As we stand now at the next generation of game consoles, in full swing for the first time, gamers are awaiting a few games with pretty serious anticipation. No, that's a tremendous understatement. It seems that gamers have glued themselves to their PCs and refused to return to their consoles, searching endlessly for more little tidbits about a select few games. The following are those crazy hype machines. Good luck finding a copy on launch day:
Halo 3: The mother of all anticipated games. Hell, Halo 2 is still the #1 most-played game on XBox Live, and it's over 2 YEARS old. Bungie, the developer, cruelly releases a new tidbit of information every week, and for some mystifying reason, it's always headline-grade news. One week, they released the specs for a rifle, and it was posted all over major gaming news sites. How many rounds per second does it fire? Do I even have any clue as to how many rounds per second any gun fires? Most gamers have never even held a rifle, but, oh, 4-inch silencer on that pistol? Yea, nice. Of course they know what would imply.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The first glimpse of this game in the form of a teaser trailer went up on developer Rockstar's site today. The site promptly was overloaded by fanboys and crashed. They ran an ad on TV, during the wee hours of the morning, that was HOURS long, and just featured the above logo with a big countdown to today's teaser. No, seriously. I saw a video of it, because, yes, someone felt it was necessary to record 30 minutes of numbers counting down. I'd be lying if I said I weren't excited about it. GTA is one of the best-selling franchises of all time...even Halo 3 is probably releasing in September to avoid the massive release of this game in October.
Final Fantasy XIII: I'm not really sure what to say here. I don't think anyone is awaiting this with baited breath, because, well, we don't need to see it at all before it comes out. Like frat boys to Halo 3, Squaresoft fans will flock to the stores to pick this up whenever it comes out. It could come out in 2010, and we'd probably be just as happy.
Mario [insert word here]: If it says "Mario" on it, and it's for the Wii, people will buy it. Whether it's one of the upcoming Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers, Mario Party, Mario Kart, or Paper Mario, it's all set. Think about the limitless range of this franchise. Mario started out as a plumber who could jump really high. Isn't that just the most ludicrous thing you've ever heard? So when Nintendo tells you that he can breathe fire, play soccer, turn into a raccoon, and make dinosaurs bend to his will, it's just all business as usual.
I'm sure I'll be writing more about GTAIV tomorrow, as the web will be flooded with speculation over the trailer, and I have some speculatin' of my own to be doin!