Submitted by MaznSpooderman 419d ago | opinion piece

The Next-Gen Slump and AAA Titles

The PS4 and the Xbox One were released last year in November with the Wii U coming out in the U.S. in November of 2012. All three systems currently are pretty barren when it comes to titles. The Wii U has had a lack of games since its release, but is starting to pick up steam after the release of Mario Kart 8 and several others later this year. Microsoft and Sony’s consoles also have games coming out, but aside from the yearly franchises, we’re not getting much that’s new. What’s the deal? Well, this slump could actually be hurting more than people realize. (E3, Industry, Microsoft, Next-Gen, Nintendo, PS4, Sony, Wii U, Xbox One)

mochachino  +   419d ago
More AAA games would be released if more AAA games were more profitable.
Vegetarianshark  +   419d ago
"if more AAA games were more profitable." I don't really get what you mean by that statement. Most AAA games are highly profitable, not to mention the failure rate in the AAA industry is waaayyyy lower than the Indie games scene. I think it's just because AAA games are requiring more money and man power these days, therefore, coming in less qnuatities than before.
KinjoTakemura  +   419d ago
The upcoming heat will come from DriveClub... The graphics are already generating buzz and hype for the game and the Playstation 4.
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PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   419d ago
Uh the PS4/XB1 have only been out for 7 months so wtf do you expect ? It was much worse last gen. And the Wii U has a good library with games like MK8, SM3D World, DKCTF, Windwaker HD, and a lot of others.
Chrono  +   419d ago
But none of those are AAA.
R6ex  +   419d ago
That's why I'm only buying a PS4 is late-2015 'coz that's when there'll be AAA games to play.

Now, its still PC time!

Looking forward to Dragon Age:Inquisition and The Witcher 3, Oculus Rift titles followed by Star Citizen.
deafdani  +   419d ago
Dismiss them as much as you want... they're ranked better than the AAA games released so far on Xbox One and PS4.
fatneal  +   419d ago
mario kart is
jcnba28  +   419d ago
"But none of those are AAA."

Haha good one bro.
DeusEx-Machina  +   419d ago
Well most games today are not what I would consider "AAA". The only thing they have is a blown up budget for marketing.

Nintendo however really emphasizes on the quality of their software and don't push things half broken out the door.
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DeusEx-Machina  +   419d ago

I agreed with you, because you mentioned Star Citizen, but practically anything EA related is below my standards.
tdogchristy90  +   419d ago
If I'm not mistaken wasn't the first major year for last gen in 07 with halo, cod, bioshock, ect? The xbox released in 2005 so that's a two year time frame. Thus we should be seeing the new gen stuff holiday 2015/2016?
PlaystationSquuad  +   419d ago
Nothing is coming out in 2015 for the next gen. 2007 was was the best year in gaming ever imo. We won't see another year like that this generation probably until 2017-2018.
Eldyraen  +   419d ago
Nothing in 2015? Seriously?

We have 3 potentially great games in February alone (W3, The Order and Dying Light) which may not be your cup of tea but all should be well received from the looks of them.

Then we will also have Halo 5, Batman Arkham City, The Division, Uncharted, etc later on. There are others that are still just TBA (to be fair ones mentioned above are "12/31/15" on sites but that is the normal routine for games expected/announced for the year but have no set release date ATM) which will be just as good or nearly so. We still have several conferences this year and the entirety of '15 to learn of more so it is a bit early to say nothing is coming as it already has a lineup that outshines this one (IMO) and is shaping up to rival the best.

IMO 2007 is definitely one of those that will be hard to beat though. It birthed several of my favorite franchises (The Witcher, Mass Effect, Uncharted, Bioshock, Crackdown, AC among many others and continued older ones--namely H3 and GoW2). It is almost impossible to match it IMO but 2015 looks to be its closest rival thus far.
ReesesPuffs  +   419d ago
You're joking right? Between Batman AK, Zelda, Uncharted 4, Dying Light, MGSV, Mirror's Edge 2, potentially Red Dead 3, Star Fox, Witcher 3, Homefront, Halo 5, Bloodbourne, and Battlefront plus with more on the way that isn't even announced? You're right. 2015 probably won't be as good as 2007. It'll probably be much better.
PlaystationSquuad  +   419d ago
I still find it really hard to understand why all consoles have bad launches and no games until 2 years after they are released. If Sony and Microsoft know years in advance when they are going to ship their new systems, you would think they would set up an amazing lineup of games for their system on day 1
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DualWielding  +   419d ago
Consoles always suck at launch, its the same thing every generation this one is no worse than previous generations...... and no, indies would never be system sellers for consoles because if you want to play indies pc are a better option. The selling point of consoles is that you get to play AAA games without having to worry about stuff like keeping your graphics card up to date but most indy titles can be played in the average PC everybody owns for e-mailing and stuff so no need to buy a console to play those
Software_Lover  +   419d ago
We, a gamers, need to let the devs get back to the ps2/xbox days. Just let them make good games the way they want to make them.

I want more RPG's. It doesn't have to be 1080p (atleast 720p with great AA) with the best textures in the world. Just make it good. I want more 3rd person shooters/action games ("Metal Arms: A Glitch In The System" comes to mind). Lets stop taking things so serious. Not every games has to hire mo-cap artists to be enjoyable.

It's the reason more and more devs are flocking to other avenues besides consoles. They can make a good game and the cellphone or tablet crowd will just play the game and enjoy it. They are not gonna gripe about textures used or a shadow missing. They enjoy the games for what they are, entertainment.

Having said all that, devs shouldn't just get a free pass for being lazy. Here's looking at you Battlefield 4, but it seems to me that if a game isn't SUPER ULTRA REALSTIC WITH EXTRA DEATH DEATH DEATH or just an EXCLUSIVE people tend to dismiss it. I enjoyed Tomb Raider for what it was. I enjoyed Enslaved for what it was, a good game.
fatneal  +   419d ago
i completely agree...bubble
Eldyraen  +   419d ago
I agree actually. I love truely beautiful games and admit I have a gaming rig in large part to max them out at high res but I still enjoy "simpler" games as well.

I also think you are right about devs looking into other avenues to create good games. Mobile/Tablet games are just part of it though as "most" are still shovelware but the best examples are still a blast to play. It is also part of why Indies really took off (plus Internet age and better online distribution has to be a huge factor in its rise). Indies prove you can make great games that still have huge audiences with just "basic" visuals (pixelated games for example) or even state of the art engines (Unreal for example). As long as it is good there will be an audience that will find it.
Darkstares  +   419d ago
I think what many would call a AAA game that's coming next is likely Destiny. I don't consider Madden to be AAA.
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