Written by: Nick Farinola // Published by: Joe Ahart

Let me preface by saying that this article is more of a way to help me decide what I want rather than an in-depth analysis of all the exciting new game releasing in Q4 2019. I’m having a personal dilemma; two vastly different games from two beloved franchises of mine are releasing within a few weeks of each other, but I want to save money for future releases. Talk about first-world problem, am I right?! Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is the next installment/sequel to 2017’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, an open-world, “tactical” third-person shooter with light RPG elements that received consistent updates throughout its lifetime, earning a respected status amongst the Ghost Recon community. It releases October 4th (October 1st for those who decide to pick up the gold or ultimate editions for $100 and $120 respectively). Gearbox’s highly-anticipated looter shooter Borderlands 3 arrives this Friday, September 13th with three different (and also very tempting!) editions for pre order. The life or death situation: Which one do I choose?

 

I have to admit something about myself. This is hard for me, but I told myself that I would. I call myself a gamer, but I’m actually more of a game hoarder. I know, I know…terrible. For those of you unaware of my terminology, a game hoarder is one who simply purchases video games only to play them a handful of times before going on to the next one. The fall and winter months are a great time for video games (after a brief hiatus or slow-down in the summer months), but a horrible one for my wallet. 2019 is no exception. We got Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Need for Speed: Heat, Death Stranding, Doom Eternal – I mean, Jesus, it never ends! Kojima’s game alone is reason to panic (especially since I pre ordered the $200 edition that comes with a life-size BT baby that will do nothing but collect dust in my room). Again, I am completely aware of how much I sound like a spoiled douche, but let me have this moment to nerd vent.

 

Cole D. Walker (played by Jon Bernthal), leader of the Wolves and Breakpoint’s antagonist.

Okay, let’s focus our attention on the two games I’m having trouble deciding between. Borderlands is a series I grew up with, a series I’ve sunk countless middle school hours online with friends, a series that holds many precious gaming memories. Why wouldn’t I pick the third installment? Well, I know for sure that I’ll either pick this one up now or wait a couple of months for a Christmas discount. Then there’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Say what you want about developer Ubisoft, but they are consistently pumping out products and updates to their new and current games, further expanding their player bases and game longevity. I’ve easily sunk nearly 150-plus hours combined in Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Odyssey. Ubisoft has successfully updated Assassin’s Creed to appeal to a wide variety of gamers. Fans of the original games have the continued storyline and lore to delve into, while action RPG fans can feel right at home with Odyssey’s progression, skill and loot system. Ubisoft has also released a yearly roadmap for Breakpoint, highlighting the upcoming updates for each month. Its genius marketing when you think about it. Real quick, I want to state that there are many problems with the industry now in the form of greedy microtransactions and work-in-progress/live service games like the Division and Destiny, but by assuring your consumers that a game will only get bigger and better with time will more-than-likely yield increased income. 

 

Going off of the roadmap point, the one reason why I see Breakpoint as a better investment in the long run is because Borderlands 3 seems to have a weaker endgame. Sure, there are three or four promised campaign DLCs (which, based off of previous DLC installments, will likely be worth the money), but Breakpoint will definitely be heavily supported post launch more so than Borderlands 3. Then again, Borderlands 3 has four unique classes (and skill trees) to play in an alleged 30-hour campaign, urging more than one playthrough. On the other hand, I am almost certain that Breakpoint, based off of the launch of the previous entry and pretty much all triple-A Ubisoft games, will contain more bugs than the Amazon jungle, server issues, and maybe even turn out to be light on content. From what I’ve seen and from previous launches, Borderlands 3 will be a consistently smooth experience with zero broken promises. You know what you’re coming for, and Gearbox delivers. 

 

Our 4 new vaulthunters! [Credit: Gearbox Software]
Aside from weighing the financial aspects, both games couldn’t be any different. Sure, both are considered looter shooters, but gameplay and tone-wise, they’re vastly different. Borderlands 3, being a first-person, tongue-and-cheek action RPG with humor more juvenile than the infamous “dickbutt” drawing in the stalls of your middle school bathroom is on the opposite spectrum of the tone and gameplay of Breakpoint. Tom Clancy games are military/espionage-based, tactical action games, and Breakpoint promises to be more tactical and strategic than its predecessor. One is balls-to-the-wall action, while the other is balls-tucked-in. The problem is, I don’t have a preference as to whether I want my balls on the wall or tucked in. 

 

It’s pretty clear that I won’t come to a conclusion by this Friday, but I hope this helped those of you unclear about either game that I had mentioned. If you were, what rock were you living under? There are a ton of awesome games releasing at the end of this year, and I’ve listed them below for you. If you made it this far, maybe check out my early impressions of Remnant: From the Ashes. Thanks a million for taking the time to read my unnecessary rant!      

BIG GAME RELEASES Q4 2019

 

September: 

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – Sept. 6

NBA 2K20 – Sept. 6

Gears 5 – Sept. 10

Borderlands 3  – Sept. 13

NHL 20 – Sept. 13

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Sept. 20

The Surge 2 – Sept. 24

Code Vein – Sept. 27

FIFA 20 – Sept. 27
October:

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep (expansion) – Oct. 1

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint – Oct. 1 (for Gold and Ultimate editions) and Oct. 4 (Standard edition)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Oct. 25

The Outer Worlds – Oct. 25

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Oct. 31
November:

Death Stranding – Nov. 8

Need for Speed: Heat – Nov. 8

Pokemon Shield and Sword – Nov. 15

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – Nov. 15

Shenmue III – Nov. 19

Doom Eternal – Nov. 22

     

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