I use to pre-order or buy the day of release almost every triple A title that came out. And I use to love it. However as Ophilye pointed out, I still have games I bought over a year ago sitting there. Still in their plastic. I am not the only one who fell into this trap either. I have spoken with many people who, when being honest, admitted the same thing. I think this is a product of instant gratification. I wanted but once I got it there wasn’t a need for it.
Over the past year this has changed. At least for me. I no longer buy new games unless it’s something I know I want to play right now, not something I feel I need and have time to play. Which surprisingly has turned into me buying only arcade games. Because not only are they cheap, but they also don’t take 48 hrs to complete. ( Thanks Darksiders ) and most if not all have a demo to try so you can see if it’s a game you would really enjoy. A luxury a lot of big titles fail to give you.
Surprisingly the new line of arcade games also have a top quality feel to them. Take for instance the new Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game. Now only is this a beautiful game, it is well designed, long enough to get some serious enjoyment out of it, short enough that you can complete it without ignoring taking a vacation for the year, and has enough replay value that you can pick it up months from now and still have fun replaying a level.
I am not here to actually state that Casual Games are going to replace full games, that would be silly. But I am here to say it is my belief that aracade games have found their way into our hearts and have made themselfs a nice spot in our beds.
If for some odd reason you have neglected arcade games, please try these out. Most can be found on the PS3 and XBOX 360. ( sorry wii )
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Death Spank
- Castle Crashers
- Puzzle Quest
- Plants vs Zombies
- Shadow Complex
- Comic Jumper
This is a VERY small list of games that we have played and love.