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Now is the time for innovation

During the last two years of the generation 7 of gaming consoles, we didn't see any risky new games. We only saw sequels and rehashes. Last of Us and Dishonored were far inbetween and we didn't see a lot of them. Now there is no excuse for developers and to rehash things. Yet we see remaster after remaster, sequel after sequel. Now don't get me wrong, we had a few new ip's this year. That is great. But in 2015 i expect there to be way more games that are new and fresh that haven't been announced yet.

Now there are some games that do something new even though they might now have succeded totally. Destiny is a game i've played a lot. I still would have liked to see some story to it. But it does something bold with strikes, raids and pvp in a game with open areas. Even if you hate Ubisoft, they did release Valiant Hearts, Watch Dogs, The Crew and Child of Light. All of them new ip's. You might not like Watch Dogs or even The Crew. But at least we are seeing new games emerge.

The indie scene is always innovating. So we will see a lot of fresh ideas coming that way like No Man's Sky for example. The indie scene is ripe with ideas that the big companies doesn't want to take.

This coming year i think will set the tone for innovation for gaming. Because we saw a lot of new games during the last generation of games during this period we are about to start in. Let's hope we don't see every games remastered or just sequels all over the place. I want to experience new things Abzu, Rime, No Man's Sky, etc are all what i am looking forward to.

A review of the 7th Generation of consoles

Before i go on and put out what i think of it, i will tell you what consoles i owned. I had a 360 for the most part of the generation and got the PS3 in 2012. I also have a 3DS and a Vita from this generation of gaming. So now that you know where i am coming from i will give my thoughts on the generation as a whole.

I think this generation of games we went through might have been the strangest one. We had 3 winners in all of their own categories. The 360 won with multiplatforms games, gaining ground and the online experience. The Wii sold most consoles and drew the casual gamers in. PS3 had the most unique games, most exclusive good games and the best overall graphics. I wouldn't say there was a clear cut winner, but for me personally it's the PS3. I am a singleplayer kind of guy, and i never really saw the interest for the Wii. So i am going with the PS3.

Gaming overall managed to reach a whole new audience this generation and became bigger than movies and music. This was most apparant for the online aspect of the generation. The 6th generation did have online, but it wasn't as prominent as it was during the 7th generation. It was easier to play with others online than ever before. We also got to see bigger worlds and old genre's getting a new boost. The biggest boost was the FPS genre. They got new life when they came to consoles and became the biggest genre of the 7th generation of gaming.

I've been mostly stuck to the singleplayer experience and i've gotten loads of awesome games i've enjoyed. Batman, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, GTA and other games that i've had loads of fun with. I do think that the online portion of games have gotten a little too much attention sometimes and that the singleplayer has suffered because of it. I really hope that this trend doesn't continue and that multiplayer keeps getting shoehorned into games.

We've also seen Microtransactions and DLC making it into the AAA market. Games that we've already paid full price for are getting in game currency and additional content which most likely most of the time is taken out of the game and sold for a cost. Games are going to suffer if the publishers don't come to realize that these practices are going to hurt them in the long run.

Overall it's been a great console generation, but i do think that the focus has been too much on the multiplayer and the bottom dollar instead of just the games alone. I hope some of them will realize that they're only screwing over their costumers by doing it

My Favorite Games Of The Year

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

This game was a total surprise to me. After i saw E3 i immediately had faith in this game. It looked kind of half assed to begin with. But the more i saw of it, the more i got impressed. The game was hard to start with, but it was learning you how the game played. You couldn't always run into a bunch of orcs and expect to survive. The overall combat is just so much fun to play with once you get all of the upgrades. You just feel so awesome when you're surrounded by 20 orcs and you own them so much.

  • Destiny

Now i get all the hate it has gotten. But i've personally invested over 300 hours in this game. The gameplay is just so good. It's so tight that the pvp just seems seamless. The story however could have been better. But the gameplay is just so good that it's on my favorite games this year.

  • The Walking Dead Season 2

Season 2 had big shoes to fill to show that the show could continue. They did, by showing us the perspective of Clementine. This time you took control of her, and ever though. The choices i felt at least had more impact this time. The ending was also more open than ever.

  • Watch Dogs

Now you can say it was downgraded or whatever. I still loved the heck out of some of the puzzles. I also liked the stealth gameplay. That was really complemented well with all the gadgets and progression in the game. I really liked the hideouts in the game, because they were different everytime and gave you puzzles combined with stealth gameplay. You could go Rambo in and kill all of them, but i avoided it.

