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The Dawn of a New Day

The world didn't end, so I guess that means we've got another year of games to start thinking about. Which upcoming releases are giving you the shakes?

Time Warner Cable and Viacom reached a last-minute agreement to keep their channels off the air. The Zune fix ended up being nothing more than "just let its batteries wear down and then plug it in sometime tomorrow." And people shouldn't be texting in their cars in the first place. So all of yesterday's world-dooming predictions didn't quite have the effect that some had hoped for. We're still here.

So, no robot/zombie apocalypse this time around. On the bright side, that means we've got another year of games ahead of us. I just rolled out of bed with a headache that would kill a lesser man, but I'm going to use that pain and focus it onto the games of 2009 that I'm most interested in seeing. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, so when I'm not excited about some game that you're totally bonering-out over, do the world a favor and let them know about said game by answering our similarly-themed question of the moment.

So here's what's up for '09.

Bionic Commando - While I'm of the mind that any game that can be represented by a wild man in a bathrobe is probably destined for success, that's not why it's at the top of my mind. Bionic Commando has been high on my list since I first got to play it and see for myself how much fun it is to just swing around. Getting the feel of swinging down just right can't have been easy, but it seems like it's easy enough for players to get the hang of quickly, but rewarding enough to make you feel wicked bad when you swing from place to place and murder all of your foes without touching the ground.

Guns, guns, guns!
Killzone 2 - Remember the original trailer? I almost hate to bring it up now that there's an actual playable game to look at, but I still feel a little dumb for believing the Sony public relations person who told me that the original Killzone 2 footage was real-time footage of the game in motion. It's a good thing that the playable game has gone on to look as great as it does. I've really enjoyed the handful of times I've actually gotten to play it, and I'm hoping that those moments I've seen for myself string together into a meaningful final product.

Skate 2 - This game's almost out, so at least there won't be too much of a wait. The create-a-spot stuff will let you set up your own score challenges and upload them online where everyone can try to beat your score. The new trick modifiers for doing one-foots or pulling a boneless or whatever all seem like really smart additions. Even getting off the board and dragging around pieces of the environment doesn't appear to be as obnoxious as it initially sounded. But all of that hinges on how well the game's challenges are designed. If it starts asking me to do things that the right analog stick wasn't meant to do with precision, I'll probably be pretty bummed out. That's how the first game went down.

Whatever The Next Tony Hawk Game Will Be - So there's this cycle that I go through when there's an upcoming Tony Hawk game. At first, I'm super-skeptical. That was originally because the previous games were so good that they seemed tough to beat. These days, it's more because the series hasn't been on a particularly great trajectory for the last few years. Then I start seeing bits of it and get super-excited about the final product. Then the final product ends up being disappointing for one reason or another. Tony's been doing interviews lately and claiming that the next game in the series is going to be way more realistic or something. Activision reps have slyly suggested that the game will require some sort of skateboard controller or some other device that you "don't hold in your hand." None of that sounds particularly great--skate sort of has the realism thing down and I'm not a fan of custom controllers--but it's certainly got me interested to see what the game's new developers are actually up to.

That Beatles Game - Yeah, it's weird to be excited about a game that I actually have very little interest in playing. I'm just not that into The Beatles. But it'll be interesting to see what Harmonix's take on the single band game works out and how it compares to stuff like Guitar Hero: Metallica.

It'll all come down to the quality of the online.
Street Fighter IV - I don't even know if I need to waste anyone's time writing about why I'm excited about Street Fighter IV. OK, here. I'm excited about Street Fighter IV because it's a great fighting game that might actually kick-start this whole genre and get a larger group of people interested in fighting games all over again.

Punch-Out!! - I think the initial screens and footage of Nintendo's new Punch-Out!! game look really great. But I can't tell what I want out of new versions of old Nintendo franchises anymore. They're all so far removed from the original games just by appearing on a console with such dramatically different control options. I don't want a slapdash graphical update that doesn't alter the gameplay at all, but if they change too much, it won't have the feel of the original games. They're really walking a tightrope with this one, but I'm hopeful.

Alpha Protocol - Back at E3, this game looked a bit like Mass Effect with spies instead of aliens. It's been a pretty long time since there's been a good spy adventure. And no, the shooting and punching antics of Bond and Bourne don't really count.

Bayonetta - Look, I know I'm just setting myself up for disappointment here. I haven't liked any of the Devil May Cry games, and there's a very real possibility that Bayonetta will be similar to those games. But man, it looks cool.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Yes, I am interested in seeing what Infinity Ward is doing next. Duh.

