For as long as I can remember I don’t think we’ve ever had such a variety of great games to look forward to as we do for this Autumn.
Just read this:
Deus Ex: Human Revolutions
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
Gears of War 3
Assassins Creed: Relevations
Batman: Arkham City
COD: Modern Warfare 3
Forza Motorsport 4
Saints Row: The Third
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Ico / Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection
The Darkness 2
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
Silent Hill HD Collection
Need For Speed: The Run
Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary
The Last Guardian
The Adventures of Tintin
Driver: San Francisco
There! Most of them are from the top of my head, the rest I got from a quick search on Google. Im probably forgetting a few but the fact that some of these may possibly get pushed into 2012 kind of balances that out.
As gamers, I think one word will pretty much sum up this situation: “Spoilt”. Even if you only own one console, the quality and variety of the multiplatform games is still great. With the exclusives aside, everyone will get to play the likes of Skyrim, Arkham City, Deus Ex and Rage among loads of other great games you can see in the list above. So with this plethora of gaming quality in store for us, why is there so much attention on only two; Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3?
Everywhere I look all I see is “Battlefield 3 vs MW3”, “5 Reasons why BF3 will destroy MW3”, “5 Reasons why MW3 will destroy Bettlefield” etc… On N4G anything with either of these two games mentioned in it will be on the ‘Hottest’ section. Actually, as im writing this 4 out of 5 top stories is regarding BF3, the other being LA Noire related. To be fair, the amount news regarding MW3 isnt as bad as BF3. But whenever BF3 is mentioned then MW3 is bound to be included in the news/discussion. It appears that all that matters this autumn is the “battle” between BF3 & MW3. Nobody even knows if the games will be any good, although I think based on track record its likely that they will. Still, my point is that a majority of these articles, the ones that are clogging up most sites, especially N4G, are articles about how one game is better than the other even though nobody has even played either and, hell, we havent even seen any footage of MW3 multiplayer. That’s bad enough, people bragging about games that arent even out, but whats even worse is that people don’t seem to recognize that we are going to get two great games that caters for differents play styles within the FPS genre. Instead of being satisfied with that, they rather take a side and get involved in these ridiculous arguments.
This all seems like a big rant, and I guess it is, but my main point is that im worried about the gaming community. Because in what is one hell of a year for gaming, theres way too much focus on two shooters. All the variety in store for us and yet all most gamers can talk about is two games from one genre. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate shooters. I play a fair share of COD & Battlefield myself. But im kinda worried that all this heat on two shooters might attract too much attention from the business instincts of other game devlopers. We’ve already seen how other shooters, rather than trying to be more original, instead try to be like COD. But this could go much deeper and start to affect developers of other genres and great singleplayer games. Im not going to go into that because there was a great post about that on here about a week ago and I’ll only be repeating it. At the end of the day i just wish people would appreciate the quality we have in store for us as gamers this year and realize that it goes beyond two shooters.
I can even see the irony in this post. An article about BF3 & MW3 regarding too much articles about BF3 & MW3.