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Games you're NOT getting this fall, but want to

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Penny Arcade covered the 'bunching up' of all the quality titles this fall in a good article with two good followups from developers who give their theories on this phenomena. Scroll down to the third blog entry...it is really worth a read.


Are there any games you want to get/play this fall, but cannot? Is the constraint time or money?


I'm really interested in Fable...and DoA Ultimate. But I'm not getting them. What with Halo 2, Outrun 2, SW Battlefront, and Guilty Gear ($20..can't help it) coming out in the next two months, I can't fool myself into thinking I'll have enough time to devote to them, let alone other games. So Fable, and others, will wait...perhaps to be bought on discount next spring, if their reputation holds up.


Heck, I am buying Burnout 3, and I fully suspect I'll sell it by the time Halo comes out. It'll still be worth $35 on eBay, and I doubt I'll have time to play it any more.


Oh, wait, there's also Donkey Konga. Argh! And I'm avoiding the release lists for GBA, I don't want to know!


Outlaw Golf 2! Bloody hell!

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At this moment, I have a total of nine games preordered at GameStop. Each one of them is a highly anticipated sequel to a popular franchise. Going over the stubs now, I realize that there really isn't one bad game on my list: Metroid Prime 2, Halo 2, Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Resident Evil 4, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Jak 3, Viewtiful Joe 2, and StarFox 2. At this moment, StarFox is the only questionable choice in terms of quality, but overall, that's one hell of a list.


The thing is though, that it doesn't include many of the other big titles coming out the rest of this year such as Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Mechassault 2, Dead or Alive Ultimate, Donkey Konga, Alien Hominid, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Band of Brothers, and scores of others I can't think of at the moment or don't even know about yet. Factor in the launch of the Nintendo DS and the games that will come with it and you have one impossibly expensive Christmas. It's like last year all over again, only worse.


The truth is, I know there's not a chance that I could afford everything I want in the last three months of the year. And if I could afford them, I wouldn't have the time needed to enjoy all of them. Instead, I decided to do what I did last year. I will pick out the games that I absolutely must have on release day no matter what, which just so happens to be what's listed in the first paragraph of this post. The rest of the stuff I want will just have to wait until 2005, when it inevitably slows down again sometime in the winter. Not only does this give me the time needed to play through everything that interests me, chances are a lot of the games will drop in price after they fail to compete against the likes of Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Thus I'm more likely to afford them. I hate to say that because I know it means a lot of really good developers will lose money due to poor sales (*cough* Metal Arms *cough* Beyond Good & Evil), but that's what happens.


So, to answer your question, Michael, the games I won't be getting are the ones I don't want. I know it's not a very specific answer, but it's the best one I can give right now. :)

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Well, as I can't stop mentioning, the proverbial wild horses couldn't stop me buying OutRun2 on release.


However, thanks to a very, very imminent baby (as in the due date is next week!), I'm not going to have a huge amount of time to play anything this next few months.


So, while in an ideal world, I'd be getting Burnout 3, Forza, GT4, Fable, Rome: Total War, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Gradius V, Prince Of Persia N (where N is a number I've lost track of), GGX2#Reload, Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Donkey Konga, GTA:SA, Star Wars: Battlefront, Paper Mario 2, Terminator Redemption and goodness only knows what else, I strongly suspect I'll be purchasing merely this lot between now and Christmas:


OutRun2 (because its the best thing ever)

Gradius V (because its pick-up-and-play)

Terminator: Redemption (because its only ?15, and its Brian's)


Everything else can wait until I've (a) got more time, (B) got more money, ? got time to play games unsuitable for kids to be around, and (d) able to leave the first two games alone for more than 5 minutes of gaming time...


Burnout 3, Forza and GT4 seem remarkably pointless when OutRun2 will cover my driving needs.


Fable, Rome, Paper Mario and RT3 all require significant gaming time in a single sitting to get anywhere, and I suspect that Battlefront will be like that, too.


Prince Of Persia seems silly until I get round to polishing off the remainder of Sands Of Time; I'm stuck at the moment.


Guilty Gear is a bit of a waste when there is still a ton of mileage to be got out of my current fighters.


Halo, Half-Life and Battlefront are all 3D shooters. Once I get around to finishing Doom 3, then maybe. But since I'm not playing that within earshot of little baby Finlay, it'll be a while.


Finally, I might actually give in on Donkey Konga, after years of kicking myself for not buying Samba De Amigo. But I've played it, and I'm terrible at the thing, so I'm not sure. Besides, there's a barely used dance mat downstairs already.

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Well, depending on your definition of a release window, Pikmin 2 just sailed by me, despite my desire to get it.


There are quite a few games I doubt I'll have the money to pick up this fall as my cash flow is really low right now and I'm forced to be choosy. My guess is that I'll be limiting myself to a game a month or something of that nature. That basically means I'll be getting the major Nintendo titles for the most part because frankly they are interesting to me and also because I have Ninty systems ;).


