher 3 game to thank fans. Mass Effect also released free DLC with its game. Rockstar have also provided free content to its online mode. This is a great way to get gamers invested in your game. If the content is good, people will pay for extra, instead of forcing them by limiting the consumer.

We need to show publishers as gamers that this is not acceptable. When the game is good and the microtransactions aren't forced, you should reward the developers. Otherwise you should stay away from them.

The good and the bad with reviews

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During the last few years, we’ve seen journalists putting their own bias into reviews without disclosing it.

This has become an unfortunate trend on several popular site and has spread throughout the gaming industry as a whole. Reviews should be kept as neutral as possible. This has become an unfortunate trend on several popular site and has spread throughout the gaming industry as a whole. A journalists responsibility is to provide the reader with helpful information. A review should not contain biased views disguised as helpful information.

In 2013 gamers discovered an issue with Adam Sessler and his review of God of War: Ascension. He specifically talked about the “Bros before Hos” trophy, andd got some things wrong.. The issue he had with this trophy in specific was that Kratos kicked a female villain in the head. The villains in the game are known as Furies and are all females.

Here is the actual review in question:

The issue with this is that he got it wrong. It also turns out that he doesn’t kill the female character and that he himself is deceived. He does not mention this in the review. Rather than mentioning this in the review, he twists it suit his own personal agenda. He blatantly states that it’s misogyny and borderline. His direct quote is:”while the image of a woman getting her face kicked in is borderline.” He never actually goes into depth why it is borderline. Why is it one of the most violent things he has ever seen? You kill males and mythical creatures throughout the game. Why is this any different. He shows during the review that you split open a skull and cut of feet. How is this not as bad or worse? This is the worst part of the game? He criticizes the game for “lack of gender roles.” Yet he doesn’t commend the game on having several female villains. He uses images of topless women sleeping with the anti-hero Kratos.

The trophy was also put there by a female developer. This sort of hypocrisy when looking at all the terrible things you do to everything else in the game should never be in a review. Hell he had his own channel that he managed, and he could have just done a “Sessler Something…” to actually explain why he has this opinion of the game. Adam Sessler has been in the industry for quite some time. Even by his own standard in comparison, it is unprofessional. A journalist should not put gender politics or personal moral in their own game reviews. He does a poor job of telling us why the game is hateful towards women.

This is how the game actually gives you the trophy:

There was also another review in 2013 that got my attention. Gamespot did a review on Grand Theft Auto V. When Carolyn Petit reviewed the game, she claimed the game was sexist. If you look back at her previous articles, she wrote several editorials of how she thinks games are sexist before this review was written. She is an active radical feminist and has been credited with Feminist Frequency. This should have at very least been disclosed or taken out of the review, but it wasn’t. It is not that hard to be honest with your readers about your prerogative, especially if you are writing for a major publication.

Here is the review in question:

She fails to realize that all the main missions are about killing or torturing men. You are not encouraged to actually kill women. You might say she didn’t detract from the overall score, but she still mentions her own bias with gender roles in the review without disclosing. Even though she clearly knows what GTA V is about, she still willingly fails to understand it, and misrepresent it. Not one person is shed in a good light in this game. Crime is the name of the game. She says women in the game are: “strippers, prostitutes, long-suffering wives, humorless girlfriends, goofy, new-age feminists.” Totally missing the fact that she, herself is once of those goofy new-age feminists. To give you an example the wife of Michael, she is totally unfaithful. She also bails with her yoga trainer and the children of Michael. Michael is not much better, engaging with strippers in a romantic nature. A friend of Trevor’s has a girlfriend who he stays with. When the girl friend in question gets home, starts to threaten both with a gun. By the looks of it there, the woman kills her boyfriend and Trevor kills her. No one is an angle here.

If you look at the men, they’re even worse. Trevor is a psychopath who will pretty much kill anyone, he also tortures a person. Michael and Franklin rob banks and kill cops. You have corrupt cops and government agents. They don’t look any better. This argument is a bad one to use for only the women, when the men can be argued to be worse.

There aren’t just bad reviews. There are many well informed instances of a reviews as you can see in the clip. I chose this clip because it informs you on the game and how it plays. The reviewer shares the background with you and gives you an understanding of the game. The game is explained in simple terms and shows it by showing the gameplay itself. It is well edited to highlight the point he is making in the review.

A good review is easy to spot. It is informative and concise. A reviewer should guide consumers if a game is good or not. Should people buy it or not. That’s what a review is suppose to do. Don’t further any agenda or push anything through the review. Review the game on its own merits.

