With so many great games coming out over the holiday season & early 2012, I have had to do some planning and also practice a little restraint. In preperation, I have traded in a huge amount of games to raise some much needed credit to help purchase these new releases - obviously there are quite a few I just couldnt bring myself to part with, I will probably be replaying titles like Fallout 3 and Red Dead Redemption for years to come. Ive also created a couple of lists (man, I sure love writing lists!) of games I will be purchasing on release, and those I will wait for the prices to drop. I would love get to them all on release but I have to be sensible; it would cost a small fortune and also some of these titles will be very time consuming. I clocked up a couple of hundred hours on the last Elder Scrolls game and I expect Skyrim will be no different.
With Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dead Island and Resident Evil 4 HD, the flood of games has already begun. Ive completed Deus Ex & Dead Island but Im itching to have another playthrough with both. Hopefully after RE4 I'll get a chance before Octobers releases. Octobers day one purchases for me will be Dark Souls and Rage. I have never played Demon Souls, but from what Ive heard & seen Dark Souls really appeals to me. Its been a while since Ive felt properly challenged by a game and Dark Souls' unforgiving demonic swords & magic combat will be a refreshing change to what I have been Playing lately. Im confident Rage will be great game, Im a fan of ID software and still play Doom 3 nowadays. From the trailers Ive seen so far it looks like ID have branched out slightly with their approach to the FPS genre and have elements of strategic combat thrown in the mix. Also in October on the download front, Crysis single player will be available, so I'll will try and find time for that also. Controversially, I will be waiting a while before picking up Batman Arkham City...
November, obviously, is all about Skyrim. I dont need to say much, we all know it will be a vast dragon slaying adventure of epic proportions. I can foresee myself investing maybe 50 hours in the first month then maybe having to take a break to play the other new releases, but undoubtedly I will be returning to Skyrim numerous times throughout this year & next.I will also be picking up the Metal Gear Solid HD collection, it looks like a great deal with the collection including the two NES orignals, MGS 2 & 3 (the most complete versions), and also Peace Walker which was originally a handheld release. Metal Gear Solid on my 360...hell yeah Novemeber is a very busy month, so the other releases I plan on getting eventually will have to wait, these include Battlefield 3, Saints Row 3 and Silent hill: Downpour.
December will probably be catch-up month playing all the aforementioned games. I might even pick up a couple of earlier releases from 2011 which I have missed which includes Portal 2 and Shadows of the Damned. Looking ahead to 2012, there doesnt appear to be respite any time soon - Catherine, Mass Effect 3, the Witcher 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the Darkness 2, Silent Hill HD collection, Metro Last light, Farcry 3, Prey 2....and theres even more to come. It will be a busy new year.