36. Prototype, Activision - Xbox 360, PS3 and PC - Summer 2008
A super hero game in which you're a mutant who can leap through the air like the Incredible Hulk, throw spikes out from your finger tips and hi-jack helicopters while in mid-air? Sounds good to us. Prototype hasn't had the smoothest of development cycles, originally due for release towards the end of 2008, but it survived Vivendi's merger with Activision and that can only be a good thing. We may well see Sony's PS3 exclusive Infamous hit before Prototype makes it out the gate, but we still think Radical Entertainment's action-fest is well worth getting excited about.
35. Alpha Protocol, SEGA - Xbox 360, PS3 and PC - Q1 2009
It's a Jason Bourne/24 inspired role-playing game from Neverwinter Nights 2 developer Obsidian Entertainment. That should be enough to get RPG fans hot under the collar, but there's more to this present-day Mass Effect than meets the eye. When we saw the game at Leipzig Games Convention last year we were taken through Obsidian's take on the in-vogue dialogue wheel conversation system. Alpha Protocol uses "emotive stances" to allow the player to choose how super spy Michael Thornton will react in any given conversation. While we're not sure exactly how it'll provide a better or even different experience to what's gone before, we're promised moral conundrums without definite right or wrong answers, which is what Western role-playing games often lack. Oh, and you'll be able to interrupt NPCs mid-sentence by shoving your gun in his or her face. Our excitement skill just levelled up.