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TAY Theme Week: The Summer Drought after the Winter Storm

As we move into the summer months and finally put the winter behind us things in the gaming world tend to slow down as those in the real world pick up. For many is is a bad thing, for myself this year. Ya not so much. Why, because it gives everyone time to sit back and finally play all those games over the past six months many of us haven’t had a chance to play.

It’s not secret I consider the past six months of games releases to be some of the best ever, at least for fans of certain genres. The most notable being Japanese Role Players and Open World Action. However there has been a little bit for everyone I think.


Starting in December a glut of amazing games have been released in almost unprecedented numbers, in many ways the releases didn’t stop nor cool down until Persona 5 was released nearly five months later. However what made this time special was the insane quality of all the games produced.

I’ll list some of the games I have been interested in purchasing over the past few months to give you a taste of the dilemma. Tales of Berseria, Nioh, Fate/Extallia, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Persona 5. To say that is a lot of games is an understatement it is a positive deluge. When arguably the worst game on that list is Mass Effect Andromeda that is a good problem to have as Mass Effect Andromeda was not that bad.

(Check out my TAY Review for Tales of Berseria, spoilers I liked it)


Currently I am playing through Persona 5 while grappling with my thoughts on NieR: Automata. What is amazing about these games is that they are some of the best games I’ve played this generation and for two games of such quality to come out so close to each other is rare. However when you add in Breath of the Wild another Game of the Year contender as well, I don’t think it has ever happened. These three are games I am sure we will be talking about for decades to come. Sadly this left out Horizon Zero Dawn as I’m not waiting for that inevitable sale in a few months.

As I write this I’m thinking to the Games of the Year list in times and how this three month period of February to April could potentially dominate them all. Looking forward while there is some fun games nothing seems to be able to challenge these three at the top. It is kind of funny to think the gaming year may already have peaked and that might just be okay.


With this in mind the summer drought is nothing of the sort. It is a blissful refuge from the flood of games that has wrecked havoc upon my quest to trim away my backlog. Indeed it gave those of us who love video games one of the most important things in the world - time. As summer is an amazing period of the year (especially for Canadians) patio beers, out door sports, visits to the cottage, and so much more. To add game releases on top of that what is a person to do?


As I am not a hikikomori shut in, with the blessings of summer upon us had more video games released it is highly likely that sadly my appreciation for this great line up of games may have got lost in the hustle of life. It still might mind you, however I never have a fighting chance to avoid being washed away by the awesomeness of this release schedule. Also yes, I am aware this is totally #firstworldproblems.

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