Plan Your Holiday Gaming Season
If youíre looking for an arbitrary beginning to this yearís holiday gaming season, you might as well label todayís release of Borderlands 2 as the starting gate. And wow, weíve got a lot of gaming ahead.
So break out your smart phone/email calendar/pocket planner/napkin, and letís figure out how youíre going to fit all this in.
Weíre going to make a lot of assumptions in the following, including about how much gaming you do, and how long it will take to play games that we havenít played ourselves yet. Weíve based our time estimates on a highly scientific structure called guessing, and weíre assuming youíve got about three hours a day (averaging weekdays and weekends together) to devote to play. If you know you spend a lot more or less than that, adjust your schedule accordingly.
The holiday pre-season got going early this year, and several big games are already out. If youíve been on summer holiday on Majorca, then make sure you didnít miss anything you love before you dive into later releases.
This oneís a biggie, and itís Zelda-style dungeons are likely to take you a long while to conquer. If you havenít started yet, set aside a good two weeks on your calendar for this one to allow for a complete playthrough. If youíre planning on doing New Game Plus, the Crucible, and all the other bonus features of the game, add a few extra days.
This open world crime game raised more than a few eyebrows when it released in August, offering up a lot of fun for your money. Youíll need at least a week (20+ hours) of devoted playing if you still want to squeeze the title in before things get even more busy, and even thatís going to be pushing it.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
Fall of Cybertron has a robust single-player campaign, but itís nothing you canít handle in a few days. Youíre probably going to mess around with secrets, upgrades, and additional difficulty settings a little bit, so letís say four or five full days for single-player. If youíve got friends also playing, talk with them about a few nights where you can play cooperative Escalation and competitive modes together; if you love the gameís multiplayer features, you can always budget in some extra time.
Guild Wars 2
If youíre an MMO enthusiast, itíd be a shame to miss out on this landmark release in the genre. On the bright side, thereís no subscription fee, so you can install the game and come back to it intermittently in the coming months. If youíre doing it that way, consider blocking off a couple nights each week that youíre going to devote to Tyria. That said, if youíre really committed, you may as well throw out your calendar and forget everything else on this list. This one could easily keep you busy until New Years.
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