As a console gamer I am not very experienced in the MMO world. I have always had an unbelievable jealousy for the PC gamers lucky enough to experience games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Sure we have had a few choice games to enjoy such as DC Universe Online and whatever that failed Final Fantasy game was but none amounted to the greatness of their PC comrades. But with the next generation of consoles on the horizon the silver lining of MMOs in our living rooms is becoming a very exciting reality. Get ready because the future looks bright.
The Elder Scrolls Online
This game was beginning to rip me of my console pride. As a huge fan of previous Elder Scrolls games I was devastated to hear a PC MMO set in one of my favorite universes was not going to be enjoyed by myself. But then the beautiful process of E3 and its mind blowing news commenced. Finally I hear that what is looking to be the best Elder Scrolls games ever made is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. My faith in humanity was restored and I became ridiculously psyched. With its world spanning from Skyrim to Morrowind to Daggerfall, this game is huge. It is meant to replicate the single player experience but surround you with a living and growing world. Literally in my wildest dreams I could ask for nothing more. Console gamers be on the lookout for this release. I know Bethesda will not let you down.
This game was a huge surprise at the Ubisoft press conference. They showed a brief but tantalizing demo and the first thing that struck me were its beautiful graphics. You could see the foot prints in the snow and as bullets careened towards you they made an entrance and exit hole in whatever they touched making for a beautifully realistic firefight. But what was really the standout of the demonstration was the multiplayer.
You start off meeting up with a friend to investigate a disturbance at a police station. There were no menus and no hassle she just walked up to you and started on your way. By the time you reached the station you had been joined up with another friend meaning that the world was open and seamless allowing for a very natural form of drop in drop out co-op. When you arrive at your destination a skirmish begins and the gunplay looks fabulous. Out of the sky arrives a drone (controlled by a friend using a tablet) to supply you cover fire. That is one of my favorite features. I can imagine sitting on the bus and seeing that my friend are in trouble and dropping in to help them out.
What happens inside of the station is irrelevant to this article but afterwards you walk away and you run into another group of friend and a PvP fight begins. As this is happening the camera zooms out and reveals hundreds of players completing missions and starting groups in a ravaged New York City. I cannot wait to experience the flavor of massive multiplayer gaming that this product has to offer.
Also a game being developed by Ubisoft. In The Crew you don’t play a knight in shining armor or a mercenary for hire…no you are a car. But the customization is supposed to be very extensive with top to bottom revisions from tire to windshield. Similar to The Division it is an open world game were you drive around completing missions, meeting up with friends, and yes it is always dynamic.
In the main stage demo you see 4 drivers that were scattered around America all brought together in Miami to take down an armored vehicle. To do so you customize your vehicle with rammers and fortifications. By the end of the demo you take down the vehicle and earn group experience. They promise a fully realized open world America to drive around in and meet up with friends to complete tasks. It really does remind me of The Division but with cars, and I really see nothing wrong with that.
I am so excited to see all these huge games coming to the next gen and I hope you are too. Let me know how you feel by commenting below.