The most wonderful time of the year for gamers

Casey H.

Managing Editor

The months before the holidays are always an exciting time for the gaming industry. Many of the year’s most anticipated titles are released in September, October, and November in preparation for the spike in sales during the holidays. 2014 seems to be a particularly busy year, with new games for all sorts of new video game consoles such as the Wii U, the Playstation 4, and the Xbox One. Here are some of the most talked-about titles of 2014.

To start, the video game season kicked off in September, introducing anticipated games such as Sims 4, Destiny and Hyrule Warriors. Over five years in the making, Sims 4 was released on September 9th as the latest installment in one of the most popular series for PC gaming, delivering on its promise of better graphics and gameplay. Destiny, also released September 9th, can be played on either the Playstation 4 or Xbox One, and combines aspects of first-person shooters, MMOs (massive multiplayer online games), and role-playing games in a settings centuries in the future. The player is a Guardian, one of the final defenders of the human race after the rest of mankind’s colonies were wiped out by aliens. Hyrule Warriors is a crossover between The Legend of Zelda, one of Japan’s most popular series, and Dynasty Warriors, a series created by fellow Japanese game designer Koei Tecmo. The game uses Dynasty Warriors fighting formulas and popular Zelda characters in a game unlike any fans of either series has seen before.

video games 1 CHThe excitement continues in October, with even more sequels. Just Dance 2015 is following a similar formula of its predecessors, with a whole new set of songs to jam out to including “Let It Go” from Frozen, “Happy” by Pharell Williams, “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis, and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. Another set of games with a new title is Super Smash Bros, a game that combines popular video game characters in an all-out battle royale. “I’m so excited for all the new playable characters and their special attacks!” exclaims Sarah DeAngelo, a sophomore gamer. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as it is officially called, introduces the fighting styles of new characters such as Mega Man (DeAngelo’s favorite), Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Rosalina from the Mario series.

Finally, November is the gold mine month for the video game industry. With the holiday season beginning and Black Friday dominating stores nationwide, this is the time for major companies like Bioware, Nintendo, and Sony to pull out the big, first person shooter guns. Five games in particular have had fans waiting and will undoubtedly empty their pockets. Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third installment in the Dragon Age series and centers around the player character, the Inquisitor. The player leads the Inquisition, a movement to end the war going on between the mages, the land’s magic users, and the Templars, the sect dedicated to controlling and ultimately oppressing said mages. Another war rages in the new Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare, which focuses on the movement against the KVA, a terrorist group who destroyed nuclear reactors around the world, consequently destroying the infrastructures of most first-world countries.

The anarchy continues with the new Asssassin’s Creed games, as the series is releasing not one, but two new installments on the 11th and 13th. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and features a Templar named Shay as the main protagonist. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be released the 13th, and feature a set of French assassins with the player, Arno Dorian, being the star.

Fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 2.5, re-mastered in HD with previously unreleased content, which was formerly only available in Japan. It exhibits a new feature called data battles, which allows the player to fight all the main antagonists again, and even more content that officially makes it a new release. The last games of note, also a popular title hailing from Japan, are the new Pokemon remakes, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, which enhance the experience of the Gameboy Advance games Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire with features introduced in the games that have been made since.

September through November are exciting months in the life of a gamer, as most companies hold back their masterpieces until Black Friday. That time of year has officially come, and it is time for teenagers and adults alike to start breaking their piggy banks. They will be broke by the time December comes around, with all there is to look forward to.

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