Just two months ago, I was commenting on the backlog of games:http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,19503.0.html
Now, I'm stuck trying to find something new. In the last two months my list has dwindled to nothing:
1. LOTRO - I ran out of steam on this one early. I'm just burnt on MMOs and I haven't logged on in a month.
2. Civ 4 - I've tried every leader and won with each with a score over 10k. The expansion isn't out for another month and a half. So call this one finished!
3. Football Manager 2007 - My nascent career is still waiting. And will wait a bit longer because for whatever reason, I can't get into a career this time.
4. Company of Heroes - finished!
5. Titan Quest - finished! And I didn't like it enough to get the expansion
6. UFO: Extraterrestrials - see below
7. The Forge of Freedom - see below
8. OOTP 2008 - nah
With 3 finished games and my birthday just passing this week, it's time to reward myself. But there's not much out there. I'm really down to two choices. UFO has had mixed reviews. I'm a huge fan of X-Com and I've played it throughout the years, even as recently as a year or two ago. But many of the huge X-Com fans said that I might as well reload X-Com and save the $40. Still, the chance to get into some old-school turn-based small-squad (3 hypens in a row, a new record!) combat is rather appealing.
The other is FoF. CSL's AAR got me fired up to the point I almost purchased it. I mean, *almost* where I was visiting the order page on the Matrix site. Then he stopped abruptly and hasn't even responded to a PM about the game. The reviews are generally positive, but it's supposed to be overly complicated with an interface that's a PITA. My biggest hangup is that it's $50 or $60 from Matrix, who unlike Stardock, have a "all sales are final" policy. With no demo, if I get it and hate it, I'm entirely stuck with it. And doing the DL version, I couldn't even sell it used to get back part of my money. But a deep, fun strategy game can be some of the best gaming money ever spent. Beyond the Civ series, I haven't found one in years.
Worse yet, there's nothing on the horizon for another month or two. As I asked in the other thread...what's a gamer to do?
Oh, and I hate ordering from Matrix anyway. Maximum-football wasn't entirely their fault, but it was a product they represented and it wasn't anywhere close to being done. With their "all sales final" policy, I know of a few people who just got screwed buying that dog.