Decisions, Decisions

I’m not the first person to say that this Christmas is going to be a very exciting one for gamers. With a treasure trove of quality games released, this year might not be the year of the PS3, but this is certainly the year of the videogame. To that end, I thought I would share which games I was planning on getting between now and the end of the year, in the hope of being able to justify why I want to spend so much money!

For me, this great season of videogames began with BioShock in mid-October. I’ll admit that I was a little bitter about this being a 360 exclusive, and so I was thrilled when it was announced for PS3, and I bought it on launch day. Far from being another cloned FPS, this game has enough originality to deserve a purchase. Despite being a relatively linear game, it has enough exploration and surprises to keep you going for hours (although I did complete it twice in the first week).

Next came that little-known game, LittleBigPlanet at the beginning of this month, which to be honest has been discussed so much on this site that it hardly needs mentioning here. However, it is important to remember that this is Media Molecule’s first game, and is completely awesome, so just think what they could give us in future games.

Unless I want my next bank statement to be in the red, that’s all the games I can justify getting at the moment, but there’s plenty more I want in the weeks leading up to Christmas, starting with Fallout 3. For a game that has a lot of glitches to still get good reviews is saying something. However, with so many other games, I’ll wait for them to be fixed before I buy this one. The future trophy patch is another reason for me to hold on for now too.

Then Friday saw the release of both Mirror’s Edge and Call of Duty: World at War, two games which I’d be a fool for not looking into. As I’m not normally a fan of FPSs, for the majority of games I’m mentioning here to be from that very genre is something of a turn-around. It’s a testament to developers nowadays, constantly striving to breathe fresh life into this tried and tested genre.

Also, in previous posts, I’ve made it clear I’m a big fan of the Guitar Hero series, and so it will come as no surprise to learn that one of the games I definitely want is Guitar Hero: World Tour. Despite rather mediocre reviews, I just love the series and as a drummer myself, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they’ve incorporated it into the game (because I didn’t get the drums for Rock Band).

Finally, the end of November will see the release of Resistance 2, which I’ll be getting simply because I liked the first one. As aforementioned, I’m not a huge fan of FPSs, so it took me over a year to finally persuade myself to bother completing Resistance: Fall of Man, but when I did, I found myself enjoying it and wanting to know what happens next. I hear the sequel is more of the same on a much bigger scale, so I’m really looking forward to slaughtering a new batch of Chimera.

So now I’ve had my say, what are you spending your money on in the next couple of months? There are far too many games to mention here, with the likes Tomb Raider: Underworld, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Quantum of Solace all getting decent reviews, so I just hope Father Christmas has a big enough sleigh.