Fall is absolutely insane, you're quite right. Let's see, even on the game-hungry Cube the amount of choice is insane...


September is Donkey Konga, no question. That leaves: Second Sight, MegaMan X: Command Mission, and X-Men Legends as games I am interested in but will not be buying. Not to mention I'm trying to fund extra bongo controllers while I do this.


October is Paper Mario. Only two other games of note for me here, one of which is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and that's more a nostalgia thing for the arcade game so I can definitely hod out. The other, however, is Midway Arcade Treasures 2, which has my beloved Xenophobe. I'm not sure what I'll be doing there, but debt comes to mind :P.


November is the real killer for me, making me glad RE4 slipped its release date. Smart move on CapCom's part even if it wasn't intentional. I want Mario Tennis, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Baiten Kaitos. Unless the reviews are bog awful, I'm going to get Baiten Kaitos first just because I want to support the RPGs on the Cube and I suspect it will be rarer than the other two titles. Prince of Persia 2 is interesting, but I haven't played the first yet.


December, I think, just has Mario Party 6 right now, though I'm sure it'll explode. If I bought everything there, that would be 12 games. That's slightly 1/3 of my current collection and would be half the number of games I bought in the entire lifetime of my PSOne. Absolutely crazy. And this summer I had to wait two months to get Tales of Symphonia.


So, in a long whiny way, I agree that the fall videogame seasons are way too packed versus the rest of the year.

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Games I want but wont be getting this year:

Donkey Konga - I have no friends interested who'd join in a game with me.

Half Life 2 - yeah you heard me (if it even comes this year). Losing interest fast.

Pikmin 2 - I adore Pikmin, but this may have to wait.

Silent Hill 4 - I need to finish 2 and 3 first

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - need to finish 1, then buy 2 first.



Games I WILL be getting without a doubt:

Battle for Middle Earth (PC)

Halo 2 (Xbox)

Outrun 2 (Xbox)

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Xbox)

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (Xbox)

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (PC)

Rome: Total War (PC)




Burnout 3 (Xbox)

Fable (Xbox)

Paper Mario 2 (Cube)


So as you can see, Xbox is getting a lot of love from me for the second winter running. I do need to send some attention the Cube's way this winter so Paper Mario is likely to get bought, although I have some budget Cube back catalogue buys to make, and ditto for old PS2 titles not yet purchased.


Terminator: Redemption (because its only ?15, and its Brian's)


?15? Really?



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Well, ?20 in the shops, but Play have it for ?14.99 here.


By the way, if you are tempted by Donkey Konga, I might get one too - its ?29.99 for the PAL release there, with extra drums being ?19.99 in the shops (and hopefully less online).


We'll have to meet up some time for 2-player Pikmin 2, as well - our Canadian copy arrived on Saturday; it was only about ?28 including shipping from videogamesplus.ca, which is where I got my cheap Wario Ware and GBA Monkey Ball from, as well.

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I want DOA:U, but probably won't get it.


I also want Ghost Recon 2, but definitely won't get it.


The constraint is both money and time. If I had more money, I wouldn't care that I might only spend a few hours with each title here and there.


But, after 11/9, the opportunity cost of playing ANY other game is more time with Halo 2, and I just don't have the desire to diversify.



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Money is an issue for me as well. With the flock of games coming out, I won't test out games that I'm not specifically looking forward to. The funds will be allocated to the likes of TIger 2005, Halo II, Fable, Ghost Recon II, etc...


I may try Guilty Gear for $15 at BB if it plays well and has a good Live interface. I'll wait for LCVG impressions on that one. ESPN NHL 2005, Burnout 3 and others are suffering. I'm also going to watch for new additions to the greatest hits lines, such as the recent Sony additions.


Another sale (ala Circuit City and TRU) would be welcomed!

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Usually time is my constraint...I'm not rolling in cash, but I've been selling (eBay) some of my collectibles in a fairly steady stream for the last couple of years, and that (generally) funds my hobbys without cutting deeply into the paycheck.


But my wife just started grad school and it is a huge financial commitment for us for the next couple of years. So even if I had the time, there's no way I'd feel comfortable buying every game I want over the next few months.


Like I said, I can certainly see myself picking up some of these titles on discount when things slow down in the late winter and spring.


Crap, I forgot about MechAssault II. That game looks really sweet.

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Halo 2.


Yes, really. I will be getting it, probably for Christmas, but won't be picking it up on launch as it's the same day that my parents & an aunt & uncle are flying in from the UK to spend most of November with me. I'll have no time to play it till December, so why buy it in November?


There's plenty of other games I want but won't buy until well after Christmas, as there's little point spending $50 on them to get them rightaway when they'll not get the time they deserve and by waiting, I get them cheaper ;)


Another sale (ala Circuit City and TRU) would be welcomed!


