Four Games We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On

Happy New Year, everyone. The GameSpot crew is back in the office today after a healthy, fun, and gloriously non-productive vacation and, to kick off the new year, we wanted to chime in with a handful of games we can't wait to get our hands on for the first time. Some of these might not arrive...

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Happy New Year, everyone. The GameSpot crew is back in the office today after a healthy, fun, and gloriously non-productive vacation and, to kick off the new year, we wanted to chime in with a handful of games we can't wait to get our hands on for the first time. Some of these might not arrive in 2009 but we can't wait to play them in preview form nonetheless.

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Sophia Tong:

I'm hoping that if I'm a good girl this year that Santa *cough Square Enix* will finally show us something, anything, regarding Final Fantasy XIII. Well, maybe not anything because I don't want another trailer. It would be nice if I could get some quality preview time with the next Final Fantasy game and maybe, just maybe a release date! Is that asking too much? I just want one area, maybe one fight, a menu screen, something! It's been too long since the last one I've played (FFXI doesn't count) and Final Fantasy XII was a bit of a blur. I even played FFX and FFX-2 twice because of the wait between games. I know that SE has been dumping out a lot of remakes that I could spend a ridiculous amount of time with, but I'm tired of oogling at trailers of what is obviously a beautiful and exciting game (with abnormally attractive people).

So if that doesn't work out, I'm equally excited to get some hands-on time to play Heavy Rain and not just stare at it. I like the way Heavy Rain is shaping up to be an interactive movie, rather than a traditional action/thriller video game that is dependent on your quick reaction. Even though your reflexes are needed, the concept of not dying is an interesting one.

As much as I know that Sims 3 will keep me occupied long enough just to build one house and a half-assed landscaped backyard, I am still very curious to see what it has to offer. There's something satisfying about bossing people around and forcing them to get a job.

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Brian Ekberg:

Before I was bitten by the WoW bug, I was the world's biggest City of Heroes fan. Okay, maybe not the world's biggest fan, but definitely up there. Top thousand, for sure. Of course, I had just as much fun actually creating heroes from scratch with that game's amazing creation tools. And while I'm curious about diving into the action in Sony's upcoming DC Universe Online--and interacting with some of the heavy-hitters of the DCU (I long to beat up Nightwing in a vicious way), the entirety of the game hinges on the create-a-hero system for me. I want depth and I want creativity. I want to be able to slap angel wings on the head of a four hundred pound plant-woman who can shoot deadly poison steam out of her eyelashes. Give me that, and as long as the game has some moderately varied enemies, a good storyline, and a decent party system, I'll be happy.

Runners Up: Champions Online, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion, Gran Turismo 5, Forza 3, Diablo III

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Shaun McInnis:

The game I'm most looking forward to in 2009 is the sequel to my favorite game of 2007. It was only recently announced, and at this early stage we haven't even seen any gameplay footage--only brief teaser trailers and a handful of leaked screenshots. That game, of course, is Uncharted 2. I adored the first game not only for its combination of fluid platforming and stop-and-pop gunplay, but also for its Indiana Jones-like plot that dropped extremely likeable characters into gorgeous jungle locales. Nathan Drake wasn't the deepest or most original protagonist the world has seen, but he was certainly among the most human and entertaining. Now that he's going to take his act to the snowy slopes of Tibet, it's all the more exciting. Early buzz for the game has thrown around the phrases "free platforming" and "stealth combat," as a few example of the way Naughty Dog is looking to expand upon the gameplay. People tend to fear change, so this obviously has some folks a little skeptical. But you know what? I trust Naughty Dog to deliver on this sequel, and that's why Uncharted 2 is my most anticipated game of 2009.

