XBOX One is stronger than PS4?

xbox-one-vs-ps4Every week it seems there is a new graphical comparison between the XBOX One and the Playstation 4. Each time it is noticeably different to varying degrees between each system, with the PS4 typically coming away with the slightly better texture improvements and lighting differences. Most of the developers recently interviewed about the consoles have insisted they are both equally strong platforms that are fairly easy to develop for. So why does the PS4 keep getting the graphically stout games like No Man’s Sky and Horizon, while the XBOX One continues to struggle with increasing resolution and frame rate? The difference between the systems isn’t a matter of which is stronger, but where they are stronger. Continue reading

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Timed Exclusive is stupid

rise of the tomb raiderIt was recently announced that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be exclusive to the XBOX One for an entire year. After E3 this year I made the point that console tribalism isn’t good for the industry and that both the XBOX One and PS4 were becoming more distinct platforms with different identities and target audiences. So when a third party title like Tomb Raider continues the timed exclusive nonsense that has made elements of Destiny’s loot infuriating, I’m ready to start calling foul every time this happens. Entrenching loyalty is totally fine if it’s done through perks or free games like Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” program, but keeping a game hostage to your platform for a year? This just isn’t helpful. Continue reading

Console wars are won with content

The_Binding_of_IsaacIn the wake of E3 2015 many are weighing in about what games are the best graphically and which are the most anticipated. Some point to the impressive graphics of a handful of the titles announced for the PS4 while others look to the exclusives and fan favorite releases on the XBOX One.  In an interview with GamingBolt prior to E3, Hussain Sheikh said some things that I think are going to be key to the future success both for game companies as well as consoles. He concluded his thoughts about both the XBOX One and the PS4 having sufficient computing power by saying that the console battle will, “not be won through graphics, but actual gameplay and content.” I have written about this topic before, but it seems more relevant after so many games have been announced that may or may not deliver the goods. Continue reading

E3 2015 Winner – The Gamers

e3 2015After what is being rightfully called one of the best E3’s in years, many are weighing in about who can claim the crown of the winner. I covered the entire week on my stream and had a great time discussing the games and announcements with my viewers. The question I consistently got was: “Who is the winner of this E3?” For a while I talked about how both Sony and Microsoft brought their A-game and that each presentation was distinct, but I finally settled on the answer that gamers are the winner this year. I will have a future post about the obvious loser, Nintendo, and how disappointing it was. For now I want to talk about how Microsoft aims to close the gap in sales with Sony and what continues to distinguish each console from the other. Continue reading

PC Gamers need consoles

the witcher 3The debate about which platform is best for gaming is one that has been going on since the dawn of LAN parties. As someone who started on consoles, moved to PC, and then switched back to consoles, I can say it ultimately depends on what a player values. What tends to happen is a person finds their expectations met in a platform and then they become an avid fan, constantly advocating for PC, PS4, or Xbox. The reality is, we all need each other, and something CD Projekt Red’s co-founder said recently really enforces this. Continue reading

Mortal Kombat took my advice about DLC

Mortal Kombat XIt’s no secret that selling extra content for video games is here to stay, and many of us welcome it as a way to extend the experiences of the games we enjoy. Recently, however, I wrote that the DLC sales for Evolve are proof that companies need to approach selling extra content differently. One of the things I suggested in my post and video was that games should allow you to demo DLC before buying because it’s too risky and expensive to drop money on something you may not enjoy. Obviously the makers of Mortal Kombat had this plan in play before I wrote my post, but hopefully more games take my advice about demoing DLC. Continue reading

Rainbow Six Siege might be too hard

Rainbow Six SiegeI’ve certainly had my fair share of opinions about PVP shooters. Recently I wrote about and made a video discussing why PVP shooters aren’t fun anymore, and also called for veteran gamers to walk away from Call of Duty. Most of the footage and press about Rainbow Six Siege has me intrigued, but still very apprehensive. I managed to download and watch the closed alpha footage before it was taken down, and I learned a valuable lesson in uploading commentary on video game footage that a company doesn’t want to be seen. But what I also learned was that Rainbow Six Siege is going to be hard and may turn away most fans of shooters. Chris Watters at Gamespot confirmed some of my concerns about this title that has already received a good amount of hype and anticipation. Continue reading