Of Might and Magic: Strong Opening, Weak Closing Pt. 1: Intro

[As Read on GIO.]

Some Serious Reboots and Some Stale Sequels

No- contrary to the title, which could lead you to believe so, this particular blog post is not about the Might and Magic series of games, rather about 2013 as a year for gaming thus far, eleven months in and looking to close shortly. We’ve seen some excellent titles, particularly in the first half of the year, and some ehhh, not so great ones now in this second half. So far, in my mind, the first half is in the lead- however, as close as it is to wrapping up, this game is far from over or finished. So, I’m going to talk about some major or slightly more interesting gaming examples for the year so far, as well as some promising future candidates- should they live up to expectations. 2013 has certainly been a big year for titles released and quality, but not all have had excellent review scores, as I will show momentarily…

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January’s Big(ger) Titles:

Devil May Cry

February’s Titles:

Fire Emblem Awakening

Dead Space 3

Crysis 3

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

March’s Titles:

Tomb Raider

God of War: Ascension

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Lego City Undercover

Gears of War Judgment

Hotline Miami

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Bioshock Infinite

April’s Titles:

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoners- Soul Hackers

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Monaco

May’s Titles:

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Metro: Last Light

June’s Titles:

State of Decay

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Last of Us

July’s Titles:

Dota 2

Shin Megami Tensei IV

August’s Titles:

Pikmin 3

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Disney Infinity

Saints Row IV

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

September’s Titles:

Diablo 3

Rayman Legends

Total War: Rome II

Grand Theft Auto V

October’s Titles:

Beyond: Two Souls

The Wolf Among Us Episode One

Pokemon X & Y

Skylanders Swap Force

Batman: Arkham Origins

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Battlefield 4

November’s Titles (Still Coming):

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Rachet and Clank: Into the Nexus

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Need for Speed: Rivals

Dead Rising 3

Forza Motorsport 5

December’s Titles (Still coming):

Gran Turismo 6

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Now, those were some of the so-called ‘big’ or expected to be big game releases this year, some indie developed games included. I have highlighted a few games from each month, or none at all if none were applicable to me, in order to talk about and showcase my points here. They are as follows, if you don’t feel like scrolling back through:

-Devil May Cry (DMC)

-Dead Space 3 (DS3)

-Tomb Raider (TR)

-Bioshock Infinite (BI)

-Metro: Last Light (MLL)

-The Last of Us (TLL)

-Pikmin 3 (P3)

-Disney Infinity (DI)

-Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV)

-Pokemon X & Y (PXY)

-Batman: Arkham Origins (BAO)

-Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (ABF)

-Battlefield 4 (B4)

-Call of Duty: Ghosts (CG)

[Total: 14 Games] Limited Further to those highlighted above as examples for this particular blog, because I will probably be splitting this in two for space concerns and length reasons.

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Games Selling Based on Franchise History:

CG, B4, DI, GTAV

Games Selling Based on Interest or Fresh Starts:

TR, BI, TLL

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NEXT TIME: I will actually go into depth about what I’ve laid out in this introductory blog here, and give you my reasons for why I believe- despite some strong closers, that the first half of the year has outcompeted the second. Thanks, and be sure to check back later for part two.

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