As we enter into the fall season, I’m reminded about how I have historically spent the most money towards gaming between September and January of each year. The publishers typically release some of the best games of the year during this stretch. And there are always a few that capture my attention. Couple that with Black Friday and winter sales and now I have more incentive to spend some cash. Back when I was buying sports and wrestling games each year, that would mean purchasing the latest Madden NFL, NBA 2K, and WWE 2K games. This time of year has always possessed the capability of being very costly.
Being primarily a PC gamer and looking to be more supportive of indie gaming, my focus is different this time around. I do have my eye on AAA games such as Far Cry 6, Battlefield 2042, and Halo Infinite. Yet I have no sense of urgency to purchase any of those titles on the first day they are released. Due to several botched releases in late 2020, I began this year intending to be more diligent in making sure that the games I purchase are properly tuned and optimized before I invest in them. That means if I have to wait a few months or even a year after a game is released, then so be it. Besides, there are many great titles of the past that I have still yet to play. I’m not in any hurry to jump into brand new games if they aren’t worth the purchase. It could be that I’m older and I’ve gone through enough fall seasons that the excitement of it doesn’t drive me in the same way it did before. But I’m also more solid in who I am as a gamer than I’ve ever been which makes me much more selective of games I choose to buy.
In 2021, there are just so many games out there. This wasn’t the case back in 1986. It just blows my mind how far the gaming industry has come. I just only recently have played titles such as Life is Strange, Garry’s Mod, Dex, and .hack//G.U. Last Recode. There are many more games I can list that would serve to show how much catching up I need to do. Let’s not even count the games that I have started but still need to finish. In a previous post, I mentioned playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition in August. I’ve still never completed any of these games.
Now I found something interesting when I took a look at Wikipedia’s list of top-selling games. The titles on the list that were released from September through January are some of the most notable games in history. There’s Minecraft (#1, Nov. 2011), Grand Theft Auto V (#2, Sept. 2013), Tetris (#3, Sept. 2006), Wii Sports (#4, Nov. 2006), PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (#5, Dec. 2017), Super Mario Bros. (#6, Sept. 1985), Red Dead Redemption 2 (#12, Oct. 2018), and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (#19, Nov. 2011) within the top 20 on that list. Those are some heavy hitters and definitely some of the most influential titles in gaming history. No doubt publishers like to save their best for the last quarter of the year and get that holiday revenue. It’s also not a coincidence that new consoles also tend to be released around this time of year. Consider the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S last year.
One thing to keep in mind during this last quarter of 2021 is that several major games slated to be released before the end of this year were pushed back to 2022. This includes anticipated titles such as God of War: Ragnarok, Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, Gotham Knights, Hogwarts Legacy, The King of Fighters XV, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. I wouldn’t be surprised if gamers end up spending more money in 2022 due to these delays.
In spite of that, gaming business is booming and there will be plenty to keep the masses occupied. You can keep up to date with the latest release information by accessing the main menu of this website under the heading “UPCOMING RELEASES.” Feel free to let me know what games you are interested in that will be released between now and the end of the year. The final quarter of the year is upon us.
What games are you most looking forward to as we enter this final stretch of 2021?