The Summer Drought Is A Good Thing: Play Old Games
The summer drought kills all games, leaving us thirsty and miserable. But wait! We all have extra stocks in our piles of shame! QUENCH YOUR GAMING THIRST.
The summer drought is a yearly thing in gaming – certainly not in the real world where, while it’s sunny right now, it’s been terribly wet and rainy and horrible and not like summer at all and not a drought in the slightest. But in gaming: yes.
And every year it gets to the point where we’re sat here on Play, twiddling our thumbs and wondering just what games we’re supposed to cover in our review sections, or what games will be deemed important enough to actually have preview code released for them.
Safe to say, it isn’t many.
Any you, our poor readers, have it even worse – you don’t even get the luxury of said (admittedly rare) preview code opportunities. You just have to make do with no releases at all.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. And we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – but just because it’s a point that’s been made many times before doesn’t make it any less valid a point: now is the time to play catch-up. Now is the time to clock all of those games you put in your pile of shame and forgot about. You have months free of notable new releases – bar the odd PSN download here and there. So you have the time, and you don’t have the excuses.
We, for one (all-seeing blob/entity) will be returning to the likes of:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
We (meaning “I”) actually finished this so it’s not a True Shame entry, but it’s one that’s always been crying out to be returned to. So, in this vague down time (and since it’s a PS Plus freebie), we’re going to go all the way through, killing everyone. Bliss.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
There’s that sort of addictiveness that can take over your mind and leave you devoid of thought, simply sitting there in blissfully vague happiness at the blinking shapes and blooping sounds emanating from your television. Peace Walker hits this note flawlessly, and we can still lose hours on end to the game. Double bliss.
The Close Quarters DLC brought us back a bit, but downtime from other games should bring us back in earnest. I have no idea why I’m using the editorial ‘us’ or ‘we’ right now, because I’m talking very personally when I say: this is the best shooter on PS3, so I should play it more again.
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
I never fell out with this one, even after it got a bit boring following 40 hours of wandering the pretty locales of Amalur. It just sort of got lost in the mix, the disc put under another disc, then another, then another. Now it’s under, like, four discs or something. And who can be bothered to root through that? Motivation will return though. As will consistent use of I, my and me.
I like Starhawk, it is one of my favourite games of this year though not many agree with me (see? I, my, me). But beyond review, owing to concerns elsewhere – and generally just forgetting about it and moving on – I haven’t played it much. This should change, as it’s a great mix of action and RTS-lite. And even though it’s shallow as Shal Shallowton from the Shallows of Shallowberg, it’s still good to see some real-time strategy on PS3.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Hah, who am I kidding? This is far too much of a timesink.
Problem here is, while I love the game and would happily spend my wet summer playing it, I don’t have a Vita. Must start a Kickstarter for that…
Vandal Hearts: Flames Of Judgement
Late addition to the list because I keep forgetting about it. As a huge fan of the first (and reasonably large fan of the flawed second) game, it is a personal duty to play through the Vandal Hearts I never even expected to exist. Instead I just forget and play other things. And then I sigh.
Actually, now we come to look at it, there are plenty more games in our pile of shame. There’s not enough time in the whole of the summer to get through them. Damn you, summer drought – why don’t you last longer?
What about you lot? Plans of things to play through when there’s little in the way of new newness?