With the major fall releases just around the corner, it is worthwhile to take a look back on the year up until now in case Scranton’s video game fans have missed out on certain games.
The releases of Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2 for the PS3, Magicka, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Bulletstorm, Pokémon Black and White, and Dragon Age II kicked things off, all of which saw decent sales at the least. While the only original games out of these nine were Magicka and Bulletstorm, the rest were all well-received, even after the turbulence surrounding Bioware’s latest RPG. The Nintendo 3DS was also released in the Americas in March, but did not receive any must-have titles until three months into its lifespan.
April through June was just as busy, with Portal 2, Brink, Terraria, The Witcher 2, L.A. Noire, inFamous 2, Duke Nukem Forever, and, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Bethesda and Gearbox were confident in Brink and the Duke, respectively, but both proved to be jumbled messes. Brink was plagued by unhelpful AI and absolutely appalling networking, while poor Duke Nukem couldn’t deliver anything interesting after being trapped in a development cycle which lasted nearly fourteen years. To put that in perspective, DNF had just started development back when Ocarina of Time was originally released way back on the Nintendo 64, and its 3DS port, while not featuring much new from its original incarnation, was met with a warmer welcome than Duke.
The past two months have seen this year’s Summer of Xbox Live Arcade, Catherine, a port of the PSP’s iteration of Final Fantasy Tactics on iOS, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Much tamer than the previous six months, but all well worth the investment (although Catherine has seen some lukewarm reception despite it being produced by the Persona team). The XBLA games in question are all great titles, from the action-RPG Bastion to the Metroid-inspired Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.
As we enter September, the floodgates open. Disgaea 4, Gears of War 3, Dark Souls, Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Super Mario Land 3D, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Saints Row: The Third, Sonic Generations, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Diablo 3, Firefall, Torchlight II, and Super Monday Night Combat are all right around the corner. Prepare your bank accounts, folks. We’re going in.