SUR­VIV­ING THE WASTE­LAND

The Best is Yet to Come

GAX (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - By PeterChu

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.

SHIN­ING STAR

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

your place.

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.

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