Man alive, there are a ton of games coming out between now and the end of the quarter. Some of them look good, some of them, not so much. As I know many of you await my opinion before deciding whether or not you should even consider looking at a game, I figured I would bring the benefit of my foresight to bear on this upcoming crop of games. Truly, my benevolence knows no bounds.
Some of these games I will buy, some I will rent, some I will cast aside, their worthiness unproven to me until someone tells me I should play it and then I probably will. I know that there are games coming out that I’m not listing here, so if I have, please sound off in the comments so that all games may benefit from the exposure brought about by my gaze.
Fire Emblem Awakening – 2/4
As much as I’d love something to play on my 3DS, tactical RPGs end up getting played around these parts for all about two hours, that usually being the point where things start getting mildly difficult. I vaguely remember some Fire Emblem dudes from the Smash Brothers games, but alas, that’s not enough to draw me in. Sorry Fire Emblem dudes that I can’t remember!
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – 2/5
Now this is more up my alley. I played all of the first Sly Cooper and a big chunk of the second before moving on to the next shiny thing that caught my attention. Having played some of this one at E3, it looks like the usual Sly bits are present and accounted for, which should appeal to those long time fans of the series, but may turn off those looking for a total rehaul of the Sly Cooper formula. I will most likely rent this one, as the risk of a bauble stealing my attention away is high, if history is to be believed.
Dead Space 3 – 2/5
I played Dead Space 2 because Bill said it was great. To Bill’s credit, the first third of the game was great. Then it turned into a bag of poo with nothing but terrible chase missions and unforgivably dense story telling. Hey, I’m floating in space! Hey, I’m running away from immortal aliens! Hey, I’m drilling into my own eye! Wait, what now? The co-op of Dead Space 3 looks interesting, even if I’ll never find anyone to play co-op with, but only so that I have someone to ask what in the hell is going on in the desperate hopes that my co-op partner consumed the three dozen non-game related pieces of fiction necessary to fully explain this wretched story. In case you can’t tell, I’ll rent this one.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – 2/12
Sometimes, games look bad but end up being good. Sometimes games look bad and end up being bad. Sometimes games look bad and end up being completely awful. I think Gearbox is an excellent developer, but I gotta say, this game looks like option three. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I don’t hold out high hopes. That being said, I plan on playing it, if only for a bit, to see if I’m proven wrong. The first time I hide behind a crate to recover from an acid burn though, I’m out.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance – 2/19
There’s something about a game that has the audacity to make up a name right there in the title. I haven’t paid enough attention to this game to know if it’s a proper Metal Gear game, or if it’s more like DmC, with cyber ninjas instead of nephilim. If it’s the former, I won’t even rent it, as I don’t have the time or interest for that particular brand of story telling. If it’s the latter, well, sign me up so that I may slash enemies anew!
Crysis 3 – 2/19Sorry, faceless Crysis ninja-man, but I’m just not feeling it. I had no interest in Crysis 2 and adding a bow and arrow to the mix hasn’t helped any.
Naughty Bear: Double Trouble – 2/22
Tomb Raider – 3/5Now we’re talking. Everything I’ve seen of this game has my pretty dang interested. Granted, I’ll miss the side-somersaulting Lara Croft of old, taking on dinosaurs with double pistols, but I’m also ready for something a little more grounded. I’m hoping that they don’t mistake turn the game into 20 hours of putting Lara through the wringer in the mistaken notion of keeping it “gritty”, so I’ll still wait for reviews before making a final purchasing decision but so far, chances are good that I’ll pick it up.
MLB 13: The Show, MLB 2K13 – 3/5
The only thing more boring than watching baseball is playing baseball, mostly because you can’t switch the channel to something that isn’t baseball.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate – 3/5
If this one ends up being well received, I’ll definitely rent it. I haven’t played a good action game on the 3DS in, uh, well, that would be never. I’m not particularly attached to the Castlevania brand, it’s more to give me something to play on the blasted thing.
God of War: Ascension – 3/12
Having played every God of War game, including both PSP games, I will definitely play this one. The God of War games on the PS3 always overstay their welcome by a good three to four hours, so I’ll rent this one instead of buy it and consider myself happy. Plus, multiplayer holds absolutely no interest, so there’s no replay value there. Mostly, I’m in it for the yelling and the rageaholism.
LEGO City: Undercover – 3/18
If I had a Wii U, I’d be all over this one. Alas, I do not, and have no plans on picking one up at this point. LEGO city will have to fight crime without me.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 3/19
See Undercover, LEGO City.
The Walking Dead: Survival Interest – 3/19
Hey, remember what I said about Aliens: Colonial Marines? Yeah, that goes like, triple for this game, quadruple even!
Gears of War: Judgement – 3/19
On the one hand, it’s Gears of War. On the other hand, it’s Gears of War. I’m somewhat torn on this one. I have enjoyed all of the Gears games in the past, but I’m getting the same feeling about this one as I had about Assassin’s Creed III and ACIII has failed to impress. I’ll probably rent this one and just see what happens.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 3/24
I am super excited to play this game, not because I’m overly attached to the Luigi’s Mansion property, but more because I still don’t believe that this game actually exists. I’m sure it will come with the usual five dollar Nintendo tax, so I’ll rent it and show that I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
BioShock Infinite – 3/26
I also don’t believe that this game actually exists, but I will be happy to be proven wrong. Unfortunately, it’s coming out a few days before my move, so I don’t see a lot of playing at release time. As much as I’d love to explore Columbia with everyone else, insisting that I get my video game space set up before anything else is an invitation for disaster. On the plus side, being away from the internet for a week or so while I unpack should get me safely past whatever rash of complaints that will undoubtedly accompany the game’s release.
See what I said? A lot of games. I can’t remember the last time there were this many games coming out in the first quarter of the year. Truly, Q1 is the new Q4, or something.