We live under the eighth generation of video game consoles. With the exception of portable models, today at the world’s open market, as well as at the UAE market are exposed the Japanese Nintendo Wii U, Steam Machines released in 2016 and of course the most popular PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One. There are other ones, for instance OUYA based on Nvidia Tegra 3 with Android using open-source software but we will consider only the major.
Wii U is an upgraded version of its predecessor with HD-graphics and some improvements. Nintendo fans remain a little bit isolated from the rest of the community and the games themselves are often different. For example, Premium Pack version gives Wii Karaoke U demo game time, which is extremely popular in Japan. It’s worth a try.
Line of Valve Steam Machines is an attempt of transferring of Steam service to a hardware platform. It lasts since 2011 and is well-known to Steam users. For those who are not aware of the situation we advise first to get acquainted with online-service and then turn attention to the device.
Sony PlayStation 4. It’s the legendary high-volume Japanese console. As for the end of 2015, 37.7 million forth version units were shipped worldwide, including UAE, while it was sold 35.9 million of them. The debates about PS4 and Xbox are being held for quite a long time and it’s unlikely they’ll ever stop. PlayStation manufacturers abide traditions and position themselves only as the gaming console, while other companies claim their products shall be regarded as media centers for home.
Among peripherals worth noting PlayStation Move (analogue Wii Remote), PlayStation Camera and announced in the first quarter of 2016 the augmented reality helmet.
Microsoft Xbox One comes with noncontact gaming controller Kinect. You must have heard about it – it’s possible to jump, move, show gestures and thereby control the game. The system is also powered by Windows 8 and lets using different apps like Skype. Most users usually choose between Xbox One and PlayStation, and we would recommend testing both before purchase.
Each console has its web-service with a suitable filling:
- Microsoft Xbox Live (Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Marketplace),
- Sony PlayStation Network (PSN),
- Nintendo Virtual Console, WiiWare,
- Steam (comes out in offline mode).
Are you already a happy owner of a set-top box? You can play new games. Here is a small selection – separately for the "two kings", separately for a little bit more casual Wii U and a couple of games that are available on all platforms. Some of them are just about to come out or have appeared recently.
For PS4 & Xbox
Deadpool came out on movie screens and is already available in a video game format. If you like the movie, you will like the game.
Mortal Kombat XL
Release: March 1, 2016
New generation of Mortal Kombat. The developers gathered all the experience gained during the existence of the franchise and improved almost everything: gameplay, graphics, battle strategy, characters. Now the story is going to be a battle between good and evil. For this purpose there were introduced new characters. Looking forward to it.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Very dynamic shooter allowing immersing yourself in the atmosphere of anti-terrorist operations.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Release: February 9, 2016
This game doesn’t need to be introduced. Fans of Naruto already know it. It is an adaptation of the famous anime to a video game, this time in improved graphics. You will be able to plunge into the world of ninja with Original Voiceover Support in Japanese (or English).
Star Wars: Battlefront
The plot of the game coincides with the plot of Star Wars. It’s not “fantasy on the theme” but following the classic story, places and shots from the movie. This game is a good choice for connoisseurs who are addicted to film series created by George Lucas.
Far Cry Primal
Release: February 23, 2016
Giant mammoths, weird creatures, sabre-toothed tigers. Welcome to the Stone Age. You’ll have to survive in circumstances when a human was not a king of nature but was at the base of a food pyramid. Try to look at the exotic creatures not in a museum but in action.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Release: February 23, 2016
The game, which originated in the social networks and became very popular now comes out for consoles. It shouldn’t be treated seriously. The developers promise a large number of well-drawn characters and interesting gameplay.
Just Cause 3
The third part of the game where you can feel yourself the main character of an action movie. Nothing but action and effects. A large play area, a wide selection of accessories and transport – you can mix it in any variants.
For Nintendo Wii U
Fighting of Pokemon such as Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario, and more. Do you remember them? Try the familiar characters in a new role – clash them in the fight and see who is stronger.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Mario plays tennis. Nothing difficult, it’s suitable for everybody, even for small children
Ivan is a brutal ex-mercenary, who tries to survive in a cruel war. A lot of fights and adventures are guaranteed to you. You can use automatic weapons, grenade launcher... But the best choice, of course, is the original katana.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
You’ll find yourself in a fantastic world where there is an intergalactic war on. It’s a good example of a colorful futuristic game.
Release: February 19, 2016
The second part of the shooter with a female character in a lead role. You can team up with a friend in a virtual battle online and go through all the quests together.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers
Videogame, which brings together Marvel comics and LEGO.
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends
Your children will be delighted with the game. It’s based on the eponymous movie, which looked almost everyone and of course on kung fu.
Whichever console or game you choose, the main thing that we wish you is to have fun, get a lot of positive emotions and spend gaming time with pleasure.