If I didn't feel like Capcom games were already well-represented on the above list, I'd probably put Dark Void up there, too. But let's cap it at ten. Naturally, there's also a pile of downloadable add-ons for 2008 releases coming this year. It'll be interesting to see how Burnout Paradise's DLC does once they start charging for it. I'm also interested in seeing some new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe characters, and of course, there's the stuff for Fallout 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

So what the heck are you looking forward to? Tell us. Tell us now!
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Posted by Jeff
Time Warner Cable and Viacom reached a last-minute agreement to keep their channels off the air. The Zune fix ended up being nothing more than "just let its batteries wear down and then plug it in sometime tomorrow." And people shouldn't be texting in their cars in the first place. So all of yesterday's world-dooming predictions didn't quite have the effect that some had hoped for. We're still here.

So, no robot/zombie apocalypse this time around. On the bright side, that means we've got another year of games ahead of us. I just rolled out of bed with a headache that would kill a lesser man, but I'm going to use that pain and focus it onto the games of 2009 that I'm most interested in seeing. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, so when I'm not excited about some game that you're totally bonering-out over, do the world a favor and let them know about said game by answering our similarly-themed question of the moment.

So here's what's up for '09.

Bionic Commando - While I'm of the mind that any game that can be represented by a wild man in a bathrobe is probably destined for success, that's not why it's at the top of my mind. Bionic Commando has been high on my list since I first got to play it and see for myself how much fun it is to just swing around. Getting the feel of swinging down just right can't have been easy, but it seems like it's easy enough for players to get the hang of quickly, but rewarding enough to make you feel wicked bad when you swing from place to place and murder all of your foes without touching the ground.

Guns, guns, guns!
Killzone 2 - Remember the original trailer? I almost hate to bring it up now that there's an actual playable game to look at, but I still feel a little dumb for believing the Sony public relations person who told me that the original Killzone 2 footage was real-time footage of the game in motion. It's a good thing that the playable game has gone on to look as great as it does. I've really enjoyed the handful of times I've actually gotten to play it, and I'm hoping that those moments I've seen for myself string together into a meaningful final product.

Skate 2 - This game's almost out, so at least there won't be too much of a wait. The create-a-spot stuff will let you set up your own score challenges and upload them online where everyone can try to beat your score. The new trick modifiers for doing one-foots or pulling a boneless or whatever all seem like really smart additions. Even getting off the board and dragging around pieces of the environment doesn't appear to be as obnoxious as it initially sounded. But all of that hinges on how well the game's challenges are designed. If it starts asking me to do things that the right analog stick wasn't meant to do with precision, I'll probably be pretty bummed out. That's how the first game went down.

Whatever The Next Tony Hawk Game Will Be - So there's this cycle that I go through when there's an upcoming Tony Hawk game. At first, I'm super-skeptical. That was originally because the previous games were so good that they seemed tough to beat. These days, it's more because the series hasn't been on a particularly great trajectory for the last few years. Then I start seeing bits of it and get super-excited about the final product. Then the final product ends up being disappointing for one reason or another. Tony's been doing interviews lately and claiming that the next game in the series is going to be way more realistic or something. Activision reps have slyly suggested that the game will require some sort of skateboard controller or some other device that you "don't hold in your hand." None of that sounds particularly great--skate sort of has the realism thing down and I'm not a fan of custom controllers--but it's certainly got me interested to see what the game's new developers are actually up to.

That Beatles Game - Yeah, it's weird to be excited about a game that I actually have very little interest in playing. I'm just not that into The Beatles. But it'll be interesting to see what Harmonix's take on the single band game works out and how it compares to stuff like Guitar Hero: Metallica.

It'll all come down to the quality of the online.
Street Fighter IV - I don't even know if I need to waste anyone's time writing about why I'm excited about Street Fighter IV. OK, here. I'm excited about Street Fighter IV because it's a great fighting game that might actually kick-start this whole genre and get a larger group of people interested in fighting games all over again.

Punch-Out!! - I think the initial screens and footage of Nintendo's new Punch-Out!! game look really great. But I can't tell what I want out of new versions of old Nintendo franchises anymore. They're all so far removed from the original games just by appearing on a console with such dramatically different control options. I don't want a slapdash graphical update that doesn't alter the gameplay at all, but if they change too much, it won't have the feel of the original games. They're really walking a tightrope with this one, but I'm hopeful.

Alpha Protocol - Back at E3, this game looked a bit like Mass Effect with spies instead of aliens. It's been a pretty long time since there's been a good spy adventure. And no, the shooting and punching antics of Bond and Bourne don't really count.

