Temperatures and leaves arenâ€™t the only things dropping this fall.. Smaller downloadable games come out all year, but the major AAA games are still stacked in September, October and November. Tons of games are coming out.
Whoa, something new??
I am going to divide these games into three categories. This category will focus on new IPsâ€”intellectual propertyâ€”which doesnâ€™t include sequels or games based on movies or books.
Bungie Studioâ€™s â€œDestinyâ€ came out last Tuesday for both the Playstation and Xbox consoles. Bungie is known for one of the best-selling franchises of all-time: â€œHalo.â€ â€œDestinyâ€ seems to combine Â the excellent controls of â€œHaloâ€ with the RPG elements of games like â€œBorderlandsâ€ or â€œDiablo.â€
Insomniac Games, makers of â€œRatchet & Clankâ€ and â€œResistance,â€ have jumped ship from making Sony-exclusive games to making a Microsoft-exclusive game, â€œSunset Overdrive.â€ Set in a colorful post-apocalyptic world, the game features some of Insomniacâ€™s famous weaponry inventions. For example, thereâ€™s the â€œTNTeddy,â€ which is a teddy bear strapped with (you guessed it) TNT.
It is very rare to find big-budget games that are also new IP because of the huge risks. If you want something really new and crazy, go look at independent games on Steam, Xbox Live or the Playstation Store.
Iâ€™ve played this before!
It is a bit frustrating to see developers become sequel factories, which is what happened with Infinity Ward and its â€œCall of Dutyâ€ series. There are only Â a few developers that keep the games fresh with each iteration.
The sequel I am most excited for is â€œAssassin Creedâ€™s Unity.â€ It is set during the French Revolution and it really feels like a next-generation game. There are hundreds of NPCs (non-player characters), and it feels like the missions are much more dynamic.
There really isnâ€™t much to be said about â€œSuper Smash Bros.â€ You pick a Nintendo character, you fight against other Nintendo characters, you and your friends play and hate each other forever. There is a new one coming out for the Wii U and the 3DS.
A quick aside: â€œGrand Theft Auto Vâ€ is being re-released for the current generation of consoles. Rockstar seems to be giving the game a full makeover. They just made the prettiest and smartest-looking girl at prom the prettiest and smartest girl in the whole town.
You donâ€™t belong here!
These days, gimmicks are in style. Everything has to be some sort of transmedia â€œexperience.â€ Games have fallen victim to this trend as well.
For example, â€œMiddle-earth: Shadow of Mordorâ€ is almost certainly making Â Tolkien cry somewhere. However, I must admit that some aspects of the gameplay look really cool. Iâ€™ll be cautiously optimistic about this one.
Games based on the horror franchise â€œAlienâ€ have generally sucked as much as a black hole (get it? space joke?). They tend to miss what made the movies scary in the first place. However, â€œAlien: Isolationâ€ seems like it might convey the sense of isolation (zing!) and pure fear that the original â€œAlienâ€ films did so well.
And with that, I bid you a happy and successful gaming season.