Monday, August 14, 2006

Five Reasons Not to Upgrade to a Next-Gen Console


Sure, you can shell out the big bucks to purchase (or pre-purchase) a next-generation game system. But really, is there a drastic need to do that? The current-generation is still alive and kicking (unless you’re playing on an Xbox, which Microsoft completely abandoned in favor of supporting their new fangled 360, though their original ugly black box does have a superb back catalog). Here are five reasons – five terrific looking games- that prove that you don’t need to run out and purchase a pricey next-gen console to get your current gaming fix.

5. Bully (PS2)

5. Rockstar Game’s next controversial release, Bully, has caught a lot of heat lately from misguided boneheads, one-sided newscasts, loony politicians, and irresponsible parents. Despite all the controversy and over exaggerated claims surrounding this title (“It’ll increase bullying in our public schools!” is one, despite the fact that no kid should be playing what will most likely be an M rated title), it looks to be one of Rockstar’s more intriguing projects this generation. Once scheduled for a simultaneous release on both PS2 and Xbox, the latter version has been canned most likely due to Microsoft’s own lack of support for the system. You play as a student in a boarding school who must face all types of other student personalities (jocks, nerds, and yes, bullies) and to defend himself, which is a bit of a step down from the details that Rockstar originally announced about it (you originally played as the antagonist, the bully, instead of a troubled student who gets bullied). Anyway it’s released, though, I’m sure Rockstar will keep its current track record of putting out great software based on rather risky subject matter.

4. Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA (PS2)

4. Fresh from the arcades and into your home this fall comes Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA, the fifth game in the popular dancing series to make its way to the Playstation 2. Loaded with a massive collection of over 70 songs (though rather small compared to the song list of over 300 appearing in the arcade release, it is still above any of the other home DDR versions), SuperNOVA will also contain the series’ expected online play and an all new Battle Mode.

3. Okami (PS2)

3. Okami, the next release from Clover Studio (the same skilled team that brought you the top-notch Viewtiful Joe games) is a Zelda-esque action-adventure game filled with thrilling dungeons (many of which are believed to be nearly up to the level of Zelda’s superb dungeons in terms of quality), mind-bending puzzles, and a striking art-style. The Japanese release, which found its way in stores this past April, has been extremely well-received from critics and gamers alike, both applauding its imaginative game play, incredibly unique art style and superb game design overall. Now if only Capcom would give this game some adequate marketing, as Clover’s other games, despite their fantastic quality, flopped sales-wise.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC)

2. Ah, the Legend of Zelda series. One of the most respected, cherished, and popular game series of all times, Twlight Princess looks to be one behemoth of a game. While Nintendo’s next amazing-looking entry in the series won’t find its way onto store shelves until next year, it’s for a good reason as the developers are currently fine-tuning the game play and puzzles to make sure it’ll keep the massive swarm of Zelda fans happy. Sure, the Gamecube is nearly dead, but if you’re going to go out, you might as well go out with a bang, right? Twilight Princess could quite possibly the greatest swan song for a game console ever.

1. Super Paper Mario (GC)

1. It’s a Mario, and he’s-a-back! While the original Paper Mario RPG’s were fantastic titles in their own right, this fresh, unique game may end up one-upping them. Super Paper Mario will be taking a dramatic turn from previous series entries with its more platform-oriented game play (rather than strictly being an RPG), though it will contain some subtle RPG elements thrown in for good measure. Super Paper Mario is set out to be one of the holiday’s largest and most significant game releases – current gen or otherwise.

9 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Wedge14 said...

Those where 5 very good reasons. But you forgot one, the cost of these next gen consoles.

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous digitalspace said...

I have a feeling the Wii version of Twilight Princess will be better than the Gamecube one, but otherwise, I agree with you. Great post.

I'm especially looking forward to Super Paper Mario, and I'd probably check out Bully and Okami too.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger The Elderly said...

now he tells me.... i'm still smarting at the bad value of my 360 purchase if it weren't for Oblvion i'd probably need counselling at this stage.

 
At 4:55 AM, Blogger gnome said...

May I also humbly add that:

a) those 5 games do look great

b) Wii will definitely be a good buy

c) don't forget the Dreamcast

d) never feed the Elderly

e) you really are back!

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger DEITRIX said...

I would like to play Okami and Zelda at some point, but I only have time for one generation- and next gen is it...
Dont fear Elderly the next months till the holidays should be good for the 360! Im patiently waiting myself.....

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

Then there's always the Dreamcast and it's most esteemed back catalogue... plus the encouraging emulation and howebrew games being developed....

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

Oh Gnome already said that... well that's why you should really READ things instead of scanning them...
Another excellent post...
I wish I'd known about this lovely site earlier... All those wasted hours on the frankly crap Planet Dreamcast forum...

 
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