TRU should be doing their annual "buy two, get a third free" this year again.

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There's really only a small handfull of games I will likely buy this year:


* Halo 2

* Fable

* Star Wars Battlefronts (my bud is pushing me to get it, likely purchase just appease him)



Then there are some alternates that could be bought:


* Half Life 2 (as above, interest is now waning to to all the delays)

* Sid Meir's Pirates! (if as addictive as original, this would be awesome)

* Bard's Tale (again if it captures half the charm of original games I'm there)

* GTA: San Andreas


Everything else, though looking good, just won't have any time left. Plus, after the insanely deep discounts of A+ games after last Xmas (Beyond G&E, Metal Arms, Prince of Persia), I would feel like an idiot paying $50 for a game that will sell new for $20 next Feb.


Welcome to the game glut 2004, patience looks to be the virtue of choice.

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The three for two deal will come in handy this year with some of the games I want coming out earlier in the fall.


I'll probably put off buying these:


Terminator 3: The Redemption

Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

Dead or Alive Ultimate

OutRun 2


This is just for games coming out through October though. I really don't take a very close look at the release calendar beyond two months.

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I'll probably end up getting 20-30 games. I just don't have the willpower to turn down a game I'm really interested in. Hell, I've already had 3 failures. I had resigned myself to not getting Dynasty Warriors: Empires, but the short delay of Kingdom Under Fire hit hard. Silent Hill was going to be a rental, as was Fable, but the deal at Outpost.com compelled me to get them.


I might actually be able to successfully hold on Prince of Persia and Metriod Prime 2. While I'm sure they're quality sequels, I bought both originals near their release dates and still haven't finished them. They just bore me for some reason, and Prime's controls are a barrier to enjoyment.

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Halo 2 is the only definite right now. I have $40.00 sitting at my local EB that is currently earmarked for SW: Battlefront but I'm still undecided as to whether or not I will take it home.


I would love to get Fable, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Tron 2.0: Killer App, Guilty Gear X2, Terminator 3: Redemption, and Donky Konga. I likely won't get them for a couple of reasons: Money, and City of Heroes.


Later on I will, without a doubt, pick up Metroid Prime 2 and Paper Mario. Will they be release-day titles? That depends on what is offered as a pre-order bonus, if anything.

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I'd really like to pick up Rainbow Six: Black Arrow but, I'm damn near done with all of Morrowind and expansions, and as soon as this gets done, I'll be picking up Fable which, hopefully, will carry me to Halo 2. Then, who knows.


If Half Life 2 releases somewhere in there, I don't think I'll wait for the Xbox version and, I'll be glued to the PC for quite awhile.


Same with San Andreas. I don't know if I want to wait for an Xbox version sometime in the future and, may be glued to my VERY dusty ps2.


Not time for much else, gamewise.

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For me the titles that I'll be waiting on are ....


Halo 2

GTA: San Andreas

Pikmin 2

Prince of Persia 2

Baten Kaitos (to go along with Tales of Symphonia)

Half Life 2


Games that I'll be getting...


Paper Mario 2

Donkey Konga

ESPN NBA and ESPN College Hoops


I'm trying really hard to cut back as I get ready for the baby. Although I'm fairly certain that I'll have a DS system and at least 2 or 3 launch games in my "to buy" list soon.



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Titles I am absolutely possitively without a doubt getting at or near launch:


Half-Life 2 - My most anticipated. I dont know how anyone could view all the E3 footage from this year and NOT be wanting this game badly. Just seems like the game is going to be polished beyond belief and its going to be freakin huge! I really dont understand the "too many delays" reason for losing interest. Honestly the more its delayed the more I look forward to it just because I know they are taking their sweet ass time to make the best game possible.


Halo 2 - Come on. Do I really need to explain this one? :) Next to HL2 this is my most anticipated game on any system.


Forza Motorsport - I love a good racing game. Always have always will. Forza looks like it is poised to take away the console racing crown from the GT series. A racing game that drives as good or better than the GT games, has a better physics system, has a realistic damage model, car customization, etc. I'm there!


Burnout 3 (xbox) - Have you seen the reviews so far? Everyone is going gah gah over this game. I'm hoping that this becomes an XBL favorite for quite some time. This looks like a great game to have for those times when you have 30 minutes or less to spend on a game. The ultimate gaming quickie. :)


Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - I'm sure I'll get this whenever it comes out just because KOTOR was so good and I'm craving a good adventure/RPG game. I'm puting this above Jade Empire on my priority list simply because KOTOR is proven. I'll be watching the reviews of Jade very closely.




Games I'll probably get eventually depending on time:


SW: Battlefront

Ghost Recon 2

Jade Empire

Prince Of Persia 2

Conker: Live and Reloaded

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

Dungeon Siege 2

Can't think of anymore at the moment...

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