Traditionally the big video game releases have happened in October and November with a bit in December to lead up to the big holiday selling season. The first change happened I think in 2007 where some big gaming releases moved forward to pre holiday September and even August with Halo 3 and BioShock. This holiday season it is going the other way to post holiday season releases. Many releases were delayed to avoid the crowded holiday season or for a little more polishing. The only problem is now the beginning of the year is so crowded that some titles are now moving back to April-June. Here is a sampling of just what is coming to XBox 360. There are huge games coming to PS3 as well like Heavy Rain and God of War III. Many of this games are multi-platform but some are 360 exclusives.
Jan 12 - Army of Two: The 40th Day
Jan 19 - Dark Void
Jan 26 - Mass Effect 2 (Day One must buy for me)
Feb 16 - Aliens vs Predator
Feb 23 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction (Day One must buy for me)
Mar 2 - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Limited Edition (A maybe for me, also I would like to try the first game still as well)
Mar 9 - Final Fantasy XIII
Mar 16 - Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings (First expansion pack (not DLC) for Dragon Age)
Mar 23 - Just Cause 2
This is just the first 3 months of 2010 and almost all of these titles were originally slated for Fall 2009 (if not years earlier in Splinter Cell’s case). Not all of the above titles are AAA guaranteed hits but a bunch of them are. It looks to slow down a bit in April but the only slow times may be June and July. Most likely in August it will all start over again.
Luckily for me I still have some Amazon and Best Buy gift cards from Christmas to use toward the three main ones above for me.