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g1 Previews: The PlayStation 4

11/8/13 2:00pm

MadHero15: Hey g1s. Remember when I said we had some more stuff in store for this November? Well, here it is! The next console generation is coming really, really fast. It's quite exciting, since the consoles have been around for such a long time. But its time for something new, in this case: an all new PlayStation.

Greatness Awaits

Gear12: This last console generation has been quite an interesting time, but it's time to look to the future and see what the next generation has to offer. There's some great new stuff coming from both the console and the games, and we're going to talk about them in a special PS4 Edition of the g1 Previews!

 

The Console

MadHero15: I think we can all agree that the original PS3 was a product that seemed made out of sheer arrogance. Sony came out on top big time with the PS2, making the best selling home console ever made. With that they lost everything which made the PS2 work, and made a $600 system on which it was hard to make games. Still, as we've seen, they've gotten better, but let's never forget that awful start. Sony certainly hasn't because they've seem to have gone to opposite direction, making it easier than ever to make games on a PlayStation console.

Gear12: There have apparently been some major changes to the hardware of the PS4, which has unfortunately resulted in the removal of backwards compatibility. Honestly though, I don't really mind. While it would be awesome to play some of the great PS3 exclusives on PS4, adding backwards compatibility would significantly bump up the price tag. Due to the different nature of the PS4's hardware, Sony would pretty much have to build most of a PS3 into the PS4, and that's a little ridiculous.

MadHero15: Yeahhh, it sucks, but I understand. However, PS4 is going to get support from Gaikai (who some of you may remember once had demos on Screwattack) which could allow you to stream PS3 games on your PS4. That's going to be a feature in the future, and something that's still in the works.

One of the other things PS4 has worked on is social media. On the controller (which we'll get to in a minute) there's a Share button which allows you to share short videos of the games you're playing with friends. It doesn't seem much different than what Steam does, but it seems kinda cool. It also had integrated Twitch and Ustream support, which I'm sure will be fun as well.

Gear12: Twitch streaming is definitely a welcome feature. Streaming is a lot of fun. Another welcome feature is the return of PlayStation Plus. The awesome online service was a great incentive for the PS3, and I expect it to be the same for the PS4. Other features include being able to try any game before you buy it, the ability to freely resell and trade in the physical copies of your games, and being able to play a game while it's still being downloaded. In addition, all games are region-free and indies can self-publish.

MadHero15: The PS4, so far, sounds pretty frickin' awesome. Hopefully it can live up to the hype it has created for itself. After they laid waste to Microsoft at both Microsoft at E3 and gamescom, they better put their money where their mouth is.

 

The Controller

Gear12: We've both had experience with the controller, and I have to say that I like it a lot. It felt very sturdy and well-made. It has some good weight to it, especially compared to the Dualshock 2. The thumbsticks have nice grooves in them which make them very comfortable to use, and the triggers are very similar the Xbox 360 ones in the sense that they have gradients and have a satisfying squish feeling when pressing them.

MadHero15: PlayStation controllers have always felt a bit light to me, like you could snap it in half at any minute. This is easily the biggest revolution of the Dualshock controller. Its familiar, yet it does add some great things. Its added weight gives it some real grip, and the triggers definitely feel better too. It definitely took some lessons from Microsoft, and has made the best of both worlds.

Gear12: The controller also has a capacitive touchpad and a built-in three-axis gyroscope for motion controls. Also interesting is that it is going to be compatible with Windows PCs as well. The light bar at the front can help identify which controller belongs to which player, and works together with the PlayStation Camera to perceive depth and movement. Also, existing PlayStation Move controllers will work with the PS4, while the Dualshock 3 will not.

MadHero15: While I'm unsure how much the touchpad is going to affect gameplay (could be useful for menu's, but not much else), it feels to me like the best PlayStation controller ever made (which isn't hard, since they're all so similar). I'm not sure if I'll use the controller over my 360 controller on the PC, but I do really like the feel of it. If you want to, you can get one right now at some stores (at least in the US), so you can feel them yourself.

A console can look great and have a great controller, but all of that means shit if the thing doesn't have games. While the PS4 will launch with around 22 launch games, both online and off, we're only focusing on the exclusive stuff, and that unfortunately, is a little sparse.

 

The Exclusives

 

Killzone: Shadowfall

  • Platform: PS4
  • Release Date: November 15th (NA), 29th (EU)
  • Developer/Publisher: Guerilla Games/Sony

MadHero15: I'm going to admit that I'm not all that familiar with the Killzone series. I've only very briefly played a bit of the first one. The games have always come of as Sony trying to make their Halo, and while it certainly has its fans, it's certainly not as big as Halo (but then, few games are). Now with Driveclub out, Killzone is leading the charge for the PS4 launch titles. Can it succeed? Who knows. What we do know is that it looks pretty. Very, very pretty.

