SURVIVING THE WASTELAND
The Best is Yet to Come
Regardless of whether you’re part of the glorious ‘PC Master Race’ or not, you can’t deny the fact that gaming consoles have come a long way to reach where they are now. Back in the days, gaming consoles were often scoffed upon by the most devoted of gaming enthusiasts, as they were nowhere close to matching the performance of a gaming rig, let alone surpassing it. In fact, it has even been said that you can’t deem yourself to be a ‘real’ gamer unless – or until – you’re doing all of your gaming on a PC. Though it would be safe to say that the underlying prejudice towards gaming consoles has slowly fade away with the advent of capable current-generation consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 4, which looks well on track to end 2015 on a high note, and begin 2016 with its best foot forward.
The sales figures of the PlayStation 4 thus far are genuinely mindboggling, to say the least. As of September 30 this year, Sony has sold more than 29.3 million units of the PS4 since it was launched in November 2013, with that number expected to reach 30 million by month’s end. To give you a better perspective of what the numbers mean, we’re going to refer to a report by the International Business Times, which estimates that Microsoft only managed to sell 15 million Xbox One consoles since its launch – which was about the same time as the PS4.
It’s no surprise that one of the driving forces behind the PS4’s impressive sales figures are its games – and especially the exclusive ones. If you have been paying close attention to the many video game conventions that were held throughout this past year, you probably would already have a good idea of the many exciting games that will arrive on the PS4 when 2016 comes around. If you haven’t, well, it’s your loss.
Just kidding. Being the nice people that we are, we’re going to give you a quick walkthrough of the blockbuster games that are due for release in Q1 2016. We should probably let you know beforehand that there are quite a number of them, so you better start saving up while you still can.
MONTHS OF MAYHEM
First up, the indie first-person adventure game, Firewatch, will be available on February 9, 2016. Yes, we are very aware that it’s not a ‘blockbuster’ game per-se, but you can expect it to make serious waves nonetheless, thanks to its artsy, minimalist level design and very intriguing gameplay. Prefer something a little more mainstream? Allow us to introduce Street Fighter V, which will be available a week afterwards on February 16 – just in time for you to release all of your pent-up anger because you had a terrible Valentine’s Day. Not into the fighting genre? Don’t worry, there will also be actionadventure games like Far Cry Primal to satisfy your primeval instincts, which will be released on February 23, 2016. At which point you should probably be thankful that the release dates of both Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided have been pushed back to May 24 and August 23, respectively, as they were both initially slated for release on, you guessed it, the very auspicious day of February 23, 2016. Imagine how desperately your bank account will be weeping for mercy if they weren’t. Now that we’ve got the month of February done and dusted with, let’s dive into the month of March. On March 11, you’ll be able to reprise the role of Agent 47 once again in the third-person, stealth game, Hitman, which will feature three ocpen-world locations (Paris, Sapienza, and Marrakesh) on launch day, with three additional locations to be added in the subsequent months. But if there was one game that would undoubtedly leave PS4 owners foaming in their mouths, it would be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s
End, which goes live on March 18. If you’re looking for a game that’s going to give you a serious beating – not literally, of course – you may want to mark March 24 on your calendar, as that’s the day when
Dark Souls 3 is out to put you in
But if there was one game that would undoubtedly leave PS4 owners foaming in their mouths, it would be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which goes live on March 18.