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Avatar Image2009, Like 2008, but +1
By: | December 5th, 2008

2008 isn’t over, and neither is our newly created backlog brought on by the tidal wave of games released in the last few months. A shrink wrapped copies of games I don’t care about are waiting to get their turn in the disc drive, but unfortunately for them and our sanity, we at are always looking forward, no matter how great the risk of death by exhaustion. We’re taking a look at 5 games coming out in quarter 1 of 2009. 5 games bold enough to be released after the holiday season. 5 games that are coming out long after gaming fatigue has already kicked in.

Resident Evil 5 (Capcom)

Arguably the biggest game on the list, is the 5th iteration of Capcom’s obscenely popular Resident Evil series. RE5 is a follow-up to Resident Evil 4, which is held by fans as the best game in the series, and for many publications, the game of the year for 2005. RE5 changes main characters to original Resident Evil protagonist, Chris Redfield. Chris finds himself in Africa, uncovering the mysteries of the zombie virus’ origins. Assisting Chris is Sheva, and alongside his new partner comes a cooperative experience new to the Resident Evil series. Sheva can be controlled by both the computer and by a human player, allowing the duo to bypass obstacles they couldn’t tackle alone. Resident Evil 5 comes out March 13th for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Kill Zone 2 (SCEA)

Now that Resistance 2 and Little Big Planet have come and gone, Killzone 2 is Sony’s next AAA exclusive title. The main story follows, Sev, a veteran member of the human forces, as he fights his way into enemy territory to capture its leader.  Aside from the single player campaign, Killzone 2 ships with a dynamic multiplayer mode akin to that of Call of Duty 4. Included is multiplayer for up to 32 players, clan support, and vast character customization options. Players can outfit their in-game models with badges that allow special abilities, such as vehicle repair and improved sniper aim. Several publications have stated that the game looks almost as good as the original trailer touted at E3 2005. We’ll see just how good the game looks when it releases on February 17 for the Playstation 3.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

The follow-up to the original F.E.A.R. has had a rough development period. The license was sold without certain assets, only to be reacquired later, serving only to confuse fans until everything is set in stone. The story in this game follows a new protagonist fighting the series main villain, a young woman named Alma, as she attempts to use her psychic powers to destroy reality as we know it. The original F.E.A.R. was a first person shooting survival horror game unlike anything else, and with a revamped engine and a whole new team behind it, who knows what’s on the horizon for this series. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is slated for release on February 10th for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Halo Wars (Microsoft Game Studios)

Halo Wars is the series’ first step outside of the First Person Shooter and is being developed by the soon-to-be defunct Ensemble studios. This real-time-strategy game follows the human forces in their war against the amalgam of alien species known as the Covenant. The story takes place 20 years prior to the original Halo. Ensemble developed Halo Wars to work solely with the Xbox 360 controller, to make battles as seamless as possible. Players will have access to both the human and covenant forces. Each unit will have access to special abilities, such as the Spartan unit’s ability to hijack any vehicle on the map. Halo Wars is set to release in February for the Xbox 360.

Street Fighter 4 (Capcom)

Capcom’s Long awaited follow-up to Street Fighter 3 hits world-wide sometime in February. The game’s chronology takes place sometime between Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 3, which is really just an excuse to showcase the series’ most popular characters in gorgeous 3D. The fighting is done in 3D on a 2D plane, to keep the classic feel of its predecessors. Almost the entire cast from Street Fighter 2 and its iterations return with a few well-fitting additions. A few notable newbies on the roster include El Blaze, a Rey Mysterio-esque lucha libre wrestler, and Able a wandering warrior that looks reminiscent of Alex from Street Fighter 3. The game will be released on February 17 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Hopefully as you undoubtedly spend all your hard earned zenny on the wonderful games of this season, you keep in mind that next season is no slouch, and there are games waiting patiently for you in ambush.

  1. Avatar Image Ian

    Cant wait for RE5 or KZ2

  2. avatar Raz0r

    man all of them look awesome to play

  3. Yea I’m all about FEAR 2, can’t wait until it comes out.

  4. avatar mamba

    halo wars? are u serious!?
    this article was good until u mention it…

    • avatar Jetmira

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  5. avatar Adrian

    Can’t wait for Killzone 2.

    I don’t know if I’m getting RE5 considering that I’ve never played a RE game before… I really just started getting into the survival horror genre just this generation.

    I’m also very interested in Fear 2.

    • avatar Yasin

      I enjoyed all the Halo games but what makes Reach stand out for me above the rest of them is Forge and Custom games.As for the canon, its minor chegnas at best. Its not as if they have went back and erased part of Halo history, just changed it slightly.

  6. avatar ps360 guy

    Killzone 2 looks AWESOME!!

    FEAR 2 and RE5 look good also,I can’t wait till next year!!

  7. avatar Mirage

    The only two games on that list that have even a shred of my interest are Killzone 2 and Resident Evil 5.

  8. @ Mirage

    Maybe you should stop shredding your interest. Then you’ll like more things.

  9. avatar Superted!

    And these are just the blockbusters!

    Tekken 6

    And shit loads more!

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  10. avatar Mirage

    @ Rick

    I like plenty of different genres. The reasons I don’t have any interest in the other games are as follows.

    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin: While the first one was mildly entertaining, it was nothing special among its genre. I’ll give the second one a chance, probably a rent considering it’s made by an entirely different team, but I’m not expecting anything special. Just like the first one.

