Well it’s finally here. 2014 has finally ushered in the arrival of Next Gen consoles and with it a bevy of new potential competitive games to takes its place in the halls of the greats in the Competitive gaming sub culture.
Counterstrike, Quake, Unreal Tournament,Tribes, Battlefield, Call of Duty, HALO…theses are but a few of the games that gamer’s have flocked to over the years in an attempt to prove that they are the best.
E-Sports has become such a huge phenomenon within the hobby over the past decade and as we roll into a new generation of consoles the question looms in the minds of these online warriors; ” What game will take the crown this generation?”
Now while I acknowledge that there are a wide variety of competitive titles across the gaming landscape these days and there is no denying the staying power of League of Legends and even games in other genres, for this article I will be solely focusing on the ” Shooter” market.
Have a look at some of the titles we are looking forward to this year and beyond to satisfy our inner competitor.
Call of Duty: Activision has thrown in early in the Next Gen game and Ghosts represents the first next-gen entry in the franchise. The game itself is all Previous Gen however and feels ” thrown together” for the sake of a hardware launch window.Its a rehash off older games but satisfies the craving of that COD addiction the planet has!
Battlefield : EA not to be outdone has also gotten in early with its 4th numerical release and while suffering some rocky starts in the Next Gen, the brand shows signs of continuing well into the future. EA has not made the game E Sport friendly and at launch we are lacking private servers/private matches as well as any tools to host tournaments on console. The game plays amazing but Dice and EA need to fix it quick in order for it to be considered viable for Tournament play.The problem with past battlefield titles on console has always been the inability to create a private lobby which is something that is required to run competitive events. While the gameplay is rock solid and the game has its skates laced up we can only hop that it can hit the ice before the next wave of shooters descend upon it.
Titan Fall: Respawn Entertainment is banking big on its first ever title as a studio. Formed from the ashes of the original Infinity Ward this team has created a true next-gen FPS in Titan Fall. With game play that borrows from their learning’s with COD and a little bit Battlefield and a little bit Mechwarrior you have a true recipe for success in a market that is flooded with Modern Military shooters. Titan Fall is poised to take the competitive landscape by storm in March and will pull gamer’s into next-gen competitive gaming!
Destiny: The studio that brought us HALO is now ready to break out of their shell and show us what creative freedom and a lot of resources can accomplish. Destiny is one part RPG, one part shooter and a whole lot of Star Wars and Borderlands thrown in for good measure. Although not built as a competitive title as its foremost reason to play Bungie has told us that there will be traditional competitive multi player modes in the game. How this gets balanced with the MMO style character building and weapon /loot grinding remains to be seen. If there past pedigree is any indication , gamer’s should be in for a treat this year when the game launches!
Not much is known about this game other than a concept video and the promise of a Next Gen Rainbow six title. While foreign to a large part of this generations younger gamers Rainbow once held the shooter crown before Call of Duty ripped it out of its hands. Mixing direct confrontation shooting action with subterfuge and tactics, Rainbow could come back like a glorious Phoenix to the competitive gaming community. The question is however …will the community embrace its unique blend of game play over the now standard ADD inducing ” CODified” shooters.
While these are just a handful of titles that could potential make its way into the E-Sport circle this year there are sure to more entries as the years come. Many titles enjoy a yearly refresh so we can expect to see ” numerical entries” to follow after the initial launch of some of the new IP’s.
The next wave of games will inevitably bring a new breed of player with it and as the internet explodes with gaming montages and YouTubers don’t dismiss the power of community and especially the community that believes and supports the growing culture of Competitive gaming.
Where does PRO fit into all of this?
Our commitment to ourselves and the community we are growing is to support the games that you want to play. No title will be dismissed simply because it isn’t the best-selling game in the market.
We are strapping in for a wild ride and I encourage you to come with us!
Dwayne”EVO Knight” Morash