One of the more interesting parts of each fall and winter is the decision about which games are worthy of purchase, and which are more up the rental alley. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the anticipation that leads up to a release of a game that you’ve been dying for. Whether I’m attending a midnight release (which doesn’t happen so often these days), picking up a game during lunch or after work, I love the build up before a new video game.
I remember one of the best day one purchases I made was Grand Theft Auto III. I had read some good reviews leading up to its release, and it sounded like something that I’d be really interested in checking out. I remember going to get it on a rainy day after class and picking it up on a whim. Having never really heard of the game, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought it. What I got was a game like I had never experienced before. The snarky radio ads, the open world, the ability to do whatever I wanted. It really was remarkable, and made itself into a memorable release.
In terms of games that I’m excited about for the Fall/Winter, I think I’ve narrowed it down to a fairly reasonable list. The funny thing is, I narrow it down to the games that I would like to buy on their release days, but eventually I have to cut that list down even more to get some games that I actually can buy. Being a married dude such as myself, I can’t just spend as much money as I want without earning myself a night on the futon.
So far, I think the games I’m for sure going to buy on the day they come out will be Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, Halo: ODST and Dragon Age: Origins. Some runners up are Assassin’s Creed 2, Forza 3 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Now, that list will probably change quite a bit by the time the next few months rolls around, but right now that’s what I’ve got it at. To be honest, last-minute reviews will probably factor into it a lot.
What about you guys? What qualities have to be in a game to make you excited about buying right when it comes out, as opposed to finding it used or waiting for Christmas? Is it replayability, multiplayer, good reviews, etc? And what games coming out in the next few months are you going to get right away? Go!