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.