This time of year is always difficult for us, the gamers. Well, our wallets really. Let's take a look at the big holiday releases that I'm excited for and then quietly weep together because I can't afford them. Sound good? Okay!
1. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (yesterday)
2. LEGO Lord of the Rings (oct 30)
3. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (nov 6)
4. Paper Mario: Sticker Star (nov 11)
5. Scribblenauts Unlimited (nov 13)
6. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (nov 16)
7. Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two (nov 18)
Look at that list! Couldn't they have been spaced out just a tiny bit more? The only one that I can't live without is Paper Mario: Sticker Star, so you can bet I'm counting down the days until November 11th (and saving my pennies)! At least with the titles releasing at such a staggering pace so close to Christmas it gives me a chance to add to my wish list!
It's not exactly news that publishers push titles from mid-October through early December because of the Christmas factor, but it still seems unfair to gamers on a few levels. The cost gets to be completely absurd, but (almost) more than that is the lack of time.
On a few occasions I've grabbed more than once new release at a time and it always spelled disaster. I'd waffle over which game I should play first, then inevitably I'd ignore one game and lose long-term interest. What a tragedy! But in all seriousness it does make me feel bad for the forgotten game and then it feels like a waste of money.
All I need is a little patience and the reminder of how much I dislike having multiple new games at once, then I can feel better about my lack of funds. I'll be picking up Paper Mario on release, and if I get one of these titles for Christmas (I'm thinking Power of Illusion. SEGA throw-back!!) then I'll be one happy little gamer.
So tell me, fellow geeks, which holiday titles are you most looking forward to? What is your must have game of the season?