Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Why Am I Not Excited

     Ladies and Gentlemen, 2010 is shaping up to be one of those great years to be a gamer. There is a LOT to be excited about as we move into the last holiday season of the decade. Halo, Fallout, Fable, Medal of Honor, Front Mission, Castlevania, Kirby, The Sims. These are some heavy hitting franchises people. There's also Dead Rising 2 and Vanquish, two relative upstarts mixed in with a platoon of grizzled vets. To top it all off, this is before the kids even step out to trick or treat.

     Oh, what's that? With all these big titles coming out, November couldn't possibly be that packed you say? Yeah okay there. Forget about Call of Duty? What about Cataclysm. Gran Turismo, Little Big Planet, Assassin's Creed, DC Universe, Need For Speed and Driver. Oh, and the kids may want the new Harry Potter game, or that cute looking Marvel Super Squad title. There's that Kinect thing to consider, or perhaps you'd rather Move?

     Sure, some of these will probably be delayed or have their release dates shifted to a less saturated quarter, but we're still looking at an avalanche of offerings before year's end. So, this begs the $64,000 question. Why am I not excited? Three reasons.

          1) I see all these big names and pizazz, but considering most of these titles are the 3rd or higher iteration of the franchise, which will stay fresh and which will devolve to more of the same? Where's this years Borderlands or Darksiders or Mirror's Edge? The new IP kid that comes at you with a swift kick to the fun box? The playing field looks almost .. predictable.

          2) I do not keep company with large piles of cash. Whenever I approach large piles of cash in  social situations in an effort to make friends, I get nervous and make an ass of myself or get caught ogling and then throw up. Suffice to say, there will be some budgetary constraints. Some tough decisions are going to have to be made. I hate tough decisions.

          3) I am still in a state of shock from hearing that Duke Nukem Forever will in fact be released. My emotions have been played with so much I think they're broken.


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