This week Sony’s PlayStation 4 hits store shelves on 11/15. The second home console being released in this particular console generation, the PlayStation 4 offers a number of advancements over its predecessors. Some are major and others are more on the bells and whistles end of things.
The main feature that catches my eye is live broadcasting. Twitch TV is something I follow closely depending on the game being played and it’s my go to for reviews as they’re “Let’s Play” in nature. You’re 100% guaranteed to run into spoilers, but live broadcasting is something that should’ve been on consoles a generation prior.
Amazon is looking to catch on with some of those launch sales by following Target’s “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale with select titles. If gamers have preordered two games already, they can snag a third for free and if they have one preordered, they would have to buy a second to get the third title free.
While it could save you money on a third game, the deal is pretty normal for Amazon who ran a similar deal for the Nintendo 3DS’ launch.
While the features are great, the main reason to hop on a console out of the gate happens to be the games available at launch—not within the launch window which would be the months following the launch. Many PlayStation brand diehards will get the console out the gate on name value/loyal alone while others who are watching the games might hold off.
Launch for any console could have impressive sales, but 9 times out of 10 the main titles available leave something to be desired. You will have your sports titles that will be available, so those are nothing special, but there are also some games that would available on the previous console.
Here’s what you’re looking at for PlayStation 4. These are also the titles up for the Amazon promotion:
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Just Dance 2014
Killzone: Shadow Fall
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
Skylanders SWAP Force
Just for some perspective, let’s look at the launches for the PlayStation family of titles.
PlayStation (N.A Release September 9, 1995, European Release September 29, 1995)
Battle Arena Toshiden (NA, Europe)
ESPN Extreme Games (NA-only)
Kileak: The DNA Imperative (NA, Europe)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition (NA-only)
Power Serve 3D Tennis (NA-only)
Raiden Project (NA-only)
Ridge Racer (NA, Japan, Europe)
Street Fighter: The Movie (NA, Europe)
Total Eclipse Turbo (NA-only)
PlayStation 2 (N.A Release October 26, 2000, European Release November 24, 2000)
Armored Core 2 (NA-only)
DOA2: Hardcore (NA-only)
Dynasty Warriors 2 (NA, Europe)
ESPN International Track & Field (NA-only)
ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding (NA-only)
Eternal Ring (NA, Japan)
FantaVision (NA, Europe)
Gradius III and IV (Europe-only)
Gungriffon Blaze (NA-only)
Madden NFL 2001 (NA-only)
Midnight Club: Street Racing (NA-only)
NHL 2001 (NA-only)
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery (NA, Europe)
Q-Ball: Billiards Master (NA-only)
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 (NA, Europe)
Ridge Racer V (NA, Japan, Europe)
Silence Scope (NA, Europe)
Smuggler’s Run (NA, Europe)
SSX (NA, Europe)
Street Fighter EX3 (NA, Japan)
Surfing H3O (NA-only)
Swing Away Golf (NA-only)
Tekken Tag Tournament (NA, Europe)
TimeSplitters (NA, Europe)
Unreal Tournament (NA-only)
Wild Wild Racing (NA, Europe)
PlayStation 3 (N.A Release November 17, 2006, European/Australian Release March 23, 2007)
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Europe/Australia)
Call of Duty 3 (NA/Europe)
Def Jam: Icon (Europe/Australia)
Genji: Days of the Blade (NA/Europe/Australia)
Madden NFL 07 (NA-only)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (NA/Europe/Australia)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire (NA/Japan/Europe/Australia)
NBA Street Homecourt (Europe/Australia)
Need for Speed: Carbon (NA/Europe/Australia)
NBA 07 (NA-only)
NBA 2K7 (NA-only)
NHL 2K7 (NA/Europe/Australia)
Resistance: Fall of Man (NA/Japan/Europe/Australia)
Ridge Race 7 (NA/Japan/Europe/Australia)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Europe/Australia)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (NA/Europe/Australia)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Europe/Australia)
Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (NA/Europe/Australia)
The Godfather: The Don’s Edition (Europe/Australia)
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (NA/Europe/Australia)
Virtua Fighter 5 (Europe/Australia)
Virtua Tennis 3 (Europe/Australia)
World Snooker Championship 2007 (Europe/Australia)
It might seem like Europe got an abundance of titles on launch—which they did compared to Japan and North America—but remember the titles Europe got would’ve mostly been out on the North American and Japanese PlayStation consoles by the time of the European launch. The same is true with North America having more than Japan at launch.
The PlayStation 2 probably had the stronger North American release only because there were a large amount of games coming out and there would’ve been a few that would appeal to some.
Looking at the lists overall, the launch titles aren’t that hot: racing titles, sports titles (in some cases, two of the same sport), and a few throw away titles. Those are mostly the filler titles (although the racing titles could be counted in with solid titles) for the new, generation-exclusive ones that will actually move consoles.
This isn’t just PlayStation consoles, either. Roughly all consoles have had lukewarm game lineups.
Do you feel the PlayStation 4 is worth picking up at launch on the titles alone? What games would you get with Amazon’s buy two get one free promo?