Runners Up: Forza 3, MadWorld, The BioWare tandem of Dragon Age: Origins & Mass Effect 2 , Bionic Commando, Beyond Good and Evil 2

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Ricardo Torres:

I spent a chunk of my break getting caught up on a few weeks worth of comics I wasn't able to get to so that's left me in the mindset to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion. I was a huge fan of the first MUA, finished it more than a few times with my heroes of choice, and am excited to see where they go with this new entry. What's been teased of the roster has me hopeful and I'm anxious to see how the fusion business works out. Technically all the crazy power combining really is more of a mutant thing (so anytime anyone wants to do that in an X-Men Legends 3 I'll be waiting&hellip
but I'm excited to see what kind combinations will be possible and where the go with the story. Although it hasn't been officially announced, outside of a teaser at the end of Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, I'm also pretty excited to see what the next Ratchet and Clank is going to be. According to the teaser it's due fall of this year so I'm hoping the date sticks and we get news of it soon. I'll always have a soft spot for some good platforming, plus I need to know what happened to Clank. Runners Up: Infamous, Halo 3: ODST, Uncharted 2, Wii Sports Resort, Resistance Retribution

Discussion

635 comments
AshBrahh
AshBrahh

All I want is the one game that will obliterate everything else this year; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

h3lnwo
h3lnwo

God of War III TEKKEN 6 Bioshock 2 Dawn of War 2

BlackSerenity
BlackSerenity

why is it that next to no one has mentioned Halo Wars? 1.halo wars 2.TCs HAWX 3.Afro Samurai 4.Demigod 5.Dawn of War II

sandro1922
sandro1922

1 - Bioshock 2 2 - The godfather II 3 - Burnout Paradase PC 4 - Mafia II and Just Cause 2

willerdrew
willerdrew

bioshock 2 prototype killzone 2 infamous encharted 2 gonna be a good year!!!

The_Corinthian
The_Corinthian

Well after playing Mines of Moria, I can't wait to see what Turbine has up their sleeve for Lothlorien, Rohan and Gondor.

getinmahbelleh
getinmahbelleh

isnt god of war 3 for 2010??? i doubt it will come out in 2009 if it was set for 2010. games never come out earlier than set :(

getinmahbelleh
getinmahbelleh

not to sound doubtful, but sardinar u got sc2 on ur list and that games already been postponed half a year lol not looking good. i want it but we might be waiting a while. plus its coming out in 3 parts. cant wait to see modern warfare 2 :)

khariss
khariss

empire total war cant wait for that game fear 2 aswell

rich92618
rich92618

BIOSHOCK 2 hopefully it doesn't suck. because right now im a little skeptical about the idea. but it might just be as great as the first... who knows?

KDNMOON
KDNMOON

i really hope they make a Mercenaries 3 or a GTA that has got together with Google earth to create a worldwide edition with proper satellite maps and all that

Pure007
Pure007

AND HERE IT IS wii sports resort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pure007
Pure007

street fighter IV is THE game that I want!!!!! it looks great!! and second of all I want ( and I mean WANT )........ to be c!!!!!

tamtamcool
tamtamcool

I can only see Diablo III in my mind's eyes when I think of it...

Hackham_Hawk_03
Hackham_Hawk_03

1. UFC 2009 Undisputed 2. H.A.W.X. 3. Wheelman 4. Resident Evil 5 5. Damnation

Razvan_ol
Razvan_ol

Have to go with Sardinar on this one. Same games for me :)

Hackham_Hawk_03
Hackham_Hawk_03

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Sardinar
Sardinar

1. Half-life 2 Episode 3 2. Starcraft 2 3. Diablo 3 4. Fear Project Origin 5. Bioshock 2

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

My most anticipated 5 in order of highest hopes and expectations. 1- Flashpoint 2 - dragon rising 2- Red Faction - guerilla 3- Just Cause 2 4- World in Conflict - soviet assault 5- HAWX

Bioshockraptor
Bioshockraptor

My top 3 would be... 1.Killzone 2 2.Ratchet & Clank (2009 untitled project) 3.Prototype

adzbond
adzbond

My top four would be: 1. KILLZONE 2 2. RESIDENT EVIL 5 3. UNCHARTED 2 4. GRAN TURISMO 5

mark081079
mark081079

1. Resi 5 2. Killzone 2 3. Operation flashpoint 2 4. Dirt 2

pwndOo
pwndOo

dragon age: origins Mass effect And i would love good pc shooter!

