3 Xbox One and PS4 Games to Not Buy Or Pre-Order

Last year’s launch of the Xbox One and PS4 brought users what they so desperately welcomed. For years, Xbox 360 and PS3 users had rallied for updated consoles that included all the things that everyone now expects from most of their devices.

Take digital games. Both the Xbox One and PS4 embrace digital gaming in significant ways. The Xbox One allows users to download all games from the Xbox Games Store on the day they are made available at retailers. The PS4 takes this a step further. It allows users to purchase and pre-download digital games so that they’re ready to play on release night, just as if a gamer had gone to a retail store.

Features like recording video game footage and background update downloading have also made the gaming experience on the Xbox One and PS4 better than their forbearers. Gamers want these consoles because they change the very nature of gaming itself in some ways.

About the only problem with these new gaming experiences are the games themselves.

There are titles coming sometime this year that include dazzling graphics and new gameplay elements that’ll likely define this console generation. The expectation is that with an Xbox One and PS4, users will feel more immersed in the games they’re playing thanks to more comfortable controls, game worlds that are simulated without the console being on and more.

Unfortunately, there are a games that just don’t simply seem as exiting or as thrilling as one might expect on the Xbox One or PS4. Here are 3 of them in no particular order.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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One might hesitate to include Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes in this round-up. After all, it’s already on store shelves just waiting for users to purchase it and dive into the Metal Gear universe again. For gamers looking to do just that and get the inside track on its upcoming sequel, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes isn’t a bad investment per se.

The problem is that at $29.99 used it’s really not that robust a game. There are just a few missions available to play. Really, Ground Zeroes is less about being a cohesive experience on its own and more about getting folks back into the franchise and setting up its successor for a new generation of players.

Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes is an amazing looking game, despite it feeling just like an opportunity to milk series fans for more money. That could be worth the money for some, but the game doesn’t have enough depth to make it a decent purchase when there are longer, more robust titles around.

Madden NFL 15

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Announced just this week, Madden NFL 15 is shaping up to be everything we’d expect it to: a full-priced expansion pack that only adds a few new features.

That Madden is the end all in football video gaming can’t be denied. To be clear, there aren’t any others who compete in the space. You can’t deny that Madden is the pinnacle of football simulations either. Madden is beholden to a yearly schedule that almost always guarantees that there’s little to point to in terms of new features.

Sure, they’ll be an updated roster. Electronic Arts has also confirmed that users can expect new camera angles that allow them to look down on the field differently, and a new dynamic halftime and pre-game system for hyping matchups to give users a more authentic feel. EA is even promising users refreshed defensive gameplay experience.

Still, none of that sounds like a genuine reason to hand EA $60 for what appears to be very similar to the experience Madden NFL 25 players got last year. Hopefully, Electronic Arts has more to share about Madden NFL 15 at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Destiny

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Halo has millions of fans. When Bungie decided that it was the right time to move on to other things most assumed that they had more science fiction shooters in store for us. As it turns out they were right, and unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing overall. Why? Because for the 500 people working on Destiny and all the years it’s spent in development, the game still looks decidedly like Halo.

Don’t misunderstand, there are cool things about the game. That it borrows heavily from the persistent presence of online multiplayer games is cool. It’s also nice that users can customize and build out their in-game characters. These features stand in stark contrast to the decidedly basic customization features that are available to users playing this year’s other major first-person shooter, Titanfall.

Whether that’s worth a purchase remains to be seen.

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Of course, things can change. More information about titles can make even the most hardcore opponent of a particular game want to check it out at some point. It’s just for now, these titles don’t look as particularly exciting or worth a release date purchase as they once did.

Comments

  1. CSR says

    Destiny has only seen a small bit of promotion in terms of what the game is going to be like. All the press and feedback tests Bungie has done have apparently been small portions of the game and Bungie intend to reveal more about the game at E3 this year. This and The Division are my 2 most-anticipated titles for 2014. I would lop Halo 5 into that category too but we haven’t heard that it is officially coming this year and could instead be backed off a bit in favor of a rumored Halo 2 remake. Oh, and Quantum Break may also hit shelves at the end of the year. Either way you slice it, it’s a good year for gaming once we get past the first 1/2 of 2014.

    • redman790 says

      Sorry to break it to you, but the division was pushed back to 2015. Sux. Was looking forward to it as well.

  2. Lee Hayward says

    stupid article, MG GZ perhaps due to price point , game not to buy this gen so far has been Thief & Titanfall, either too short or poorly made.

  3. Donnovan Treasure says

    What a stupid article, Destiny is my biggest Game I’m looking forward too. Screw your worthless opinion and this crap article. Do us Gamer’s a favor
    And stop making articles

  4. Kingme says

    This article is about the stupidest thing I’ve read in my life… that’s 5 min ill never get b back. Ive preordered all of them. His next article is going to say 3 reasons not to get Watch dogs or 3 reasons why wii U is better then PS4. He is but hurt for some reason

  5. Jacob Courville says

    I was surprised at how stupid this article was until I scrolled down to see the writer’s picture was a blurry selfie in his messy backdrop of a home, chunking up the deuce like he is still in high school… Smh

  6. JAY says

    I jus hope cod is good this year..havent had a good 1 since B.O.1 jus rem ppl no1 cares who likes what..nowadays if were unsure about a game we can go 2 twitch & preview it b4 u buy..alot of ppls fav game so far is titanfall..personally i quit aftr i reached gen 2..i got the season pass dl the new maps last week & aint played um yet same as ghost jus dl the new dlc this mornin,not sure im gonna play it cuz i got the pass 4 it too.bottom line every1 is diff & every1 is a critict these days…who cares

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