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October Loaded With GoY Candidates, Or Overlooked Greatness?

As Arnold pointed out to me the other day, there are more than 40 PS3 games scheduled for release in October, and that only reminds me of the loaded list I posted a little while back. At the time, I was thinking- "damn, look at all the awesome games coming out this month!" But now, the industry may be starting to realize...despite all the potential greatness, not a one may break into any publication's Game of the Year awards.

The only potential candidate appears to be LittleBigPlanet, but even that may pale in the end-of-the-year comparisons to Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Resistance 2, and Gears of War 2. Granted, those last two haven't arrived yet, but if either is anything less than stellar, we'll be most surprised. Furthermore, let's not forget about the PSP's contribution in 2008; two of the best rated games in history in God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. And of course, it's a guarantee that both Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero IV: World Tour will certainly garner their fair share of votes, as the two franchises did last year. Yeah, Guitar Hero is coming out in October - as is Konami's Rock Revolution - but that doesn't really soften the point.  It's a hell of a 2008 lineup, which is why I wrote the previous piece; we should be looking at one of the greatest years in gaming ever.

But at the same time, we're looking at a boatload of potential in October that may never get recognition in a few months time, and that's unfortunate. Sure, Dead Space, Far Cry 2, Saints Row 2, Legendary, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, Fable II, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, and yes, LittleBigPlanet, should all make pretty big splashes. But I have this feeling there ain't a one in this month's lineup that can compete with what we've already had and what's to come in November. All this really means is that far too many great titles may go unnoticed by gamers who simply can't afford to buy 20 games per month...and that's most of 'em. Heck, maybe we should just expand the number of awards handed out this year, or something.

10/7/2008 Ben Dutka

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caliblue15
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 11:18:48 PM
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Or maybe the industry should learn to release these amazing games with some distribution to them. Heck, summer was boring... and always is, lets just make gaming year round instead of like 5 months, and then pick up the games you missed...

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GamerKid123
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 2:01:41 AM

Yeah, well, they want to release around xmas so the hype around then can get more sales.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 2:36:13 AM

My theory is they want to allow the movie industry to make some money in the summer months with their blockbusters. As much money as the video game industry compared to the movie industry, if they released all their AAA titles year round, Hollywood would really be in trouble. Not that that would be a bad thing mind you. Tinseltown has been really disappointing the last few years. But I agree it's going to be a tough decision for GOY this year. I just pray that Fallout lives up to the first two in the series. It already looks and sounds better that's for sure.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 11:19:56 PM
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Don't forget Fallout! But yeah I'd have to agree, LBP will def be a nominee for GotY but probably won't grab the title. It's gotta be MGS4 and a 3-way tie for 2nd with R2, Gears, and LBP, haha.

@ cali, Yeah, it seems these devs love October too much. I hate that my birthday is in the beginning of October too. Every year I always gotta ask for money because all of the good games don't come out for another 3 weeks lol. Like GTA for example. GTA 3, Vice City, and I think SA all came out around Oct 24th or so. Ugh!

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Jed
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 12:01:19 AM
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@daedusian, I know what you mean, I'm in the same boat.

It really is great that we are getting all these great games, but it is a little overwhelming to get them all at the same time. I wish I could invest the money (and time) into these games that they all deserve, but unless my luck changes that wont happen.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 1:10:41 AM
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There must be some sort of magic behind the scenes that prompts so many October releases, this phenomenon is not new. Perhaps they figure the release will grab anyone with the money to spend, and the leadup to xmas is enough time for the kiddies with no dough to get excited about said games enough to put them on their list. Just a theory, what do you guys think about October's pull?

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daylight_dies
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 5:25:04 AM
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how could you forget fallout 3!! That game is going to be brill! There is far too many games i want to buy this month, but i haven't bought a new game for a while.

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 6:47:47 AM
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might be under estimating LBP there, i think that has GOY written all over it, its a system seller.. probably more so than MGS4 if you ask me.

the product is there, it all comes down to how Sony wrap it up and sell it to us.


after seeing the latest video of Far Cry 2 at work, i would have to say that it may not be game of the year.. but if the multiplayer is as smooth as the video then we could have a possible contender.

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halo2864
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 7:32:03 AM
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LBP and Resistance forever!!!

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www
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 7:52:57 AM
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These 3 titles will do well this month:
Lbp,Pacific Rift n Fable 2......to me!

Guitar Hero...neva even dared to try to dream or let alone to think of buyin this game,don't get me wrong i luv rock,
"Faaake it if, u outta directon,Faaake it if,u don't belong here" || "Wat if i say am not like the others,wat if i say am just another oooone of ur plays,u're the pretendeeer"
AND Red hot chili peppers(all-time favorite)
But i can't be shippin no guitars cross the ocean.



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Aftab
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 9:48:36 AM
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I wanna get MotorStorm, but I still have to wipe through WipeOut HD. Ghana Bwai, you can't ship the guitars because they'll be suspected as shipped weapons?

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www
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:07:29 AM

lol,naah man,i mean i just don't wanna.

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Fabi
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:17:14 AM
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@Ben - I think you're not giving LBP enough credit. I know in my book it already is a contender for GOTY, even more than MGS4.

