We haven't yet glimpsed the biting breeze of June, yet already we seem to have the two titles with the greatest claims on the title of Game of the Year. Has this year peaked too early?
With a shorter, polished, far-less-broken experience, Bloodborne brought the Miyazaki vision to the masses. It was Dark Souls taking a step towards the mainstream, and combined with Sony's marketing budget, suddenly everyone was talking about Bloodborne, in the way we've been talking about Souls for ages. I found that post from Serrels to be quite accurate. Smile & nod, yes, yes. It's not annoying, because I love seeing new Miyazaki fans, but just a little funny.
As for The Witcher 3, it's the biggest game this year for me. Hell, just have a look at this site. It's all about The Witcher 3 at the moment, in the same way as it was all about Destiny when that was coming out. Bloodborne and The Witcher 3 were pretty much the main things I was looking forward to this year.
Even other than that, I think some of the main contenders for GOTY are already out. Ori and the Blind Forest was critically acclaimed, and Mortal Kombat X is fantastic. Heroes of the Storm is set to come out in the second half of the year, just barely, at June 2nd.
Dirty Bomb could likely be very good, and if The Witness actually drops this year, I'll be loving that. We'll probably get a few surprises along the way, as well. But I don't see those beating what's come out already. Nor do I have much hope for Mad Max. And when it comes to your CoDs and your Halos, colour me a jaded old curmudgeon who expects uninspiring food for the masses.
Have we peaked? What releases later in the year can beat this incredibly strong first half? And even though both The Witcher and Bloodborne came out at this time because of delays, could publishers be realising blockbusters don't need to come out right before Christmas?