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Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by gareth


Why Next Gen Console Owners Must Show Patience With Limited Game Selection

If you are one of the lucky early adopters for a Playstation 4 and/or an Xbox One console you might find yourself feeling that a bit of the thrill has worn off. This is not due to a lack of great features for the consoles but rather due to a lack of launch exclusives for fans.
While I am not discounting the solid number of multi-platform launch titles available, fans like me who are playing Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassins Creed 4 on the PC find our options for the Playstation 4 to be very limited. Like the Wii U a year earlier, the Playstation 4 needs to have more exclusive titles out and soon. The Wii U offered Zombie U and a new Mario Bros game and little else until this season when a new Zelda and Mario game emerged. Despite this, the new Donkey Kong Country and Mario Kart games are not due until 2014 and as such, our Wii U pretty much sits gathering dust while we wait for games that we actually want to play.
Combine this with the $400.00 bucks that a Deluxe Edition console cost us, you can see why I am less than thrilled and if I had it to do over, we would not have purchased the Wii U until some time in the future if at all.
As for the Playstation 4, aside from Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack, the gaming choices have largely been limited to Contrast, Resogun, Blacklight Retribution, and Warframe which to be honest are getting old very fast.

Now I am not as worried about this as with Infamous: Second Son, Driveclub, The Order: 1886, and a rumored new Uncharted game, there appears to be plenty of titles on the horizon to keep us busy. The key to quite Yoda is “patience, you must learn patience” as expecting a console to launch with a massive lineup of exclusives is just not practical as developing a new console and games for an as yet unfinished system is rife with challenges and limitations.
It would be one thing if the companies promised titles at launch only to move them back after the new console had shipped. Nintendo had this issue and saw various titles delayed or outright cancelled despite promoting them heavily in pre-release ads.
Microsoft as I mentioned in another article has done a good job with Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct and Forza, but does not have their signature must own games out for their new system and until the next Halo emerges may also require their fans to wait for true exclusives that will help justify the early purchase of the system.

While I applaud both companies at doing a good job with getting games, accessories, and a decent stock of units out to the market, they need to make sure that consumers are not kept waiting long for more games as nobody wants to wait for months to get their next exclusive especially since the available titles have already been played heavily by those who have their systems.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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