I think MGS4 was a great experience, but there are some things about it that will hold it back from being GOTY.

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www
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:46:48 AM
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Fabi i see u really respect LBP,i promise i'ma log on to psx n give props/kudos to ya if it's a Goy/Goty after it's release.
Okay now i just wanna say sumn,just recently i was watchin an LBP trailer n ma big bro happened to see it,u know wat he was like,he was like "WHAT! are you gonna buy this game into this house,u must be joking"....okay now he obviously don't know nuthin bout LBP n he usually plays few matured games like mgsiv,gtaiv,dmc,FF,cod etc.

All am sayin is i don't know if LBP is gonna appeal to the masses, n seriously MGSIV caN'T be compared to LBP,they r different.All i can do is wait and see what reviews say,it is my wish dat LBP is a huge success not just in sales but in review scores as am a psfan,am already aware Playstation Official Mag UK gave it a 10/10(inevitable),dat is good news but how bout the other neutral websites,what will they give?

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Daedusian
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:42:46 AM

I'd have to agree. I know as soon as I get the game on the 21st and start playing it, my roomates are going to be like "WTF! Are you three!?" lol. But that's because, of course, they never heard of the game b4. They also mostly play gruesome mature games like me, but would probably never think of trying LBP in a million years. Maybe I should tell them now so they're prepared when I get it, and force them to play co-op, haha. But I don't care what they think, I know I'm going to love it!

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mk ultra
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 12:02:03 PM

I'm in the exact same boat as you Daedusian.
I already showed the trailer to my roommates and they all just looked at me with a blank stare. I might have to move my PS3 from the living room to my room if they give me too much crap about it. The T.V. is also mine so if I did that they would be left with only a 360 and 23" SD T.V.

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:49:51 AM
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LBP will be bigger than Resistance 2 I believe, it is new and not another FPS. Insomniac do bring something new to the FPS genre and massive 60 player online play. I am not the biggest FPS player so maybe that is why I am not so excited about that title no matter how big it is.

I would rather buy Valkyria Chronicles than R2, but I will probably buy both since support good work by buying games that I may not play so much but give credit to the people who make them by using my credit card. I have money saved to pay for all games I want that is coming up, even games that I am skeptical about like Golden Axe: Beast Rider.

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snglbck26
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 11:08:06 AM
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Personally I'm not sure what the excitement is about LBP. Although I think it's very imaginative, and that may be the key, it doesn't appeal to me.

I pre-ordered Pacific Rift and am looking forward to it. Three weeks can't come soon enough. There are at least six or seven games I could buy before the end of the year but PR is probably the only purchase I'll make due to the holidays and the economy.

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mk ultra
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 12:27:27 PM
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So far for me this year its MGSIV all the way. I have huge expectations for Fallout 3 though. I still can't believe I'm less then a month away from playing that game. I have such fond memories of the first two ten years ago. And by the way thats another epic game released in 98, Fallout 2.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 12:31:14 PM
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LBP will be a contenter simply because of its mass appeal across "party lines" and its innovation. People often think today that a GOTY must be very graphically intensive and usually mature, but have we forgotten that Rayman once held this post?

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 12:40:13 PM
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F@(k y'all, Wipeout HD ftw! JK. However, I feel fully entitled to say that it has surely won the GOMH award.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 1:01:34 PM
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LBP, I know. It's like playing with blocks, except they're virtual, and the characters animate and move better than lifeless dolls. But, what's a matter guys? Don't got young kids, nieces, or nephews? Is your life completely barren of all youth? You cannot find even one excuse to pick up this classic in the making? I mean, atleast appreciate it in vain of digital art! Or must the game be smattered with gore, dark undertones, and creepy music to render it acceptable? And for the record, Ben, Vergil would totally annihilate Kratos, anyday. :P

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www
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 2:13:13 PM

:D ,lol! that's Aftab for u,don't worry i will get lbp after u.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:18:40 PM

I'll be watchin' for your levels, me breda!

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 1:56:21 PM
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Little Big Planet is awesome.Well the BETA is so far anyways.AS for GoY..i dont know about that...maybe concept of the year or innovation of the year would be more appropriate..either way the game is great fun and i think MGS4 deserves it due to it groundbreaking storyline.but thats just me.LBP will be a close 2nd with Res 2 in 3rd. GTA4 faisl to make the cut because its just so boring.Yeah its great for about a week..but there was nothing to keep me playing it. GTA Bice City remains my GTA all time best.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 2:02:31 PM
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Ok my worry is how the heck am I gonna find the time to play all these games ? Lol Anyone any ideas a diff game a night or concentrate on a game till u clock it then move onto the next lol ?

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 7:29:57 PM

Try giving each one like an hour or so, and switch out to the next one! Thats what Im going to have to do. lol

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tramp
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 2:07:45 PM
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go LBP and R2,i guess the only way we can tell is when the release

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Draguss
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 4:56:52 PM
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20!? I barely get the money to buy one every 2-3 months! Why can't companies have a little more pitty on gamers, it ain't fair.

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 7:28:40 PM
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I have Resistance2, LBP, SOCOM, and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows on pre-order. I think all 4 will be most excellent!

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