    Halo Wars: This re-enforces my opinion that they are already starting to milk the franchise. With the formerly Halo 3: Recon, now Halo 3: ODST, and this, it’s all about getting as much out of the Halo name as possible now.

    Street Fighter 4: This is simply my personal preference. I never really liked beat ‘em up games. I don’t quite know why, but that’s just my opinion.

  11. avatar ps3 rulezz

    xbox dont have aaa game in 2009 , what i saw on ps3 have at least 2 aaa : god of war 2 and killzone 2….

  12. avatar canucks

    keep the fanboyism outta this plz. Anyways, i’m really only interested in Killzone 2 on this list. I’ll end up renting RE5 though. FEAR wasn’t that great imo, and i think the next one’ll just be another generic shooter. and i’ve never been a fan of fighting games, so SF4 is a no-go for me. And i don’t like console RTS games, and i don’t think halo wars is gonna be that great, i might just rent it for the hell of it though.

  13. avatar Brylon

    I though Killzone 2 was announced to release Feburary 27, but you say the 17th?

  14. Yea it switched up so few many times that I don’t think anyone is sure when the game comes out.

    • avatar Virginia

      You know, these extras are usullay worth closer to $90 or so imo. Even the Black Ops Prestige edition with the spy car… I’d pay like $30 for that spy car tops. It’s neat, but not worth $90 over the standard edition, or more accurately, $70 over the Hardened edition.I’d probably fork over $90 for this too, but not $130.

  15. About Killzone 2, the actual day might be fluctuating, but there’s no way it’s getting pushed further than Q1

  16. avatar Marsz85

    I’m all about everything on that list with the exception of Halo Wars. Not a fan of Halo, I really tried to like it.

    @Mirage: I know that’s your opinion and all and everyone is welcomed to their opinion but please STFU. All the games on this list is a brand and will sell. If you don’t but it oh well, millions of others will.

    • avatar Mandon

      Reach was bogus in terms of changing the story arnuod. The Fall of Reach was a great book that was supposed to be the prequel story to Combat Evolved. While you can argue that most of the events in the game don’t conflict with the book, the ending of the directly conflicts with that novel, which is frustrating as a fan of the series. I think this is what Blood Envy is referring to with don’t even get me started. Otherwise, Reach is still a great standalone game but even with all the upgrades, weapons, armor abilities etc. it still doesn’t compete with how great Halo 3 was when it was released.Halo 3 > Halo 2 > CE > Reach > Wars > ODST

  17. avatar ps3 deepthrought fanboy

    kill zone is gonna kill it, halo will get anal

  18. @ ps3 deepthrought

    Make a educated comment please, something like this.

    There is no way that Killzone 2 will sell as much as Halo or even come close as provedn with Killzone. There is no such thing as a Halo killer, too many little kids still play it and bungie stays active with new content every 3 to 6 months. While Killzone 2 will easily sell a 1 or 2, it won’t be a Halo killer, nor a killer app, but will indeed succeed.

  19. avatar David Macphail

    Adam – Killzone 2 IS a killer app and to even TRY to compare Killzone 2 with the original is just downright ignorant! It’s true that the original Killzone was a flop and a black mark against the franchise but anyone who’s played or even SEEN KZ2 knows that this is, as has been stated many times before, a game that could sell itself based on graphics alone. EVERYBODY knows KZ2′s graphics make Gears Of War 2 look like it was hand – drawn by a blind monkey. Just remember – the very first Halo was a pretty garbage game, yet the franchise didn’t end up too badly, did it?

    I’m not going to go overboard and say that Killzone 2 will have THE best graphics next year (Just remember it’s up against Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII, Uncharted 2, Final Fantasy Versus XIII ((If released next year)) and God Of War 3) – or that it will be game of the year next year, because it won’t. Heck, it’s not even a game that i’ll be getting myself but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks and plays fantastic.

  20. @ David Macphail

    Why is it ignorant to compare the first game with this next one? They’re made by the same people, published by the same people, and it’s coming out for the same line of systems. It’s perfectly acceptable for one to wonder why they should be excited about a game when it’s predecessor was so mediocre.

    It isn’t like they’ve earned our faith in the title. There is only one game and a spin-off in the entirety of the series. We just have to wait how the game actually is, no one should be getting too excited for no reason.

  21. avatar Mirage

    @ Marsz85

    You tell me I’m entitled to my opinion, but immediately after that, you tell me to shut the fuck up. That’s pretty contradictory. I have a right to voice my opinion, and there is no way in hell I’m going to let some random person on the internet tell me otherwise. Why didn’t you tell canucks to “STFU.” He has pretty much the exact same opinion as I do, yet I see you said nothing to him. I think it’s you who needs to shut up.

    Also, I never said the games were not going to sell. I’m positive Street Fighter 4, Halo Wars will sell very well. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, I’m not so sure about, but I’m confident it’s sales will be decent. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t put words in my mouth.

  22. Yea please refrain from calling me ignorant, in no why did I or was I trying to be ignorant. Killzone 2 by far exceeds the first in many ways, I do think that killzone 2 one of the best looking shooters I’ve ever seen. Just because everything is great about the game doesn’t mean it will be a killer app, as i mentioned and will mention again, there is no such thing as a killer app these days, there are too many great games out there to only choose one as a killer app. Also where do you get the feeling that i’m putting down Killzone 2, I clearly praise it.

  23. Yea to Mirage, unfortunately a FEAR game in general is underrated. In my opinion one of the best shooters when the first one came out.

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