Thursday, October 18, 2012

I tried to save time and failed

After the tragedy that was Risen 2 sitting on the to be played shelf for about two weeks and then actually getting played for about an hour I decided that it was time to trim the fat from my queue. The year end push is coming and there will be no way to play all the good games, much less indulge in bad games. There was one problem, there is nothing to trim. Here is what is on tap for the rest of the year:

10/23 - Medal of Honor: Warfighter
10/23 - Forza: Horizon
10/30 - Assassins Creed 3
11/6 - Halo 4
11/13 - Call of Duty: Black Ops II
11/15 - LEGO Lord of the Rings
11/18 - Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
11/20 - Hitman Absolution
12/4 - Far Cry 3

What the hell is that? There's no bullshit in there, they all need to be played. I don't even know what is coming out on XBLA between now and the end of the year, but it isn't going to help. I just bought Serious Sam 3 yesterday and it is almost as good as I want it to be. The current releases that I haven't played yet will be difficult to trim as well:

Darksiders II
Resident Evil 6
Sleeping Dogs
Doom 3: BFG Edition
007 Legends

The only one of those that I could walk away from and not feel bad about would be 007 Legends, but bad shooters are much more tolerable than bad RPGs. I could probably knock it out in two days, anyway. Enjoy this bounty while you can. If the new consoles hit next year, and I think they will, there will be at least a year if not two of slim pickings. Titles will be dropped from the current gen for the next, then delayed because up-porting is not as easy as people hoped. The old generation will become a wasteland of licensed titles and generic shovel-ware. The end of a generation is a wonderful time: developers abilities have matured and they are able to wring every last bit out of machines that have been loyal for many years. The beginning is expensive and frustrating, full of empty promises and shoddy hardware. I've been through it six times and it was much easier when I was a child and had no understanding of things like 'money' and 'planned obsolescence.'

Now I need to find a way to afford both the new Microsoft and Sony offerings along with Windows 8 Pro Surface, whenever that comes out.

I will talk about Serious Sam 3 tomorrow, as it technically fits into Demo Friday even though I bought it sight unseen. I will also talk about Happy Wars, an excellent free game that I would love to play more of, if only its terrible match making would let me.

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