I love and loathe September. I love it because it’s that time of year where games are slowly starting to get drip fed to us, but I loathe it because I won’t have time due to going back to university. Nevertheless, I can still want games, and these are the games I want to pick up the most this month.
The Last Of Us
Okay, so this one came out a while ago, but that can’t stop me from wanting it this month, right? I played a little bit of this at a friend’s house when I was visiting family, and I have to say I liked what I saw. The whole zombie concept is getting a bit dull now in my opinion, but the enemy design in The Last of Us looks so unique that I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I check at least every other day to see if the price has gone down, but I’m still waiting. It’s frustrating that I haven’t been able to play many people’s Game of the Year yet, but I believe that it will happen soon.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
It was bound to make the list. If you don’t know of my love for Harvest Moon, I’m sure these next few sentences will make it clear. I’ve been playing the Harvest Moon series for probably 14 years or more. I apologise if that’s an over exaggeration, but my earliest memory of playing it was when I was on holiday in Jersey with my parents, and if I couldn’t go swimming in the pool, I was sat in the hotel room with my Gameboy/Gameboy Advance playing Harvest Moon. There’s something just so addictive about making sure your crops are watered, and making sure they don’t die. Nevermind Farmville, Harvest Moon is where it’s at.
Anyway, we’ve seen a few 3D Harvest Moon titles in the past, but for me they failed miserably for one simple reason; they were on home consoles. I could never get the hang of it, and they tried to make them into a little RPG at the same time, which I don’t like. However, A New Beginning looks stunning, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m sure that it will be battling for my love with Animal Crossing, and we’ll see who wins on that one.
Tales of Xillia
I know, this one came out in August, but I still want it, and the Tales Of series has become one of my favourites, I’ve got to say. It’s no Final Fantasy, but it’s a good alternative JRPG and they always have decent plots. I’ve noticed a problem with JRPGs on the PS3 though, and that’s that they’re too damn expensive, and they stay that way for quite some time. They’re like gold dust, especially the Atellier series which is far too expensive for the reviews they receive. Regardless, I’m not paying £44.99 for Tales of Xillia. I’m waiting for it to come down to around £30. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it, but if I bought every game I wanted at release price, I wouldn’t be able to eat.
I’ve been bitterly disappointed in GTA since Vice City if I’m honest with you. I found San Andreas to be dull, and I found IV to be frustrating, and also at times dull. I’m intrigued by the multi character layers in GTA 5, and it looks like they’ve really pushed the boat out this time. Not to mention the leaked map looks absolutely colossal. I truly do miss running around and causing chaos, and having three playable characters to do that with really excites me. Roll on September 17th.