It’s a tale as old as time. Gamers struggle through the hot summer months, running through backlogs and revisiting nostalgic releases as the slow drip of new games steadily progresses. Then the end of Summer hits and the gaming world enters that manic, magic time of the end year release season. The hits just keep coming week after week and even though we might want to play them all, it’s simply impossible to get around to everything. Heartbreaking as it can be sometimes, we have to pick and choose the experiences we most want to have. This is what we considered after posing the question:
I never expected to be excited about an Assassin’s Creed game after Unity. I actually quite enjoyed that game, but I had just become so fatigued with the series after years of loving the games that I couldn’t get amped for Syndicate or even the series revitalization Origins. After feeling lukewarm about the E3 trailer, the recent developer diaries have me VERY excited to return to the franchise with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The game looks like an amazing evolution and melding of the classic parkour mechanics, sailing gameplay from Black Flag, and RPG elements inspired by the Witcher 3. Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is probably the safer bet for a big open world adventure this year, but the spirit of Assassin’s Creed, intriguing time period, and the series reinvention has me so excited to return to one of my favorite franchises of all time.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looks great but nothing is as hype-inducing for me as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That game is going to be a staple in people’s homes for years to come. It’s going to rock the fighting game community and inspire a new generation of competitors. I don’t think people realize how monumental a game like this can be.
Red Dead Redemption 2 by a country mile. I absolutely love Rockstar’s world’s, and from the news coming out about it over the past few days, this one seems to be raising the bar even higher. Rockstar does not always fully stick the landing with their narratives, and I have been admittedly wary of this being a prequel, but as the game nears release I find myself getting that familiar Rockstar rush of anticipation that only their games provide. Despite the original game’s resounding success, the American wild west remains a rare setting for games, and I am more than ready to visit once again.
What games are you most looking forward to through the end of this crazy year for games? Let us know.