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The Next Gen is Almost Here!

With the upcoming release of next gen consoles, this year’s Gamescom was bigger than it has been for years. The console war is in full effect, and Sony and Microsoft are doing their best to dazzle us with exclusives, indie support, and price-drops.  If you're having trouble keeping up, we've summed up the news we think is the most important from the show so far. 

 

Titanfall


We finally got an in-depth, unadulterated look at Titanfall with a long gameplay video that electrified audiences at the show and around the world.  Highlights included a great demonstration of how the jetpack/parkour elements work, as well as use of the mechs in-game. Both looked like a lot of fun.  What’s neat about this game is the use of elevation in combat, opening up possibilities that just aren’t available in other military shooters.  In other words, jetpacks rule in this Xbox One exclusive. 

 

PS4 Release Date


We finally found out the release date of the PS4, which is November 15 in North America.  While there were some rumors it would arrive in late October instead, November seems more practical, and coming out a week before Black Friday makes a lot of sense.  We still don’t know the exact date for the Xbox One, but November seems likely.

 

PS Vita Price Drop


A few days before Gamescom, Best Buy started selling the Vita for $200, which seemed like a sign that a price-drop was imminent.  Well, it’s official now, and the Vita is now priced to compete with the somewhat unstoppable 3DS.  Sony also announced they would be making memory cards more affordable, and a quick check on Amazon shows they are already cheaper than they once were.  With this announcement along with the news of many new games for Vita, adopters and would-be adopters of the handheld have a lot to look forward to.

ps vita

 

Next Gen Launch Games


We finally have our complete launch line-ups for the next gen consoles, and they’re about even, though the AAA exclusives for both are thin (though Microsoft has a slight advantage).  They both have the big guns like COD and Battlefield, as well as sports games Madden and NBA 2k, but there are indie games as well.  PS4 has the standout free-to-play MMO games Warframe and War Thunder releasing under the radar, but Xbox One has neat little exclusives such as Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, and Peggle 2.  All in all, it looks like a fair fight, and your leanings are going to really depend on your own interests. 

Warframe

 

Plants vs. Zombies Games Timed Exclusives for Xbox One


The announcement that Plants vs. Zombies 2 would be coming to Xbox One first was also announced.  In addition, we got our first look at the combat in the franchise’s third person shooter spin-off, Garden Warfare, which looks humorous and exciting.  Both of these games will be timed exclusives for Microsoft’s gigantic new console, and are probably both certain to be huge hits. 

 

Big Vita Games


There was a slew of game announcements for the Vita, and while most of them involved indie games, a few of them were heavy hitters like Borderlands 2 (a system seller for the new lower-priced handheld for sure) as well as Minecraft.  The Vita seriously needs this kind of support from big publishers, and perhaps this is a sign of things to come.  This coincided with news that indie darlings Fez, Hotline Miami 2, Rogue Legacy, and the Binding of Isaac, among other games would be arriving on Vita soon. 


 

Comments

Chris Yarger Community Manager

08/22/2013 at 06:53 AM

Titanfall looks incredible. I'm really excited to check it out sometime, I'm just really hoping that it sees a multi-platform release at some point. Also, the Vita price drop is quite nice as well! I just wish they would've announced a PS4/Vita combo pack.

transmet2033

08/22/2013 at 09:09 AM

I agree, titanfall looks incredible and such.  I do hope that they announce the combo pack, and at this point I will probably wait to get a ps4 if I know that it is coming.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/22/2013 at 10:06 AM

yeah I would totally get a combo pack.  that would be a sweet product to buy. 

Titanfall does look good.  I hope it's a timed exclusive only. 

Michael117

08/29/2013 at 07:32 PM

I doubt it'll go cross platform, Microsoft is putting their weight behind it really hard. I heard they paid Respawn Entertainment a TON of money in order to secure that exclusivity. Respawn wanted MS to cover some of those profits that would've come in if it was released multiplatform, and MS put up a boatload of money to convince them to keep it on X1 only.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

08/29/2013 at 11:18 PM

If anyone got money for any kind of exlusivity then it was EA because they're the publishers for Titanfall, and we all know how much companies like to toot their "it's exclusive" purposedly failing to mention that it's timed. If anything I think it's going to be the exact same situation with CoDs DLC on the X360 platform. It's a business, there's just too much money on the line, and I'm sure EA isn't going to pass up the oportunity to sell a few more million copies on other platforms just because of money hats. Not to mention the PS4 momentum, so if EA had signed a deal with Microsoft I'm sure the stockholders wouldn't be happy to know about such dealings if the X1 just doesn't have enough sales. Then again we already know how effed up certain things are within the video game industry.

Michael117

08/30/2013 at 12:48 PM

That's true, and if/when it happens MS will lose it's biggest exclusive title outside of Halo, Titanfall has a mountain of momentum behind it so MS will need to milk that as much as possible. I forgot EA was publishing, for a second I thought Respawn was scooped up by MS like Bungie was long ago. Since it's also coming on PC I'd rather get that version either way. A lot of people I know are getting PS4s so if it comes to PS4 sometime that might be a decent version to get so I could play with them.

KnightDriver

08/29/2013 at 04:38 PM

Why is PvZGW going third-person shooter? I want another strategy game, not this!

plus10steve

08/29/2013 at 06:02 PM

They were just trying to expand. It actually looks kind of fun

KnightDriver

08/30/2013 at 02:19 AM

I'll give it a look, but I'm not liking this. Does everything have to turn into a multiplayer frag fest?

plus10steve

08/31/2013 at 09:12 AM

True. I was a tad surprised the first time I saw it too. 

plus10steve

08/29/2013 at 06:06 PM

Those Vita announcements are awesome, but I am REALLY excited for Titanfall

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