The Annual Summer Lull of the Video Game Industry: What Will You Be Playing?
We’re fast approaching that time of year in the industry where games won’t stop coming out, but the releases are few and far between and there aren’t many, if any, big releases. This happens pretty much every year, so it’s a great time to get caught up on some games you may have missed, or maybe the ones you just want to replay but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll let you guys know what I’ll be catching up with in order to get you thinking about what you’re going to be playing during the dry release summer.
I like games; you might of guessed if you have been following the site for awhile. What I mean by that is that I like a variety of games, even though it seems like I only like first person shooters given my numerous posts on Battlefield and Call of Duty. I have a few big games that I just never got a chance to play, maybe I had a review to write, school, or work got in the way. I look forward to this drought, so to speak, in the industry because I get a chance to wind back time to play some older games to guide me right into the hectic Fall release schedule.
The first game I really want to pick up is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It came out last year, just a little before the major releases started coming out. It’s a RPG/FPS/Stealth Action hybrid that looked so good at the time. I think the only reason I didn’t pick it up was because my wallet was shrinking due to RAGE, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, and Halo Anniversary. I’m hoping to pick this up for about $30 if I can, that shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve had it recommended several times, even more so now with my new fondness of the new Syndicate.
The next game I’m looking forward to playing is Metro 2033. It’s no secret that I’m in love with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series and I kind of want to go back and play those games, given the latest announcement on the franchise, and it just so happens that some of those guys worked on Metro 2033. I remember seeing it when it first came out, liking the concept and story, while the atmosphere rivaled games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R and The Witcher. I don’t have a gaming rig to run it so I’ll have to suffice with thee Xbox 360 version but that’s OK with me since I hear a lot more good than bad about the game.
This next game came out awhile ago, but believe it or not, I haven’t played it. I’m talking about Dead Space. Yea, yea, I haven’t played Dead Space, what’s wrong with me. Dead Space was one of those games that I didn’t particularly care for at the time but wouldn’t mind playing it because it looks amazing. Well now, it’s being recommended often and everyone has something good to say about it, so why not jump on the bandwagon?
There is one major release I’m looking forward to during the summer lull. I call it major because 2K Games is behind it, but it’s a bit of a gamble since its a new IP, probably the main reason it’s coming out during the summer. I’m referring to Spec Ops: The Line, the third person story driven shooter by Yager Games. I was able to participate in a multiplayer beta for it back in 2010 and have been interested ever since. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally coming out and looks to have quite the interesting campaign.
Among other games that I own that I may want to revisit are RAGE, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 1 and 2. There are some great looking downloadable games coming out including Counterstrike: Global Offensive and Rock Band Blitz. Other than that, my new Netflix account streaming on my Xbox should keep me tied over until the big releases start in August with Madden NFL 13 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. September kicks off with Far Cry 3 on the 4th and Borderlands 2 on the 18th.
So what are you all playing during the dull video game season this year? Are you going to pick up something new or go back and play some older games? Let us know in the comments below, we’d be happy to hear from ya!