Will A Stacked October Make 2008 The Best Gaming Year Ever?
In looking back at the current generation, which technically began in late 2005 with the release of the Xbox 360, we may have never seen a month like the one that begins tomorrow. In October, we're looking at a downright ridiculous release schedule; one that almost seems best suited for November or December.
But we're not about to complain. Now, we're certain you well-informed gamers out there are aware of many of the hot October releases, but have you really seen the list? Do you have any idea how badly this coming month is gonna assault your wallet? Check out the list of scheduled October launches, and bear in mind that these are only the notables; we're not including other promising titles like Star Ocean: First Departure for the PSP and the sports games like NBA 2K9 and NBA Live 09. But here, just look:
- LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
- Far Cry 2 (PS3, X360)
- Fable II (X360)
- Saints Row 2 (PS3, X360)
- MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (PS3)
- Pure (PS3, X360)
- Fallout 3 (PS3, X360)
- Bioshock (PS3)
- Dead Space (PS3, X360)
- Fracture (PS3, X360)
- SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (PS3)
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (multi)
- Legendary (PS3, X360)
- Guitar Hero: World Tour (PS3, X360)
- Rock Revolution (PS3, X360)
Yeah, I know there aren't any Wii games on there, but that's because...well, does that system even have games, anymore? Aren't the Wii owners still just playing Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy? Well, whatever. All I know is the next-gen October schedule for the PS3 and Xbox 360 is absolutely nutty, and I believe it may be the single best month of the generation so far. And if the majority of these encouraging titles turn out to be excellent, we might want to start asking if 2008 is one of the best years in gaming history...
We've already had revolutionary titles like Grand Theft Auto IV and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, plus other superb games like Burnout Paradise, Devil May Cry 4, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (oh look, there's a Wii one...heh, get it?), Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Soul Calibur IV, Wipeout HD, Madden NFL 09, Spore, and more. And we ain't done yet. Resistance 2, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: World at War, and several others will be here before the year is out, so...10 years after what was arguably the best year ever in gaming, will we have a new champion?
Think about it long and hard. Yeah, the games that released back in '98 were incredible, but is the list really that much better than the names shown here? Hmm... The notables in '98 included The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Starcraft, Soul Calibur, Metal Gear Solid, Baldurs Gate, Half-Life, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears, Tekken 3, Unreal, and Gran Turismo. Well, MGS4 and MGS can butt heads, as can SCIV and the original SC, and while probably not as revolutionary now, Resistance 2 and Gear of War 2 can compete with Unreal and Half-Life. Can Dead Space be as good as RE2? Sadly, we don't have the RPG competition this year, so maybe that's the deal-breaker, but even so...the likes of LittleBigPlanet and Grand Theft Auto IV absolutely cannot be ignored. the comparison is interesting, is it not?
9/29/2008 Ben Dutka