Console gamers more often than face a summer of discontent. Devlopers dont just mindlessly avoid the summer for bringing out killer titles, they are convinced us game heads are skipping around in feilds playing frisbee and drinking lemonade. The reality is that most of us are probably indoors frantically researching the latest developments on our long list of soon to be released titles! Sure, I may have said that tongue in cheek, but I’d put money on big titles selling a huge amount of copies no matter when it’s released.
Of course developers will never stray from the traditional winter release dates. Putting a game on the market at this time means it is far more likely to sell thousands more copies around the key Christmas period. This is because games are often on the Christmas gift ideas wish-lists of tech savvy teenagers. Games are expensive however and far from being just stocking fillers, they will often be the main present to kids from parents, aunties, uncles and grandparents, with one costing upwards of £40, you can see why. Most Christmas periods in the gaming world are busy but 2010 in particular will host a furore of hype and anticipation as triple A titles like COD: BLack Ops and Fifa 11 are joined by other huge titles.
The new Bungie title, Halo: Reach is hitting the shops in just two weeks and is highly anticipated if not for its epic, involving storyline, then for it’s immersive multiplayer mode which will potentially make the game last for years. The first Formula One title for four years is also being released at the end of the month, racing fans have been waiting patiently and this will finally quench their thirst for speed. Games make great 18th birthday gifts and are excellent value as they last for ages.