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The List's Most Anticipated Games of 2008
January 18, 2008
By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada
It was a banner year for video games in 2007, but 2008 could easily give it a run for its money with some of the most anticipated games in recent memory. But besides the blockbusters that everyone that doesn't live on the moon is aware of, there are plenty of smaller games that should gain a lot of attention in the next 12 months.
Here is my list of the most-anticipated games of 2008:
Condemned 2: Bloodshot - the long-awaited (for me at least!) sequel to one of the scariest games of all time, Condemned 2 will be hitting the Xbox 360 and PS3 this year and it looks to be chock full of all the creepy stuff that appeared in the first game. It looks even more brutal, too. The original game had finishing moves that were a little to difficult and random to pull off, but these moves look to be front and centre in part 2 (one trailer has your character smashing a bad guy's head into a TV screen). It has everything else you want in a creepy game - emtpy wheelchairs rolling across the screen, blood-soaked enemies, and of course, scary dolls.
Resistance 2 - still the best game to appear on the Playstation 3, the original Resistance didn't break any new ground in the first person shooter genre, but it was as solid an FPS as they get. Which is why I have such high hopes for the sequel. I can only imagine what the graphics will look like now that the folks at Insomniac have had a chance to really work with what's under the hood of the PS3. Plus, gamers have recently found out that Resistance 2 will have 60 player online multiplayer and - get this - eight player online co-op. If that ain't sweet, I don't know what is. Rumour has it there will even be two different stories to play through - the single player version and the co-op version. There's only one first person shooter that has me more excited that Resistance 2...
Killzone 2 - could this be the killer app that Sony needs to take on all challengers during the ever-important holiday season? We now have a much better idea what the game will look like in real time (not the CGI scenes from E3 a couple of years ago, but still gorgeous), and we know that it will feature 7.1 surround sound. So what if my six year old surround system has no chance of taking advantage of all that techno-awesomeness? There's sure to be plenty of PS3 owners who can. The game looks dirty, gritty and a whole lot of fun.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - I wouldn't consider myself a die-hard Metal Gear fan, but I know a promising game when I see one, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots looks to be as epic as they come. Gameplay looks generally the same as previous entries in the series, with Snake sneaking around, using camouflage and hiding in boxes. There are sure to be surprises though. Oh, and did I mention yet just how gorgeous this game looks? The in-game graphics could rival CGI cutscenes from games on the Nintendo Wii. The more I see of MGS4, the more I want to play it. Now.
Mario Kart Wii - the folks at Nintendo have yet to make a bad game in the Mario Kart series. Sure, some have been better than others, but considering the company's last effort - Mario Kart DS - was one of the best ever, I have high hopes for this one. Nintendo has already confirmed 12 player online multiplayer, and players will even get a nifty racing wheel with the game. Screenshots show some awesome-looking tracks, and we've been promised remakes of some classic tracks (does Tick Tock Clock count as a classic?).
Honourable mention: No More Heroes (Wii), Grand Theft Auto IV (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360), Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii), Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360), Turok (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
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