Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2009 (Mania.com)

By:Josh Gordon
Date: Friday, January 16, 2009

 

If ’07 and ’08 weren’t high enough watermarks in video gaming 2009 looks to be bringing it’s own game, so to speak. Sure, we’re looking forward to Final Fantasy’s first outing on an X-Box but, frankly, the list below are the stuff my dreams are made of. But before we hit the big time let’s take a quick look at some other games that look to make a mark.
 
Saboteur
 
 
Can’t wait for Pandemic’s WWII French resistance stealth game. It looks like it’s ready to inject new blood into both the stealth and WWII genres. Occupied countries are black and white. Liberation returns color. Just like in real life!
 
Bayonetta
 

 

Sega recently posted a trailer on Xbox Live and this game looks like a mutha-fuddin butt-kicking, Devil May Cry-esque good time with a very hot protagonist. 
 
Ghostbusters
 
 
Billed as a sequel as well as a great looking video game Ghostbusters and with no less than Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis writing the games storyline AND with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson lending voice work (along with other GB alumni Brian Doyle-Murray, Annie Potts and William Atherton, we think we know who we’ll be calling.
 
With those illustrious opening acts out of the way, let’s movie on now, shall we, to the top five games I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on.
 
 
 
5. Dark Void
 
 
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Airtight Games

Release Date: May 2009
Genre: Action
 
Airtight brought us the original Xbox classic “Crimson Skies”. Dark Void is their next big outing. First off, I’m a sucker for a rocket pack. Combine that with a steam-punk aesthetic and some unique elements such as vertical (standing on the wall) and mid-air combat and this is a must have for me.
 
4. Champions Online
 
 
Published by: Atari
Developed by: Cryptic Studios
Release Date: Summer 2009
Genre: MMORPG
 
Are you kidding? A Superhero MMORPG on the 360? Count me in. I loved Cryptic’s previous online hero fest City of Heroes and can’t wait to see their super-wares for the 360 (and PC).
We’re going to go ahead and venture that all their experience on CoH will make Champions Online even better. After Cryptic’s recent acquisition by Atari, 2K decided to opt out of distribution. Not a step up in my opinion but hopefully this will have no effect on Cryptic’s vision.
 
3. Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams
 
 
Published by: 2K
Developed by: 2K Marin
Release Date: Fall 2009
Genre: FPS
 
Bioshock is one of my very favorite games of all time. Not much is known about this follow up (only a teaser has appeared so far) to 2007’s smash Xbox 360 hit (recently made available for the PS3). Bioshock’s creator Ken Levine is said to be hands on for this follow up. I would count on another smash from Big Daddies everywhere.
 
 
2. Batman: Arkham Asylum
 
 
Published by: Eidos Interactive
Developed by: Rocksteady Studios
Release Date: TBA 2009
Genre: Action
 
Could the Dark Knight finally get the videogame he deserves? Holy Caped Crusader Batman, this could be the one! The screenshots look unbelievable and publisher Eidos promises this is the real thing. The serious and dark tone of this one looks extremely promising, bringing a bit of Alex Ross to the mix.
 
1. Resident Evil 5
 
 
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: March 2009 
Genre: Third Person Action/Horror
 
The one we’ve all been holding our breath for, Resident Evil 5 looks like a genuine fright fest and seems poised to take the series to its highest point yet. Making the availability jump to the 360 for the first time, this will be this one could take over the world. This just looks to be like one freaking horror/action time-waster.


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