If you haven’t been reading these columns or any of the fine content at NSFW Gamer (this makes you both an asshole and dead to me), you may not be aware of how many great games I have been able to talk about for the past four weeks. We are still recovering from the onslaught of back-to-back-to-back releases of some huge names that were enough to make you completely forget that the PlayStation 4 will be out at the end of the year.
While Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgment provided some of the best experiences we will have playing this year, they present a problem. Take a good look at the rest of the calendar for 2013 and find something that gets you excited.
Did our favorite publishers pad the first quarter a little too well? Let’s discuss.
I imagine that some of us (NSFW Gamer owner Geist01 included) have not gotten around to experiencing the newly renovated adventures of Lara Croft with Tomb Raider thanks to our existing backlog of games for which we simply have not found time. Not only does life get in the way, things like PlayStation Plus keep adding to the pile without us even asking. That should not be taken as a first world complaint; I like always having options for what I want to play next. Tomb Raider was good enough that I will want to revisit it later and scavenge everything I missed when I was too busy getting distracted by someone or something that wanted to fuck my face.
Next in line for me is the universally hailed Bioshock Infinite, a game that has yet to receive a negative review from a credible writer. By the time I am able to complete this orgy of gaming, I will have enjoyed myself too much to realize that months have flown by and I am scrounging to save for a PS4. What exactly do we have to look forward to when the holiday season brings trampled customers and runny noses?
Looking at the calendar…not that much.
An ad for The Last of Us ran during the season finale of The Walking Dead and was one of the most popular topics of the hour aside from the plot of the episode. Naughty Dog has done a fine job with three Uncharted games, but looking at all of this footage that will comprise the bulk of their new survival game does not have me convinced. In fact, I would write an entire column about how The Last of Us could fall victim to some of the biggest over-hype in the history of gaming, but I will save that for another week. Right now, I hope that it does not get credit for a lot of things that Tomb Raider already did.
We also have NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice coming out next week. I have been dying to see what they can do next with their first game since the awesome Mortal Kombat, a fighting game that did not seem to remember that most unlockable content comes in the form of DLC and not through completing a series of challenges. I hope the DC fighting game keeps up this tradition, but I certainly don’t thing it is going to become the new standard for comic book storytelling.
While we’re on the subject, the Batman will be getting another Arkham game by the end of this year, but not from previous developer Rocksteady. Does this mean the game will take a hit in quality after Arkham Asylum and Arkham City set the standard for superhero games? I wouldn’t be surprised.
Capcom will also be gifting us with Remember Me, a game I previously professed my love for and one that Martin Robinson of Eurogamer calls “the last of its kind.” He is referring to a brand new video game given a wide release on disc and not looking to sell 25 million copies thanks to co-sponsorships with soft drinks. For this alone, I am looking forward to it, but seeing as this is developer Dontnod’s first game, there will undoubtedly be some hiccups along the way. I just hope this does not discourage them from aiming just as high in the future.
Grand Theft Auto V comes out on September I don’t give a fuck. That’s the end of that.
Beyond: Two Souls, which features Willem fucking Dafoe as a cast member, will be in my PS3 in October and while I will likely be singing its praises, there are a number of people out there who believe David Cage is a pompous ass and nothing more than a failed filmmaker who went to games instead.
The end of the year is going to come down to a battle between Bioshock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V for Game of the Year 2013. Some people have probably already made up their minds, whether they are editors of a publication or simply fans waiting to flame and troll comment forums. Yes, I made a stupid meme with a fucking kitten on it that made fun of GTA, so perhaps I have prematurely cast my vote as well.
The act of shooting guns in a realistic world is truly beginning to bore me in video games. If I am to wield a weapon, I would rather do it in a setting that is inconceivable in “real life” and transports me to somewhere else. Rapture was that place before, and Columbia in Infinite looks to be that place now. If something else comes out this year that causes me to lose my shit and proclaim it a contender for Game of the Year, I will happily consider it. I do not see that happening.