May 24 - May 28

You know what. Let's recap. With less than half of 2010 out the door, here are the games that have been released over what are traditionally some of the most dull months for gamers: Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, Final Fantasy XIII, Metro 2033, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Heavy Rain, Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Darksiders and, oh yes, now Super Mario Galaxy 2.

By comparison, the big titles from the first few months of 2009 were Street Fighter IV, Dawn of War II, Killzone II, Resident Evil V, Demigod and inFamous. I'm not saying that's an easily dismissed list, but somehow it really fails to inspire the same kind of awe.

I don't know exactly why I care about this. Keeping score about what comes out when is a totally pointless exercise. I might as well run around assigning arbitrary values of quality to the games. Still, it's kind of nice to get week after week of new games to play, unless of course you're a big Wii fan because Nintendo systems have been largely locked out of the glut.

This week, however, it's time to dust off that Wii as Mario Galaxy 2 hits store shelves. Try not to be surprised when you find out that pretty much every reviewer on the planet is positively smitten.

Also, of note this week, though is Mod Nation Racers for the PS3 which looks equally delightful.

PC
- Blur
- Making History II: The War of the World

Xbox 360
- Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers
- Blur
- UFC Undisputed 2010

PS3
- Blur
- ModNation Racers
- UFC Undisputed 2010

Wii
- Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers
- Kid Adventures: Sky Captain
- Let's Paint
- Pirates Plundarrr
- Super Mario Galaxy 2

DS
- Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers
- Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge
- Color Cross
- Dawn of Heroes
- Little Bears
- Monster Frenzy
- River City Soccer Hooligans
- Witch's Wish

PSP
- Hexyz Force
- ModNation Racers

Coming Soon -
- Crackdown 2 : July 6
- Starcraft 2 : July 27
- Mafia 2 (PC, 360, PS3) : August 24
- Metroid Other M : August 31

Comments

Heh, if you ask me, 2010's "notables" so far, and Mr. Sands' obvious overlooking of such Wii games goes a long way to explain how the landscape of gaming from the eyes of the masses sometimes looks like a big brown splotch littered with gunfire.

No, I don't disagree with you here. I am painfully provincial when it comes to most of my gaming -- which is not necessarily a bad thing -- and at this point I'm pretty comfortable with that. I've always approached GotW as a very personal endeavor rather than some artificial attempt to get in with crowds that don't really appeal to me.

I've just never been good a quashing my preferences and opinions for the sake of diplomacy, not that I think you are asking me to.

I'd like to say that when I write this stuff I'm trying to look at things from a marriage of quality and mass market appeal, but in reality I'm incredibly biased by the things that interest me in particular. I justify that by saying that whatever perspective I take would end up alienating about the same number of folks, so I might as well write what I know. After all if my GotW was a sampling from your alternative list, I'm sure I'd get just as many people asking "How the hell didn't Big Game X get the nod this week?"

That's not really a response to your points, because I'm not sure you need a response. Your points are entirely valid. I'm just offering a glimpse behind my perspective.

Sigh - no love for the PC.

Which is actually good because I still have to catch up on stuff I bought from the Christmas Steam sale.

hbi2k wrote:

It was probably a bad move releasing Blur, Split Second, and Modnation Racers so close to one another. That's a lot of overlap, and I imagine most people who are interested in any of them will only wind up buying one. (Or at least, only one new copy during those all-important first couple weeks.) They all sound like pretty cool games, so I hope they don't suffer too much from being bunched together.

Seems inevitable. Especially since they've all been described as kart racers.

Mister Magnus wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

It was probably a bad move releasing Blur, Split Second, and Modnation Racers so close to one another. That's a lot of overlap, and I imagine most people who are interested in any of them will only wind up buying one. (Or at least, only one new copy during those all-important first couple weeks.) They all sound like pretty cool games, so I hope they don't suffer too much from being bunched together.

Seems inevitable. Especially since they've all been described as kart racers.

Welcome to the Hollywood style of marketing, fellas:

One dev might have a decent take on a genre, then the buzz grows, so others follow suit trying to cash in on the coming tide of dollars.

That's why we see so many similar movies come out in a relatively short span of time. Comic book movies, remakes, TV Franchise rehashes, etc. "A-Team getting a lot of buzz? What can we make to hitch a ride on that gravy train? The Losers! Hey-- it's a comic and the story is generally a knock-off of the A-Team! Double Whammy!"

It's a direction the big publishers had taken a long time ago, basically ever since it cost more than $1million to make any given AAA title. So many other aspects of the Hollywood Machine have pervaded the game industry, I wonder why anyone would be surprised by this sort of move.

Elysium wrote:

That's not really a response to your points, because I'm not sure you need a response. Your points are entirely valid. I'm just offering a glimpse behind my perspective.

Oh, please don't change on my account. I've often wondered at which particular people would love the games that often top the charts, but who won't play something like Muramasa. For a long time, it seemed impossible to me. You are a living embodiment of an entire generation of gamers who have little in common with my gaming tastes. Welcome! Nice to see you after all this time.

Of course, I wouldn't call your tastes provincial, after defending so many gamers who will only play stuff like WSR or Wii games. And it's not like you like every single Space Marine game out there.

No, in fact, I think you're perfect for writing the GotW section because, while I believe you are in touch with the common ken of what's good in gaming, you still have personality and aren't afraid to say you don't like or like particular games regardless of what they are. If you didn't write about what you knew and liked and just went by the charts, we might as well just charge a bot to do the article!

As usual, I was only offering a counterpoint for us all. Wii gamers haven't had it as bad as you might suppose. It's been pretty good this year, actually.

All men count with Elysium, but none too much.

Nice to see the civil exchange between Elysium and LarryC, which I don't see as an argument so much as two very valid points.

I'm sufficiently blessed to own all three current-gen consoles (as well as previous generations) and I feel like we're at a point where most gamers could reasonably play a steady stream of high-quality games only owning one, any one, of them. It's nice.

The Wii does have its high-profile Nintendo franchise games, but it is also the home of most of the more niche titles. This is probably for the same reason that late in the PS2's lifecycle it became the niche console of choice: you need a much wider install base to take those kind of risks. As with the GameCube, I think the Wii owner is best served by doing a little research and mixing the best high-profile and niche titles.