With another jam-packed holiday lineup, there are guaranteed to be several overlooked games.
Titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , Battlefield 3 , Batman: Arkham City , Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception , The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , and Assassin's Creed: Revelations have little to fear. They'll get their sales. They'll get their headlines. But what games are destined to reside in the shadows of these behemoths?
Need for Speed: The Run
The only good news for EA's racer is that there isn't much in the way of competition. Forza 4 is already out and it's an entirely different racing experience, and if someone is looking for a fast-paced, arcade-style racer, they probably have no choice. However, by the time The Run arrives in November 15, all the heavy hitters will be out; Revelations also launches that same day. Racing and sports games don't have as much overall oomph as they had back in the day; the new Need for Speed might feel the strain.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
While there are plenty of die-hard R&C fans out there, this one has several strikes against it. As good as it might be, it has the same release date as Arkham City . That's a huge strike right there. Secondly, as the game is more of a co-op-based adventure and most everyone knows it, some long-time fans are a tad skeptical. Thirdly and lastly, this industry seems to be shifting away from the fun and cartoon-y and embracing the gritty and realistic. Exhibits A and B would be MW3 and BF3 respectively.
The Cursed Crusade
Now, maybe this one will deserve to be overlooked if it turns out like crap. But either way, it has no chance against Battlefield 3 on October 25. Also, the game has received little in the way of promotion; most gamers really don't even know what it is. It's an action/RPG – or so it seems – but it may lack polish and high production values, and the bottom line is that against the ridiculous autumn lineup of titles gamers have been anticipating all year… Yeah, don't expect super high sales.
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
True, it's a reimagining of a timeless classic, which might be enough to entice a few veteran gamers. But November 1 is a wicked tough day; it's smack dab in the midst of all the biggest releases between mid-October and mid-November and oh yes, Uncharted 3 hits store shelves that day. Besides, as a shooter, it has no hope of standing up to MW3 or BF3; it isn't a fair comparison at all, of course, but the fans really might not care. Only the nostalgic will care and that's not enough.
Saints Row: The Third
This is the only one on the list that might break through and be considered a sales success. It has received some solid marketing and there is no Grand Theft Auto for competition. It also offers a ton of gameplay – or so we assume – and those looking for a sandbox game that doesn't involve stealth of any kind ( Revelations also releases on the 15th), the third Saints Row should fit the bill. But it just feels like the odd man out in this holiday scenario; too many gamers view this as the "poor man's GTA," after all.