Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Based on an ancient Chinese novel, Enslaved tells the tale of two souls wandering across an apocalyptic landscape. War has destroyed humanity, leaving us food for robots still acting under orders from their former masters. Created by the same team that made the well-received Heavenly Sword, Enslaved looks to have gorgeous landscapes and action-packed gameplay.
Maijin and the Forsaken Kingdom
The story of a young thief who stumbles upon a sleeping giant has drawn comparisons to The Last Guardian, which isn’t surprising since some of the staff of Game Republic worked on Ico. The mix of puzzles and action call to mind the Legend of Zelda, so put this one on your radar because it might be a most pleasant surprise.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
With a new Metroid game being handled by Team Ninja, former developers Retro Studios had a bit of free time. Who better than them to forge the resurgence of one of Nintendo’s most revered platformers? In an intentional call-back to the original DKC, Returns should make all of us misty with gorilla nostalgia.
One of the most treasured console First Person Shooters of all time is getting a remake. Updated to take advantage of the Wii, this new title features a revised story from the original movie scriptwriter Bruce Feirstein and an online mode with XP progression and unlockables. Will this seminal shooter survive the update, or will gamers everywhere wish Activision had left the past alone?
How do you top the Nintendo DS game that let you use almost anything you could think of to solve a puzzle? Adjectives. Type in “Fuzzy Rock” and it shall appear. Tons of adjectives can be applied to the endless nouns from the first game to make for a more personalized experience. Me? I want it all to be “shiny”.
Lego Universe MMO
With all of the popularity of the recent Lego-ized treatments of huge entertainment franchises, it naturally follows that someone would attempt to create Lego Universe, the MMO that allows player to defend the future of imagination through creation. On top of creating new customizations for yourself, you can also build rocketships to travel to other Lego worlds. Could this finally be an MMO for all ages?
The classic arcade basketball title is back, with updated graphics and an all new roster. At first, this was announced as a Wii exclusive, with the PS3 and 360 versions to come packaged with NBA Elite 11, but EA since retracted on that announcement after it was met with much ire. The HD version comes to consoles by the holidays, and we can re-live all of our favorite “boom-sha-ka-la-ka” moments.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Taking place after the original God of War for the PS2, this PSP entry in the hardcore action series is anything but small. Kratos, the God of War most in need of anger management, takes his blades to Atlantis. Aquaman doesn’t show up, but you can imagine the chaos that will ensue on what may be the must-have PSP game of the year.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Based off the final book in the legendary series, Deathly Hallows turns the series on its ear by focusing on third person combat. Featuring new additions like cover and the ability to make head-shots, will turning Harry Potter into Marcus Fenix fix the typically abysmal performances of the tie-in games? Expect to find out when the title drops alongside the movie this fall.
James Bond: Blood Stone
With the James Bond franchise in trouble after the less than stellar performance of Quantum of Solace, it falls to video games to bring 007 back to life. Featuring the voice and likeness of Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench, this game features an original globe-hopping story for the super spy to get caught up in. Will developer Bizarre Creations’ experience with The Club serve them well? Only time will tell.
So, which of these games are on your must-play list? Which would you rent, which would you buy, and which do you think are totally not going to live up to whatever hype they’re associated with? Go!