Just after this year’s E3, I wrote about all the great games that are coming out by the end of this year and broke them down into two lists. Games I will most likely buy and others that I’m on the fence about. The year isn’t up yet and we’re actually in the calm before the storm at this point in time. But I don’t know about you, I’m feeling the pinch and having a hard time getting all the gaming in that I’d like to. I’ve already put a few games on the back-burner and figured I won’t get around to them until they’ve dropped in price. Not because I’m a cheap-ass, there’s just so much out and on the horizon that I simply can’t fit them into the rotation. Let me break it down for you…

What I’m Playing

Halo 3, Team Fortress 2, Warhawk

Halo 3
(Xbox 360)
Nope, I haven’t got my fill yet. I’ve played through the campaign 3 times, but have barely put in a couple dozen games online. After playing it through co-op with Hannah, I didn’t touch it for about 3 weeks. Now I’m back to it and playing strictly multiplayer. Having a lot of fun too. Gotta love the “mute all” option. πŸ˜‰

The Orange Box
(Xbox 360)
I have a feeling I’m going to be returning to The Orange Box on a regular basis for months to come. I still haven’t finished up Episode 2 (played through HL2 and Episode 1 on PC) and have played through Portal twice on standard and finished all but 2 of the advanced rooms. I’m really looking forward to getting into Team Fortress 2 more now that the patch has been released. Getting into a game and completing it without being dropped was pretty much mission impossible last time I was on.

Skate
(Xbox 360)
I’ve been plugging away at Skate since the day it was released (5 days late, mind you). There’s an absolute ton of objectives in the campaign which I’ve probably dragged out 3 or 4 times longer than it should be as I seem to be constantly getting side-tracked when I happen upon a rad spot. A word of advice – stay away from the online modes or at the very least, leave your headset sitting on the table. The dudes playing that game online are about as ignorant as they come.

Warhawk
(PlayStation 3)
The one game that’s actually had me going back to my PS3 and I’ve probably only put about half as much time into it as any one of the aforementioned games. It’s good fun and all, but I’m still more of a single player gamer and it takes a lot for me to play online consistently.

Battlestar Galactica
(Xbox Live Arcade)
I came to the realization last night that I’m actually very disappointed in this game. Being a huge fan of the series, I wanted to love it. But it’s simply an extremely tedious top-down shooter that is not a whole lot of fun. πŸ™

Mutant Storm Empire
(Xbox Live Arcade)
While I enjoyed the previous installment of Mutant Storm (Reloaded), I didn’t play it all that much. There just wasn’t much to it. Mutant Storm Empire though, is fantastic! There’s great variation in the beasties (I love that they call them that) and different stages. And it all flows very nicely from one to the next. It looks and sounds awesome, too.

Bomberman Live
(Xbox Live Arcade)
This game has seen quite a bit of action from the whole family. It’s a great local multiplayer game since you all share the same top-down screen. We’ve had lots of fun unlocking the various outfits.

What I’m Not

Usually when a game that you’re looking forward to gets delayed, it’s upsetting. Especially when it’s one of your pre-orders. This totally isn’t the case for me this year. I actually felt relieved knowing I would have a few less titles to try and squeeze in. Here’s the titles I was looking forward to that have been pushed back to ’08…

Splinter Cell: Conviction

Army of Two
(Xbox 360)

Brothers In Arms: HellΓƒΖ’Γ†β€™Γƒβ€šΒ’ΓƒΖ’Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ…Β‘Γƒβ€šΒ¬ΓƒΖ’Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ…ΒΎΓƒβ€šΒ’s Highway
(Xbox 360)

Grand Theft Auto IV
(Xbox 360)

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
(Xbox 360)

Splinter Cell: Conviction
(Xbox 360)

Unreal Tournament 3
(PlayStation 3)

What Will Have to Wait

Will all of the great titles that have come out already, there’s been a few that I wanted to get my hands on but simply haven’t been able to. I will get around to them one day. But for now, they wait.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Guitar Hero III
(Xbox 360)

