One of the newer traditions here at GameSpot, celebrating its first anniversary this week, is the "You Wanna Review What?!" email thread. I send an email around to all of our in-house reviewers (including those in the UK and Australia this year) and ask each of them for a list of the 10 games that...
One of the newer traditions here at GameSpot, celebrating its first anniversary this week, is the "You Wanna Review What?!" email thread. I send an email around to all of our in-house reviewers (including those in the UK and Australia this year) and ask each of them for a list of the 10 games that they'd most like to review during the next 12 months. Inevitably there's some crossover (though not much), so simply having a game on your list doesn't guarantee that you'll get the assignment, but the process certainly makes figuring out who is going to review which games a lot easier for all of us.
It also makes for some interesting conversations at the office and, for me at least, it serves as a reminder of just how varied and eclectic the tastes of our reviewers are. Not everyone on the team has settled on their final lists yet, and it's worth noting that if a big game isn't mentioned it might be because the team already more or less knows who is working on it, but in case you're interested here are some of the lists--minus the names of the reviewers they belong to:
Beyond Good & Evil 2
God of War 3
I Am Alive
Halo 3 ODST
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
Resident Evil 5
Star Ocean: The Last Hope
BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams
Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor
FEAR 2: Project Origin
House of the Dead Overkill
Dragon Age: Origins
FEAR 2: Project Origin
The Sims 3
Dawn of War 2
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena
Wii Sports Resort
Burnout Paradise PC
Just Cause 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
GTA IV: Lost & Damned
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
GTA Chinatown Wars
Fight Night Round 4
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Mass Effect 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 3
Halo 3: ODST
Wii Sports Resort
Red Faction Guerrilla
Max Payne 3
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
No More Heroes 2
Edge of Twilight
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Clearly, some of us have opted to include games on our lists that aren't guaranteed to arrive in stores this year. Life on the edge!
EDIT: Reviewer #8 has finally settled on his list - did you really think we'd forgotten about his first pick? Also, I should have made it clear in the original post that some of the reviewers made their lists after seeing those submitted by colleagues and so deliberately avoided duplication.
Street Fighter IV
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Gran Turismo 5
Splinter Cell: Conviction
GTA Chinatown Wars
Formula 1 2009
UPDATE: u can has linx - Lark
Stevo, i know exactly what you mean personnally if i was reviewing games and i could choose which ones to play (unfortunatly i cant :( ) E:TW would be no1 on my list, well that or diablo 3
No one is interested in Empire: Total War? I know this site is a pro-console site... but seriously? Edit: I see Kevin's post now, cleared it all up.
Unfortunately, for PC, the record of the last couple years show that 20% planned for PC won't come out on PC, 30% will be badly ported and not enjoyable, 30% will be dumbed down to be on console and will carry that dumbness to the PC version, and 20% that MAY end up being decent PC games that PC gamers can enjoy. Inbetween these scarce decent PC games, PC gamers will continue to spend more of their time playing older PC titles. This explains the 14 million plus Virtual PC downloads (allows, for example, a win98 pc inside your XP/Vista PC) and the 5 million plus DOSBox downloads (a utility to make it easy to play DOS games like Wing Commander on a fast XP/Vista PC). When you add the millions of VDMSound downloads (to help older games play on modern soundcards) and other utilities designed specifically to allow older games to be played easier, it obvious the demand is there from lack of decent PC game releases,
FF13 probably isn't making it to the U.S. until next year. It is scheduled for Japan late this year but the U.S won't get it until later.
Hows about Darkfall Online? the most anticipated MMORPG since WoW with the potential to revolutionise the genre. Surely we need something revolutionary for 2009?we got 50 percent FPS! "..and now time for something completely different...!"
FFXIII was legit to be available as a demo version in Japan in March 09'. I think it wasn't included because it isn't confirmed from evidences for US/UK: ' At the DK?3713 Private Party event in August 2008, Square Enix announced that a playable demo of Final Fantasy XIII will be included in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete (due for release in March 2009 in Japan) on Blu-ray Disc for PlayStation 3,' Most likely this means it'll be 10' for US/UK, demo version if that. Disappointing. What a bummer! - Apart from that, i'm looking forward to Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2, GoW III, The Sims 3, GT5, Tekken 6, Resident Evil 5, and Killzone 2, as well as FFXIII+versus XIII.
