Riskening’s Most Anticipated – Part 3c : The last of the list! (but certainly not the least)

This is it, the final part of our Anticipated series for this year (and a good portion of next year I’m sure) in video games.

Don’t worry though, this is only the start of many things to come in the rest of the year.

So without further ado, let’s start ‘er up!


  • Alan Wake game consoles : Xbox 360 – This psychological thriller has definitely been long in the making, considering it’s first announcements back during E3 2005, but we’re finally seeing some good details and sneak peeks surfacing. Alan Wake (seen above) as you may know already is the author character that you play as, who travels to a small town to try and spark up his writing career once again. That is, until his wife disappears and he’s plunged into a nightmare of a story. Light is the main driving point of the gameplay from then on out. Not too long ago I was watching a demo from E3 showing some gameplay in which the flashlight was the primary weapon disintegrating shadowy types of enemies with a pistol and shotgun to finish them off. The demo also featured flares and other types of light traps to keep the enemies at bay. The game has a day/night cycle with researching the town during the day and the enemies coming out at night. Right now Remedy is focusing on a Xbox 360 release first, but a Windows version will also probably release later. I’ve been a big fan of Remedy’s work on the Max Payne series so you can probably tell I’m quite excited for this release as well (slated for a spring 2010 release at the moment).


  • Bioshock 2game consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows – The second game in the series will serve as a prequel to the events of the first game, set 10 years before. In this one you will get to play as a prototype Big Daddy of the enemies seen in the first game. This time around in addition to using the usual plasmid abilities the player is also able to use the drill and rivet gun (with different types of ammo) thanks to the Daddy’s suit. Also new to the series is the ability to dual-wield plasmids and weapons AND explore the sea floor (thanks to the diving suit again). Being a Big Daddy this time around you’ll still be looking for the Little Sisters but this time around instead of having the option of rescuing them you’ll have the option of adopting them to help you harvest the sweet sweet ADAM you desire (or just harvest the ADAM from the Sister after you capture her if you prefer). While getting to the Sisters involves dealing with other Big Daddies of course, these aren’t the only ones you’ll be facing. Meet the Big Sister (pictured above) who, after defeating a certain amount of rival Daddies, will appear and being much leaner and quicker than the Daddies will stop at nothing to harvest YOUR ADAM and collect the Sisters to turn them into something like her. If you adopt some Little Sisters they will give you a bit of forewarning when a Big Sister is about to appear, so that’s pretty nice of them atleast. In addition of single player, there will also be multiplayer this time around involving a civil war between plasmid test subjects. The first game was a unique experience and I have good hopes that the second will up the ante. Originally slated for a fall release this one has also been postponed to early 2010.


  • Starcraft 2game consoles : Windows – Here’s another one that, like Alan Wake, has spent quite awhile in development. Originally it was planned to be a single game but pretty recently (atleast in the grand scheme of things) has been announced to be released as a trilogy instead. Although all three of the usual races (Terran, Protoss and Zerg if you need a refresher) are going to be available for skirmish and multiplayer battles from the first installment onwards, each game of the trilogy will deal with a separate race in it’s single player campaign. The first of the trilogy is titled Wings of Liberty involving the Terrans, followed by Heart of the Swarm with the Zerg, and ending with Legacy of the Void with (you guessed it) the Protoss. Most units and structures from each race in the first game will be returning with a few new ones here and there and some of the old ones tweaked to spice things up (check out the official website if you want to see them all). Some familiar characters like Jim Raynor, Kerrigan and Zeratul from the Terran, Zerg and Protoss races respectively will also be returning. In more recently it was announced that they would not be including LAN into their multiplayer portion, the reasons they say to make people use Battle.net and fight piracy. Luckily this has caused a bit of outrage and petitions in the community and they’re starting to decide other options it would seem. All I really have to say on the matter is that it would greatly missed by me atleast if they don’t include it, considering how much my brother and I used to LAN the first game. Right now it’s slated for a early 2010 release BUT as you probably already noticed their release dates can (and have) changed alot due to their “It’s done when it’s done” motto and depending on what else Blizzard is working on (*cough* World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 *cough*).


