Post MGS and GTA what do we have to look forward to?
What did I have to look forward to now? Resident Evil 5? That's miles away. Gears of War 2? Yeah… I guess. Resistance 2? Wasn't that big a fan of the first. LittleBigPlanet? Well, Sackboy is no Solid Snake…
Sadly, it seemed – after playing both MGS and GTA – everything else seemed to pale in comparison.
And it got me to thinking – has next gen peaked? Is there anything on the horizon as potentially as excited as the games we've been playing recently? If you had asked me 2 years ago which games I was most looking forward to playing this gen I would have rattled off MGS4, GTAIV, and Halo 3 without thinking twice. Now that I've completed all three, I'm finding it hard to get excited about anything else. Sure there'll be other games, but will anything else come close to the high watermark reached by those two masterpieces?
The answer to that question is almost definitely yes. A console's true potential is typically shown later in it's life cycle, but it's almost endemic of this generation's lack of barnstorming new IP's that I'm personally finding it hard to get animated over new titles I haven't played yet. As far as I'm concerned, the best games of this generation have been sequels and this makes it hard for me to get excited about any games that don't have a ginormous number after the title.
I mean let's be honest – was Resistance better than Call of Duty 4? Was Saints Row better than GTA IV? Will Assassin's Creed top Metal Gear Solid 4. Unlikely.
Which makes it all the more difficult to get overly excited about games like Mirror's Edge, LittleBigPlanet, or Alan Wake. I mean they could be top AAA titles, but will they outplay Solid Snake?
Here's hoping – but I wouldn't bet on it...