Medal of Honor: Airborne
(Xbox 360)

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
(Wii)

Project Gotham Racing 4
(Xbox 360)

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
(PlayStation 3)

Tomb Raider Anniversary
(Xbox 360)

And Finally, What’s Yet to Come

With a whole slew of huge titles headed our way in the coming weeks, I’ve been faced with a decision. Which games I will get and play now. And which will have to be put on the back-burner. Since I’ve been playing mostly shooters for the past few months, these decisions weren’t too hard to make. And while some games I have been looking forward to since their announcement, I think I will enjoy them more after mixing up the genres a bit. My current buy list is…

Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed
(Xbox 360)

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
(Xbox 360)

Need for Speed: ProStreet
(Xbox 360)

And a few more for the “when there’s a dry spell” pile…

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
(Xbox 360)

Mass Effect
(Xbox 360)

Super Mario Galaxy
(Wii)

I bet a couple of those came as a surprise! My whole family had a blast playing Lego Star Wars 2, so I absolutely have to get The Complete Saga. I’m a total sucker for the Need for Speed games and was pleasantly surprised by the demo. The Call of Duty franchise is one of my all time favourites, but as I mentioned, all I’ve been doing lately is shooting people and I really don’t want to wear out my trigger finger. I’ll get to it eventually.

So, how are your lists shaping up?

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I hope to get:

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Assassins Creed

Need for Speed: ProStreet

Although Halo 3 and Skate sure have been great games, worth the money, I still am playing skate although have no purpose. Halo 3, I just beat last night, not due to it’s difficulty but rather the only distracted me.

It really does seem like there’s a great game coming out every week, doesn’t it? Sadly I won’t be able to play all the games I planned because I’m flat broke. Damn iPod Touch. :p

What I’m Playing:

– Halo 3: I beat it on legendary, but didn’t get the achievement, so I’m trying to figure that out and I’m starting to get into the multiplayer part of the game.

– Skate: Long game; I can only do small doses at a time. I’ve only gotten 90GS in it so far. :/

– Yaris: The game is total crap, but I want a few more achievements. No way I’m letting it scar my profile (I keep my completion rating at least over 25%).

– Tetris Splash: It’s a fun game, but not what I thought it would be. Still, I want more achievements in it like Yaris.

What I’m Not:

– Project Gotham Racing 4

– Beautiful Katamari

– Viva Pinata: Party Animals

– The Simpsons

– Grand Theft Auto IV

– The Orange Box (I borrowed a copy from a friend but won’t be buying it for a while)

– Super Mario Galaxy

– Test Drive Unlimited

What’s Yet To Come:

– Call of Duty 4: Loved CoD 2 and 3, so it’s a definite must buy. Might be a little difficult though because of my brother obsession with the game (long story).

– NFS Pro Street: I too was plesantly surprised by the demo. I’m glad it doesn’t take after NFS Carbon. πŸ™‚

– Test Drive Unlimited: I rented it a long time ago, and bought it off eBay last month. Haven’t gotten around to playing it again though.

You know, the friggin mute all option in Halo should stay to however you set it instead of having to do it every time you load up.

I’ve been playing a ton of MP on halo and those damn 12 year olds (and pretty much everyone else) are annoying as sin.

I haven’t had a chance to play Episode two yet, but portal was awesome… didn’t really dig TF2 though.

Army of Two has been pushed back to ’08?! GUTTED! I was really looking forward to playing through a game with my co-op partner again, seeing as the last one was GoW.

I am DEFINTELY getting CoD4:Modern Warfare. CoD2 is still one of my favourite games on the 360. That will be my main online MP game replacing good ol’ Rainbow Six. Only one week to go…

I have Bioshock and Skate to trade in today so that will be funding The Orange Box. However, I still have Medal Of Honour in my collection sitting untouched. I’ve decided I’m really putting my foot down and not buying a game until I have my current collection completed. Er, we’ll see if that’s the case though.

