Nintendo and third-party AAA
I’m glad Nintendo is pushing hard for indies, but their overall lineup is still weak. World of Goo was a great game in 2008, but that shouldn’t be a selling point.
Steep wasn’t a world-beater, but at least it proves the Switch is a potential platform for AAA third-party titles. Nintendo needs more of these. BotW and Mario Odyssey are strong offerings, but Sony has upped their exclusives game too. The bar has been raised.
Sony’s response to Xbox Game Pass
PS Now isn’t terrible, but only feels relevant to a small market: Customers that have fast internet and want to play PS3 games, yet didn’t have a PS3 or Xbox 360.
The Xbox Game Pass makes much more sense for modern gamers. Relevant titles, the ability to download, and a discount on purchases is very consumer friendly.
Sony needs to improve PS Now or offer an alternative solution to compete with Microsoft’s strongest idea since launch.
What is Death Stranding?
What IS this game! We’ve seen two psychedelic trailers that bend our mind the way only Kojima can, but where is the substance beneath the style?
Will it be similar at all to MGS? The second trailer hinted at Del Toro’s character hiding from supernatural military forces, similar to Phantom Pain. Kojima is an undisputed master of stealth-action, but I’d be happy if he put some of that crazy creativity into new forms of gameplay.
Wishful thinking considering the disappointing sales of the great handheld. However, Sony has continued to trickle out Vita games and has done well in Japan. I’d love a more powerful handheld that could get close to PS3 visuals and sports four shoulder buttons.
Did the Switch reinvigorate Sony’s desire to compete for gaming on the go? Or will they let Nintendo and phone devs battle for the pocket-sized market?
An Assassin’s Creed that benefitted from extra time
Ubisoft gave the franchise a short break and although I’d be fine with them taking even longer, I don’t think Ubi and their shareholders are ready for too much change. Hopefully we see a new entry that feels somewhat revitalized and fresh. The series and genre need it.
No Last of Us Part 2 spoilers
Most movie trailers give away so much of the plot it kills my interest in seeing it. Games are usually much different but The Last of Us is praised mostly for its story rather than third-person survival crafting action. I’d be happy if they show nothing. A simple release date if they have one will suffice. If not, just keep making the game until it’s great.
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk
This should still be a ways off but talented developers focusing on this genre will always have my attention. A quick glimpse at what they have planned would be a nice treat.
thatgamecompany’s follow up to Journey
I’m a big fan of TGC and after Journey refined their previous efforts I’m very excited to see their next evolution.
Stronger VR games
We’ve seen novel ‘experiences’ but I’d like to see more full-sized games (Resident Evil 7 was a great start) and better unique VR games. New tech needs time to figure out new ways to play, rather than just copying traditional game design.
Scorpio games and info
Microsoft’s Scorpio is touted as bringing big power, but will its tether to the regular Xbox One limit what it can do?
Sony’s PS4 Pro had mixed results with frame rate and resolutions, some even performing worse on the upgraded SKU.
It would be nice to see Microsoft throw out something truly impressive to match the claims of their new, fully operational Death Star.
Mario Odyssey on the Wii U!
The one ‘wish’ on this list. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of Zelda on the Wii U and the new Mario is the only reason beckoning me to upgrade. This would be a poor decision by Nintendo, but I wouldn’t be complaining.
I also wouldn’t be buying a Switch either.