Video Games to Play in 2009

I spent some time taking a look at the games that are due to hit store shelves in 2009 (baring delays, which are quite common in the video game industry). Here are eight games in no particular order from a number of different genres that I’m excited about:

  • Ghostbusters (6/16): The Ghostbusters hold a special place in my heart. As my first childhood geek obsession, I love the Ghostbusters. The information that is available makes me even more excited. The gameplay sounds excellent and voice acting is performed by the original guys themselves! I can’t wait to be knee-deep in ectoplasmic goo with a small nuclear reactor strapped to my back. Come June, I might just have to cross the streams. 
  • Guitar Hero: Metallica (3/29): Guitar Hero is awesome! Metallica are jerks… but they’re awesome! I’m certain that it will eclipse the previous Guitar Hero games in difficulty by simple virtue of it’s source material. I also have no doubt that this game will rock the proverbial socks. Get your coolest pajamas, find a comfortable place on your couch, and prepare to shred on a plastic guitar! 
  • Halo Wars (3/3): When the first Halo was in production prior to the release of the first X-Box, it was meant supposed to be a third person game. Then it evolved into the best first person shooter ever. Halo was the sole reason I bought an X-Box, and the only game I owned for the console for a really long time. With two other insane sequels, the fourth installment is about to arrive in a very different form. This will be a realtime strategy game. You will command entire armies into glorious battle. The graphics are stunning and I’ve read that the controls are easy and efficient. A religious war never looked so fun. 
  • Street Fighter IV (2/17): The classic fighting franchise is back with a new beautiful look. I’ve heard that the fighting system is exceptional and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

 

  • Heroes Over Europe (3/17): Growing up I played a lot of flight simulators and aviation action games because my father loved airplanes, and I didn’t have a lot of money to buy video games. I still have a soft spot for aviation games. It’s been a while since I was in a good dogfight and I have high hopes that this game will provide just that.

 

 

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (5/1): While many Batman video games have missed the mark, I’m confident that this one will truly represent Batman’s badassery. Expect a rant if it doesn’t.

 

 

  • Splinter Cell: Conviction (6/30): Sam Fisher’s coming back for more stealthy spying, crazy gadgets, and silent killing. The best stealth action franchise returns with what I’m sure will be another great installment. Splinter Cell is always a sure bet for a good game.

 

  • Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (2/10): A collection of 40 classic Sega Genesis games. The set includes quite a few of the original Sonic games, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage 1, 2, & 3, Vectorman 1 & 2, Comix Zone, and Golden Axe 1, 2, & 3 among many others. This is a must have for the old-school gamer.

Those are the games I’m looking forward to. Maybe I will find enough time to actually play some of them.

2 thoughts on “Video Games to Play in 2009

  1. Ghostbusters is gonna be lucky if it is a half decent game – esp considering they switched studies half way through about a year ago canceled it for the Wii and then re-announced it for the Wii but by another company – if they actually release it as originally intended it’ll be awesome but they have had way too many problems with this game for me to even think its going to be a blockbuster. Guitar Hero Metallica has potential – but then again so did Guitar Hero Aerosmith and we see what happened to that one (by the way – same amount of Metallica songs as Aerosmith had Aerosmith songs).. nuff said on that game. And last but not least my two cents about Street Fighter IV – not one good preview. A 2D fighting game – with the exact same gameplay and only 1/2 additional characters from the second one. The game is a remake of the classic Street Fighter II Turbo with 3D graphics on a slightly improved engine. It is going to be the first 2D fighter released in years – they could have done so much more but they aren’t – its very disappointing :(.

    And thats all my criticizing of your list – the rest I agree with. kind of. ….

  2. OK… that’s a lot to cover Jason.

    1. I don’t play Wii, so I don’t care whether Ghostbusters if good on that system or not. I’m not crazy about Wii. While I am fully aware of the insanity on the business side of the game, the early gameplay that I have read about still sounds good. If I hear otherwise as it approaches release, then I might reconsider.
    2. I like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. If you like the style of music on a Guitar Hero game, then that’s all you need. It’s not like the gameplay elements change much. Looking at the list of other bands that will make an appearance on GH: Metallica, I’m not worried.
    3. Street Fighter… why mess with a great game? A lot of the older 2D games suck when they are made 3D (Many of the 3D Mortal Kombat games come to mind). I like 2D fighters a lot more than 3D. Street Fighter 2 may be 15 years old, but it’s still a great game, with excellent gameplay mechanics. If it ain’t broke… right?

    Bottom-line, play what you like. Those are the discs that will be spinning in my 360.

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