Where the hell is Empire Total War, one of the most anitcipated games coming in first few months of 2009!!
So, um, are these the only games that are going to be reviewed this year, or are y'all at gamespot gonna try to do better?
[quote="The_PC_Gamer"]$50 says the list with FIFA and ProEvo is from the British editor w00t[/quote] me too :lol: and [quote="ace-of-spades93"]thats just a list of every game coming out in 2009 lol[/quote] so true ;)
I would like to see a little more sports like skate2 or something like that but i would play call of duty modern warfare 2 any day
succulent, I am not sure about the way it was promoted. It is pretty much as it says in the introduction to the blog: Justin sends an email out asking us to list the top 10 games we most wish to review. When Justin created this blog, it was simply to share the interesting results with our readers. I doubt any of us expected that it would have created any kind of hubbub! We then create our list and send it back to Justin. All of us have different thought processes, and some of us saw other reviewers' lists before we put our own together. Me? I left games off of my list I knew I would almost certainly be reviewing, instead choosing games I figured would have interest from others. Also, I left at least two sequels off of my list because I knew another reviewer loves the originals and it seemed to be the respectful thing to do. To give you an idea, Warhammer Online was on my list last year. In retrospect, it seemed silly, because I would have almost certainly reviewed it anyway. This year, I wanted to make better use of my list. We all had different reasons for choosing the lists that we did. As another reviewer mentions below, he left certain games off because he wants badly to play them, but not to review them. I don't know what else to say, because in my head, this all seems extremely clear. Justin sent out an email asking us the top 10 games we most wanted to review, and these are the results from various reviewers, each of whom had different reasons for posting the list that he did. I didn't know when I returned my list that it would be published; Justin posted this blog because he thought it would be fun for the readers to read, not to cause any kind of confusion (which I don't understand, because when I read the blog post, it all seems very clear to me) or any kind of hullabaloo.
What a pointless question. I'm betting most of the good titles for this year either haven't been announced or don't have release dates yet.
for me its: Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy 13versus, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Infamous, Ninja Balde, MAG, Bioshock 2, Twisted Metal Black 3
kv, it does say that, but it does say other conflicting things as well, which begs the question - what is this blog really about? is it about reviewers pitching their top 10 games that they'd like to review among the ones that haven't yet been assigned to someone? is it about reviewers listing their top 10 games they'd most like to play? or is it about reviewers listing the top 10 games they'd most like to review, regardless of whether or not the games have been assigned to someone? there's no way to know conclusively from all the different, conflicting things the blog is stating, and it's not surprising that readers are unsure and thus voice their disappointment in some big games not having been mentioned at all. whether or not you intend to be rude is incidental. what is important is that telling people to 'think!' comes off as rude, and there's just no reason for it.
Bioshock 2, SC:C, GhostBusters, Beyond Good and Evil, RE:5, Sadness, Fear 2, Afro Ninja, too many games to keep track of!
So where's Empire:Total War then? Even though its probably one of the best games coming out on the list for PC.
woaw.. i want 2 play most of them alrdy.. especially god of war 3 . halo 3 odst. max payne n red faction !!!
But succulent_toes--it does say that: "...if a big game isn't mentioned it might be because the team already more or less knows who is working on it..." I could reword that in a variety of different ways, but the meaning is simply that if you don't see a game on there, that doesn't mean someone isn't looking forward to it, but that the review might be essentially already assigned. I think the above statement is rather clear, but since some people are missing it, I wanted to clarify even further. My intent wasn't to be rude, but rather to help people that haven't fully read the blog post to understand what they were seeing here. So again, if you don't see a game in any of our lists, it doesn't mean that someone isn't looking forward to it, but rather that in many cases, the review is essentially assigned already. That is, for example, why you don't see Starcraft 2 and Empire: Total War--because we already mostly know who will be working on them, and so they do not appear on our lists.
Top 10 Games of 2009 (in no particular order): Resident Evil 5, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Wars, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, GTA IV: The Lost and Damned, Call of Duty 6 and HL2: Episode 3.
Looking mostly forward to, Halo 3 ODST, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2,Resident Evil 5, and GTA Lost and Damned, a couple more too, but these are the main ones.
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