Holidays are coming…

Christmas is coming, marked by the end of the summer games drought and the release of countless Xbox 360 games all vying to be under Timmy’s Christmas tree on Christmas Day.

I mark the opening salvo in this Christmas war with the release of Halo 3, arguably the earliest game to be released which has the chance of being number one come Christmas Day. From this here is a list pulled from a Gameplay’s website that shows everything from the date of the release of Halo 3 to Christmas minus any games I know have been pushed back to 2008. I don’t claim it is definitive or correct but it gives us a pretty good idea of what is coming.

Personally I think this is insane: there are simply too many games I want coming out and unfortunately this means some are doomed to only appear on those editorial stories that lament those truly fantastic games that really shine out amongst the others- but sell disappointingly. I think for example the publishers of Army of Two saw the coming flood and wisely delayed until next year.

21st Sep – 27th Sep

  • Elder Scrolls Oblivion – GOTY Edition
  • NHL 08
  • Warriors Orochi
  • Halo 3

28th Sep – 4th Oct

  • FIFA 08
  • Skate
  • SEGA Rally
  • Conan
  • Juiced 2 – Hot Import Nights
  • Ratatouille

5th Oct – 11 Oct

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Hard Evidence
  • NBA Live 08

12th Oct – 18th Oct

  • Project Gotham Racing 4
  • Crash of the Titans
  • Spiderman – Friend or Foe

19th Oct – 25th Oct

  • Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
  • Eternal Sonata
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails

26th Oct – 1st Nov

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary
  • Virtua Fighter 5

2nd Nov – 8th Nov

  • Naruto
  • TimeShift
  • The Simpsons
  • NBA 2K8
  • BLADESTORM – The Hundred Years War
  • NHL 2K8
  • Tony Hawks Proving Ground
  • Avatar The Legend of Aang – The Burning Earth

9th Nov – 15th Nov

  • Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare
  • WWE Smackdown VS RAW 2008
  • Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga
  • Dynasty Warriors – Gundam
  • Nascar 2008 – Chase for the Cup
  • Beowulf

16th Nov – 22nd Nov

  • Assassins Creed
  • BlackSite
  • World Championship Poker All In

23rd Nov – 29th Nov

  • Mass Effect
  • Guitar Hero 3 – Legends of Rock
  • Kane and Lynch – Dead Men
  • Ace Combat 6 – Fires of Liberation
  • Need For Speed – Prostreet
  • Dancing Stage Universe
  • Final Fantasy XI – Wings of the Goddess Expansion

30th Nov – 6th Dec

  • Scene It? Lights. Camera. Action
  • Bully – Scholarship Edition
  • Viva Pinata Party Animals
  • Hellboy
  • The Golden Compass
  • Kengo Zero

7th Dec – 13th Dec

  • Tom Clancys Splinter Cell – Conviction
  • Dark Messiah of Might and Magic

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3 thoughts on “Holidays are coming…”

  1. Agree about there being way too many games. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 that I’m interested in.

    Assassins Creed
    Mass Effect
    Blacksite (possibly)

    Apparently CoD4’s SP campaign is about 5-6 hours long, if that’s true then that is extremely poor so I’ll avoid that title until post release reviews arrive.

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