Bayonetta - Look, I know I'm just setting myself up for disappointment here. I haven't liked any of the Devil May Cry games, and there's a very real possibility that Bayonetta will be similar to those games. But man, it looks cool.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Yes, I am interested in seeing what Infinity Ward is doing next. Duh.

If I didn't feel like Capcom games were already well-represented on the above list, I'd probably put Dark Void up there, too. But let's cap it at ten. Naturally, there's also a pile of downloadable add-ons for 2008 releases coming this year. It'll be interesting to see how Burnout Paradise's DLC does once they start charging for it. I'm also interested in seeing some new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe characters, and of course, there's the stuff for Fallout 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

So what the heck are you looking forward to? Tell us. Tell us now!
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Posted by Snail

I miss 2008 already..

Posted by albedos_shadow

Bionic Commando and Alpha Protocol are probably both my most-anticipated and most-worried-about.

Posted by Zarackus

Dragon Age, Final Fantasy 13, Street Fighter IV, and Bionic Commando all look amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Posted by Kohe321

2008 was epic, heres hoping 09 becomes epic as well!

Posted by Ryan_

what about resident evil 5?

Posted by PhilESkyline

All I want is Street Figther IV, GTA IV Expansion Pack, and Fallout 3 Expansion Pack. Nothing else matters...I think o_O

Posted by Snail
Kohe321 said:
"2008 was epic, heres hoping 09 becomes epic as well!"
You know it wont be.
Posted by daniel_beck_90

Waiting for the good stuff to come out . 2009 is gonna be great

Posted by Death_Burnout

Skate 2 please! and the bound to be janky The Lord of the Rings: Conquest. Hurry up with my order! What!? this isn't a Diner!? i've had enough with this damn service!

Happy New Year Jeff, sadly no robot/zombie, robot vampire, apocalypse just yet...

Posted by Farmer

Anno 1404, Empire: Total War, Operation Flashpoint 2, Project Origin, Starcraft 2, Street Fighter 4

Posted by twswordsman

Amongst your list for 2009, I think I'm feelin'  Street Fighter the most. 2008 was full of good shooters, full of them. I want more adventure, RPG, fighting this time around. Good picks.

Posted by tmlim

BIOSHOCK 2 and Resident Evil 5

Posted by Rockanomics

Dawn of War deuce, wooo! That's where I'll be at, with threeee other people. WOO

Posted by JoelTGM

SKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE 2

Posted by dagas

No mention of Empire: Total War or Dragon Age? Console biased! =P

Posted by skrutop

I can't say as I'm excited about a single game on that list.  Guess I'll stick with Fallout 3 DLC and Rock Band 2 tracks.

Posted by Jimbo

Dragon Age, Empire, Men of War, Call of Duty, Fallout 3 DLC... that's about it.

Posted by Johanz

Bionic Commando, Resident Evil 5, Alpha Protocol, The Witcher for Consoles, SF4, and um, lots of other stuff!

Really, I'm super stoked about Resi5 and Bionic Commando. I absolutley loved RE4, and I would totally eat up another game with the same graphics, gameplay, everything. RE5 just adds a new cool setting, new enemies and some gameplay tweakes, that's just icing on the cake.

And I just loved BC Rearmed, that to me sold me 100% on the new game. If they can make a remake this good, they know what they are doing with the franchise. :)

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Posted by CoolDrMoney

I hope 09 sucks so I have more time to catch up on 07/08 releases

Posted by Alphazero

I'm looking forward to playing all the games I have bought but not yet played from the end of 2008.

Still up: Prince of Persia, Dead Space, Gears 2, and yet more Fallout 3.

Edited by sofakingcool

How the hell is everyone forgetting Resident Evil 5!!!!???? If you forget out the major belly flop the Wii had this year than 2008 smoked 2007! GTA IV, MGS4 and GOW2 are way better than Halo 3, Bioshock, and COD4.

Posted by Tordah

Starcraft 2: Wings Of Liberty, Alpha Protocol, Bionic Commando, Brutal Legend and the new Wolfenstein are the ones I'm most excited about so far!

Posted by TomA

Street Fighter 4,RE5,Skate 2,and the Fallout content.

Posted by zyn

Final Fantasy XIII?

Posted by Bilawal

Street Fighter 4, Resi 5, Fallout expansion, Call of Duty etc.

And Mass Effect 2 is it's coming out this year.

Posted by Thordain

The Conduit, Alpha Protocol, Empire: Total War, new Fire Emblem

Posted by Dudacles

"Bayonetta - Look, I know I'm just setting myself up for disappointment here. I haven't liked any of the Devil May Cry games, and there's a very real possibility that Bayonetta will be similar to those games. But man, it looks cool."

