Some of the best news at gaming events like E3 are the release dates for highly anticipated titles that are scheduled to launch in the fall. And because of that, one could argue that in terms of gaming, fall is the best season. While it’s nice to be flooded with big name titles such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Mighty No. 9 and Fallout 4, the fall and holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Summer however, is a different story. There’s a lot of down time and with major titles being released at the beginning and end of the year, summer comes as a bit of a relief. Whether it’s going back and playing older games or eagerly waiting for a new title to launch, it’s safe to say that summer is the best gaming season.
Thanks to summer, I used to spend large amounts of time going back and playing some of the most classic games ever created. From Final Fantasy 7 to Final Fantasy 8 to Mega Man 2, the three hottest months of the year were spent sitting inside and I don’t regret it for a second. I even beat Knights of the Old Republic twice one summer and it was absolutely glorious.
Summer is also the time to play catch up. While there are smaller titles that come out, There’s never a need to worry about major titles being released. Last year, it was nice to finally sit and play The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game was on my list for a long time and I was more than satisfied with the experience. One of the bigger titles last year was Shovel Knight. An indie title for sure, Shovel Knight was better than more than half of the AAA titles that launched. And because there were no major titles released during the summer, Shovel Knight was my Game of the Year for 2014. As for this year, being able to take my time with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight is something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks.
Lets be honest, we all get game fatigue. With a year like 2015 where so many titles have already been released such as Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and Bloodborne, taking a break before the fall rush is never a bad idea. In fact, I’d say that I love the excitement and anticipation for new titles to be released just as much as the titles themselves. Whether it’s seeing a new screenshot for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain or a new gameplay video for Fallout 4, the hype behind an upcoming title can be half of what makes the experience fun.
Summer is a slower time for the gaming industry and that’s not a bad thing. Sure, there are no major releases for the most part, but having the ability to go back and play old or recent games is something to be desired. Hearing announcements about upcoming games is exciting for everyone. With Gamescom next month, I’d love to hear a release date for Final Fantasy XV. Not only would that make fans of the series ecstatic, but the hype behind the game would increase as well. And it’s for reasons like that why summer is the best gaming season.