Current Backlog: February 2015

  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Catherine
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez
  • Jurassic Park
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig
  • GTA IV
  • Mirrors Edge
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Final Horizon
  • Titan Attacks
  • Hitman Trilogy HD
  • 360:
  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2
  • TxK
  • Joe Danger
  • TxK
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Indoor Sports
  • Football Manager 2014

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension
  • Sportsfriends
  • Velocity 2X
  • Spelunky
  • Dust An Elysian Tale
  • Pix The Cat
  • Transistor
  • Dust an Elysian Tale
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Wolf Among Us
  • Injustice Gods Among Us
  • Secret Ponchos
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Crew

Games finished:

  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • FIFA Street

Why you should not pre-order your games

It started out with getting some skin or costume when you pre-ordered a game. That was frankly alright in my opinion. As long as it's something that doesn't give you something that's a chunk of a game, i am alright with that. The last few years this has not been the case. The worst example i've seen have been with Alien Isolation and Evolve.

Link to my blog

It's not just the pre-order bonus that come with games that are bad, Season Passes are announced before the game is even out. A pre-order of a pre-order is what that is. You don’t know what the game is like, and yet they want you to pay for additional content you don’t know even know the quality of. You also don’t know what the downloadable content is going to include. You base your purchase of a promise from a company or a store that only wants to get your money.

They’ve gone from taking some cosmetics, and included them in pre-orders to taking out chunks of the game itself. There are exclusive DLC missions and parts that now aren’t part of the original game because of pre-order bonuses. Companies have seen that it benefits them instead of the costumer. That is why they are continuing this kind of anti-consumer practices. Tell them that this is not alright. If you really want this to stop, don’t buy games based on a promise. Buy it on merit. Vote with your wallet.

Buying games before you know anything about them isn’t really that smart of a choice. Even if you don’t rely on reviews, you should wait for people to talk about the game and then make a conscious decision if you want it or not. Look to a reviewer you know or trust or just look at regular gameplay and decide from that. Don’t get decieved from all the trailers that are made for the sole purpose of making you buy it. That's what they want from you. To be clear, i am not telling anyone not to buy games. Make an informed decision when you buy a game. There's no longer any shortage when you want to buy games a few days after it has launched. You're no longer restricted because of there are few copies of a certain game. Wait a few days and then get the game. You are sure to get a game you know is good, and know that you have not wasted your money.

Stop rewarding these companies by bad business practices. They don’t care about you, they care about your money. If you really want to send a message don’t buy into the pre-order debacle. Let these companies know that you don’t think it’s alright to take out content to sell it to people. Giving people the additional content just because you get a promise is wrong.

Give me your thoughts and opinions on this matter.

The value of games

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The last few years we have seen indie games come forward and have another take on games and their pricing. Games no longer cost 60 bucks everywhere. Games have different price structures and no longer have the same price structure we have seen before. Not long ago you could have seen a three hour game cost 60 bucks, and a 100 hour game costing the same.

Adam Sessler makes a good point about the importance of length before he left Rev3Games and lost his mind on twitter.

A short game, does not always mean it’s not worth it. There are many games that aren’t that long, but are still one of the best experiences you can get out there. Let’s take Journey for example. That game is only a few hours long and yet you can play it several times. You can also have a different experience everytime you play it. There is also Valiant Hearts. A game that has a very contained story and it is only a few hours long. Those hours you do play it, is told in such a manner that it works within the limitations of the game. It’s better to try to keep it short and well made, instead of having a lot of filler in the game.

Another example of how Adam puts it in context.

I am personally fine with games that are priced less if they do not have a lot of gameplay time. You are after all paying less. However when I do pay for a game at full price, I want something that lasts more than 4 hours. That needs to be stressed. The gameplay needs to be there and so does the time you can put into it. A game that is paid for that demands full price, needs to have such a value to keep you interested in it for a few days.

People can make the point that we can buy the game when it’s cheaper, but that does not stress the fact that it’s full price on release. A game that you pay full price for should not take less than a workday to finish. You should have something you can enjoy for at least a day or more in my opinion. Games are expensive, but we also have to realize that games are expensive to make as well.

Telltale Games make games that are episodic and wander into territory that not really other developer do. You get games that focus on gameplay and on your choices in the game. These games are not too long either, but don’t ask you to pay full price for these games. Telltale shows us that you can make something different, at a reasonable price with quality if you like that type of game.

There are Free-To-Play games that give you lots of gameplay, the quality isn’t always there though. It gives you lots of gameplay most of the time, but no real quality. There are games that i personally liked that fall into this category. Star Wars: The Old Republic and DC Unverse Online fall into this. Both have enjoyable story, great multiplayer and great gameplay. It never feels like there is a pay-to-win model in the games. You can have grinding in such a game, without ever making it feel punishing for not paying. It is possible to make long games, without paying for them and make them fun to play.

A game should no longer be valued by the length it gives you. It should be valued by the value it gives you while you are playing it. Wether it is 2 hours or 200 hours. That should should not really matter. You want to get your money’s worth and it’s not always the most expensive

Let me know if you feel the same way or have any criticism on this opinion.

