On Monday night as I was standing in line at faux midnight release for Until Dawn, I started thinking that the fall / holiday gaming season had unofficially begun, and how did I feel about that?
Nervous, friends. There are a lot of solid looking games releasing in the near and not too distant future. I started wondering about prioritization; which would I get, and when? Upon release? Should I wait for Black Friday? Wait until a price drop? Or pre-order?
For me, Until Dawn was the beginning of the season. Until Dawn has been my most anticipated game of the year, and so far I’m not disappointed. I am five hours in and I love it. I can’t wait to see how the story wraps up, and I already can’t wait to replay the game to try and make it through with all eight characters still alive. Until Dawn has set a new bar for adventure games, and it’s everything I’d hoped it would be. And more.
The reviews have already been coming out for Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, and even though I wasn’t sure I would want to play the game right away, the more I read about it, the more interested I get. I’ve never played a Metal Gear game (I know, I know), but The Phantom Pain looks amazing.
The next game I have on pre-order is Tearaway: Unfolded. Tearaway for the Vita is one of my favorite games of all time. I can’t wait to see it on a far larger screen, and I can’t wait to take screenshots to my heart’s content. The game was a beautiful experience, and I’m so excited that exponentially more people will get to experience it via PS4 in just a couple of weeks.
I hadn’t intended to, but I’ve pre-ordered Destiny’s expansion: The Taken King. I am a bit wary of trying to get back into Destiny without my fireteams of yore, but I think there are a few people on the horizon who will hopefully be willing to team up with me. Last year and early this year I spent a huge amount of time in Destiny and I quite enjoyed myself. I very much hope I am able to find a fireteam that will have me.
November is where things start to get a little tricky for me. I am so excited to play Rise of the Tomb Raider. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot, and this game is high on my list for the winter season.
Only trouble is: Fallout 4 releases the same day. The same day!
I know already I will play Tomb Raider first, as I feel confident I can take my time and still finish it within a couple of days, but I have surprised myself at how interested I am in Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is going to be massive, no question about it. It will be a huge open world and a huge time sink. It’s daunting. I tried so hard to get into Fallout 3 (more than once) but I never managed to seal the deal. Will Fallout 4 be the one that gets me in the door? I hope so, as I’m really looking forward to it.
The other surprise on my list is Call of Duty: Black Ops III. I wasn’t feeling it one way or the other, but word came out that the campaign could be played in co-op and I think my brother will be on board for that. I always love playing games with him, so hopefully we can connect over some Call of Duty.
There are even more games on the horizon like Soma, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Just Cause 3, all of which I’m excited to play. But this is when I start thinking about priorities. Some of these games are huge open worlds; will I have time to play them all when they release? Would it be wiser to wait until a price drop? Or are there pre-order bonuses that make it worthwhile to invest early?
So this brings me to my question: how do you navigate the fall / holiday rush of games? Can you afford everything as it releases? Or do you go tactical and wait for price drops? Or some combination of the two? I’d love to hear about it.