*bangs his head against the desk repeatedly*
Sorry, I had to have an emo moment. My worst fears have bore fruit and the realization of another long and hot summer is upon me. This will be the second year in a row that the dreaded Summer Slump attempts to throw me into the fiery pits of boredom. Summer starts today and lasts until September 22. What is out or coming out that is worth playing?
MMORPGs.. WHAT Mmorpgs?!
Age of Conan bombed big time for me. This was supposed to be the game that carried me (and my friends) through the summer. *bzzzt* Wrong. I was able to see in a week what some people are only realizing now. The game is unfinished, buggy beyond reasonable “new mmo” levels, and failing to deliver on promises one after another. Just look at how the ‘world’s first aoc siege’ failed miserably, causing Funcom to release their “Uh oh, you noticed that?” letter promising “good things to come!”.
Aside from Conan the only MMO alternatives are resubbing to “older” games. I’m simply not going to do it again this summer. Warhammer Online is set for a “Fall” release with rumors placing it around September 23. That leaves me looking to other sources for my gaming needs.
PC Games will be late bloomers…
June: Nothing worth mentioning.
July: Nothing worth mentioning.
August: S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky (Might be good)
And just when all hope is lost.. September rolls around to deliver a few titles in the last days of Summer:
Tiberium (Sept 2) – A Command and Conquer FPS game! I have very high hopes and expectations for this one. Spore (Sept 7) – Finally. This should help to ease the pain of a long summer. High expectations for this one. Tom Clancy’s HAWX (Sept 16) – A Tom Clancy game in airplanes… could be interesting. I would get it on PC over Console.
The Console scene is aight…
If you are able to wade your way through the hundreds of EA sports games like Madden, and the atrocious number of Guitar Hero spinoffs, you’ll find that there are several console games coming out soon that look interesting. (Note: Due to some games being released on multiple consoles, I have chosen which console I would most likely buy the game on.)
For Xbox 360: Civilization: Revolution (Jul 8th) looks like it will be another fine civ game. Soulcalibur IV (Jul 29) might be worth a look but it could be just another fighter game that adds more players. Lego Batman (Sept 1) will be fantastic like all the lego games and hopefully give several hours of enjoyment. And lastly Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Sept 16) will probably be the best console game released this summer.
For Nintendo Wii: Mario Super Slugger (Aug 25) will be a Mario baseball game that might deliver the usual Wii game lifespan. Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (Aug 26) looks to be another really good Harvest Moon game.
For PS3: Only one game this summer that looks good for the PS3. Socom Confrontation (Sept 16) looks beautiful. I have my doubts that it will deliver though based on what Graev has told me about it not being developed by Zipper. It wreaks of the leap-frog development that we’ve seen with the Call of Duty series.
To Sum it all up quickly:
Mmorpgs: You failed me. Shame on you.
PC Games: A few games coming at the very end of summer that should be worth playing.
Console Games: Clearly the winners this summer. The number of quality titles being released is high.
This summer will be a partial slump with MMOs and PC games dragging their feet. Turning to console gaming might be our only hope for survival.
Overall this Summer will be LONG and HOT (105 degrees or more here every day) with the only relief being our invitation to E3. In July (14th – 17th) we’ll be roaming the wings of the L.A. convention center gathering all the information we can from the Media and Business Summit then heading back to our Hotel room (we decided battling traffic every morning and night wasn’t worth it so we got one) every night to write our impressions and record podcasts.
If all else fails, there’s always Fall. /facedesk