  • The Wolf Among Us

Wolf Among Us is my favorite game of the year. The storytelling was just the most i've been gripped with. They story just felt so good and the characters were so well written. The gameplay was also better compared to Walking Dead, which relied more on it's story than this game. Here you had fights and more interactions where you investigated people or incidents. My favorite game by far

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

The best sports game i have played this year by far. Just so well put together. I love the new modes and how the Master League works. The Fox engine makes the game look so much better. I would recomend it over FIFA imho.

What to expect of gaming in 2015

So now that almost 2014 is up and almost all the games are out for us this year. It's time to look forward to next year. What can we expect to get next year?

  • Battlefront
  • Mass Effect (hopefully, but not likely)
  • Witcher 3
  • Batman
  • FF XV
  • Tomb Raider
  • The Division
  • Uncharted 4
  • AC Victory
  • Forza 6
  • Halo 5
  • COD BLOPS 3
  • No Man's Sky
  • Bloodborne
  • Everyone's gone to the Rapture
  • Ryme
  • Abzu
  • Hellraid
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Mad Max
  • Rainbox Six
  • Evolve
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metal Gear Solid Phantom Pain
  • Need for Speed

We also have other games announced or unnanounced for 2015. But to me it is looking to be a a decent year for gaming. I've felt that every other year there seems to be a down in gaming since 2010. Where big games get pushed or games are just flat out dissapointing. 2012 was a really dissapointing year. There have been good games released this year, but i can say for sure that some have been dissapointed with some games this year being total letdowns.

I think next year is going to be awesome seeing how so many of the games we have looked forward to have been delayed to 2015. I am so psyched for Battlefront 3, but i am also a little worried about it seing how the third person view is gone from the game. I just want the game to be as good as Pandemic made it 10 years ago now. There's a reason it sold well and a reason i love that series. I really hope they don't screw this one up.

Another game i am really looking forward to is Batman Arkham Knight. I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. I have faith in Rocksteady doing an amazing job on the game. I loved Arkham Asylum, because someone finally got a comic book character right in a game.

I also liked Romb Raider, i am excited to what Crystal Dynamics can do, sucks that i have to wait to 2016 to get this game though. But i am excited to see how the game is.

The last game i want to highlight is The Division. I am kind of the fence on this because i haven't seen enough. But from what i have seen, it does really impress me. I am intrigued how the modes work and the world interacts with you. I am also interested if this game has some sort of story mode aswell.

Are there any games that you are looking forward to in particular?

Has this year been as good as we wanted it to be?

For me personally, it's been a good year. Wolf Among Us, Destiny, Walking Dead Season 2, Watch Dogs, Grid Autosport and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor have been excellent games for me so far. I've still yet to try out some other game i have in my backlog. But for me i've not been as dissapointed as others have been this year. It has been a pretty solid year for me except for the disaster that still is Driveclub. But other than that, i am pretty happy with my games.

The first few months of the year were slow and i did not make any real effort into paying attention to the new generation. I jumped back into Last gen to cut through my backlog. But the last few months i've been going back to my PS4 way more than i have before. There are just more games avaliable now that i like that has made me jump into the new generation.

There has been an unfortunate development with broken games being released and i really don't hope that this is where the industry is going. Because letting the biggest fans be beta testers is not a good way to get them coming back to the franchise and giving the company more money. It hasn't been a good year for some that have been unfortunate buying all these broken games.

Last year was more stable and in my opinion had a better overall year. We had 3 big games that most people seemed to like. Bioshock Infinite, Last of Us and GTA V. There were loads of other games, but those were the big ones for many. By the looks of it, 2015 will be a good year to look forward to. With a lot of games coming to next gen exclusively.

Hopefully they will learn not to release a game to early and have a fully playable game for the costumers. Because having such a concerning development in games is not good for the industry in the long run.