Also, I see you have Tomb Raider: Anniversary on your ‘what will have to wait’ list. Man, this is SUCH a great game. I’m totally disappointed with the reviews (which have been average) and the fact no one on my FL is playing it. Where’s the Lara love, people? If you plyed the original and enjoyed it then this is a must have!

Mmm. My list is smaller, but obvious has the same games in is:

Playing:

Halo3 (both singleplayer and multiplayer)

HL2 – Episode 2 (Orange Box on PC)

TeamFortress2 (love it!)

Every Extend Extra Extreme (XLA)

Not playing:

Skate – played the demo and still waiting to get hooked

Going to buy for sure:

Assessin’s Creed

Try demo first:

Call of Duty 4

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway

Army of Two

Halo 3 multiplayer for me. Can’t pull myself away from it. I’ve been really enjoying the ranked 2v2 and the Social multi-team playlists. Team Crazy King with 4 teams is a blast.

I think the next big game on my list will be Mass Effect. Or I’ll pick up a Wii and go with Mario Galaxy.

So many games! Who needs sleep?

I finally pre-ordered Assassin’s Creed. I was going to wait for reviews because i’ve heard there are some problems with the controls but it just looks flatout awesome.

Right now I am really only playing The Orange Box. I am loving Portal and TF2, but I am stuck on the last 2 advanced levels in Portal. As for HL2 I am gonna start Episode 2 this weekend. I have played through HL2 and Episode 1 already, which I loved playing on a console for the first time.

What I want/Plan to get?

– Skate

– Halo 3

– Assassins Creed

– Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

– Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway

(not necessarily in that order)

Saving up some money to buy either a PS3 or a 360, can’t make up my mind yet. Also, my tv sucks so need one that will do a new system justice.

My Wii is cyrrently packed in a box as it was gathering dust.

Godfather was pretty good, and Zelda was amazing, definitely one of the best games ever, but nothing since. I just don’t get Metroid Prime, it’s just not for me. Waiting for Mario which will hopefully avoid me heading over to eBay with my Wii πŸ™

I finally decided to sit down and write a list of all the games that I needed to complete my collection. Thats everything from Commodore 64 to NES to Playstation 3.

I ended up with a massive 132 titles.

In anycase out of whats being released I am looking forward to getting Metroid Prime 3 in a few days. I am going to pre-order it this week(I’m Australian) to ensure hat I get a free game guide.

I should prolly play some Orange Box sometime as well.

@Chris: Yeah, I get pretty annoyed when I jump into a Lone Wolves lobby and realize that I didn’t enable "mute all" again. I wonder why it doesn’t save your preference?

@Rockers Delight: Army of Two was delayed a couple weeks back. It does sound like it will be a blast co-op, though.

I’m really looking forward to playing Tomb Raider: Anniversary. I had a lot of fun with Legend, but I never played the previous games, which I hear were even better.

@Justin: As far as I’m concerned, Alan Wake is vaporware. They’ve been hyping that game for over 3 years now and we’re yet to see any gameplay footage. There hasn’t really been any word on it in the past year as well, and no release date in sight. Those pretty pictures they were showing back before the "next-gen" console came out probably aren’t anything special today.

@Tom: My Wii doesn’t get much use aside from the web browser, either. The last game I played on it was Metroid Prime 3 for a couple hours when I rented it just after release. But I was into BioShock at the time, so I returned it the next morning. Basically just wanted to check out the controls, which were great BTW. I’ll get it eventually. The Wii I bought came with Twilight Princess, which I traded in right away. Can’t stand those games. Can you even believe Nintendo is still making people read every word of dialog after all these years?

I’ve rarely had to deal with teammates that I wanted to mute. I know at times I tend to talk more than anyone else in regards to where they’re at, and what they’re doing.

But I think I’ve lucked out when I play. I’ve had many.. two games where I just took off my headset since I didn’t want to hear the kids rambling on about anything other than the match itself.

