Heed this advice – take the time now to get on and play those video games you have sitting on your shelf half-finished. Why? Because it’s almost the holiday season, which means games galore are set to be released in time for mummy and daddy to buy them ready for stuffing in their little one’s stocking. Or, as is more likely these days, grown men will treat themselves to a new title to get stuck into while they have time off.
Video games publishers still insist on saving releases up until the end of the year, despite gamers of all ages and designations insisting they’d rather have a steady stream of titles released through all 12 months. Still, this situation meant there was one question ripe to be posed for last week’s We Ask You column.
Which Video Game(s) Are You Most Looking Forward To This Holiday Season?
We asked you, Which Video Game(s) Are You Most Looking Forward To This Holiday Season? The number of replies was rather disappointing, but we thank all of those who did take the time to comment. What follows are 20 of the games mentioned on the thread in order of the number of mentions they received. NB: Some of the following titles are slated for release early in 2013.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Borderlands 2
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted
- Bioshock Infinite
- Dead Space 3
- Crysis 3
- Halo 4
- Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
- FIFA 13
- Football Manager 2013
- Torchlight 2
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- GRID 2
- NBA 2K 13
- The War Z
While it’s nowhere near being a conclusive list of the games being released during the 2012 holiday season, or a big enough sample to suggest these are the ultimate choices of the MakeUseOf readership, it is nonetheless a strong set of video games. Especially as there’s a surprisingly low number of AAA titles due this year, possibly because developers are splitting their time between the current-gen consoles and the next-gen consoles.
Comment Of The Week
As most people offered up just the names of the games they were looking forward to without expanding on their reasons, there were only a couple of people even considered for ‘Comment Of The Week‘. The final choice was Collin Hoffman, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives 150 MakeUseOf points to use for Rewards or Giveaways.
I’m most looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed 3. Both are sequels, but they promise new ways to innovate their respective series – GTA with the shiny new graphics and huge world, and Assassin’s Creed with new mechanics like trees and buildings and a new location that is far more familiar to me than the other cities it’s been in.
Collin has given a strong reason for choosing these two particular games. As he points out, although both GTA V and Assassin’s Creed III are sequels, they promise to bring something fresh to their respective franchises. Gamers may enjoy series of games released as regular intervals, but they don’t generally appreciate repetitiveness.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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