Weekend Reading: Next-Gen Games Aren't That Impressive

PS4 and Xbox One titles still need to improve and deliver true next-gen experiences

By on December 7th, 2013 20:01 GMT

After a lengthy wait, we here at Softpedia have finally received out next-gen consoles: the Xbox One and PS4. Alongside them, plenty of games have also appeared, from Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome for Microsoft's device, to Killzone: Shadow Fall, Need for Speed: Rivals, and Resogun for Sony's platform.

We have already posted our own reviews for quite a few of these titles, and the remaining ones will debut next week on our website.

While all games are pretty well made on the next-gen consoles, at least in my eyes, I noticed a distinct lack of a true next-gen "wow" factor in almost all of the titles.

Third-party games that have already appeared on other platforms, like Need for Speed: Rivals, look much better on the PC, for example, with more visual effects and improvements, despite a locked 30fps framerate.

Exclusive titles, like Dead Rising 3 or Killzone: Shadow Fall, also fail to live up to expectations.

Dead Rising 3 is certainly impressive thanks to its open world that's filled with thousands of zombies, but the visuals still don't look as great as they could and there are many low-res textures scattered throughout it. The upscaling from 720p to 1080p also exposes some inherent flaws relating to shadows and other visual effects.

Forza Motorsport 5, while actually delivering a high-quality visual experience, with a 1080p full HD resolution and a 60fps framerate, also doesn't live up that much to expectations, especially after seeing Gran Turismo 6 for the PS3 in action yesterday, as it offers just a small jump in quality and loading times.

Ryse: Son of Rome also didn't blow me away, as while it did have some pretty visuals and animations, the gameplay was rather simple and repetitive.

PS4 exclusives performed a bit better, as Killzone: Shadow Fall certainly delivered a great visual experience that comes pretty close to the likes of Battlefield 4.

Resogun, through its simplicity and spectacle, also impressed and attracted a lot of my co-workers to Sony's console.

I'm aware that launch-day games for consoles usually pale in comparison to experiences that appear after a few years but, as of yet, neither the PS4 nor the Xbox One games have swayed me.

What about you? Did a PS4 or Xbox One title truly convince you that you're in a new generation of gaming?
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