For gamers, the most wonderful time of the year starts right about now. Most of 2010’s biggest games are set to drop between September and December, including the likes of Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops. As a kid, this used to be the time of year when I would fawn over each hot new release as they hit stores and make sure come Christmas time, it would make it on my wish list. Ever since I grew up and started working though, Santa has had a horrible time trying to get me stuff, because I have a bad habit of buying every game I want the day it comes out.
While I don’t see myself grabbing Halo: Reach or Call of Duty: Black Ops, which will likely be the biggest games out during this time-frame, that doesn’t mean I won’t have anything to play. Off the top of my head, I listed a few games I’m looking forward to getting my hands on when they hit stores later this year.
Little Big Planet 2
I know that the sequel’s big hook is that it gives you tools to make your own games, but I’m not here for that. I’ve realized very early on that I love video games and have a lot to say about how games should work, but I don’t think I have the skills to make anything fun, regardless of how easy the tool set I have to work with is. I’m more excited to play the Media Molecule made levels and games, as well as sample the best community stuff out there.
As much as I love the Rock Band series, my interest in music games has waned dramatically. I’ve put in hundreds of hours into music games this generation and I just got burned out of doing the same thing over and over. Rock Band 3 is aiming to spice things up with keyboards and pro mode, which will supposedly teach you how to play real drums, keys, guitar and bass. I’ll definitely give pro keyboard a shot, though I’m also thinking about spending a pretty penny to get that Fender six-string for this game, too.
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
If you have no idea what this is, I don’t blame you. Last Window: The Secret of Cape West is the sequel to one of my favourite adventure games, Hotel Dusk. It was an awesome adventure game that nobody knew about or bought. I’ve been meaning to write a post about Hotel Dusk for a while now, but to date I haven’t been happy with anything I’ve written so far. I’m really excited to see how the story of Hotel Dusk progresses in the sequel.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
I’ve never played a Kirby game for more than 5 minutes. This one though, looks extremely appealing to me. I adore the art style of this game and it looks like it could be a lot of fun. I think I’ll wait for the reviews before I take this one on.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
The original Donkey Kong Country holds a special place in my heart. Since then, Donkey Kong has been mainly relegated to guest appearances in games like Smash Bros. or starring in side projects like Donkey Konga and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. This game is hopefully the Donkey Kong Country revival we’ve been waiting for. Everything I’ve seen so far looks great, and Retro Studios is known for quality work, so I’m feeling pretty confident about this one.
This is the game I hope will magically fall on my lap. Now that I’ve played Kinect, and knowing that Harmonix is behind this game, this is probably going to be all sorts of awesome. The problem is, I would have to buy a Kinect to play it. I don’t want to spend $150 on the Kinect just to play one game, nor would I want anyone to spend $150 on me for a Kinect. There definitely won’t be enough games for me to justify owning a Kinect at launch, and I kind of think the library will never be there for a gamer like me. So instead of dropping the $200 I’ll need to play Dance Central, I’d rather wait for the Kinect to drop in price or hope I can get it for free somehow.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
This one is a bittersweet choice for me. Assassin’s Creed 2 blew my mind. I was incredibly pumped at the thought of playing Assassin’s Creed 3, but this is not it. Instead, we get a quick turnaround with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. I’m very concerned that one year isn’t enough to make this game. I’m concerned that Ubisoft is just trying to milk the Ezio arc dry rather than really progress the story. I’m also very concerned about Ubisoft jamming multiplayer into a game series no one wanted multiplayer in. From what I’ve heard though, the multiplayer is great and the single player should be at least as good as Assassin’s Creed 2. I’m really hoping Ubisoft proves me wrong and makes this game worth our while.
This is not a comprehensive list of games I want right now, or a reflection of games I ultimately will get. I’m sure there are games I haven’t even thought of yet that could catch me by surprise, just like Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Borderlands did for me last year. What games are you looking forward to this season?