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