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Anticipated Games of 2009 January 23, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Feature.

2007 was amazing, 2008 was almost as good and 2009 has potential to be just as interesting. Click below and read on for my most anticipated games for the coming year in  no particular order:

House of the Dead: Overkill

HotD Overkill

Zombies + Grindhouse + Lightguns = what could go wrong. The Wii is this generations perfect home for lightgun games and this has potential to be the best in years. A prequel to the previous games in the series and a complete change in art direction is plain to see from the Grindhouse-inspired visuals. New features such as the ability to slow down time to make headshots easier and motion-triggered melee attacks with the Wii remote. Sega are even releasing an official hand-cannon shell for the remote (which I instantly preordered) and rumour has it that a dual-wielding mode is unlockable. All over my face.



Hardcore Nintendo fans crying out for hardcore games after the barren release schedule of the latter half of 2008. Here’s your hardcore game right here thanks to Clover Studio reborn as Platinum Games. Taking the form of a 3D action/beat-’em-up of sorts, the Running Man-esque plot has you starring in a TV show while forced to fight opponents by a shady terrorist organisation. The Sin City-inspired visuals and over-the-top violence caught my interest instantly, although I’m not a sadistic person really. The Wii really needs developers like this that are willing to take a chance aren’t afraid to try something different

Resident Evil 5

I must admit to feeling rather underwhelmed by the demo. Nothing much had changed but the features that have – especially the new inventory system – might end up making the game worse than Resi 4. The emphasis on co-op has me slightly worried that it may end up a hindrance to the singleplayer experience. While there is no chance it will have the same impact as it’s predecessor, it will be interesting to see if this will be a genuine step up or a GTA4-style step backwards. One more thing, seriously, this is 2009 so is it too hard to be able to walk and shoot at the same time?

Halo 3: ODST


An interesting take on the Halo universe, this. Rather than playing as Master Chief you take the role of an un-named soldier in New Mombasa during the events of Halo 2, seeking out his lost squad members after becoming separated. Rather than being a linear FPS like the other games in the series, this will offer a more open ended style of gameplay with less emphasis on run-and-gun in favour of a more cautious approach due to the lack of Master Chief-style gadgets. Oh, and the trailer is fantastic, I just hope the game isn’t ruined by an appearance from the Flood – one of the worst enemies of all time.

Black Mesa Source

I’ve never had the chance to play the original Half-Life properly. I’ve tried it briefly but was somewhat of a latecomer and the experience was no doubt soiled by playing Half-Life 2 first. Black Mesa is an unofficial mod using the Source engine to totally recreate the original Half-Life. HL2 is one of my favourite games of all time so being able to play the original game with similar graphics and gameplay has me very excited. From what I’ve seen I’m surprised Valve haven’t just hired the team behind it and give the mod an official release.



1. Adam - January 23, 2009

HotD: Overhyped, more like.

Duck Hunt was more accurate than the last game ffs.

2. Michael - January 23, 2009

I’m going to throw a spanner in Mad World’s works, actually. I’m finding the footage to show the black and white stylings to be a strain on the eyes.

3. Tiq - January 27, 2009

Can’t wait for Mad World.

also: Dkadeooow!

4. Matthew - January 28, 2009


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