Though I do tend to stick with the same few people every day when I’m gaming. I just like playing with a team that knows what they’re doing, and how we all can function together. M akes it better too when you’ve all got something in common πŸ˜›

Much better than playing with random people that won’t party up even after a spectacular winning match.

@Jordan: I haven’t had too many team games where I ended up muting people, but it has happened. I was referring to straight up deathmatch games where kids talk about what they did at school or some ass is spewing the most derogatory shit you can imagine. Or my personal favourite, the asshole who won’t stop singing. Who does that? You want to sing me a lullaby while I shoot you? I’ll never understand that. But it must happen often, as that’s actually one of the reasons you can choose when you give someone a negative review.

Wow, lots of good games out now… just realizing that πŸ™‚

What I’m Playing:

– Halo 3 (best team slayer ever)

– Project Gotham 4 (presently surprised by this one, love the addition of motorcycles)

– Virtua Fighter 5 (great visuals, best fighting game on 360 since DOA 4)

What I’m Waiting to Play:

– Lego Star Wars (Oooo I can’t wait to grab this one!)

– Need for Speed Pro Street (demo was awesome!)

What I’m playing:

Halo 3 (Obviously…)

The Orange Box

Bomberman Live

Gears of War

What I Intend To:

Rock Band

I accidentally deleted my profile (as you did a while back) but luckily I was going to be migrating to an online profile soon, anyway. Just need to rebuild my (albeit very small) 1000 gamerscore now, and play through the campaigns of my collection again.

(by the way, I’m N1netyproof)

Well now that i have my PSP…

Currently Playing;

-Halo 3

-MLB07: The Show

-Megaman Powered Up

-Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee

Coming Soon;

-Assassin’s Creed

-Call of Duty 4: MW

-Beowolf

I totally skipped the Halo train and I’m not that shook up about it, especially now that Assassin’s Creed is coming out soon. That’s probably the game I’m looking forward to the most, aside from GTA IV and Splinter Cell: Conviction (though I haven’t actually finished the last SC yet).

Every day I have an internal struggle on the do I or don’t I get GH III, so far I think I’m winning and I think it’s a good thing.

Other than that, I think PGR4 might make me crack open the ol’ racing wheel and make me get back into Forza 2 as well. We’ll see though.

I see you’re not much for sports games though, why’s that?

Currently playing:

– Forza 2

– PGR 4

– Halo 3

Hope to get soon:

– Assassin’s Creed

– Skate

– Orange Box

Maybe will get:

– NFS Pro Street (waiting for the reviews)

– Lego Star Wars – complete saga

– Army of Two.

Was thinking about Guitar Hero III, but it costs something like Assassin’s Creed and Skate together… (and still some cash is left)… well, will also think about it, but not too soon for sure πŸ™‚

I dont know what you’re plan is entirely, but i just beat COD4, and the single player is by far the best, most immersive gaming experience i’ve ever had to date. Highly recommended.

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What I’m Playing:

Some retro gaming on the Wii, introducing the kids to more Mario before the big day.

-Mario Kart 64 was skipped back then as I was into PC racing sims, this is a quality title. Only took my daughter one day to not only beat me but feel sorry for me πŸ™ don’t you just love that.

-Super Mario World, never did finish it, probably never will at this rate, superb game design, just hope Galaxy lives up to the reviews.

Not Playing:

-PGR4, still not got Forza 2 setup properly, need one of those driving seats, ehh santa?

-Halo 3

-Metroid Prime 3, quality series but I’ve still not recovered from all the back tracking in the first one

What’s to Come:

-Super Mario Galaxy, wife works late on release day, big bag a chips already in the cupboard daughter allowed to stay up late πŸ™‚

-Call of Duty 4, skipped 2 and 3 so really looking forward to this.

-Lego Star Wars

-The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

-Resi 4 Wii, almost a budget game now.

-Ace Combat 6

-Sensible Soccer Live Arcade, ahh the memories.

-Super Mario Bros. 3, was console less in 1990, one to add to Virtual Console.

-Orange Box, like I have time.

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