Hiya, and welcome to another episode of the Talking Games podcast! This week, Rob hosts and in-depth discussion with Jacqui, Justin, and Steve about the state of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles – roughly one year into their lifespans. What promises made by Sony and Microsoft were kept? What’s missing? WHY aren’t some of the games we’ve been clamoring for available? We ask the hard questions this week, folks! Oh don’t worry, we also give the Wii U a little love.
Additionally, Justin shares his growing enthusiasm for Sunset Overdrive, Jacqui gets disturbed by The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and Steve ventures into the dank, dark dungeons of Lords of the Fallen. Oh yeah, and what was up with the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection? It’s all of that, plus your listener emails, tweets, questions and comments. Huzzah!
Firstly, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is fantastic and a brilliant free game for PS+ I'm glad Justin enjoys it!
As somebody else said, the function of plugging in a USB stick or external HDD for video playback reaaaaaally needs to be implemented onto PS4 and fast. I loved storing music and videos on my PS3 and it seems crazy that they took a step back with this on the PS4. You can play music from USB now but I need video playback too! We also have PlayStation Now to stream PS3 games but I think it's crucial that players do not have to repurchase all of their old PS3 games - or at least give them a discount. Unlikely though for the foreseable future. So that's what I would like to see in terms of system updates.
Games I want to see... Crash Bandicoot and TimeSplitters. I also wouldn't mind a larger scale, next gen return to Rapture in another BioShock installment.
Sticking with this week's podcast's theme of reflection on the consoles, I have a question for you all: In your opinion, what currently released game demonstrates the capabilities and true potential of each console the most?
So my only complaint about the show is that the sound was very, very low this particular episode. With Rob already being soft-spoken, I had a very hard time hearing him and some of the others without cranking my iPod up to almost full blast. That could just be me, but I thought I'd let you know.
That being said, Steve, make another gamertag for Xbox! I understand the whole "it's letting them win argument," but if I recall correctly, don't you already dislike your gamertag currently? Losing all the achievement points sucks, but let's be real: Microsoft hasn't done anything with the achievement points since the 360 launch. Plus, with the bizarre way that the One is set up now, I doubt that many people are going to be able to look at all your achievements anyway. You'll know what you accomplished but there's no sense in being raked through the mud as you have been just because of some arbitrary point score. I left all my trophies and platinums behind on PSN long ago and it's now to the point where I don't even remember what I used to have. You'll get to that point with the Xbox as well, you just have to be willing to let go and save yourself some major hassle.
Speaking of the One, I haven't had it very long so I can't really speak to how it's changed since launch, but I do agree that the menu system is a good idea in principle but basic functions are buried in apps. I have found that pressing that list-looking button on the controller at any point brings up a menu that can get you to Settings, but as I was trying to set-up a new profile picture I realized how difficult they truly made customizing your online persona on the One. But you know as soon as you learn the system they're going to roll out another update...
The only new-generation system I've had since launch is the Wii U and I can say that some kind of trophy/achievement analog is definitely needed on that device. I know I just got done saying that achievement points don't matter, but they do often persuade me to continue with a game or even purchase a game if I know that there's a chance I'll be able to snag most of the achievements. I think their newly implemented "stamps collection" is a good start, but they need to add some more unique challenges to keep me wanting to go back to that system.
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I was really into achievements early on in my xbox360 lifetime, but as my responsibilities grow outside of gaming, I've haven't had as much time for it so I've just given up. Batman: Arkham City is the last game I completed 100% and I did it for the PC. That's another thing, I'm spreading my gaming out on multiple consoles, so really, what's the point trying to max out achievements/trophies? I'd rather just play the game organically, and whatever I complete, I complete.
It also used to be that any game I started, I usually would complete at least to the end credits... not anymore. Don't have time for crappy games.
Even though PS4's UI is "simpler," I do think the Xbox One's UI has more useful features... they just need to redesign some of that interface... and I agree that the "menu" button on the Xbox controller is useful for shortcuts to the Settings.
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