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There’s Nothing to Play

There are only some many iPhone games I can play to keep me distracted from the lack of any big titles releasing during the second quarter of the year. I’ve been playing a lot of Black Ops lately, but only for about an hour at a time. Something always happens and it’s strange; I’ll finish a match and then a completely unexpected feeling of boredom overwhelms me. Almost instantaneous, I have to shut off the console like it was about to explode if I didn’t.

Then something weirder happens. I think about what game to buy next and immediately I think of Killzone 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or SOCOM 4. The open beta for SOCOM was available to everyone earlier this week, and I must admit that I did enjoy it, but it doesn’t seem logical to buy yet another shooter to fill my gaming boredom.

The problem is right there. There are too many shooters the first half of this year, and it’s hard to get enthusiastic about any one of these generic games. I don’t care how interesting Homefront’s story is or how well put together the multiplayer for Killzone 3 is, I’ll just have that overwhelming boring feeling I get after playing Black Ops for a while. The best part is that I’m playing Black Ops almost every night, really only because my friends keep asking me to join them, not to feed my addiction.

So from here I look at what is next. Portal 2 is in April, and while I do think it will be an excellent game, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first. By that time May should be rolling around, and again another shooter in Brink – which does look good – will release on the 10th, and on the 17th one of my most anticipated game L.A. Noire, will never leave my disc tray. I don’t want to discredit games like Crysis 2 and Killzone, I’m sure they are excellent games; I just wanted to express my boredom of always seeing shooters throughout most of the year. Let’s just hope that I can fight my urge to buy another shooter between now and May.