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The 2010 Gaming Season

The Gaming Season is almost upon us. Every Fall new blockbuster games get released. The Gaming Season starts in September and then ends in Late June. Sound familiar, if it does, that is because that is also the same time school is in session. Everyone thinks the Fall is the start of Football Season, and it is, but why just watch when you can play. E3 and San Diego Comic Con are like the PreGaming Season since these are held in early Summer. These two events showcase what we can expect in the Gaming Season. The first game which officially kicks off the season, no pun intended is Madden NFL 2011. Madden sets the pace for the Gaming Season easily selling millions of copies. EA is a powerful player but has Take 2’s sports titles nipping at it’s heels and debatably, may have already overcome EA’s dominance is the Sports arena.
Quickly on its heels though is Halo: Reach which releases September 14, 2010, this game will most likely set the standard for the FPS genre and will likely hold it’s place in the record books for a few months. Unfortunately there is a powerful contender waiting in the wings which, if history repeats itself, may come off the bench to shatter every and all records. Forcing all other competitors to fight an uphill battle, and that contender is Call of Duty: Black Ops releasing November 9, 2010. Hopefully with Treyarch at the helm, they took some lessons from Infinity Ward and will blow a hole in the competition. In my book these two franchises, Halo and Call of Duty, are running neck and neck as of recently. But, and this is a huge BUT, anyone who is anyone is waiting for April 5, 2011 which is when Gears of War 3 releases. I am not sure if any shooter will be able to hold ground when this monster takes the field. Both Halo and Call of Duty will see their numbers drop at Midnight on April 5th. Will anyone be able to survive when the COG Army rolls in? Also be on the lookout for Medal of Honor releasing 10/12/2010. This may be a sleeper hit.
But don’t be fooled there is plenty in store for the start of the Gaming Season. We have the Super Bowl of competitions coming with the Playstation Move going toe to toe with Xbox Kinect. Will this be another Blu Ray vs HD DVD like death match? With the Move releasing in September about two weeks before Kinect scheduled for November 4, 2010, Playstation has the advantage of securing the Holiday Season aka the “Play Offs”. Securing the Holiday Season is crucial to winning the Gaming Season Championship. One misstep or critical bug can push consumers to the other side. Playstation Move requires about $120 worth of peripherals unless you already own an eye toy, where as Xbox Kinect requires a $150 of the Kinect sensor. This will be the matchup to watch.
Then comes the battle of the RPG’s! Fable III releasing October 26, 2010 and Fallout New Vegas on October 19, 2010 along with Two Worlds II on October 5, 2010 trying to prove it can run with the big boys. Then we have Star Wars: Force Unleashed II on October 26, 2010 trying to push it’s way to the top.
In the Racing genre the two big titles to watch are Gran Turismo 5 (11/2/2010) going against Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (11/16/2010).
But as far as match ups go, these are the big ones. Some of the other players in the business that are trying to make their presence known is Dead Rising 2 (9/21/2010), Hawx 2 (9/7/2010), Kane and Lynch 2 (8/17/2010), Mafia 2 (8/24/2010), the re-release of Battlefield Bad Company 2: Ultimate Edition (8/30/2010).
As it is said at the start of almost every Gaming Season… It’s going to be a good year to be a gamer! Be on the lookout for not just new games but DLC for your old games as well. Developers are trying to keep the spotlight on their titles until the sequels are released so they will be trying to grab your attention. Most notable of the upcoming DLC is the The Robot Revolution for Borderlands but there are a ton more coming. So grab your controllers and secure your pre-order reservations cause this season is going to be a good one!

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Well I played some games I had sitting around yesterday. I played Borderlands for a bit. I finally made it to level 15. I tend to switch between games very often which usually causes me to take a while to finish them. The games in rotation currently are Mass Effect 2, BorderLands and Assassins Creed. The latter being I need to finish it before I can start Assassins Creed 2. All of these games are very enjoyable and the stories are very compelling. I sent a twitter message to RockStar Games hoping they send me a copy of Red Dead Redemption so that I can review it and well essentially play it. As the case with everyone, the cash is pretty tight and usually tied up in other ventures like… bills. Now I would forgo paying them but I have a feeling my wife would have a few choice words for me if the phone got cut off but I had a shiny new game. But anyway, maybe they will send me a copy but chances are with the thousands of requests they get, my chances are slim to none. I have heard great things about Red Dead and I like westerns so eventually I will get this game (one way or another) and I am sure I will enjoy it.

