Ok. Let’s finish this up. Here is the point where we get down to business. I am going to directly compare each console to its last generation counterpart. I feel it’s the most accurate representation of how good or bad this launch really is. If last generation’s launches significantly outperform the current ones, then maybe the backlash is somewhat justified. Let’s start with the Wii and Wii U. I’m not going to list every available title in this post. I’m also not listing sports titles, as they are on all consoles. I will list the games that made some sort of impact. As such, you may feel I’m not accurately representing each system’s launch. That’s ok, this isn’t definitive. I just want to add to the discussion. So feel free to disagree with my assessment. I invite you to.
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Wii vs Wii U
Let’s see. The Wii launched with Wii Sports, Twilight Princess, Red Steel, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Super Paper Mario, WarioWare, and Mario Party 8 BARELY made the cut. Not very inspiring. Was the Wii U any better? It launched with Assassins Creed 3, Arkham City, Darksiders II, Black Ops II, Epic Mickey II, New Super Mario Bros U, and Zombi U. Now according to the logic I have been hearing lately, the Wii launch was better based on a lot of the Wii U games being available on previous consoles. My response to that? WHO CARES? I find it hard to look at both of these lineups and say the Wii has better games than the Wii U. If you previously owned some of the ports, then that may change how you feel. I would be dishonest if I didn’t mention that. But a lot of people didn’t play those games the first time around for various reasons. We can’t dismiss that fact either. Let’s move to Microsoft.
XBox 360 vs XBox One
Hmmm. The 360 started out with Project Gotham 3, Perfect Dark Zero, Ridge Racer 6, Quake 4, Dead or Alive 4, Burnout Revenge, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, and Hitman: Blood Money. The One offered Assassins Creed 4, COD4, Battlefield 4, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, and Titanfall. Add in Watch Dogs which sneaks in the end of the launch window, and you’re telling me this launch is worse? Even if you take away the ports, Titanfall and Watch Dogs will be remembered far before anything from that 360 launch not named Elder Scrolls. Now for Sony to finish up.
PS3 vs PS4
PS3 started out with Resistance, Genji, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Virtua Fighter 5, Motorstorm, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. There are others I could add, like Need For Speed and MLB The Show, but the PS4 has updated versions so there’s no point. Before I even list the PS4, look at that lineup again. LOOK AT IT. I think we found our worst launch lineup ever. Anyway, the PS4 offered Assassins Creed 4, COD4, Battlefield 4, Killzone, Knack, Resogun, Infamous, and Bound by Flame. Again, add in Watch Dogs and it’s no freaking contest. I didn’t even mention most of the free Plus games, some of which were pretty good. There isn’t a PS3 game on that list touching Killzone except Elder Scrolls once again, so we won’t even speak on Infamous and Watch Dogs. It’s a crappy comparison.
So there you have it. A lot of you want to chastise the current crop of consoles (alliteration!) for their abundance of ports. However, you can eliminate the last generation ports and still have a launch lineup that takes a dump of last gen. And that is pretty much across the board. I don’t know what games you THOUGHT were available during last generation’s launch. But they weren’t. The 360 didn’t launch with Gears or Halo. The PS3 didn’t launch with Uncharted or God of War. The Wii didn’t launch with Mario Galaxy or Smash Bros. It just didn’t go down like that. Again, my opinion is not the law. You have every right to feel like this launch is crap. You really do. All I ask is that you stop romanticizing past launches to justify your stance. Or at least pick the right ones to wax poetic about. I did all the work for you. It seems shady to talk horribly about a launch that at least in my eyes is leagues ahead of its closest comparison. But what do I know. I’m just a blogger. I’m going to play Child of Light now. You know, a game I didn’t even mention. Because I didn’t need to. I’ll talk to you later.