Don't blame games for what happens in the real world

Games have been linked to real world violence or even misogyni. But the reasearch has been clear. Games do not have any correlation with what happens in the real world. The same goes with any other art aswell. Music, Movies, TV, Comic Books, etc. None of these art forms have anything to do with harming other people. If someone does something to another person, you can't blame games on it. Because there are several other factors that have to be accounted for. Yet everytime some sort of shooting happens, it gets blamed on games.

Even before Adam Sessler's downward spiral, he had some good discussions about the topic on tv. There are numerous others incidents of discussion on tv though. But Jack Thompson did his best by trying to blame violence on video games. Most people can tell the difference between a game and reality. Those who can't might need help mentally.

One can argue that there are age restrictions for games. That can be harmful right? So can movies? There is a reason children aren't suppose to be exposed to some themes of life until they completely understand them. Games do not harm children. There are age appropriate games or art for children. They don't need to see everything, because they don't understand it or can deal with it properly. That's why they aren't sold to everyone.

For someone to suggest that any game causes violence even after all the research is ignorant and does to know what they're talking about. You can disagree or not like art, but it does not make people hurt each other

My expectation from the big three this year

Nintendo:

I expect them to continue making great first party games. I still don't think they're going to gain or overtake X1 in sales. But i think the console is going to be more popular with the release of Zelda and other big titles. I really want Nintendo to stay relevant. I hope the console also gets cheaper, as i am writing this it's still 650 bucks or so to get here. It's really the only reason i haven't gotten it already is because i think it's too expensive. I still think that the console has a lot to offer though.

My favorite game from Nintendo is still Mario Kart 64, and i want to try the newer Mario Karts since i haven't had a Nintendo console since the N64 days. I expect the 3DS to continue doing well. They've done a real good job with that. Nintendo really knows how to do to their handhelds. I do think Nintendo has a lot of potential this year. They showed that they can still make awesome games for their consoles. I think they are going to be second this year when it comes to games. That's because i think their first party is going to be so solid that they're going to finish strong. We still don't know most of the titles coming out from them, but they're going to do great work with them. Let's hope they are going to release a new Mario game this year.

Microsoft:

I don't think the Xbox One is in the best position right now. I do think they're going to have a better year than this year. I thought they had a better year than Sony when it came to exclusives, but not as good as Nintendo's year. I do think that they are going to regain some territory with the Tomb Raider timed exclusive and some other games. But i don't think they're going to have a better year than Nintendo or Sony.

They just have too little compelling titles coming out for my taste and for most people's taste i think. Halo isn't going to be enough to make them stay relevant. Halo does sell well, but they can't continue to just rely on that title alone to make them money. They need to make other games or new ip's. Forza 6 is bound to come out with some new amazing gameplay and graphics. It's probably going to be the best rated racing games again. Turn 10 is an amazing studio with lots of great people there.

I want to be wrong about this, but i don't think i am. The current price for it here is around 800 bucks, and for that price it is not really worth it at the moment. It's a little cheaper other places in europe, but for the games out for it right now it isn't worth it in my opinion. If you do like the few exclusives they do release however, it is worth it for you. They do know how to make games at Microsoft, i just think they're too far in between to justify a purchase.

Sony:

Sony did not have the best year when it came to the exclusives. They did have Little Big Planet 3, but they also had the disaster of Driveclub. I bought Driveclub on launch (yeah i know). That game was unplayable for at least two weeks. They better get their act together with these games. Not everyone is going to buy a PS4 if they release broken games out of the gate. Not that Halo Master Chief Collection was any better, they still had Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon as two other big titles to rely on.

Sony did show however, if they stick with their gameplan, that they have the best lineup currently for 2015 overall. They have big multiplatform games coming and great exclusives. How all of them turn out is yet to be determined. But there is no doubt that Sony promotes different kind of games a lot. Indie games have been heavily promoted on Sony's consoles the last few years. You can choose from more games, some of them you might not like. Some of them you might though.

I will expect Sony is going to have the best year overall with the momentum they've carried from 2014. They need to show us why we bought this console was worth the price. So it's going to be a big year for Sony to prove that the console is not just hype

Backlog: January 2015

  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Catherine
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez
  • Jurassic Park
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig
  • Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Fight Night Champion
  • FIFA Street
  • GTA IV
  • Mirrors Edge
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Final Horizon
  • Titan Attacks
  • Hitman Trilogy HD
  • 360:
  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2
  • TxK
  • Joe Danger
  • TxK
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Indoor Sports
  • Football Manager 2014

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension
  • Sportsfriends
  • Velocity 2X
  • Spelunky
  • Dust An Elysian Tale
  • Pix The Cat
  • Transistor
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Dust an Elysian Tale
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Wolf Among Us
  • Injustice Gods Among Us
  • Secret Ponchos
  • The Last of Us Remastered

Games finished:

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 15
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Mafia 2
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • DMC
  • Walking Dead Season 1 & 2 (PS4)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows