For some, this is a surprisingly easy question. For others, they'll probably have to think about it for a while.
As usual, the autumn is full of promising titles and most consumers have to create a priority list. Maybe you can only buy three or four or maybe things aren't going so great, and you can really afford only one. So let's take the latter unfortunate example for the subject of tonight's editorial: If you could only purchase one game between now and Christmas, what would it be?
This is actually pretty easy for me; it's Assassin's Creed III , no two ways about it. Not only do I fully expect it to become 2012's Game of the Year, but it also gives you a ton of bang for your buck; there's almost no chance I spend less than 35 hours with it. But also on that list are games like Dishonored (set to launch on Tuesday), for which I have extremely high hopes, and some downloadable titles such as Joe Danger 2: The Movie and The Unfinished Swan . Resident Evil 6 had been a consideration but…still not sure what happened there.
So what about you? If you're a multiplayer fanatic, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is probably a given. Then again, maybe it's Halo 4 or Medal of Honor: Warfighter ; I imagine both are top priorities for the shooter fans. You also can't forget Need for Speed: Most Wanted , which you may as well call "Burnout Paradise 2." That one should be awesome, too, and talk about bang for your buck… Fighting followers may already have their game ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or Dead or Alive 5 ), but we can't forget about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale , can we?