Are you kidding me? The DMC games are probably the best action games on the PS2, and maybe even of the last generation. That said, I don't think Bayonetta looks all that great, but I'll see how it turns out.
Posted by Jared

Resident Evil 5 is what I'm really looking forward to, cannot wait for that one.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Jeff, where is Resident Evil 5?! That is the big game on my list. But all the ones you mentioned look interesting at the least. I forgot about Killzone 2 actually. That should (hopefully) be amazing.

Posted by AndrewGaspar

No Uncharted 2: Among Thieves love?

Posted by Jessie

  Streeeet Figgggtaaaahh!

Posted by suicidesnowman

With any luck, the massive joygasm that is SFIV and Killzone 2 in the same month will knock me into a pleasure coma until the next holiday season so I don't have to wait for RE5, The Witcher (console), next CoD, Operation Flashpoint 2, and what is sure to be 600 more Rock Band songs.

Posted by MjHealy

I'm still working my way through '08 releases but I am looking forward to Call of Duty 6, MadWorld and possibly The Conduit. Can't forget get the Fallout 3 DLC and GTA IV Lost and damned

Posted by DrRandle

I'm looking forward to catching up on all my '08 games like MGS4 and Fallout 3, not to mention more Left 4 Dead. Also: where's the RE5 love, guys?

Though, I have some creeping suspicion on that game, and I don't know what it is. Something just doesn't feel... Right. You know? Ah, whatever.

Posted by AndrewGaspar

No mention of inFamous either...

Posted by KaiserDurdenEX

Street Fighter 4, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, Bionic Commando, Samurai Shodown Anthology, The King of Fighters XII, Tekken 6, Bayonetta, R-Type Dimensions, Metal Slug 7, Gunstar Heroes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I'm excited for a solid release date on Final Fantasy XIII.  I'm also excited to see games like Suikoden and Jagged Alliance on the DS, as well as Halo: ODST.

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Edited by get2sammyb

I've written them a million times but I'm most excited for: Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Uncharted 2, God Of War III, fl0wer, Alan Wake, Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Punch-Out!!, Sin & Punishment 2, Madworld, House Of The Dead Overkill, Gran Turismo 5, new Zelda and LittleBigPlanet updates.

Posted by MadExponent

And, to start off the new year right.....my Xbox ate shit.  Turned it on to play some L4D to get not three rings....but just one.  Weird...the other three times it broke it was the full on 3 rings.  Anyways, that gives me a reason to actually play my PS3 now.  I think it's collected enough dust.

Posted by troyx

killzone2,RE5,empire,dawn of war 2,call of duty ,FF 13,uncharted 2,heavy rain,fear 2,the witcher,dragon age,fallout 3 DLC,,GTA IV DLC,bishock 2,

Posted by Jawshua

InFamous? Prototype? FF13?

Posted by WickedCobra03

Resident Evil 5. 

I want to import Final Fantasy from Japan(hopefully they have English subtitles since I am not a super hardcore japanophile so I really don't get into struggling through an import game. 

Next, CoD6; even though I think it is way way too early.  Having a new CoD every year is way way too much!  I really prefer one every 18 months to 2 years.  I think they are going to see people getting worn out after 6 releases.  Ummm, White Knight Chronicles looks decent but we are going to see how that pans out.
Killzone 2 is showing a lot of promise in the last months. 

That  new game by I think it is Epic where it is kind of a self aware shooter...I can't remember the name but it is a new IP.

The Conduit for the Wii

Madworld for the Wii.

AND FINALLY!!!!  Half-Life 2: Episode 3 comes out in 2009 that will probably be my GOTY!

Posted by Floppypants

'09 will be the new '98.  Why?  StarCraft, obviously.

Posted by TheGamerGeek

How could you forget the Michael Phelps game?!?!?

Posted by kboy

When the hell is Saboteur coming out? I think it sounds like a great way to shake up the World War II game by playing as an every-man instead of a soldier.

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Edited by oraknabo

I'm still holding out high hopes for Prototype and Red Faction: Guerilla.

Fatal Frame 4, Mad World and Tenchu 4 are all high on my list and I'm interested in Cursed Mountain. It'll be great if any of these are good, because I haven't played the wii on over 6 months.

Posted by ez123

The only game I'm really hyped about is Diablo III but that's probably not a 09 release. But also kind of excited about GTA 4 DLC, Bioshock 2, and maybe some new IPs.

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