Here is my list of most-anticipated PC games for 2008. Happy New Year, all, I hope it is full of good times and good gaming!
Age of Conan (PC/360)
I totally dug the hell out of the Conan flicks growing up, and enjoyed the Howard stories as an adult. Given the chance to play in that world. A chance to quest, adventure, and hack up anyone who gets in my path!?! I am so in it isn’t funny. And after playing the beta of the MMO for a bit, I am definitely in – at least when they work out their performance issues (oops – did I say that out loud?).
Frontlines: Fuel of War (PC/360)
Imagine a world starving for the base substance that propels their whole economy: oil. Sound familiar? Well in the shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War it is taken to the next level and the whole world is fighting over the last of the stuff in the not so far off future. The shooter looks to focus mainly around Battlefield-style gameplay with a cool ‘frontline’ system where your side will gain and lose enhancements based on where the frontline of battle is located.
Sins of A Solar Empire (PC)
We are big space game fans here at GamingShogun. We reminisce of the days of Wing Commander, Tie Fighter, Freespace….Those days are gone but the space game comes in many flavors. Sins of a Solar Empire takes elements from space RTS games like Homeworld and mixes it up with elements from 4X space games like MOO (Master of Orion).
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (PC/360/PS3)
Release: Fiscal 2008
Rainbow Six Vegas was a whole lot of fun. The single player game was entertaining and the multiplayer game had some great moments. The sequel, however, looks to improve on all that by enhancing the single player story and bringing the multiplayer where it needs to be: with a dynamic co-op campaign and new multiplayer match modes to boot. They have also tweaked up the graphics engine a bit and promise to deliver a lot more Vegas this time around.
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (PC/360/PS3)
So here you are, Mr New York Construction Worker, going about your everyday life. The next thing you know, Nazi’s are everywhere! It is a full-on invasion of the US! This game explores an alternate history where in 1953, after stomping victoriously across Europe, the Nazi’s decide to take on Uncle Sam ‘mano y mano’. You play as that construction worker turned freedom fighter across what promises to be a fun single player campaign to retake the city from the Fascists.
Fallout 3 (PC/360/PS3)
You would either have to be born under a rock or after 1985 to not know what Fallout is. If you are one of the above and DO know what the game is, congratulations! The Fallout series is one of the best in all of video gaming history. It’s sardonic vision of a retro-future turned nuclear is unforgettable. Apparently, others think this same way as it has been resurrected from the ashes of Interplay and is under development by Bethsoft(Oblivion). This time around it is a FPS RPG, which has stirred critical reaction on both sides of the fence. Personally, I am of the opinion that as long as the story is Fallout, it wont matter.
After the Ghostbusters game scare from Zoot earlier in 2007, the gaming world felt seriously ripped off that they would NOT be getting their game. Thankfully, Sierra has listened and the official Ghostbusters game was announced as in development. It is still to be determined whether or not the Sierra gameplay vids look as good as the Zoot ones, but the coolest thing about GB is that the original cast has returned to do all the voice over work and are treating the game as the official third ‘movie’ in the series.
The first Command &amp; Conquer FPS, Renegade, was not well-received nor well done. It looks like EA is redeeming itself with Tiberium, however, as the FPS promises to delve deeper into the C&amp;C story while also giving players a great bunch of multiplayer opportunities. The graphics looks great from screen shots we have seen thus far but hopefully the tentative release date wont slide back so far you will see it on the ‘GamingShogun’s Most-Anticipated Games of 2009’ list!
Operation Flashpoint 2 (PC/Wii/PS3/360)
The original OF is one of those unique games that spawned a thousand gaming stories. Playing co-op in such an open world gave rise to almost limitless ways of completing an objective short of diplomacy. Besides, who needs that option, anyway?
Space Force: Captains (PC)
Release: Early 2008 (For US)
This little gem looks like alot of fun. A turn-based strategy game of starship combat set in the Space Force universe. Already out in Europe, the US version wont be ready until early this year (actually, VERY early). Build a space station, create your captain then customize a fleet to conquer the universe. What could possibly go wrong? The game features 3 campaigns with roughly 25 missions each, tons of equipment/customization options, and crisp 3d graphics. Fun fun fun.
So there you have it! Hopefully, I can get a list of my most-anticipated Xbox 360 games for 2008 up soon as well. If you think I missed anything on my list, feel free to post your choices below!