Best first quarter for video games EVER?

Resident Evil 5
360 | PS3 | March 13

Is there a better game to launch on Friday the 13th? RE 5 is one of the most anticipated games of the entire year and it’s coming out in March. Not November, not a week before Christmas to cash in on last-minute shoppers, effing March, home of Saint Patrick’s Day and the Ides that spelled doom for Caesar. There’s no doubt in our minds (and yours, most likely) that this’ll be the biggest game of the season, possibly of the year, and the integral co-op should keep us playing well into Capcom’s next big offering, Bionic Commando.

Japanese players were treated to a demo late last year (we procured a copy here) which was just recently handed out to game journos for US consumption. Our impressions of the game so far (mostly awesome, btw) are in that first link, but the montage vid below is also a good summarization of the experience:

Legends of Wrestlemania
360 | PS3 | March 17

Few wrestling matchups are as iconic as the world-famous Wrestlemania III throwdown between Hulk “In His Prime” Hogan and Andre the Giant. The image above conjures powerful memories for anyone alive in the ‘80s; even if you weren’t a fan, you knew who these two were, and to this day you still know their names and faces. THQ hopes to capitalize on your misty-eyed recollections with its latest backward-looking wrassler, conveniently the only place you can now play as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin – they, along with several SmackDown! mainstays were conspicuously absent from last year’s 2009 edition. Guess you’ll have to buy Legends, hm?

On paper, this seems like a big deal. Classic wrestlers everyone knows and longtime fans adore, the ability to play or alter decades of past Wrestlemania outcomes and a dead-on ‘80s presentation all hint at a quality alternative to SmackDown! Problem is, the last Legends game hit the mat with a sickening thud and was pinned by a dreadful 55/100 Metacritic average, so we have to check our enthusiasm. Even though the publisher and developer are different, the Legends name makes us pause.

Dragon Age: Origins
PC | March 23

BioWare, the stellar wordsmiths behind Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire and Mass Effect, are now focusing their talents on Dragon Age, a serious take on (overused) Lord of the Rings-style drama. We saw a brief presentation at E3 last July and the scale is certainly there, with massive battles unfolding both in-game and in fantastically directed cutscenes, but the biggest news is undoubtedly the game’s “spiritual successor” status to Baldur’s Gate, one of PC’s most beloved series.

Your spells can now affect the world around you; we saw the guide use fire to ignite a pool of flammable liquid and then a freezing spell to put said fire out (we imagine it’ll be better implemented than “fire beats water!” given BioWare’s stellar track record). Hell, if they can make a decent Sonic RPG, they can do anything.

Solid lineup, no? For comparison’s sake, let’s look back at the past two first quarters’ biggest offerings:

Above: Fewer smash hits, and fewer games overall

Yeah, 2009 has them beat.

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  • Rad_Bracket - January 9, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Resident Evil 5 F**king A
  • somthing42 - January 9, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    Hay!! I can't what till street Fighter IV
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - January 9, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    I particularly enjoyed the entry on The Sims 3. Masterfully worded.
  • flk - January 9, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    I agree with Levy. Sims 3 ftw (if it won't have DRM - if it will it will be an EPIC FAIL)
  • Defguru7777 - January 10, 2009 3:02 a.m.

    I'm actually looking more forward to Halo Wars than Resident Evil 5. I'm a Halo nerd, sue me.
  • blix2006 - January 10, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    wheres empire total war? that should be looked forward to more then a wrestling game.
  • a_citizen - January 10, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    hah, march 13 is my birthday =D
  • mikeo1229 - January 10, 2009 4:15 a.m.

    strange the only game there that I am actually intrested in on there is Halo Wars. What about Riddick, Godfather 2, Wheelman, or Ninja Blade?
  • RealTerry - January 10, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    You can't be serious...there must be SOME good game for the Wii!
  • Master_Leep - January 10, 2009 5 a.m.

    Also I have high hopes for Demigod... First retail DotA has my faith, hoping they pull it off...
  • ian edgar - January 10, 2009 1:24 p.m.

    I noticed there was only one DS game on the list. Come on Gamesradar, you said the DS would be the new PS2.
  • kaythanksbye2 - January 10, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    And for the Nintendo systems we have: Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop House of the Dead: Overkill Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons Madworld :)
  • RandyChimp - January 10, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    i really only care about Killzone 2 and Sims 3.
  • ihatederekreed - January 10, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    Kind of sad the lack of anticipation for KZ2 in these comments. Other that SFIV and KZ2 i dont really see any title that will have that "mainstay" quality. Dont get me wrong, RE5 will be stellar but seriously... KZ2 ... my god... if your still playing COD when this is released your crazy and if your still playing HALO when this is out... you need to stop dragging your feet and just buy a PS3 already... i did, and its worth every penny to own both consoles.
  • Jordo141 - January 10, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Killzone 2 is the only game on the list that I'm going to play.
  • PerezI - January 10, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    Oh Shit! RE5 looks like a better versions of RE 4. Hopefully it wont get as boring as quick as Left 4 Dead did. Im also looking for Halo Wars becasue Halo is the best game ever created.
  • Styrophoamicus - January 10, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    Is it just me, or are the animations for the zombies/ganados/whateveryouwanttocallthem recycled from RE4? I mean, just look at when Chris shoots them in the face, or even the chainsaw dude. Worried.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - January 11, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    i cant believe gta dlc was on the list gta 4 really disaspointed me.
  • ReaperOfDarkness - January 11, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    Dawn of war 2 is an absolute godsend. As a fan and player of the tabletop I cant wait to send my Space marines to purge some xeno scum. The wrath of the emperor will know no bounds heretics and xenos cower in fear!!!! On a side note how is a wrestling game good news in any fashion? I would almost prefer to play babiez and poniez at least i would feel more manly then.
  • CoD_22 - January 11, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    what about heroes over europe? that looks gd but ill watch some gameplay on youtube before i buy it.

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