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The first full week of 2016 is almost over and there’s still plenty to look forward for the rest of the year. Virtual reality is really gonna happen this year as the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, was a hotbed for the next big thing in gaming. While the current console generation can potentially have it’s best year yet despite being hard to top 2015, there’s always Nintendo with the wildcard to surprise the world once again with their “NX” platform. Will it come out this year and replicate the Wii’s success or just be another Wii U sales-wise for them? All that said, Entertainment Fuse has their wishes and predictions for gaming in 2016.
Zack Zweizen: The Beginning Of VR
The Oculus Rift is coming out this year. And it will cost $599 USD. Is that too much? Maybe. Will it hurt its ability to break into the mainstream? Possibly. But what really matters in the long run is that this is the year when VR becomes a thing. An actual thing that you can buy games for and that you can play with and that will be available in stores. A real product. And that is a big deal. While there have been VR products released before, this is the largest and most well known. And many will be watching.
Will it succeed? It could. But I think the combination of PlayStation VR, Oculus and other VR platforms will be the key. With more options and more price points to choose from, more people will be willing to dive into the new world of VR. I don’t think VR will become a huge hit this year. But, this will be the year it starts. The year where VR stops being an idea and becomes real. And the future looks promising.
Say Goodnight to The Xbox 360 & PS3
I love my Xbox 360. It is one of my favorite consoles of all time and I’ve played some of my favorite games on it. The PS3 was great too, I’ll never forget the first time I played Uncharted 2. Or saw Killzone running on it. These consoles were great, had a ton of games and connected people in a way consoles hadn’t done before. Xbox Live was a pioneering service that made universal usernames, achievements and party chat a standard.
And now it’s time to say goodbye. Time to let the old boys ride off into the sunset. The amount of games released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2015 was far less than in the years before. And this upcoming year looks as sparse, if not sparser. Microsoft and Sony will still support them, but the days of the Xbox 360 and PS3 are coming to an end. This won’t be the year they die completely, but they are on their deathbeds. Goodbye Xbox 360 and PS3. Thanks for the memories.
Andy Bartsch: More Original Installments from Capcom
Capcom, you know I love ya, right? And I don’t dislike what you’re doing. These HD Remakes, Legacy Collections, and Definitive Editions are neat and all, but have you looked at how many properties you have at your disposal that you’re doing nothing with? Poor Mega Man is rusting away in the corner of the stock room and the only thing you’re doing with him is a Legacy Collection of NES games for a handheld console? You canceled four of his games in a single YEAR! DO SOMETHING WITH HIM! I know you announced a movie a few months back, but let’s face it, do we expect anything good from the studio that brought us Dragonball Evolution and the Fantastic Four?
What about the Devil May Cry series? I still stand that the DMC reboot/prequel is an awesome game and has tons of potential for great followups. The Definitive Edition is great, and I’m sure the twelve people who bought DMC 4: Special Edition says that one’s great too, but I wanna see what happens after the way DMC ended!
Sure, you have Street Fighter V (aka Street Fighter II 3) coming out next month, but I’ll be perfectly honest, I couldn’t care less. A few extra characters and some slightly new costumes? I’m more interested in having a few beers and watching Van Damme in the Street Fighter movie.
Konami Get’s Their Act Together
The same could be said for you, Konami! Castlevania, Contra, Silent Hill! All these amazing franchises and what are you focusing on? Mobile games and pachinko machines! Do you know how much money you’re losing? I know Konami is a big company and does more than make games in Japan, but seriously, we have, what, seven pachinko machines in North America? It’s dumb decisions like this and firing Hideo Kojima that’s going to ruin your company! Speaking of which…
Apparently Kojima and Del Toro are beginning to work on another project together. Fingers crossed, please, please, PLEASE let it be Silent Hills reworked under a different name. If given a second chance and not worked under Konami’s name, I’m hoping I can finally play the finished product someday. I’m totally okay with Norman Reedus not taking part in this because, honestly, I always felt his presence would be a major distraction from the rest of the game.
Matt Rowles: PlayStation VR will get a big delay
2016 looks to finally be the year for virtual reality. With Oculus Rift finally having a release date and price point and multiple other companies poised to release their VR products to consumers, Sony won’t want to be left behind in the race to be the number 1 VR product on the market. However I do feel Sony are the furthest behind right now in that race.