I tried to write out all of the games being released this month and got to a grand total of nine. That’s in the entirety of April. Where is the big early year release? What am I supposed to be playing as someone who flips a desk when it gets crowed with last month’s games?
Nine games isn’t even as good as it sounds. That includes The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360, which has been out on PC for months, the Devil May Cry 3 HD Collection and Top Gun: Hard
Cock Lock, which will probably disappear off shelves before anyone notices it.
These games are from last month!
Silent Hill: Downpour is at least new, but isn’t getting great reviews, and then there’s Kinect Star Wars. It just gets worse with every trailer and Ridin’ Han Solo has taken things too far. I’ll enjoy smashing it with a novelty oversized hammer, but that’s it.
Pandora’s Tower will probably be decent, but doesn’t have me too excited. Prototype 2 is promising, so yay for one game. Yes, the one game really worth looking forward to this month.
This is the shallowest April I’ve encountered in recent times. There’s little to really look forward to, and May isn’t that much better. However, it does have a few stars.
May, like April, is lacking in quantity, but it more than makes up for that in quality. Top of the list is Max Payne 3, which should quickly shoot to number one on the sales charts. Likewise, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is shaping up to be very promising and will garner a strong following.
For the PC crowd there is Diablo 3, which will no doubt dominate their lives. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the series, but never really gave it much of a chance. Things may well have changed now that I’m the owner a PC capable of playing games.
So, then, May has three games worth your time to add to April’s one, and that’s dependent on your taste in genre. Max Payne is arguably Rockstar’s more niche title, in the sense that it doesn’t have the same massive widespread appeal associated with Grand Theft Auto, and Diablo 3 isn’t for everyone.
June and July are historically always quiet, so we might be waiting until September or October to start playing more of the games we really want.
Furthermore, there’s hardly any news of interest out at the moment. There have been no big announcements of late, and everything seems to be rumour or speculation about the next generation. But there’s only so much we can ponder about the next batch of consoles before we need something substantial.
Even the Wii U -- a 100 percent confirmed thing out this year -- is getting more speculation than accurate facts.
I’m very interested to see what happens at E3. Microsoft and Sony can deny new consoles are incoming all they want, but with how quiet the industry is at the moment, something’s gotta give.
But why are the games gone?
By Ben Salter - Tweet @Ben_Salter