It used to be that most all the year's best games launched in the fourth quarter to take advantage of the holiday rush.
But these days, with so many damn games coming out and everyone wanting a piece of that prodigious holiday pie, it only makes sense to bump a few promising titles into 2013. And over the past couple of years, those "few" have turned into a deluge for the first quarter of the following year.
So now, it's not just October and November that are nuts; January through March are jam packed, too. Just look at what is scheduled to arrive on store shelves in the first quarter of 2013; most of these have concrete release dates and only a few, like The Last Of Us , hold vague "Q1 2013" estimations.
The Last Of Us may not make it for the first quarter but even without it, that's still a pretty ridiculous lineup and I'd say easily rivals that of the holiday list. Beyond: Two Souls probably won't hit in the first quarter but what about Grand Theft Auto V ? Seems quite likely, doesn't it? And maybe even Final Fantasy XIII-3 , which now appears inevitable and would make sense, as FFXIII-2 launched in January of this year.
It's just surprising how many games we're getting in the supposed "doldrums" of the first quarter this generation.