Saturday, 23 February 2013

1up Blog #94: Late 2012 vs. Early 2013 (06/15/2012)

After all the delays announced in the passed month starting with Bioshock Infinite I realized that next spring may have a better line-up of games than this fall. After E3, this feeling was even more solidified. It has long been said that spring is becoming the new fall, though after last year’s excellent November I had no idea I would be seeing it so fast. I decided to compile a list to compare the two.
Fall 2012

Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Dead or Alive 5
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Halo 4
Hitman: Absolution
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Resident Evil 6
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Early 2013

Beyond – Two Souls
Bioshock Infinite
Dead Space 3
Crysis 3
DmC
Gears of War: Judgment
God of War: Ascension
The Last of Us
Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Tomb Raider
In my estimation, these are all the biggest games to be released in their time periods. It came at a tie at eleven each - though I can imagine newly announced games like Beyond and Gears of War: Judgment will be delayed based on how recently those were announced. It was surprising to see fall have so many, because there were so few games I was looking forward to. The games I plan on purchasing (at full price anyway) are highlighted in red, and you can see the reason for my bias of thinking early next year has the bigger lineup than this fall.
So what do you guys think? Is next year already looking better than this fall? Or are you too worried the world won’t be here then? What a cruel fate it would be if I never got to play The Last of Us!
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+ I just watched NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind for the first time. I amazed at how great that movie was. Maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised since Princess Mononoke is my favorite movie. NausicaƤ is definitely among my favorites.
+ I just got my first Platinum trophy playing the first Sly Cooper on PS3. Honestly, it didn’t feel nearly as rewarding as I thought it would. Probably because it took me less than ten hours!
+ Anyone who is interested in testing their retro-game music knowledge should try this game. They say it’s for 90’s gamers, but oddly enough seems to ignore the existence of everything after the Saturn.

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