Backlog December 2014

  • 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
  • Mafia 2
  • 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
  • Devil May Cry
  • 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
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig

  • 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

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
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 15
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Transistor
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Dust an Elysian Tale

Games finished:

Crysis 3

Walking Dead Season 1 PS4

Walking Dead Season 2 PS4

Wolf Among Us Vita

Smart as Vita Vita

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows PS3

How does your backlog look like guys? I really hope it doesn't look as bad as this

Backlog December 2014

  • 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
  • Mafia 2
  • 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
  • Devil May Cry
  • 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
  • Turles: Out of the Shadows
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • Luftrausers
  • The Hungry Horde
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Steamworld Dig

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate
  • Hoard

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

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
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 15
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Transistor
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Dust an Elysian Tale

Games finished:

Crysis 3

Walking Dead Season 1 PS4

Walking Dead Season 2 PS4

Wolf Among Us Vita

Smart as Vita Vita

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows PS3

The yearly titles we should not pay full price for

I personally don't understand why people want to buy these games at full price, when you can just wait a few months and just play the previous ones in the mean time. I've talked about the lack of patience of gamers, and the reason these games are released once a year is because of the lack of patience. We have the regular sports games that people like getting. FIFA, NHL, Madden, NBA, etc each year. We have also seen other franchises have yearly releases like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. We might actually also see this with Battlefield.

Forza has even become a yearly release for the last few years. I think forcing developers to release games in a timely fashion is wrong, and it stops the creativity for the game. We don't see the big changes in this game except for being really polished. There are also a few additions each time, but they barely have anything new in them. It's rather unfortunate that we're seing the industry choosing money everytime over game quality.

The best games we have seen the last few years have not been these yearly titles. Madden never wins game of the year. That should be telling, but somehow people settle with that. The games are great, but they could be excellent if given more time. Seing how if games are rushed, it does not help the developers. Because it affects the quality of the game itself.

I would suggest that they rather release updates for the games digitally for 40 bucks and you can buy additional stuff with 60 bucks for example. This just me thinking out loud, any input?

We should stop rewarding bad business practices

I've ranted about this before, but i will say it again. After what we have seen the last 3 months, it should be a prime example of why we should not pre-order games at all in this time and age. Broken games out of the box are unacceptable. Sonic Boom, Driveclub, Halo MCC, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, Little Big Planet 3, and others. We've seen broken promises when games have been released. Hell GTA V Online was broken when it was released, but it wasn't part of the main game and it's wiser to do something like that because it actually has a solid singleplayer. While most games have either had broken gameplay or the online has been broken

The promises with the trailers and pre-order bonuses have been rendered more irrelevant than ever. Because what you pay for isn't worth the money. You're basicly paying full price for a beta test. I have been good with not pre-ordering games, and i usually don't. But i made a grave mistake by doing it with Driveclub. I am a big racing fan, and i've paid for that mistake. Fortunately this doesn't happen a lot to me personally, because i don't pre-order.

I've mention that we should be more patient in an earlier blog. This should not only apply to games that we are waiting for, but it should also apply to the games we buy. We can not trust the publishers to release a broken game. We should not continue to found these bad business practices that are against us as consumers and fans. The fact that there are so many games that are broken is really concerning to me as a gamer. If publishers whine about how they can't make a profit, then maybe they shouldn't release broken ass games.

How ethics in journalism became a big issue

You all know what i am talking about: #GamerGate. It's been an issue that has lingered in gamers minds for a long time. I am going to do a quick history so that some people might understand the movement. I think it started in 2007, when Jeff Gerstmann got fired from this site for having an opinion. The opinion did not go well with people upstairs and they fired him for it. He admitted this in 2012 when he was asked by Gamespot in an interview.

There have also been other instances like Robert Florence. He wrote about the growing corruption in the gaming industry like DoritoGate and publishers gifting consoles and games to journalists. The DoritoGate scandal involved Geoff Keighley where he did an interview shamelessly sponsering Mountain Dew and Doritos with Halo in 2012. Nobody saw anything wrong with this except for this journalist.

Now we are here in 2014 after accusations of sexism and misogyni, even it has nothing to do with the movement. The industry still has a hard time admitting that they're doing something shady. Giving sites more than one review copy. Sending them gifts combined with limited and exclusive editions of games is unecessary. Total Biscuit revealed that he was offered a brand new gaming pc with the game just to review that single game. That is suspicious.

Now we're here, #GamerGate is a thing because the industry has been ignoring it for too long. Even though Gamespot did fire Jeff Gerstmann, they have done a great job being transparant after. They've even been one of the sites that have not completely condemned GamerGate, and for that i praise them for. The reason this is a thing is because gamers were raising concerns after there were proof of evidence of collusion and shady ethics with Kotaku. The response we got instead of saying sorry or being more transparant was attack on gamers and that we were dead. With there being more evidence in Polygon, Kotaku and Gawker showing shady ethics and corruption. Where there are clear examples like Patricia Hernandez, Ben Kuchera and Nathan Grayson.

What do you guys think of the situation so far?