  • Postal 3game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – This is kinda one of those guilty pleasures. Sure, the series has never been critically acclaimed or anything like that but it’s always provided me with that sort of wacky and stress relieving fun that I love (and I’m sure many of you do too). The latest game in the series is no different and they’ve come a long away from their humble isometric shooter beginnings of the first game that was banned in several countries. Take for instance the badgersaw weapon (seen above), a quite literal badger chainsaw of sorts seen in some gameplay footage so far. Another weapon that has been hinted at but not seen is a lab monkey that reacts to a laser pointer. This is just a taste of the over-the-top-itude that makes the Postal series lovable to play (and I’m sure there won’t be a lack of gimps and Gary Coleman as well). Don’t worry, the gas can and matches from Postal 2 are also returning. This time around it’s a third person shooter instead of first person like Postal 2 and uses Valve’s Source engine instead of Unreal’s engine. It’s also the first time that the series is hitting consoles as well instead of just Windows/Mac/Linux, which might also explain for the longer development time (considering they’re also planning a port for PlayStation 3). No official release date yet but I’d expect we’ll probably see this one sometime in 2010.


  • Bayonettagame consoles : PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 – Think of this one as Devil May Cry to the next level, featuring some of the same type of melee and weapon combat that made that series. Only as Bayonetta though, you’ll be dealing with alot more shape-shifting, spells and a greater number of firearms. As you may have noticed already she has quite long hair, this is where the spells and shape-shifting come in. As crazy as it may sound, she actually transforms her hair into the different magical spells against enemies. Not only this, but her costume is also made up of her hair and deteriorates (to a certain degree) and regenerates as she uses these attacks. As far as firearms go you may have also noticed that she has four pistols by default, one for each limb, that adds to the crazy and blisteringly fast fights that are quite entertaining to watch at the very least (check out some of the preview videos for a taste). This is only the start of a whole array of weapons that includes other firearms as well as a katana and whip. This one is slated for a October release in Japan but we’ll have to wait until January 2010 to get a crack at it.


  • Dead Rising 2game consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows – You love zombie games, right? This one takes place a few years after the first game with a new main character and new fictional city to fight through, Fortune City (modeled after Sin City itself, Las Vegas). Enter Chuck Greene, a former motocross champion who finds himself in a casino during the major outbreak and slew of zombie hordes. In addition to the zombies, the psycho characters and survivors to rescue (or not) are back once again. What’s not returning this time is the photography portion, sorry Frank West. Oh, but there’s more zombies and an assortment of new objects to fight them with now also (roulette table seen above). It’s been confirmed that there will be a new multiplayer component in addition to the usual single player game but no details have been released yet as to what it will involve. As opposed to the original which was Xbox 360 exclusive, this one will hit PlayStation 3 and Windows as well. Also being developed by Blue Castle Games and only published by Capcom this time around, but some of the original team members are returning to work on the sequel. This one’s expected to release sometime spring 2010 in case you were wondering when you can get a piece of mass-zombie action once again (may I recommend Nazi Zombies in the meantime?).

Whew…lemme catch my breath for a second. The last six can be found after this short break.


  • Dark Voidgame consoles : Windows ,  Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – We don’t have TOO many details on this rocketeer-esque shooter yet. What we do know though is that the story involves a pilot that crashes into the Bermuda Triangle, gets teleported to a parallel universe and wages war against an alien race known as the Watchers in order to make it back to earth. Nikola Tesla (implying an alternate reality of the past I guess) helps the main character by retrofitting some the alien technology for use by a human. In addition to on-foot and mid-air (via jetpack) combat, the game makes use of a vertical cover system (while allowing the player to look up and down). This third person shooter/platformer will be using the Unreal engine. Like many of these other games, this one will also be seeing the light of day early next year.


