And in the blink of an eye 2009 is upon us, and games like Gears of War 2, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Animal Crossing: Let's go to the City seem like a distant memory. Now, as is the way with the world, we turn to the future without having given the past the time it deserves. Fable 2 creator Peter Molyneux says nothing in 2009 excites him. Well that's not how we feel. Today begins our week-long Most Anticipated Games of 2009 feature, where we compile the 40 games that make us wet with excitement just at the thought of playing them. Here, in the first instalment, we run down from 40 to 31. Read on, and let the hype begin.
40. The Sims 3, EA - PC - February 20
The Sims is a franchise that has passed us by somewhat at VideoGamer.com, but that doesn't mean we're not aware of its widespread appeal. The Sims 3 will likely become one of the best selling PC games of all time, so we're automatically interested. There's a tad more pressure on the game to wow though, seeing as Will Wright's previous game, Spore, failed to be the revolutionary leap forward in gaming everyone thought it would be. More than anything else we're anticipating the endless stream of add-on packs. If there aren't at least two expansions on the market by Christmas 09 we'll out our virtual Sims hats.
39. Armed Assault 2, 505 Games - PC - 2009
As we've said time and time again, Bohemia Interactive Studios are the godfathers of the modern war game. After the groundbreaking Operation Flashpoint, the studio produced ArmA - a spiritual successor that failed to set the world on fire. The boys are now keen to make amends, and ArmA II should be their redemption: an insanely detailed soldier sim with 136 vehicles, razor-sharp AI and 81 weapons to blow your brains across 225 square km of play area. It's a massive undertaking, but BIS know the pressure that's on them: nothing less than excellence will suffice. It was looking good when we last took a look, so don't be put off by the admittedly intimidating level of realism.