Friday, September 19, 2014

The coming game-pocalypse

Let's look at the rest of the year. Then we will lament having to work for a living and having sleep at night.

Playing right now: Tales of Xillia 2. I am think that sixty or so hours will not be a stretch, and I am not even playing all of the side missions.

On Deck - Destiny. Chance said it was like Borderlands with better graphics and longer load times. If this means that I can have fun without ever having to take the game online, awesome.

9/30 - Forza Horizon 2, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, NAtURAL DOCtRINE. Horizon 2 is the clear winner here. The first Horizon is my favorite racing game since Project Gotham 2. Even though I doubt I will see more than half of the game I know that I will enjoy every second of it. Shadow of Mordor looks to be a good hack and slash game that just happens to be set in Middle Earth. I would play it without the license but I hope that it was not wasted. And fuck NAtURAL DOCtRINE for being difficult to type. My prediction is that it will be played for a few days, I will grow frustrated, and then send it back. But I need to use my PS4 for something other that free PSN titles, right?

10/7 - Alien: Isolation, DriveClub. DriveClub is too close to Horizon 2 for its own good. It will not be as good and will be written off early. This is not fair but that is how my attention span works. Alien: Isolation certainly looks good. The premise is excellent but I am understandably wary of anything with the Alien name. If it can stay a survival horror game and not resort to androids or robots or dozens of face huggers I will be happy.

10/14 - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, The Evil Within. I do not expect anything new from the third Borderlands. Nor do I want anything new. I want it to sell a billion copies so the developers can get around to making a next-gen only sequel that isn't call Destiny. Scary games in October? Sold, though the odds of me actually playing The Evil Within in October are quite slim.

10/21 - Shadow Warrior, Fantasia: Music Evolved. I bought the launch Xbox One and I want to do something with my Kinect other than turn the system on and off and use Bing it search for things. And no, I will not play dancing games. Shadow Warrior looks like bubble gum and I am not expecting much. If it last for three evenings I will be satisfied.

10-28 - Sunset Overdrive, Lords of the Fallen. Both of these titles have me a little nervous, but for different reasons. Lords of the Fallen has no hype behind it and is from the same people who made Venetica, a game garnered worst of the year honors. Sunset Overdrive is a new IP, which is good, but I want a new Ratchet and Clank game and this is not it.

11-4 - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Again? Didn't I just play this game?

11-11 - Assassins Creed: Rogue, Assassins Creed: Unity, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, The Crew. Rogue is one of the few reasons outside of Street Fighter and my Rock Back collection that have forced me to keep my Xbox 360. It is more pirates, more sea battles, less multiplayer focused hooplah. I am looking for to it more than I am Unity. Yes, Unity will look amazing, but is it even Assassins Creed anymore? The Crew may be dropped, depending on how much it looks like Need for Speed or Midnight Club. My racing game tastes are specific and indefensible. LEGO games always get plays. Always.

11-18 - Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3, Escape Dead Island, Project CARS. Dragon Age and Far Cry coming out on the same day is a god damned crime. The other three are negligible. Little Big Plant 3 I am playing because I know I will hate it. Escape Dead Island is filler before Dead Island 2 and Project CARS will be a poor substitute for a new Gran Turismo. Dragon Age and Far Cry will be, hopefully, contenders for game of the year. They are games that will deserve more time than they will receive and they come out a week after two Assassins Creed games. There is only so much money that can be spent in the month of November, spread that shit out people!

This list disregards digital titles which makes it terribly incomplete. Digital titles have become just as impressive retail releases, at least when they aren't putting all their effort into looking old. Velocity 2X needs to be finished, thought the game feels clunkier than I have heard any one else describe it. I am curious about D4, It is weird and (I think) episodic which may be enough to hold me interest. And I don't even know what else is coming before the end of the year.

20 games between now and the end of the year, assuming none are pushed back. The drought is over, my friends, time to drown.

1 comment:

  1. My real, heart-of-hearts end-of-year list looks like this:
    Far Cry 4
    Galak-Z (Vita)
    maybe Leige, if we get it in 2014.