Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mister Bones' Top 5

I haven't done one of these in a while, and was inspired by a conversation at work this morning to do another top 5 list. As I've mentioned countless times before, I have to be a little bit picky when it comes to which games I can afford to pay full price for. Believe me, there's not many, and for me to put down $60 I have to want something pretty bad. I came up with 5 or 6 games for the remainder of 2011 that I will absolutely have to have on release day...

Top 5 Most Anticipated Games for the Second Half of 2011

5. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 - I think the last Call of Duty game I bought on day one was the first Modern Warfare. I normally don't get into the multiplayer on CoD because I don't know about you, but for me, running around with a pellet gun, when the rest of the world has been playing non-stop for months and unlocking all the perks and better weapons, just doesn't appeal to me. However, I do love the Call of Duty single player campaigns, and the trailers for Modern Warfare 3 have me salivating.

4. Gears of War 3 - For some, Gears is beginning to show it's age and suffer a bit from sequelitis. I can see that a little bit, and I think Gears 4 may end up being a totally different experience. In the meantime, Gears of War 3 looks jaw-droppingly awesome. From what I've seen, the enemies look bigger and there are more on-screen at any given moment than ever before. Personally, I can't wait to put Marcus, the Cole Train, and the rest of the Cogs through their final confrontation with the Locust Queen. 

3. Silent Hill Downpour - I've made no secret for my love of this series. It's my absolute favorite survival horror franchise, and I love it to death. Downpour doesn't look like it's going to stray too far from the proven Silent Hill formula, although it will introduce optional side quests for the first time in the series.Best believe I'll be doing everything there is to do in this one, as I must devour as many details of Silent Hill as humanly possible.

2. Battlefield 3 - Oh my damn, this game looks fucking AMAZING. Again, as I've mentioned time and time again here, I am a huge Battlefield fan. Modern Combat, 1943, Bad Company, it doesn't matter, I love them all. I love Battlefield so much in fact that I'll even play multiplayer with the general public. Every trailer I've seen for Battlefield 3 so far has just added to my excitement. I think this is going to be the best-looking game we've seen on consoles to date, it is gorgeous. Dice never disappoints, and my expectations for the third true Battlefield game are through the roof.

1. Batman Arkham City - I know I don't need to explain why I'm so excited for this one. Anybody who played Rocksteady's last Batman game, Arkham Asylum, should be excited for this sequel. Me? I am literally counting the days, and currently reading the comic series from Paul Dini that bridges the first game to the second. The premise for Arkham City is a little far-fetched, even for Gotham City, but I have all the faith in the world in Rocksteady to produce the greatest super-hero video game of all time. I mean, they've already done that once, right?

There you have it, where a good bit of my extra spending money for the remainder of 2011 will be going. One more honorable mention goes to Insomniac's Resistance 3 which I will also likely be buying on day one. First one was ok, but damn I loved Resistance 2. Anyway, there's of course a handful of other things I'm interested in playing but will be waiting for price drops, and as per usual I have plenty to play and some interesting looking XBLA titles on the horizon to keep me busy while I wait for these.

The remainder of 2011 looks pretty good for gamers, and 2012 looks to be a great year too. Bioshock Infinite, Mass Effect 3, Halo 4 and the list goes on. I really should probably look into getting some sort of second job. Anybody out there hiring?


Drake Sigar said...

Sequel, sequel, sequel, sequel, and oh what’s this, a sequel! Well aren’t you just furthering the innovation and culture of our game’s industry?

Oh wait, that’s the exact opposite of what you’re doing. *Suplexes you through a picket fence*

Zombie said...

cant wait for MW3!!!

Mister Bones said...

@Drake, I can only play what the developers make, my friend. I didn't mention it in the post, but I'll also be grabbing that Dead Island or whatever it's called on day one. So at least one thing won't be a sequel.

Sucks that so many developers are sticking primarily to safe games and sequels. I assure you when something different or out of the norm does come along, I usually do my best to at least give it a look. I loved Heavy Rain for instance.

Seems like most developers are only willing to take risks when it comes to smaller projects, like the games in the XBLA or PSN, and if you look at my gamercard for either of those, I spend a lot of money on downloadable games. Partially because they're cheaper, and partially because unfortunately, something like Dishwasher Dead Samurai would never be considered for a full retail release.

Mister Bones said...

I also think there are more options for PC gamers out there than there are for us strictly console guys. Dunno why that is exactly, but it seems to be the case.

Drake Sigar said...

You can’t talk, there’s a picket fence through your stomach.
Bah fine. In answer to your last bit - That’s because the PC is a free market. Consoles are controlled by single corporations. Developers need to gain their approval, and then give them a share of the profits (which means marking up console games an extra ten bucks).

Pointing out the limited choice and then solidifying gaming’s new Hollywood approach by supporting them with your wallet still doesn’t sound like a great plan to me, even if you are sparing a few bucks for the little guy now and then. And I’d call Dead Island a safe game too, everyone will be buying it. Valve is the one that took the risk with Left 4 Dead.

Mister Bones said...

I don't really think Valve took much of a gamble with Left 4 Dead. They took two things that were in the middle of the height of their popularity, zombies and co-op gaming, and combined them. I think it was a pretty safe bet that it was going to do well.

And yep, part of the problem as usual. What can I say? If I like something, I generally want more of it. If I sit around waiting for brand new IP's all the time, I wouldn't have much to play.

Such is the way of the world, as you pointed out by comparing gaming to Hollywood. But at the end of the day I'm a gamer, and there's no way I'm not going to play a new Gears of War, or Silent Hill, and there's not a chance in hell that I would skip a Battlefield game.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pre-order Halo 4...