Today, news arrived that The Order: 1886 will not have multiplayer and will run at 30 FPS. Some people looking forward to this game are disappointed, but a lot of Sony fans are okay with this news, stating that not having an online cooperative mode is fine as long as the game is good. I agree, but I did notice that when it comes to Sony, it has become a routine to just shrug news like this off. If it were Microsoft or even Nintendo…. it probably would be a different story.
One thing we can probably all agree on is that these next-generation, now current-gen systems are being scrutinized for all news about resolution and frame rates as well as games having or lacking multiplayer options. Microsoft has been the center of finger pointing this generation with a lot of its games not running at 1080p and/or 60 fps. Perhaps, rightfully so. Although frame rates and resolutions were not reasons I sold my Xbox One, the numbers don’t lie.
According to IGN, the PlayStation 4 runs Assassins Creed 4 and COD: Ghosts at 1080p while the Xbox One runs them at 720p. Dead Rising 3 was an Xbox One launch title that received a ton of criticism for “only” running at 30 fps and having noticeable frame drops. The Order: 1886 will also run at 30 fps and won’t have multiplayer, yet the criticism is nowhere near what Dead Rising 3 received. I can’t be the only one noticing this.
If we think back to last generation, games became a lot better looking and performed better as time went on. I imagine the same will happen this generation, so, why are frame rates, graphics, and resolutions so important this early to begin with? The Xbox 360, for example had launch titles such as Peter Jackson’s: King Kong, NBA 2K6, and Perfect Dark: Zero which look inferior to the likes of the 360’s latest titles out now such as, Tomb Raider, NBA2K14, and Titanfall coming next month.
Titanfall, as we all know, is a multiplayer only game. This may be just an issue of fans wanting more single player experiences, which I can agree with, but nonetheless Titanfall has received criticism for being a multiplayer only game. While The Order: 1886 denies multiplayer, including co-op, which many feel would be perfect for the game, and it’s simply accepted as “okay.”
I’m not here to say whether this game needs mutliplayer or not, or if frame rates and resolutions are important, or even which console is better. Personally, I just want to see great games this generation, regardless of what console and whether it is single-player and/or multiplayer. I’m here only to make an honest observation. Any issue with Sony seems to be casually swept under the rug while other issues with Microsoft and Nintendo are blown out of proportion and I can’t help but wonder, “If the issues with the Xbox One were the issues of the PlayStation 4, would the gaming community treat Sony the same”?
I think this guy has it right:
At this point and where we are with technology, with PC’s able to output amazing resolutions and frame rate speeds, is it fair to hold the Xbox One and PS4 to the same standards or should we just enjoy them for what they are? Are fans being picky or are they justified? Are PS4 issues being swept under the rug? Tell us!