tanyizhuangzero
tanyizhuangzero

Hola juz pro games 1.Gear of War 2 2.Rise of Argonauts 3.Call of Duty World At War 4.Legendary

bleach1st
bleach1st

LOL I love the comment about 'with abnormally attractive people', it's so true XD

brummydude
brummydude

1.Killzone 2 2.Tekken 6 3.Resi 5 4.Godfather 2 Its a shame that these are all sequels

Compilation
Compilation

1- Final Fantasy XIII 2- Resident Evil 5 3- God of War III 4- The Sims 3. I don't mind repetitivity. Story and concept/originality is what it is all about for the fan base, and the games listed above are the games I'm taken back by.

chechak7
chechak7

Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising Diablo 3 Call of Duty MW2 street fighter iv

PaganLed
PaganLed

1- God of War III 2- Next ICO Team production 3- Operation Flashpoint 2 4- Black Shark

SpartanRedSox34
SpartanRedSox34

1. Call of Duty MW2 2.Diablo 3 3.Starcraft 2 4.Halo ODST

souljahofman
souljahofman

1.Dead Space 2 2.Final Fantasy XIII 3.Resident Evil 5 4.Gran Turismo 5 Bring on 2009. Its gonna be awesome.

plainelmo
plainelmo

definitely: FFXIII, Mass Effect 2, Diablo III and Dissidia (US release)

L33T_TI200P3I2
L33T_TI200P3I2

1. Killzone 2 2. FFXIII 3. Little Big Planet 2 4. Dead Space 2

Romper72
Romper72

Blizzard = Quality Title, hence my first two are by them 1. Diablo III 2. Starcraft 2 3. Resident Evil 5 4. Gran Turismo 5

probokator
probokator

FF12 is the best gameplay in the ff series. First I think it such because the enemy is to strong (I mean the enemy outside the linear story line. But then after I dive deep. And became incerdebly strong. I like FF12 because it have many optional strong bosses. I hope that would be the same for FF13.

mrfable
mrfable

i agree with you milhous1976 1)diablo3 at the top 2)dow2 3)street fighter iv 4)assassins creed 2 if there doing one 5)halo wars

W00kie_Smuggler
W00kie_Smuggler

1. Mass Effect 2 2. Prototype 3. Halo 3: ODST 4. Dawn of War 2 5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

W00kie_Smuggler
W00kie_Smuggler

MUA???!!! I mean I did purchase that game and it was fun for like 20 hours, but then I realised I could have more fun frisbeeing the disc around the house. I'm still in awe that gamespot and ign both gave it over 8 in there reviews, as in the official 360 mags it was lucky to get a 4

Alexadecimal
Alexadecimal

Gah, I am so sick of sequels. Someone make something new please. Although I enjoyed the last Mass Effect so maybe the 2nd one will be good.

baq99
baq99

ummm.... res evil 5 anyone? looks amazing!!!!!!!

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

1. All major Square Enix games (I can't choose just one :P and under that I mean: FF XIII, Versus XIII, Agito XIII, Kingdom Hearts Birth by sleep, kingdom hearts 358/2 days) 2. Empire: Total War 3. Dark Void 4. Resident Evil 5

SharinganTH14
SharinganTH14

1. Assassin's Creed 2 (2009?) 2. God of War 3 (2009?) 3. Killzone 2 4. FF XIII [Runners-up] - Resi 5, also interested by footage I saw of "L.A. Noire" about a year ago. Haven't heard much since then, and there's been no previews/playtests or release date, but the premise seems pretty intriguing, and I thought I may as well say something that isn't a sequel, which is usually all that people look forward to.

jimreda
jimreda

1-Empire-total war 2-Jutland 3-Hawxx 4--

HolteEnder4Life
HolteEnder4Life

1) Halo3:ODST 2) God of war III 3) Halo wars 4) FFXIII

786soldier
786soldier

(maplediablo) wrote: 1)Final Fantasy XIII 2)Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep 3)Diablo III 4)God of War III .... notice trend of all of them are series ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Totally agree with you, even though i havent played diablo the others are my fav's, i would like TEKKEN 6 to be instead of DIABLO for me :)

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

I cant believe that not one of them mentioned Prototype anywhere, or The Agency..

milhouse1976
milhouse1976

1= Diablo 3 1=Dow 2 1=Starcraft 2 1=COH Valour 2009 is goin rock!!!