Next-gen Consoles and the Five-Game-Rule

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture screenshotsSome gamers are early adopters. They thrive on having the latest consoles the moment they hit stores. It doesn’t matter if there aren’t many games or if they wind up paying more. The experience is worth it.

Others prefer to play the waiting game. They bide their time, holding off until a console’s taken a few price drops. Eventually, when it hits that magical number of must-own games, they make their purchase.

For me, that number has generally been five. I’m as susceptible to temptation as the next person, and while I have given in at three, waiting has never been that hard for me. Buying a console for a single game seemed insane to me.

Then I saw the trailer for Monolith Soft’s X, and suddenly I understood. It didn’t matter if the Wii U never got another game I wanted. I knew I would gladly buy the console just for the chance to pilot a mech in that beautiful world.

Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way about the PS4 and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. I’ve known that I’d eventually buy a PS4 for a while now, but I think it’s the game that’s going to push me over the edge. Final Fantasy XV is prettier and Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is flashier, but Rapture is the sort of game I just can’t get out of my head. The trailer’s short and incredibly vague, but I never get sick of watching it. Deep down, I know I won’t be able to wait for it, and I’ll cave and buy my PS4 the moment it arrives.

I’m not ready to give up on the five-game-rule, but next-gen consoles are making it a lot harder to stick to. Maybe these games are particularly alluring, or maybe I’m just losing my willpower. Whatever it is, I’m glad to have games I’d buy a console for.