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I've got one and am already planning two more near and long-term buys
Well it's the time of year that anyone who's anyone in the gaming industry is packing their bags for Cologne, Germany for the annual GamesCom event. With the new console releases just around the corner it seems that this year may be a bigger deal than usual given that all three major companies have hinted that big reveals are coming. Given that I won't be attending today seems a good time to throw a few predictions out into the wild blue yonder that is the internet.
About a week ago I decided to go on a bit of a download spree on PSN. I'd found a $50 gift card in my wallet (from Christmas I think) and figured now was as good a time as any to pick up some games I'd been wanting to play for a while. First up I dove straight into Machinarium and spent a few days working out the puzzles, chuckling at the completely non-voiced storyline, and ultimately saving the girl and escaping the city. After that I figured Demon's Souls would be the next long overdue title I would finish up but it managed to anger me today so I moved onto the third and final game I grabbed instead.
Two of my most anticipated next-gen games are The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt by CDProject Red and Transistor by SuperGiant Games. Aside from being action-focused rpgs that are releasing on the PS4 they have very little in common on paper. Another easily overlooked commonality is that faithful Sony gamers haven't had the opportunity to play the highly regarded earlier titles by the two developers.
There are a lot of games in the pipeline that I'm interested in checking out. In the coming months I've got the new South Park game, GTA5, Beyond: Two Souls, the new Disgaea game, and a whole slew of next-generation titles to look forward to. Rather than talk, talk, talk, which is usually my routine when blogging, I'd like to show off a series of reasons why Watch Dogs is my current most wanted title.
While it's probably too early to be deciding on a pick for game of the year I've decided to take a look back at the best I've played so far. There will certainly be contenders besides the three I've chosen with major releases coming later this summer and going into the holiday season for all of the systems available. Grand Theft Auto 5 is an early pick for many despite the fact that we've just recently seen actual gameplay footage. Assassins Creed 4 could stun with re-worked mechanics that didn't quite fit 3 as well as they could have and some attention spent dealing with the legacy issues the series is known for. Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls could finally be the title that pushes their work out of the realm of 'niche' titles and into mainstream gamers vocabularies. Others besides these few could come out of nowhere and wow me but something about the three I've chosen so far resonate with me in ways that I don't think the newness of the fall releases will dim.
Or: How Digital Sales Could Save the RPG.
We've gotten to play more than a few games that offer player choice this most recent generation. Whether it's multiple endings, branching pathways, or 'Choose Your Own Adventure' style plot differences, several games have offered us reason to play through them multiple times. Failing that, they've at least given some meaning to the choices we've made throughout our time with the game. It's something I've come to love about the past several years of gaming and with the announced titles so far, looks to be a trend that will be continuing into the next generation of consoles.
I was excited as I arrived home from work today. Two weeks from now a large number of us will be roaring through Naughty Dog's latest project The Last of Us, and today I could finally access the beta granted by owning God of War: Ascension. Unfortunately I hadn't played God of War in some time and four updates were pending so I sat down and discussed things with some of my Twitter friends while waiting. An hour later and the demo was installed on my PS3 and ready to go.
I'm a pretty big fan of Bethesda's work. Yeah, they're known for their game-breaking glitches, but the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series continue to impress me as new titles are released. Counting the number of hours I've put into Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, FO3, and New Vegas would be an exercise in frustration and any answer I could possibly come up with would be an estimate at best. They create compelling worlds with an absurd amount of content and I find myself continuing to come back to their titles when nothing current catches my interest. That said, not all things are created equal and even in the case of venerated series like these people will have their favorites.