Dragon Age: Origins

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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.

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Tom Butters

Has anybody noticed that in the image of number 39. the two black guys are exactly the same, one with a bush hat and another with baseball cap on...now if that doesnt show no effort being made into a game then thats just wrong
Posted 09:13 on 02 February 2009
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I think all the games look interesting...i haven't actually heard of many of them but some of them i have and i cannot wait for The Sims 3 its really got me lookin forward to 2009 i agree with ninetieskid that RE5 will definitely b on top ten bc i have heard soo much about it and i myself and pretty escited about it
Posted 20:53 on 07 January 2009
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Liked and agreed, didn't know about All Points Bulletin so thats cool, only problem I had was I've been playing DS Chrono Trigger for 3 weeks now, and I bought mine used so its already out.
Posted 18:06 on 07 January 2009
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I have a few points to make about this list. I really doubt that Dragon Age will be on consoles, in Spring. It's just too quiet on that front. There's also no possibility that GT5 proper, will be out this year. They're targeting a possible 2010, more likely 11, release according to an interview on Import Tuner.

Please enjoy this recent quote from Kazunori Yamauchi, to the publication: "To be honest, I haven't given a lot of thought to GT 5, so I don't have an answer. And it's too early to talk about GT 5 because we still have updates coming out for Prologue.

Is there an ETA on GT 5?
It won't be this year and nothing's scheduled for next. It may be out in 2010, but like I said, we haven't really discussed it yet."

Prototype: I think they're in danger of being overlooked, unfortunately, especially the case if Infamous makes sufficient impact on PS3. Prototype is also just too quiet for its own good.
Posted 12:12 on 07 January 2009
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Fight Night ROund 4. Final Fantasy if it ever comes out. GOd of War should be #1 and the great game of Fifa 2010. I dont care what anyone says. Fifa is one of the best games ever made. Its so much fun to play online or with famly and Friends. I live in Honduras you guys have the best reviews. better than Game Informer, Game Pro, IGN, and I read practically all of them. (President of Yacaman Productions Corp. www.yacamanproducitons.com)
Posted 05:22 on 07 January 2009
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For Pc my most anticipated game , has , HAS TO BE DoW2 . This game is surely gonna be soooooo awesome that i wudnt need to buy ne other rts fer further 4 years ( i did the same thing with earlier dows ) .

Pc gaming aint dead as long as devs like relic keep on making games like this
Posted 00:40 on 07 January 2009
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I know it's only 31 to 40... but damn.

Saying that, I am looking out for Mad World and Chrono Trigger.
Posted 19:49 on 06 January 2009
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I cant wait for them to release a PAL version of 'Tales of Vesperia' i'm dying to play that game.
Posted 18:19 on 06 January 2009
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Half of these I've never heard of - but reading the description tells me I should have! Armed Assault looks great fun, and Mad World is definitely going to be a very different look to games.
Posted 18:08 on 06 January 2009
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MadWorld! :D can't wait for it!
Posted 16:31 on 06 January 2009
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I'm guessing Resident Evil 5 will be in the top 10, think that's my first definite buy of 2009.
Posted 16:08 on 06 January 2009
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Hate to say it but my blood pressure hasn't exactly increased from a 360 perspective, I think it's a little premature to hype any of the titles on this list for my console.

I know Dragon Age is down for TBA 2009 but I'm not getting my hopes up of seeing a console version before 2010 even though "get 'em out the door fast" EA are publishing. And even then, I'm not sure it's for me, 'tis very Baldur's Gatery (as in ye olde PC version) so I'm sure fans of that type of RPG will go nuts for it. I'm not one of them so far.

As for Batman, historically the only decent Batman game, ever, involved Lego, so it would take a major piece of miracle marketing to make me raise a slightly interested eyebrow in this title's direction.

Prototype started out its hype with some great looking CGI, but now the gameplay footage is appearing I'm getting put off, just doesn't 'feel' right, and as for All Points Bulletin I've got a 3 and a half year-old E3 trailer to judge it on, a handful of year-old screenshots for the PC and zero expectation of a 2009 launch on the 360 from a Korean publisher. Do we even know what pricing model they're going to go for? (P2P, microtransactions, standalone etc). So the former has dropped off my hype radar for now and APB has yet to do enough to get on it in the first place.

Which leaves Alpha Protocol. The only justification for hyping this is that Obsidian are developing. It could be awesome. Then again, they haven't shown much and if you do catch any gameplay footage it's in 'blipvert' format, blink and you'll miss it. Looking forward to finding out more about this one, but it's down for 'early 2009' release, I'd have expected to have seen a lot more by now.

P.S. Thank you for this article, I'm struggling for gaming inspiration so looking forward to finding out what the other 30 titles are.
Posted 15:54 on 06 January 2009

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Release Date: 06/11/2009
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 780 55
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