Mark Jamil's 3 Most Anticipated Games
Surprisingly, the X series remains one of the lesser known franchises out there. Certainly, more people know about it than back when I was playing X2, but it remains one of those small titles that has slipped under the radar of most video game aficionados. Most people have no idea that this intimidating game sports the best space shooter sim ever made in the video game world. I've played a lot of space shooters before, starting with StarFox on the N64, and Star Wars: Tie Fighter on the PC, as well as Eve Online (which stinks as a shooter, but is a good combat sim), Freelancer, and Homeworld. By far, the X series has done the best job at making an engaging space shooter. That does not make it perfect with its funny AI behaviors, but it is still miles better than the competitors. I expect X Rebirth to bring new enhancements to shooter aspects which, incidentally, are only 1/3 of the game. Traditionally, the X series is also 1/3 economy simulator that is more detailed and complex than most other "econosims", and it's 1/3 exploration with huge amounts of space that can hold anything from pirate bases and secret stations, to abandoned ships, hostile alien sectors, and mineral rich asteroids. I am very excited to see what Egosoft has done to improve the X series. Look for the game in November here in the USA.
Blizzard better watch out... I don't think they were expecting competition from a serious contender like the Elder Scrolls, and they were probably buying their time to milk WoW as much as possible before making a new MMO; but with Bethesda entering the market, I would worry because, unlike other competitors, Bethesda and the Elder Scrolls series are both at the peak of their popularity, while Blizzard has really fallen off the map with people generally getting bored of their games. I am not a huge MMO gamer, though I do have a long history with them going back as far as the original Verant Everquest. I have also enjoyed time in Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, Rift, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and most recently, Guild Wars 2, which I really like and has no subscription fees by design. I am a little turned off by monthly fees on MMOs because I find that they get boring due to mundane quests and I don't always have consistent time to dedicate to them to justify a monthly fee. My favorite game of all time is Morrowind, so as you might expect, I am looking forward to ESO.
I enjoyed the 1st two Witcher games, but I have to admit that I do not hold them as high as many others. They are well polished games with fun stories and quests, but something was always missing and that something was exploration. Exploration in the old Witcher games was down right boring. There simply was not much to do or see aside from a handful of quests, many of which fall under the cookie cutter RPG types like fetch this or kill a few of that, which is fine for a little while, but sometimes I just want to explore new areas and see (and challenge) new things. So when they announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be a huge open world... that was 'nuff said for me. I want to play this game.