What average scores are these big games going to recieve when released on xbox360?
Heres my guesses (out of ten). Official score are in black, and my prediction as to what I will personally think is in red.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 9 10
Dead Island 7 7
Rage 9 9.5
Dark Souls7 7
Batman: Arkham City 9.5 9
Battlefield 3 9 8.5
COD: Modern Warfare 3 9 8
Skyrim 10 10
Saints Row: the third 8.5 8
The Witcher 2 9.5 9
Silent Hill: Downpour 7.5 8
I think its fair to say most of the titles on this list are going to score highly. Deus Ex has recived a positive response from PC gamers who have played the leaked press demo, and this morning I have seen the first review of the PC build awarded a 94% score. Dead Island recieved a huge amount of attention following on from the dramatic and moving teaser trailer, but I think expectations have dropped slightly since actual gameplay footage has been released. I predict it will still be a worthwhile expirience and recieve respectable scores around the 7-8 mark.
I really, reallywant ID softwares Rage to deliver the goods. I think I have finally gotten over my slight disappointment that it will be another post-apocalyptic setting; the steady release of gameplay trailers are looking impressive, promising tight, tactical combat against intelligent NPCs. Im sure Rage will be more than just a stop-gap whilst we wait for the next Doom installment.
Not having played Demon Souls myself, Im basing my prediction on footage and the general media impression for its spiritual successor Dark Souls. It sounds like a title that is aimed squarely at the 'Core gaming community. I predict respectable scores, but maybe some critisicm arising from the difficulty and resulting gameplay quirks. Arkham Asylum was a massive hit and Arkham City looks to provide more refinement of the already fantastically fun combat system within a larger & more expansive environment, as well an expanded cast of Batmans criminal nemisis. Im sure it will be one of the years most succussful titles, and I wouldnt be suprised to see a few perfect 10/10 scores. Battlefield 3 & Modern Warfare 3 are already waging a well publicised conflict against each other. B3 has the most to prove if it is goingto steal MW3's massive online fanbase, and if the recent E3 demo is anything to go by, it may well stand a very good chance. The Call of Duty franchise has been heavily critiscised for releasing slightly modified versions of the same game, but sales figures speak for themselves; if it aint broke.... I predict the critics will favour B3, but MW3 will conquer in terms of sales.
Skyrim will scoop up most of the years GOTY awards. Bethesda appears to have examined avery aspect of their Elder Scrolls legacy in order to make Skyrim the definitive installment, and it truly looks epic. Im certain Skyrim will be one of this generations high points. Can current gen consoles be pushed any further? A million miles away from Tamriel is the City of Steelport, home to the 3rd street saints. Volition have pushed to make the franchise as crazy and wild as possible, and I think with Saints Row: the third, comparisions to Rockstar's GTA series will finally end. Im predicting an 8/10 score but wouldnt be suprised after seeing the latest gameplay if it recived even higher marks. Its looks simply fun fun fun. The Witcher 2 had already recieved glowing reviews before the 360 release was even announced. I reckon it may be unfairly over-shadowed by some of the bigger franchises in terms of sales, but critically it will be applauded. I have heard it controls fantastically on a 360 controller and although the graphics have to be toned down it is still looking highly impressive. And finally, my last prediction on this list is for the new Silent Hill game subtitled 'Downpour'. Fans are hoping for a return to form after the lukewarm reception of the 'Homecoming' game and it will be interesting to see if the criticism's have been taken on-board by publisher Konami & the devloper, Vatra games. Its a series that I have previously described as being in need of a reboot, but like other games with survival horror roots it could go either way; Resident Evil 5 disappointed many when the series shifted towards fast-paced action, so I hope the developers have approached this new project with careful consideration and respect. Its hard to predict a score with the little information there is to go on, so Im settling around 7/10 mark for now.