GTA 5: Will It Be This Gen's Last Great Game?
Rockstar is poised to see off this gen with the last true great game on current hardware. Right?
Published on May 3, 2013
We've been drenched by waves of GTA 5 info that trickled out of media demos and only just dried ourselves off. We've got 20 new screenshots, 64 Facts You Didn't Know and Why It Could Be The Best Open-World Game Yet.
Oh, and this chunky analysis video.
But there was something else about the GTA 5 coverage that only just occured to us when we recovered from the information overload. GTA 5 could be the last great console game of this generation.
Sobering thought isn't it?
Think about the best console games this gen and there are only a few that would be universally agreed on as being great. We'd say BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, Portal, Walking Dead, Fallout 3 and maybe - maybe - Uncharted 2 qualify.
Skyrim? There are some who didn't click with the combat and found the world bland. Assassin's Creed II? Very good but perhaps not quite great. Mass Effect 2? Too much gnashing of teeth over the action vs RPG slant. Even GTA IV itself was considered too serious in contrast to the humour of the previous entries.
There will be other candidates that we've missed and of course, it remains to be seen whether GTA 5 will have the quality to join the greats of this gen. But its release looks like it will signal the end of this gen, in unofficial terms, as more projects will look to include PS4 and next Xbox releases before shifting exclusively to those platforms.
After all, what's being released after GTA 5 that will be exclusive to this generation of console hardware? Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Call Of Duty: Ghosts, all of which are shaping up to be major next-gen titles as well. Batman: Arkham Origins could also make the leap and in any case, with a new developer at the helm plus the inclusion of multiplayer, there are a few question marks next to its name.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist and The Last Of Us will both hit the shelves before GTA 5 does, so they don't count either.
E3 will bring announcements but it's unlikely that any games revealed in June will be exclusive to this generation of console hardware - we're simply too close to the release date of PS4 and next Xbox for them to be ignored for high-profile projects. Gran Turismo 6 for PS3 seems the only potential candidate for a last hoorah on current-gen, bar any surprise announcements.
In fact, there's only one game we see that has the potential to steal GTA 5's thunder as this gen's last great console game - Beyond: Two Souls.
But we may have missed some candidates - are there any others you reckon that fit the bill?