There is no denying that Nintendo had a stunning E3 2014: they brought out tons of new and innovative games. They had a wonderful press event, and their Treehouse live stream was a stroke of genius. The thing is, none of Nintendo’s efforts truly convinced my that my first “next gen” console should be the Wii U. Sony and Microsoft did.
Let me step back a bit. Since the dawn of the new console generation with the Wii U, I have been sitting back, waiting, watching to see what the three powerhouses of gaming would bring. After last year’s E3, it was clear to me I had to get a PS4. Still, there just wasn’t any good reason to buy one yet. Not enough games, wait for the bugs to be worked out of the hardware, etc, etc. So here it is E3 2014, let’s see what everyone brings to the table, and shows what lies in the future for the console gaming world. Time for me to make my decision about which is worth spending my money on.
During this years E3, Microsoft and Sony both showed off some fantastic looking games. Battlefield: Hardline, Rainbow Six: Siege, eVolve, Call of duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny. If you count all the publisher announcements and indies, there is no small supply of blockbuster games on the horizon: Assasin’s Creed Unity, No Man’s Sky, Inside, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. We even got to see further into the future with a new Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge 2, and Star Wars: Battlefront. You know what every one of these games has in common? I can play them on the P.C. I already have. In fact, every one of the year’s biggest announcements are multi-platform, including P.C.
What kind of exclusives did Sony and Microsoft have? Sony has LittleBigPlanet 3. Microsoft has Forza Horizon 2. Okay, so they have Halo: Master Chief Collection,a collection of re-releases, that very well may be coming to P.C. anyway. Sony has the edge on Microsoft with all of their exclusive early Beta access and extra content, but none of that is worth shelling out hundreds of dollars for. One or two exclusives aren’t enough to convince me I need to dump that much money into your hardware. Not when all the best games you are offering I can get on Steam, and likely cheaper to boot.
You know what games look really good that I can’t play on the P.C. I’m typing this on? Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Super Smash Bros., Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Splatoon, the Legend of Zelda, Mario Party 10, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Maker, Bayonetta 2. Without even trying I just listed 11 platform exclusive games. Nintendo showed more exclusive games than Microsoft showed total. Not only are they exclusive, but they aren’t a bunch more first person shooters. These are truly innovative, unique games; something Battlefield and Call of Duty simply aren’t, I don’t care how pretty they make them look.
If I buy a PS4, or an XBOX ONE, then I miss out on at least 11 totally unique, innovative, original titles that I will never be able to play anywhere else. If I buy a Wii U, I can still play the best Microsoft and Sony have to offer, while getting to experience the plethora of Nintendo exclusive games. The only thing I will truly miss is LittleBigPlanet 3. I think I can live with the trade-off. Maybe I’ll get a used PS4 or XBOX ONE in a couple years, after one of them builds a big enough exclusive library to be worth my money. Until then, I have Nintendo and Steam.