Microsoft recently cancelled Scalebound, an (apparently) highly anticipated game by many Xbox gamers. Originally shown at E3 2014, the game was in development by Platinum Games exclusively for Xbox One. A boss battle and more gameplay elements were shown at E3 2016 which brought on mixed reception. Some already hated the protagonist, while others thought the game looked very interesting and had potential. People even bought Xbox Ones in anticipation of Scalebound. All in all, it was set to be a major release for Xbox.
But MS Studios cancelled it, saying it would be “better for Xbox gamers.” The game’s development was going so bad, that the director of the title, Hideki Kamiya, had to take mental health leave. In the face of this cancellation, MS remained confident, saying that they still have games coming up to offer, such as Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Sea of Thieves.
The thing is personally, I can’t get excited for any of those. They just don’t look like my kinds of games. Xbox is a multiplayer-based console as seen by its exclusives, while PlayStation is more single-player based. For example, MS has Gears of War and Halo, both of which are largely bought for multiplayer. PlayStation has Uncharted and God of War, bought for singleplayer.
I’ll give it to MS, they do have some single-player exclusives for the XBO, but to me they were largely disappointing. Quantum Break was a below-average game with awful gunplay, ridiculous product placement from Nissan, and an attempt at a TV/gaming blend that failed miserably. To me, games and TV will never go together. Games encourage constant engagement, and to have the control taken away from you to watch a 20+ minute show takes the excitement away, in any game. Now, I know some people will say “But what about the long cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid?” In the case of MG, the game isn’t obligated to reserve certain things to a TV show. Everything is in game. ReCore was an average platformer. With a relatively interesting story along with a unique style, ReCore was fun, but it could have been better.
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PlayStation has had 2 of my favorite games this generation; Bloodborne, an excellent action-RPG made by From Software, and Uncharted 4, the conclusion to the story of Nathan Drake. Both had wonderful world design, art, and gameplay. They were full of memorable moments of adventure, tension, and wonder. I’m just finding myself enjoying those experiences far more than anything Xbox is offering for now.
PlayStation has these games: (both on the system now and upcoming), Bloodborne Uncharted 4, God of War, Spiderman, The Last of Us, Death Stranding, Persona, Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gravity Rush 2. Those are games I can’t wait for. I hate the argument that some of those might not even release this year. To me, release date means nothing when it revolves around games I care about and am looking forward to. That list compared to Xbox’s (current) list just proves to me that PS is the way to go for exclusives in my opinion.
Many Xbox gamers think that the reason games like Quantum Break, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Sunset Overdrive failed is because of a younger generation of gamers who only care about multiplayer and therefore only want more Gears and Halo. From the beginning of both series, multiplayer was a major factor, setting the precedent for the future entries. PlayStation began with God of War and Uncharted, two singleplayer based franchises.
Because Gears and Halo were dominating in terms of multiplayer, Xbox systems flew off the shelves and soared well above PlayStation. But I feel that while players were enjoying the next Gears or Halo, PS was working on developing more singleplayer, which ended up helping them out in a major way when looking at their current exclusive list, promising even more titles later this year.
Ultimately I have gradually moved to PS because their exclusives simply appeal to my interests more. That doesn’t necessarily mean PS factually is better in terms of exclusives. This is all simply opinion. People can enjoy Xbox or PlayStation. Even both.