It looks like we’ve potentially got a few good months ahead of us for game releases.
Modern Warfare 2 has a shot at setting all sorts of game buying records. I hope the $60 price tag for the PC version doesn’t set a new trend, but I’m sure in this case it will be worth it.
There’s Fallout 3: New Vegas which I’m very hopeful about. It isn’t a sequel to Fallout 3, but rather, it’s a group of some of the original developers of the fallout series working with the fallout 3 engine. I hope to see better dialog, more interesting game decisions, and an interesting story.
Operation Flashpoint 2 is a sequel to one of the best games of all time (IMO), Operation Flashpoint. It isn’t made by the same developers (the original OFP developers went on to create OFP’s spiritual successors ARMA and ARMA II. I haven’t gotten ARMA 2 yet mostly because money is tight but I plan to, even though it has some rather horrid interface/control issues. I was pleasantly surprised to see some new in-game footage (1 2 3 4) that indicate that it may be a real sequel to the game.
They seem to be focused on realism, open world dynamic objective based missions, (I assume) being able to use any weapon or vehicle available on the battlefield, crazy long draw distances and realistic combat ranges (OFP/ARMAs are still the only game I think gets this even close), etc.
It looks slow as hell, but they’re demoing it on the xbox so that’s actually a good sign - the game pushes the cutting edge so it should look great on the PC.
If it turns out to have ARMA 2’s depth without the flaws, I may get it. I may end up getting both.
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is a rally racing game. I’m not big into racing games, but among the different types of races rally racing is definitely the most interesting. It has detailed physics and car damage models and that appeals to me. If it basically turns out to be a better looking and more realistic FlatOut, I’m in.
What got my attention is that the developers announced an intent to delay the PC version by a few months in order to beef up the graphics and add directx 11 support, one of the first games to do it. They say they think they can make it the best looking racing game of all time. In the days of dumbed down, aged-tech console ports, I really appreciate it when a developer puts in the extra effort to make the game better on the PC.
Left 4 Dead 2 is a game that I probably should be looking forward to more than I am, since I’ve logged quite a few quality hours in with other SDMBers in L4D. I guess I’m still kind of irritated at how long it took them to release content that should’ve been available at launch, and now they’re cashing in by coming out with a sequel in only a year. I’m sure I’ll still end up getting it, and it’ll be fun - but I’m not wildly enthusiastic about it.
So what is everyone else looking forward to?