The Average Gamer 3.12.13: Must Have Games - March to May Edition
Posted by Dan Watson on 03.12.2013
From Gears of War and Walking Dead to Injustice and Bioshock, 411's Dan Watson takes a look at some of the must have games of the next few months.
Welcome back to the Average Gamer.
These last few months have taken a huge toll on me. The time change from this past weekend didn't help. I think the final straw that broke my back here is that Percy Harvin is no longer a Minnesota Viking. As if it couldn't get worse, he was traded to what will from this point forwards be called 2009 Vikings West, Seattle Seahawks. Their wide receivers are the only two receivers that the Vikings have drafted and allowed to flourish since Randy Moss. Even though the trade disappoints me, we at least got more than fair compensation in return with a first rounder and seventh rounder this year and a mid-rounder next year. It is just disappointing to see a team release three wide receivers and trade away the fourth and think it is going to be a contender this year. Adrian Peterson should just demand a trade as well at this point.
In the gaming world, I have been playing a bit of Crysis 3 still. I want to thank the commenters in the review section for pointing out if you restart the chapter that you were on prior to the patch, the freezing will go away. This helped a ton, thank you for that. I was also playing Madden a bit, but that is going to be on hold for a while until this burning from the trade goes away.
Non-Gaming Related Top 5
In the spirit of sticking football related, let's take a look at five receivers other than Harvin that have acted or are acting like Harvin did in Minnesota.
5. Victor Cruz I am going to call him Harvin lite right now. He has put up good numbers for the past few years but his off the field attitude is a bit concerning when it comes to his contract.
4. Vincent Jackson The situation in Minnesota was similar to the situation in San Diego not too long ago, instead of trading Jackson though, the Chargers just kept franchise tagging him until shipping him off to Tampa.
3. Keyshawn Johnson Remember this guy? He was a decent receiver and had funny names for teammates he didn't like including the flashlight. Too bad he was too much of a headache to be a Hall of Fame caliber wide-out that his talent would have made him.
2. Randy Moss This guy has traveled the league over and may have finally grown up. I doubt it but who knows, maybe we can see him in purple one more time before sending him off to another team.
1. Desean Jackson This guy was about as big of a headache as Harvin, except his play was much better as a Wide Receiver and he got paid.
Must Have Games of the Second Quarter
We are almost out of the first quarter of the year and it is about that time of the year for some huge releases to come out. This list is really the top five games that I think are most valuable in a collection. You may disagree and please feel free to toss your own favorites down below.
Gears of War: Judgment
I have enjoyed the Gears series much more than the Halo series. Even though they are basically the same story told in different ways, I just feel more comfortable with the story here and more relatable as well. Even though I didn't care for Dom as a character he was still more relatable than the cold Master Chief. I am unsure how good this prequel will be but I am sure it will still feel like the same Gears of War game as the others do. The story could be interesting as well.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
This game has promise for two different reasons in my opinion. First, it follows Daryl and Merle. Second, it's a first person shooter that follows the television show closer than the other Walking Dead title that won game of the year. I don't think this game will be Game of the Year but I think it will be an enjoyable title that works out as well as any other first person shooter involving zombies and survival. I have a high bar set for this title and can only hope it is as good as I am hoping for.
The first BioShock took the current generation by storm. It was heralded as a game above all others and was one of the better new IPs to come to this generation. The series took a hit though in the second game that lost much of that amazing feel from the first game. The story wasn't as good and honestly, I cannot remember it all that much compared to the first game. I am hoping that this game brings us back to that feeling of amazement and happiness in gaming while taking us through a world of chaos and confusion. My expectations are low but my hopes are high.
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
This game is sure to be one that many will pass on I am sure. The series has been okay and most people that missed out on the first or second title aren't going to want to jump into a series that is wrapping up its trilogy. That said, I have played the first few games in the series and this game is set to be pretty good in my opinion. It won't break sales records but it will be a fun game to play with a friend for a few hours and see tons of explosions and deaths.
A new MMO coming to consoles that is a shooter is just what this generation needed. There is a ton of risk on picking this title up. I have yet to play a successful console title that is this massive without issues. I am hoping this game turns out to be everything that it promises and would suggest reading reviews as we get closer to the launch of it. It is currently slated as a 4.2.2013 release but I would stay clear until later that week. It does have a ton of potential and upside though.
Tiger Woods 14
Each year Tiger Woods' video game ends up being one of the top three sports titles of the year. This year I am hoping that with the resurgence of Tiger, the series will be a bit better as well. Last year they adopted a new swing system and I didn't care for it much. This year, I am hoping we get more good golf and stay away from the gimmicks. I think EA could and will do just that this year.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
This may be one of the most anticipated games of the year and rightfully so. What we are getting here is a true fighter involving some of DC's best characters that isn't tossed together with a Mortal Kombat game. We all remember that catastrophe of a fighter. I think this game may be the best fighter we have seen since Mortal Kombat (most recent version) and hopefully it will get the credit for being a top game of the year.
Well that is it for me. Have a great week everyone. Hopefully by the time you read this the Vikings will have traded for Revis Island or at least signed a few names to help this receiver-less team.