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The Season of Sequels

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The months have finally gotten colder, the nights longer, and you can't help but realize that holiday season is just around the way. Sure, 2 months out until December hits and every mother and father, grandparent, and significant other will be running to shell out high dollar. Really, it's closer than you think. Also take into consideration that one of the number one selling items of the last ten years, hell, the last 30 years, have been video games and their systems.

You see the trend yet?

For those of you who haven't quite caught on, let me slow it down. Video game companies know when you're going to have money, or someone is willing to spend theirs for you. And they create their games with the full intent of great gameplay with stunning graphics, but the marketing department, and every investor involved needs to be assured that they're going to get their buck as well. Well, in all reality- that's taken care of- look for a consumer holiday. Release a game. See the dollar signs fly by.

Now- What happens when that holiday season comes around and you don't have that fresh gameplay but you now have stronger, better graphic engines to work with? What would you do with a movie or book? You make a sequel.

Everything works when it comes to a sequel. Sure, it may be horrible movie. But- people are going to pay to see it- With the hopes that the action will be crazier, the romance deeper, and the overall "wow factor" is presumed greater. And that my friends, is why this holiday season, is going to be one of the best. We hope. And if we look deep enough- it might actually follow through.

"BUT ADAM! Some of those 2nd and 3rd games are horrible. Just like movies. Just because you put a number after the end of it." And while you're right, lets take a look at the numbers.

Call of Duty Black Ops has sold 12 million copies on the Xbox alone- Throw on another 3.7 for PS3 as well. Marketing departments from all over were finally given the green light to begin advertising for Black Ops 2 in May. People have had the opportunity to reserve/get excited for 5 months at this point.

Within my recent findings- One video game distribution company alone, with 4500 locations nation wide, has reported that they have 400 reservations per store at a minimum. At a cost of 63$ and some change- this sequel- THAT HASN'T EVEN HIT THE SHELVES- has already sold $128,587,500, from one of the HUNDREDS of companies that will be selling not just this one game, but many, many more. (this of course doesn't include a full group of, "Mom, Dad, I'm 15 and you buy me everything's" as I like to call them.)

What I'm getting to here, and the long run is theses companies aren't going to put out anything horrible because they know the back lash on a scale that huge would, I'm sorry, will completely cripple their futures. You make a bad enough game, no one will buy another thing you make.
Turnover can be that quick.

This year, we may be in for a treat. Some of the top companies are releasing sequels this season- and it may be a doozy. What YOU need to look for -

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 - The number one selling game is coming back, and this time, in the future. With a new promise of future fighting, vehicles, and the sighting of surprisingly popular Nazi Zombies making a comeback.

Halo 4 - Master Chief is back- even though this series was supposed to be over at 3, there's always more room for alien busting. With even more multiplayer and a brand new campaign things are looking great.

Assassins Creed 3 - You, an assassin in the colonial Americas. Should I really say any more?
Playing as half native/half Brit, you find yourself fighting in some real life battles and meet some of the biggest names in history. I even forget there's a story line behind all of this involving this thing called an Animus, and something about assassins and Templars..... If you don't know, add the first two to your shopping list.

Those are just 3 of the nearly 60 games coming out in the next 2 months - Every week, something new and I have every intention of leading you along the way. We've got a lot to go through. I'll have in depth reviews of these games and more within the coming months to make sure you get what you pay for and aren't left out in the cold.

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