Spring is an odd time for games. The big games of the year all come out between September and November so in time for Christmas and then after Christmas you get this big lull.
Now obviously everyone is poor from Christmas so publishers tend not to release any big games in this time frame but usually there’s a couple decent ones come out. In years past there’s been Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Portal 2. Noticing a trend?
Spring has become the time to launch “safe” games that are really just sequels that aren’t able to compete with the Fall lineup. Gamers that are strapped for cash know they’re most likely going to enjoy them if they enjoy the last one in the series and there’s no risk involved.
This year I didn’t think any big games came out in Spring but it turns out there were at least a couple and I’ve got them both on rental at the mo: Syndicate and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
Syndicate is an update to an old game series I think and while it’s a fun game it doesn’t stand out from the crowd. It could easily be mistaken for Deus Ex with slow motion added on. One thing I do like about it is the weight of the weapons. A gun should feel powerful when you shoot it at someone and this game manages to simulate that.
I loved both of the Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter games back when they came out many years ago on 360. I don’t know why this one isn’t called GRAW3 but regardless it’s a fun romp. They’ve taken a lot of the mechanisms that were added to the latest Splinter Cell game and tweaked them to work with a less stealthy game. The graphics are really pretty and hopefully this game gets a sequel.
Looking forward to next Spring you’ve got God of War: Ascension, Gears of War: Judgment and Bioshock Infinite. 2013 is the Spring of the Spinoff apparently.