6 Reasons DriveClub’s delay isn’t the end of the world

by Gaetano Prestia 7 Comments 5 Likes 22,958 Views 23/10/2013 Back to PS4 articles Drive Club

With news of Driveclub’s delay now out in the open and confirmed, many gamers feel it’s pushed the PlayStation 4 back in the launch stakes. But it’s not quite the end of the world yet. Sure, the game promised to launch an exciting new racing IP alongside brand spankin’ new hardware, but there’s still plenty of upside to a console with much more to offer than a new racing franchise.

There’s still Killzone: Shadow Fall

I know what you’re thinking, that “it’s only Killzone”. Well, Sony continues to throw support behind its number one shooter franchise, with a fourth console entry promising to take the series to all new heights.

And if this trailer doesn’t push you over the edge, nothing will: it looks amazing!

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Racing fans still get Need For Speed

I saw Need for Speed: Rivals running on PS4, and it looks fantastic. Two new racing games at launch was probably too much, anyway, and at least now a very solid new NFS entry gets a bit more room to breath at the PS4 launch.

It might not be an exclusive but let me just say: NFS: Rivals has been perfected for the PS4. I’ve seen this game in action and it looks fantastic on the console.

Gran Turismo 6 is here before Christmas

It might be a filler before a new PS4 GT in a year or so, but we’re still be serviced with many hours of racing gameplay on the PS3. When you think about it, it’s really no wonder Driveclub was pushed back. It would have been competing with this, Forza and NFS, and while choice is a great thing for gamers, at least now we can enjoy the best aspects of a wonderful series like GT without having to rush through it to enjoy Driveclub.

There’s more time to check out the indies

You really can’t say that the PS4’s launch lineup is weak: it’s not great, but for a launch it has as wide a variety of games I think we’ve seen for a console’s launch.

Games like Blacklight: Retribution, Contrast and Minecraft all on offer, alongside what’s already been confirmed from third-party developers on the full retail front.

There’s a fresh racing game for early 2014

With Driveclub and its PS+ counterpart now delayed until early 2014, there’s something fresh to look forward to on PS4 in the early part of the year. While Xbox One will have Titanfall, PS4 gamers will get Driveclub and a fresh new Infamous, just as people move on from Forza 5, GT6 and NFS.

Contrast and Resogun are now free

PlayStation Plus members' Instant Game Collection will no longer include Driveclub (obviously), but it’s still coming for free when it’s finally released. At launch, however, will be two very awesome-looking indie games: Contrast, which has won a stack of awards at gaming shows the world over, and Resogun, the “spiritual successor” to Super Stardust.

It’s disappointing that Driveclub won’t make the PS4’s launch, but it’s not the end of the world.

Has Driveclub’s delay changed your mind about getting the PS4 at launch, or are you still excited?

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6 Reasons DriveClub’s delay isn’t the end of the world Comments

  • Tano 354869 XP 23/10/2013 +1
    Still too much to like about the console.
  • Huddo 29962 XP 23/10/2013
    it's all good
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  • Axe99 261 XP 23/10/2013
    "You really can’t say that the PS4’s launch lineup is weak: it’s not great, but for a launch it has as wide a variety of games I think we’ve seen for a console’s launch."

    I'm really not sure about this - name any other console that's launched stronger? The XB1's got a good lineup as well, but with 50% less games overall, and as many big exclusives (counting PC games that are console exclusives, which the XB1 is doing ;)) the PS4 looks pretty damn good. Don't forget that titles like War Thunder and War Frame are hardly small indie titles - Gaijin Entertainment (War Thunder) released three full retail titles on PS3/XB360 this generation, and Digital Extremes released one on its own and supported others (like Bioshock 2).

    Further ,while I see a lot of "whatever" about KZ:SF in the mainstream gaming press, demand for the game amongst gamers is actually pretty high. The latest US pre-order figures (noting the US is the XB1's strongest market) put KZ:SF's pre-orders only a little behind those for Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 combined. The press may have its favourites, but the actual gaming population more broadly appears far more interested in KZ:SF than in any of the XB1 exclusives that everyone's telling us we should like more (I'm another gamer that doesn't see much in those three, although I think Crimson Dragon and Zoo Tycoon sound pretty good) ;).
  • Tano 354869 XP 23/10/2013
    Well, I didn't mention Xbox One :P

    By indie I am speaking in a pretty broad sense: I think those devs are self-publishing on PSN, which puts them on the same level as an indie.

    I agree about Killzone. I'm not massive on it tbh but I see the appeal and it looks very, very good.

    I think many of the Xbox One's games are looking a little shallow. Crimson Dragon will be forgotten quickly, Zoo Tycoon looks fun but may go down the wayside as just another Kinect gimmick (hopefully not).

    Time will tell!
  • Blob 41698 XP 23/10/2013

    @Axe99 said: I'm really not sure about this - name any other console that's launched stronger?


    Wii U [MOG]
  • Gryllis 361563 XP 24/10/2013
    Because it's terrible.

    Maybe this will improve it, but it was a nothing freebee at E3. And next to GT6, it didn't really look any better, maybe because it was trying to look more simplistic.

    Definitely the type of launch game that would have been forgotten immediately.
  • Axe99 261 XP 06/11/2013

    @Blob said:

    @Axe99 said: I'm really not sure about this - name any other console that's launched stronger?


    Wii U



    Haha, yes, you've got me there ;).
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