And so it is, with the annual arrival of FIFA, we enter the silly season. Every games publisher under the sun decides to release their games at the exact same time, seemingly with some inside knowledge that our pockets are far deeper than they actually are. We’ve got some absolute behemoths dropping on PC over the next 10-12 weeks, but which are going to succeed and which will be squashed by the competition?
As you can see, from next week onwards things really begin to heat up. We’re then looking at two or three huge titles every week, all the way through until the first week of December. Forza and FIFA occupy their usual spots, and then open-world fans are in for an early treat with Mafia 3. So far so good, but then things begin to get a teeny bit hectic. Gears of War 4 is out just four days later, followed by Shadow Warrior 2 two days after that.
If that wasn’t enough we then enter two weeks of first-person shooter mayhem. EA has made the bizarre decision to launch Titanfall 2 just a single week after Battlefield 1. Then Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare arrives a week after that. Sandwiched in between these two is the life-devouring Civ 6 long with DBZ: Xenoverse 2. I don’t know about you, but I only have so much money to spend on games, particularly when 3 online-focused shooters come along at once. I’m buying one, perhaps two max, out of COD, BF1 and Titanfall 2. One of these surely has to suffer from the cramped release schedule and I’m betting it’s Titanfall 2. Why hasn’t EA just pushed it out until early 2017, giving it a little more breathing room?
For me November is then a huge month. Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs and Planet Coaster within six days of one another. My heart weeps for my poor wallet. The latter in particularly looks like it could be the game to swallow up the Christmas holidays.
Ubisoft is actually unusually quiet this holiday. We’ve got Watch Dogs 2 of course, which for some strange reason comes out on the same day as the Assassin’s Creed 2: Ezio Collection, along with what I reckon could be a sleeper hit in Steep. And that’s about it really, after a number of high profile delays.
Just totting up how many of them I’m actually interested in buying I’m quite worried, particularly taking into account a few console exclusives I’m after like Paper Mario and The Last Guardian. I thought it was going to be a cheap few months for me but evidently not now, there's just too many games I'm after.
What do you think of the lineup games for holiday 2016, is this the best you’ve seen in a while? What games are you planning to buy? Which games are going to lose out in the rush? Let us know!