So, this year the only game I've bought (that came out this year) is the World Cup game. All the games that have come out are either not my sort of game (like Mass Effect) or have been disappointing. However, from September to November there are eight games I would like to buy. I'll take you through them one by one.
1. Call of Duty Black Ops - As you may be aware Treyarch (who also made Call of Duty 3 and CoD: World At War) are developing this game instead of Infinity Ward, who made CoD1, CoD2, CoD4, and MW2. The game will be set in the Cold War and Vietnam, which means a nearly completely new set of weapons and perks. Treyarch seem to have listened to all the complaints made about MW2, and they need to take all these complaints into consideration to restore the series to it's former strength. For me, I'll be getting this on day 1.
2. Medal of Honor - EA are making the single-player of this game, which will be completely set in Afganistan. But for me, I'm interested in the multi-player, which is developed by DICE, the developers of BF: Bad Company 2. Nearly everybody I've spoken to has enjoyed the BETA (which I haven't had access to as I'm on 360), and that put this game from my 'Possibile Buy' column to 'Must Buy' column.
3. Halo: Reach - For me, Halo 3's multi-player was poor. I know it's not, I just hate how it really relies on headshots, and after playing CoD it's very hard to get used to. I played a few games of the BETA for this and really enjoyed it, so I feel that I will be buying this, or maybe get it for Christmas or something.
4. FIFA11 - Will be buying as it has my local team in it, who went up from the Blue Square Premier last year. That's the reason why I'll be buying this.
5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - The last NFS game I bought was Underground on the PS2, and for me, that was when the series started going downhill. But with Burnout devs Criterion making this game I CANNOT WAIT. The only thing that disappointed me was that Criterion have said there will be no customisation for the cars, which for me is what separated NFS and Burnout on the last-gen consoles.
6. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - I still haven't completed ACII, but I'm still interested in this game, continuing Ezio's story. Obviously the main edition to this game is multiplayer, which sounds very interesting. However, time will tell if it works out and this probably won't be a Day 1 purchase for me, as with Black Ops, Medal of Honor, NFS and Halo Reach I'll be enjoying multi-player galore. I'll still be keeping an eye on this though.
7. F1 2010 - As a Stevenage boy (where Lewis Hamilton came from :D) I cannot wait for this. However, I'll be renting first as the gameplay of the F1 games has always been slightly different from how I like to play. Don't think I'll buy, but will give it a try before making my mind up.
8. PES 2011 - Konami have seemed to make a really big effort for this years game, and with such a big overhaul this could be the game to finally knock FIFA off it's lofty perch on current-gen consoles.
What the CoD Series Needs Now
After MW2 was a big disappointment for some, three more games are now on the horizon. This November, it's Black Ops. Next year is an action adventure game made by new developer Sledgehammer Games, and then next November I presume Infinity Ward will release MW3.
So what needs to happen now? Activision firstly need to sort out the legal battle between them and the former employees of Infinity Ward. After that's over, IW can get on with developing MW3. Secondly, they need to scrap the idea for an action adventure game. Keep it as one for the future, as a fully online game. And you'll now be asking what they will be doing with Sledgehammer Games? Two words - Map. Packs.
By having a studio completely devoted to making Map Packs for all the CoD games - CoD4, WaW, MW2, and Black Ops - Treyarch and Infinity Ward can get on with their games, while Sledgehammer games, I'm guessing, could make one map pack a month of 4 or 5 good-quality maps.
The thing is, who has the money to pay £11 a month for a new map pack? Well, why sell them for £11? Over 20,000,000 people have playing MW2 online, and others have played CoD4 and WaW online. So, sell the map packs for £1. I'm guessing they'd get about 17,000,000 sales of each pack, which would mean £17 million a month, or £204 million A YEAR. They would still be raking it in, and it would keep all the recent, multiplayer focussed games in the series alive.
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this idea, so please comment.