I am trying to work on my achievements since I haven’t broken the 10k mark yet. not really sure why this matters to me but it is a challenge and I love to tackle a challenge. I will probably squeeze in some more gaming this weekend as it is supposed to rain off and on. I just got FIOS installed so I am looking forward to see how the online multiplayer is when playing Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3.

I am also getting ready for Comic Con next week in Philly. So like I said check back and I will try to have some pics or video up from my trip there.

I have been wrestling around with this concept for awhile now and I have to admit I have been on both sides of the fence. As the economy has taken some hits and is regaining it’s shields I have started to notice games aren’t as long as they used to be. I guess I didn’t notice because I would look forward to DLC. But now I want my game experience to be epic. For $60 a game, I want my experience to last 40+ hours like the good old days. Halo 3 was seriously short, being as I finished it on normal in around 8 hours.

What is the appropriate length a game should be when priced at $60. In my opinion it should be around 25 hours with a solid online multiplayer (such as Halo 3 and COD 4:MW). If there is no multiplayer aspect (Bioshock) then the game should last around 30 to 40 hours. In all rights Bioshock was adequate in length and depth. If a game is less than 25 hours long then a confirmed DLC should be available within 3 months of release and continue until the total content reaches at least 25 to 30 hours of game play. Fable 2 did an ok job of delivering DLC. Actually Fable 2 was well thought out and executed. The Pub Games was a fantastic idea (although I didn’t play them, and i was still able to buy everything in Albion) to get people interested in the game and give them a leg up when the start playing or a handicap depending on your skill at the casual pub games.

I haven’t played Drakes 2 yet but I plan to pick it up soon. (Unless Game Informer is generous enough to send me a copy…. yeah I didn’t think so but one can try). But from what I have read about the game, it is a blockbuster sequel easily overtaking it’s predecessor as best in the series. In all honesty I still haven’t finished the first one, but I am very close to completing it and should do so this coming weekend. But with that being said, everything I read said the game is only about 8 hours long. I haven’t read anything about the multiplayer, so I won’t speak about that. But adding multiplayer to a game is not enough to justify shortening the single player campaign and for the most part does not constitute the $60 price tag. Maybe reduce the price to $40 and then make the remaining profit from a solid stream of DLC.

It gets to the point where it is like they (game companies) consider the single player campaign like the training level before you get into the multiplayer. But let us be real for a minute. There are only about a handful of real lasting multiplayer games out there Halo 3 (360), Gears of War 2 (360), COD:4, COD:5, and Killzone 2 (PS3).

There are exceptions like Rockband and Guitar Hero who are well balanced but these are in a different arena than the FPS and action games I am talking about. But even these 2 games have a steady stream of DLC coming in at an alarming rate whereas the action and FPS games don’t have that same content stream. There are those RPG’s that do like Oblivion, Fallout 3 and a few others but again they are in a different genre, the majority of FPS and action games do not have the same level of DLC. This may be due to low sales or low player counts on the multiplayer servers so they don’t feel it justifies adding content to a “dead” game. The best way to revivie a game gone dead is to offer DLC. Many people say “I really liked this game but I finished it and now it just sits there because they won’t offer DLC for it. If they did I would play it again”. BRING BACK dead games and keep current games alive with quality DLC.

I can tell you one thing; all my friends flocked to the PS3 for Killzone 2 for about a month but then lost interest for one reason or another, then they were all back to Gears of War multiplayer. Every gamer has his/her fallback game whether it is online multiplayer or single player campaign. Gamers will jump to the new game out but will fall back to their go to game when the nostalgia wears off. Game companies should take heed when they are making these extremely short games especially when the multiplayer isn’t up to par.