I think it’s a well-known fact that there are a lot of games coming out in the next couple of months. Should we be complaining? No, not really because the big games that are coming out are shaping up to be some of the best games this year. It is unfortunate, however, that they all have to come out in such close proximity of each other and, as such, many will be missed by me and a ton of other people. Which games am I going to miss and which ones will I be unable to live without? Tough to say for certain but I have a rough idea of what games are on my “Do Want” list. Let’s take this month by month.
October – Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 & RAGE
I can honestly tell you that RAGE, no matter how good it looks or how much fun it may end up being, will not take priority of Battlefield or Arkham City; no offense to id Software. I hate to say it, but RAGE being a new IP is part of the reason for why it won’t overtake Batman or Battlefield on my “Do Want” List; and I hate for that to be the only reason as I feel like an idiot who only wants the same thing over and over. But can you blame me? It’s going up against Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to one of the best comic book games ever and Battlefield 3, the EA/DICE military shooter that looks incredible and has the best shot at overthrowing, or at least rivaling, Call of Duty.
Even as I write this I’m not sure which game I’m going to get (money prohibits me from buying both/all three). At first I was dead set on getting Battlefield 3, then Batman: Arkham City began releasing trailer after trailer and my easily manipulated, 20-year old mind wanted that instead. Soon after Battlefield 3 released teaser trailers and a tv spot; I don’t know what to do. Should I rob a bank or talk one of my friends into buying Arkham City so that I can steal that from them later and not give it back? Which one is offering promotional credit from Amazon.com?
November – Uncharted 3: Drakes’s Deception, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim & Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
November is going to be a much harder month than October because I have a newly gained love for Uncharted, a deeply rooted relationship with Assassin’s Creed and a huge love for all things dragon. My brain may explode from trying to make a decision.
After playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves earlier this year I have added Uncharted to my very small list of my favorite games on the PlayStation 3. Hell, I wrote an entire column on Uncharted 2 and how much I enjoyed it; playing Uncharted 3 as soon as it comes out would seem like the logical choice, right? That is, until we move on to Skyrim. Skyrim… What can I say about it that it hasn’t already said for itself? The 20 minute demo that was released a few weeks ago contains everything that I would say. In what other game can you absorb a dragon’s soul, turn around and shout at a giant to make a thunderstorm attack it, then combine two fire spells and set that same giant on fire? Where else I ask you! I, as well as my girlfriend and several other friends of mine have already said that Skyrim is going to, basically, become their religion from November onwards. The simple fact that my girlfriend also wants Skyrim (she played the shit out of Oblivion) should be reason enough to for me to hand over my mind, body and soul to Skyrim so that we can all share stories about how a dragon randomly ate me and dropped me into a tree. But then, THEN, we add Assassin’s Creed: Revelations into the fray and I feel like the poor guy tied to four horses that are each about to run in separate directions. Yes, ‘ow’ indeed.
This would hurt too
The original Assassin’s Creed debut in 2007 and, even though it had some problems (repetitiveness being the foremost issue), I really enjoyed the concept of the game and the ideas it had going for it. It was something new and different, which was a huge contribution to its success. Its two sequels improved on its mechanics and gave us a character with a personality and a character arc; Ezio Auditore.
I believe I’ve stated before that the Assassin’s Creed franchise has to be my favorite franchise of this generation. Any game that can cause me to spend a couple of hours on a wiki page dedicated to the series is a series that deserves my utmost attention. Revelations is the finale of Ezio and Altair’s stories and, having been playing the main games since the beginning, you’d think that I’d pick Assassin’s Creed over Skyrim and Uncharted 3 with ease. As of right now, it’s slowly coming to that.
December – Star Wars: The Old Republic
What was once the MMO that I believed was going to be the one for me has turned into an MMO that, in my opinion, took far too long to get a set release date and didn’t do enough to keep my excitement alive.
After the debut CG trailer, I was hooked on the idea of a Star Wars MMO made by Bioware. Bioware being one of those companies that I think can do great things with minimal problems. CG Trailers for the game continued to be released at various times (there are at least 3 now, correct?) yet none of them actually showed you what the game would look like. Time passed and a Jedi Progression trailer was released and, even though my desire for the game had lessened, I still wanted to play it. Sometime afterwards I slowly began to become disinterested in The Old Republic. Bioware and EA were keeping quiet about a release date (the only thing left for them to reveal) and time continued to pass.
Pre-orders for the game started and the demand was so great that it got to the point that people were pre-ordering a pre-order. How does that even occur?!
Recently a date of December 20, 2011 was finally given but by that point I bring myself to get excited again. If my excitement had been a soda, it would be warm and flat by now. It was also at this point that I realized that The Old Republic was an MMO. Let me elaborate: I knew that The Old Republic was an MMO in the sense that there would be millions of other people playing around me at the same time, but the characteristics of an MMO, i.e. the pricing, is was suddenly dawned on me. After paying the standard retail price (or paying for the deluxe edition or the Super Master Jedi Edition) you’d still have to pay $15 a month; something that I just can’t do. I’m writing an article about the games I could miss out on because I’m low on money and I was thinking of purchasing this MMO at one point in time? Not happening; not now.
And December 20th? You know what else happens around that time? Last minute Christmas shopping.
Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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