In light of all of the horror film content posted lately, as Monty Python would say, “And now, for something completely different,” courtesy of Mike.
Before we commence these proceedings, let us take a moment and peep this:
“I don’t want somebody to come in and just think ‘I’m going to go do a special game on one platform and then I’ll get to Xbox whenever I get to it.’ I don’t think that’s right.”
Now I know this quote is specifically about indie games but I see it in a larger context. The thing that angers me about it is this person seems unaware of the irony of those words, especially in light to what MS has done thus far with the Xbox One. MS has bought Titanfall, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Sunset Overdrive, and the next Tomb Raider. All of them a “special game on one platform” that may or may not get to Playstation 4 whenever they get to it. “I don’t think that’s right”, indeed.
Besides MS buying up third party exclusives, let’s look at what the main point of the article, parity. This idea bothers me in that what could happen is that developers could focus on hitting Xbox milestones then call it a day. Call “chemtrails” if you want, but it’s certainly possible with a dev in a crunch who might not have time to optimize for PS4 because they’re designing to XB1 specs. We’ve already seen it happen with games like CoD Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed IV. Both of those games launched last year on par with XB1 versions and later had 1080p patched in. Ubisoft said earlier this week that Assassin’s Creed Unity was going to be locked at 900p/30ps on both platforms to avoid performance debates on the internet. They’ve since backtracked once the internet decided that was a bullshit reason. Now they’re saying they’re building the best game they can and that maybe specs will change.
(link to the backtracking – http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-10-ubisoft-hits-back-at-assassins-creed-unity-downgrade-claims )
I’d been a fan of the Xbox since the original, I got a 360 at it’s launch even amid rumors that it had problems. I had been looking forward to what eventually became the Xbox One but I just don’t know that I can care about it anymore. They make decision after decision that, as my best friend says, just “bottles the mind”. Always online – just kidding. Digital game sharing – nevermind. Kinect is mandatory – well no you can disconnect it. Kinect is sold separately, for too much money with only 3 games that are built for it. The Halo collection is 1080p/60fps, except Halo 2 because it’s running two engines so you can flip between old and remastered graphics. That last one is just dumb to me. Who in the halibut wants to play Halo 2 with old graphics on an Xbox One? Just put a damn interactive demo in the special features, don’t hamper the actual game’s performance for a gimmick. Make the demo be that E3 level that wasn’t actually in the game. Now that would be a cool easter egg that long time Halo fans like myself could enjoy.
Even after getting that off my chest, I will no doubt go back to my daily struggle of “should I get an Xbox One”? While I can guarantee it will be a solid NO for the rest of today, who knows what tomorrow will hold. MS certainly doesn’t.