WHICH CONSOLE TO GET?

Me and video games are going through a rough patch.

I’m either getting too old to enjoy them or they’re getting worse with each generation. I find myself playing Playstation 2 games on my Playstation 3 more than PS3 games. There was a time I knew every major game release for all the consoles and saved my pennies for months so I could buy them. I infuriated the Gamestop people with my fifty dollars in quarter and dimes every six months. Now I have to ask my brother to keep me clued in.

Me and video games have had such great times together. I don’t want to give up on them. So I’m getting a new console to spice things up. The spark will come back. It has to.

But which will it be? Xbox One, WiiU or Playstation 4?

Nintendo Wii U

When I think of Nintendo, I immediately think of their big must-play franchises.

Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Super Smash Bros.

Legend of Zelda was the video game franchise that made me question the integrity of video game journalists. I bought and beat Twilight Princess. The reviews lied to me. It was supposed to be one of the greatest games of all time. It was not. That franchise is more often average than spectacular. A new Legend of Zelda game does not sell me on the WiiU.

Metroid bores me. Mario is good. They haven’t made a bad Mario platformer yet. But I’ve played a hundred Mario games. A new one isn’t enough to bring back my love for video games. Super Smash Bros. is a big plus. I love that franchise. The fourth entry is lacking in the single player department, but I know my brother and I could have a blast playing against each other.

But I can’t buy a system for only one game. I did that for Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii and ended up selling my Wii to get my Playstation 3.

My gripe with Nintendo is that they’re still searching for their next step. They add these gimmicks that aren’t it and it boggles down the system. Motion controls were adequate at best on the Wii and a hindrance more often than not. I wish they’d release a standard console like the Gamecube and Nintendo 64 were.

Games on WiiU I want now:
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Future Games on WiiU I want to check out:
Star Fox

Pickings are slim in Nintendo’s camp.

Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft never has anything I want and this generation is the same. I haven’t owned any of their systems. And I probably never will. Halo was fun until Halo 3. Now there’s like twelve of them. I wish Sega was still making consoles.

Games I want for Xbox One:
N/A

Future Games I Might Want:
N/A

The streak of zero Microsoft systems continues.

Sony
The PS3 disappointed me. I expected them to take everything that made the PS2 good and beef it up. Instead the prices increased, the graphics looked better, but the games were not as good. The content was lacking or had to purchased in the shop. The focus moved away from making great games and to making cinematic experiences. That trend continues.

I own all of Sony’s consoles besides the Vita which I have no plans on buying. I’m not a huge fan of what Sony is doing these days. They refuse to make Ape Escape 4 and for that they gain my ire. But it will have the games I want.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and Metal Gear Solid V are the only games I’m excited for right now and they’re both coming out for PS4. Also Xbox One, but that’s just a no-no.

Future Games
Tales of Something (They have to make one.)
Kingdom Hearts 3
Metal Gear Solid V
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy Type 0 HD
Bloodborne
Ape Escape 4 (If they don’t make it, I’m

So by default, it seems a Playstation 4 is in my future. That’s 400 dollars plus New Jersey State tax.

I’ll start looking for some bundles.

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