After all the in-fighting and corporate digs, it is now the eve of the next-generation with the PlayStation 4 set to hit shelves in the US and Canada tomorrow. After only a few months of the consoles being public, the battle between Microsoft and Sony has had enough toing and froing to last several years.
The PlayStation 4 came out of E3 in a remarkably strong position. At the time it appeared that Sony was in danger of running away with the eighth generation of gaming before it had even begun. Only five months later, Microsoft has made several policy reversals that benefited the Xbox One‘s public standing and the generation is again a two horse race. With the PlayStation 4 so close to release, several outlets have been releasing early console launch reviews to whet gaming appetites. While many will be excited to see that the console has great potential, it appears that it and especially its games have underwhelmed reviewers on first impressions.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Sony Computer Entertainment Boss Shuhei Yoshida. In an interview with GamesIndustry International, Yoshida expressed his disappointment in the lukewarm reception of the PlayStation 4 launch library. He attributes the media having to rush through games to get ready for the systems launch as one of the reasons they may not have enjoyed what they had to offer.
“It’s disappointing but I don’t think it’s worrisome for the launch of the system. I’ve played through all of our games, Killzone, Knack and Resogun, and I totally enjoyed playing through these games. I’m now on my second run of Knack and Resogun at a higher difficulty – these games really grow on you when you play more. I’m very confident that once you purchase these games and play, you’ll be happy that you’ve done so.”
One of the games that has disappointed reviewers most is Knack. What looked like a bright and entertaining platformer has been judged as somewhat of a disappointment by many reviewers. Yoshida talks about the game directly, saying he is disappointed in its critical performance, but that the game wasn’t necessarily designed to review well.
“The game wasn’t designed [to meet specific] review scores – I was hoping Knack could score in the mid 70s and last I checked it’s around 59-60, so I’m hoping it goes up. The game uses only three buttons to play, so it’s not the type of game reviewers would score high for the launch of a next-gen system. The game was targeted as what we call a second purchase; you know, people may purchase PS4 for Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed or Killzone, but if they also buy Knack, this is a game that you can play with your family or your significant other”
All isn’t lost though. What the PlayStation 4 lacks in games, it has in promise. While titles like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall have underwhelmed some, Sony has a slew of world class teams under their brand like Naughty Dog and Team Ico that will be trying to deliver on the promise of the next generation inthe future.
Do the mixed reviews of the PlayStation 4 software worry you? Can you wait until there are more games or are you too excited for the next generation?
The PlayStation 4 will be available on November 15, 2013
Source: GamesIndustry International