En­ter next-gen gam­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By CHONG JINN XIUNG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

VIDEOgamE con­soles will def­i­nitely be on the shop­ping list of many and this year is spe­cial as it her­alds the com­ing of the next-gen con­soles — Sony’s PlayS­ta­tion 4 and mi­crosoft’s Xbox One.

Sony’s highly an­tic­i­pated con­sole will be just in time for Christ­mas as it is ex­pected to hit store shelves on Dec 20. The Xbox One still re­mains elu­sive as the com­pany has not con­firmed if it will launch it here but the con­sole is ex­pected to hit other asian mar­kets to­wards the end of next year.

There is lit­tle doubt that the PS4 will be the top choice for many gamers. The ma­chine not only packs a lot of punch in terms of power but Sony has also in­te­grated it with so­cial me­dia ca­pa­bil­i­ties so that you can post your ex­ploits and vic­to­ries on­line.

You can also link the PS4 with the com­pany’s hand­held gam­ing de­vice, the PlayS­ta­tion Vita, es­sen­tially turn­ing it into your sec­ond screen.

The PS4 will re­tail for Rm1,799 but you are bet­ter off spend­ing a bit more to get the PS4 Bat­tle­field 4 (Rm1,969) or PS4 Kil­l­zone: Shadow Fall Bun­dle (Rm1,939) both of which come with the said game. Be­tween the two, our money goes to the bun­dle which boasts one of the best mul­ti­player modes for first-per­son shooter games.

If the gamer in your life is not into hard­core ti­tles then con­sider Nin­tendo’s Wii U. Re­leased last year, the Wii U is cheaper than the PS4 or Xbox One, with a start­ing price of Rm1,199.

and it has a sta­ble of fam­ily-friendly games such as Su­per Mario 3D World, An­gry Birds Star Wars and The Leg­end of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. Plus, more and more hard­core ti­tles are start­ing to make an ap­pear­ance on the Wii U, so you will be get­ting the best of both worlds in a way.

Game on

While not the main stars of this hol­i­day sea­son, the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of con­soles — the Xbox 360 and PlayS­ta­tion 3 — have a se­lec­tion of killer games.

get­ting a game for your loved one will very much de­pend on his or her taste. If the per­son likes a game with an open-world to roam freely and cause may­hem then the vir­tual Los San­tos in Grand Theft Auto V is where you should send her or him.

If its ad­ven­tures on the high seas then a pi­rate’s life awaits in Ubisoft’s block­buster As­sas­sin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. But if he or she is into first-per­son games and es­pe­cially en­joys mul­ti­player mode then both Bat­tle­field 4 and Call of Duty: Ghost (see re­view on P6) should be top choices.

On the go

While it’s best to game on a con­sole or PC, if your in­tended re­cepi­ent is al­ways on the move or trav­el­ling then it is bet­ter to go for a hand­held gam­ing de­vice such as the Nin­tendo 3DS/2DS or Sony PS Vita.

Nin­tendo’s 3DS XL (Rm699) has one of the best li­brary of games for a hand­held sys­tem with clas­sics like Mario, Zelda and Don­key Kong. Plus, as the name would have hinted, it has a 3D screen which makes just about ev­ery game stand out.

If 3D is not your thing then the en­try-level 2DS (Rm529) is a bet­ter bet but this unit is mainly tar­geted at kids which is why it does away with the hinge for a more hardy de­sign.

It may not look as sexy as the 3DS but on the in­side it’s mostly the same and can han­dle all 3DS games but with­out the 3D. Porta­bil­ity may be an is­sue as you can’t fold it but it should be able to fit in a small bag.

If you are look­ing for a good ti­tle for ei­ther de­vice, you should con­sider Fire Em­blem: Awak­en­ing, An­i­mal Cross­ing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Man­sion: Dark Moon, Poke­mon X/Y or The Leg­end of Zelda: A Link Be­tween Worlds.

But if you are get­ting a gift for a per­son who al­ready has a PS3 or is plan­ning to get a PS4 then the PS Vita would be the ideal choice as it can work with both sys­tems.

The PS Vita (Rm759) is great for play­ing big ti­tles such as Per­sona 4: Golden, Tear­away, Kil­l­zone: Mer­ce­nary.

If you are more into the indie scene then head for ti­tles such as Hot­line Mi­ami, Thomas Was Alone and Rymd­kapsel.

PS4 and (be­low) Xbox one


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