Gear12: It's sort of appropriate that the PS4 would launch with a Killzone title. I've played the first one and enjoyed it quite a bit despite its age. This new one is certainly looking like a worthy successor to this successful franchise. It looks like Guerrilla is pulling out all of the stops to show off what the PS4 can do. The game is absolutely gorgeous and colorful (unlike the first one). The gunplay looks really fun and satisfying with some neat weapons. If you want a strong beginning for our PS4 library, this looks like a good place to start.

MadHero15: The game's plot takes place 30 years after Killzone 3, and seems to show a new war arising after a long peace time, but of course, those no good Space Nazis have to screw everything up. As we said before, the game looks gorgeous, really showing what the PS4 is capable of, and remember, this is just the beginning.

Gear12: Starting off the generation with a Killzone game was a smart move from Sony. The franchise has a good association with the PlayStation brand, and the first one was praised for its impressive graphics. Repeating the trend here is a great idea. I might not be getting this right away, but I'm definitely interested.

MadHero15: Same. We're not even talking about the multiplayer, which should be a lot of fun as well. This game is definitely the main highlight of the PlayStation 4. I'm sure Guerilla will put in the love and care required. If I get a PS4 early, this would be the game to pick up.

Madhero's Verdict: A Rope Grabbing Thumbs Up

Gear's Verdict: A Thumbs Up In Next Geeeen

 

Knack

  • Platform: PS4
  • Release Date: November 15th (NA) 29th (EU)
  • Developer/Publisher: SCE Japan/Sony

Gear12: This was the PS4 game I played most at Firstlook. It's a 3D platformer where the main character is some kind of construct made out of relics. You have to run, jump and fight goblins that are attacking humanity. When playing it I didn't really understand what was going on, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. One really cool visual idea is that the character changes visually as you take more damage.

MadHero15: The first PS4 game ever shown, Knack screams launch title. It's a nice experimental game that harkens back to the classic PS1 days (something which was the plan from the start according to developer Mark Cerny). From what I would describe from what I've played, I would say the game feels most like a God of War and Ratchet and Clank minus weapons combined. It all feels fine, not to mention looks very pretty, almost having a Pixar level quality of animation.

Gear12: There's not much else known about this game. One other interesting fact is that you apparently have the ability to turn into a giant wrecking machine. What else is there to say really? It looks great, it plays great, it probably sounds great (conventions are quite loud.) If this looks like something you might be interested in, I say go for it.

MadHero15: Yeah, I've seen those videos where Knack turns really, really huge, and that could be a lot of fun to control. While I played it and enjoyed of what I played, I think it may be best to wait for reviews with the game. Other people who played it were less positive or praised the game a lot. Its giving off mixed opinions, so look up the reviews and see if the game is up your alley.

Gear's Verdict: A Thumbs Up Made of Relics

Madhero's Verdict: A Thumbs Up made of Toblerone

 

Resogun

  • Platform: PS4
  • Release Date: November 15th (NA), 29th (EU)
  • Developer/Publisher: HouseMarque/Sony

MadHero15: Well would you look at that, a good ol' fashioned schmup. We really don't get enough of those in this day and age. That said, Housemarque, makers of Super Stardust and its successors, continue to do so, and usually they're pretty darn fun. As something to highlight the future of PSN, this game doesn't look half bad, but I don't believe this is going to be bringing anything new to the genre.

Gear12: This doesn't look like it'll be a system seller. I've never heard of this developer before and I haven't played this game so I guess I'm going in blind on this one. I haven't played a lot of shoot 'em ups, the last one being Jamestown. The main difference between the two is that Resogun is horizontal scrolling. It looks pretty neat.

MadHero15: That seems to be the main thing when we talk about PS4 games: the look nice. This one more stylistically so, with everything seemingly made out of those voxel things all the kids talk about. The game is free if you get a PS Plus subscription, and there's no better price than free.

Gear's Verdict: A Shooty Bang Bang Thumb to the Side

Madhero's Verdict: A Voxely Thumb to the Side

Other games out at Launch

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • Call of Duty Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Minecraft
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • The Playroom

MadHero15: And that's it for games unfortunately. Now the PS4 will still be getting lots and lots of games at launch. It's just that those games have already been covered because they're ports of games that were already out. Not much point tackling those games again.

MadHero15: And that's it for the PS4. I think that we've covered almost every corner of it. Personally, while I do think the library is a bit lacking now, I'm incredibly excited to see what the PS4 has in store for us. If the final years of the PS3 were any indication, Sony will hopefully fill this thing with content down the line. For now, we just have wait. My consensus: get one, but maybe wait until more games are out for it.

Gear12: That's definitely what I'm going to do. My most anticipated game for the system was Watch_Dogs, and that got delayed. So yeah, it looks like a greats system. $400 is a good price for all the good stuff you get with it. But how does it compare to the Xbox One? Well, I guess we'll find out... next time on the g1 Previews!

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