  • Red Dead Redemptiongame consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Here’s another victim of the delays until next year. Nevertheless, I’m quite excited to see a sequel to Red Dead Revolver finally on the horizon. I’m a bit of a fan of the western and I would really like to see more great games in the genre. Although a sequel, this time though the story is focused on a different gunman of the west during the early 1900’s (1908 to be exact). His name is John Marston, a former outlaw brought in to bring some law and order to the frontier. Good news is that this time around it’ll also be a more open world environment the likes of games such as the latest Grand Theft Autos. This is also explains the bigger importance put on horse and train travel to different areas. The latest game is using the same Rockstar Advanced Games Engine (RAGE) that was used for the latest games such as Grand Theft Auto 4. It’s expected to hit stores around spring next year.


  • Doom 4game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Here’s one that we REALLY don’t know much about at all yet, so much so that I had to put up a picture of the man John Carmack at work in lieu of a screenshot of the game. Earlier this year it was revealed in an interview with the CEO of Id Software Todd Hollenshead that the game is “deep in development” and that it is not a sequel to Doom 3, but not many other details. Considering that at this year’s QuakeCon it was also announced that no news for Doom 4 would be released until next year’s QuakeCon in 2010 then I would not expect any major news anytime soon. Right now I guess we’ll just have to sit back and wait, patience young grasshopper…


  • Duke Nukem Forevergame consoles : Windows ,  Xbox 360 – Ok, so it’s been a long time since 1997. The whole fiasco with the Take-Two publisher lawsuit and downsizing due to funding issues at 3d Realms didn’t help things at all either. If you’ve been paying attention to news about the game recently though then you’ve probably noticed the new screenshots or possibly the demo reel (released by a graphics designer at 3d realms around the time of the lawsuit) look just fantastic. Judging by the demo reel I really believe that they’re almost there and it’s a shame that the downsizing had to happen. If only another developer picked up the work from where they left off then I could very possibly see this released sooner or later…rather than never.


  • Splinter Cell : Convictiongame consoles : Xbox 360 , Windows – Oh boy, here’s another one that has suffered some serious delays. I remember watching the trailer on the Xbox 360 that said it would be coming November 2007. Continuing from the events of the last game Double Agent, Sam Fisher is resigned from Third Echelon and investigating the death of his daughter Sarah. Through the events that follow Sam becomes a fugitive from the law and the organization that he once worked for. In addition to the drastic change in role of Sam there will also be an introduction of a few new gameplay elements. The first major change is the “Mark & Execute” allowing Sam to tag an object or enemy as a priority target. Next is the “last known position” which is a sort of shadow that shows where Sam was last spotted when you break the line of sight with enemies, helping the player to act accordingly. Environment also takes a bigger importance this time around, whether it be using environmental objects to assist in interrogation or as distractions against enemies. Also playing into this are the crowds of civilians which can be used as means of escape from enemies, notice how Sam is much more rugged looking with the different clothing in the above picture. Due to Sam’s new status, gadgets are also downplayed much more than previous titles but some of the usual (or maybe more?) can be unlocked as the game progresses. Multiplayer will be returning but no details as of yet. Sam will be back early next year, let’s hope the delays were worth it.


  • RAGEgame consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – Here’s another Id Software title to look out for, first announced at QuakeCon 2007. This first person shooter and driving game combo is set in a post-apocalyptic landscape following an asteroid impact (oh yeah, there’s mutants too). When I heard that John Carmack said that the uncompressed build was one TERABYTE in size and that the computer and Xbox 360 versions would be more than one disc (PlayStation 3’s would still be one) I thought to myself that this must be quite the epic world they’re developing with their new Id Tech 5 engine. During this year’s QuakeCon a new trailer and beautiful screenshots like the one above were released. Watch for it sometime next year.

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