Launch titles for a new console are notoriously difficult to get right. As well as frequently being rushed out by studios for new and relatively untested hardware, the issue of hype surrounding the release of any major console means games often don't live up to expectations.
But with many reviews for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's exclusive launch games, it's inevitable that these will be compared and contrasted...
For those of you who do want the scoop on what the community has been saying about launch games, we've rounded up the Metacritic scores for the two next-gen consoles' exclusive launch games for your viewing pleasure:
PlayStation 4: The Launch Game Scores
Flower - 92 (PSN)
Resogun - 83 - Exclusive (PSN)
Killzone: Shadow Fall - 73
Super Motherload - 73 (PSN)
Contrast - 64 (PSN, also coming to other platforms including Xbox One)
Knack - 56
Xbox One: The Launch Game Scores
Forza Motorsport 5 - 82
Dead Rising 3 - 78
Killer Instinct - 73 (XBLA)
Zoo Tycoon - 70
Powerstar Golf - 68 (XBLA)
Ryse: Son of Rome - 60
Crimson Dragon - 55 (XBLA)
LocoCycle - 48 (XBLA)
That gives PlayStation exclusives a current mean Metacritic score of 73.5, largely thanks to the positive response to the PS4 release of the 2009 PlayStation 3 game Flower being just as favourable the second time around. Thanks to the generally unfavourable reactions to LocoCycle on Xbox One, their mean score is currently 66.75.
Of course, judging games by scores alone would be an extremely cynical way of going about it, particularly considering that the Xbox One titles still have a very limited number of reviews. Scores for many of the launch exclusives sitting around the 7/10 mark, however, which in the inflated world of video game review scoring is pretty much code for "nothing special".
Interestingly, by far the most enthusiastic responses to games out this week are for titles on consoles other than the two big next-gen launches. Super Mario 3D World on Wii U, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for 3DS and Tearaway for Vita are blowing the lukewarm next-gen competition, so those console gamers not planning on splashing out launch day should find something worthwhile to engage themselves with.
What do you think of the launch day review scores for Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles? Is there too much pressure put on launch titles?
What's on your must-buy list, next-gen or otherwise, for the next few weeks?
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