GamesRadar's predictions for gaming in 2009

Sony will properly exploit the popularity of Sackboy

More loved than Bambi, Morgan Freeman and Fridays combined; Sony’s stupidly huggable and charming mascot is the best symbol the company can use to market their faltering PS3. The little guy appeals to everyone, from your elderly relatives, the brazenly hardcore and even big Reg over at Nintendo. Being almost infinitely customizable he can pretty much adapt into any situation and, subsequently, almost any kind of game.

Above: Expect the Church of the Sack to be singing Sony’s praises before the end of the year

That’s why we fully expect 2009 to be the year when a host of Sackboy-sponsored software hits our shelves. We can see it now, Sackboy Kart Racing, Super Smash Sackboy, Sackboy: World in Wool. If a fat Italian can play golf, tennis and beat up bounty hunters while he’s not saving ludicrously kidnapable princesses, then why shouldn’t Sony diversify their material man with some spin-offs?

It will be a good year for lady characters

While Ivy’s exposed chest and Gloria’s lack of undercrackers in DMC 4 set back the image of strong, believable female games characters by a decade last year, there were a few ladies who did girl power proud. Faith in Mirror’s Edge, Chell from Portal: Still Alive, PoP’s Elika; they all did their part for gender equality in games.

Above: A brutal, murdering witch, a woman toting a gun and a heroine who likes to photograph stuffed corpses; now that’s girl power

2009 looks set to be an even stronger year for self-reliant heroines and we’d much rather play Ruby from Wet, Bayonetta or Heavy Rain’s sleuthing star than some genero space marine who sounds like he smokes 60 a day and whose emotionally deadened repertoire stretches from mildly pissed to slightly more mildly pissed.

Wii Motion Plus will fail to excite gamers

Above: "*sigh* I just want GTA: Wii"

Wii Motion Plus will excite gamers… if every one comes with free money, can give you a sensual back rub and can single-handedly enrich the mechanics of every empty, shallow Wii waggle-fest out there. The problem is, while it might make those racket swings and sword slashes more accurate, it can’t fundamentally make games that just revolve around mindless motion controls engaging. Motion Plus will only invigorate games if developers make titles founded on interesting mechanics, inventive premises or deep gameplay.


  • Mackster-901 - January 11, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    haha i love pissin ppl off haha wankers
  • smallberry - January 11, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    Oh god how I hope casual gaming goes away.
  • mrclam - January 10, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    YAY!!! More nintendo bashing! Just what this site needs! But yet, not so much bashing of the other 2.. makes it kinda obvious where you're getting your advertising money from! I remember when this site used to be future gamer.. and it used to be.. you know.. good!
  • austinite04 - January 10, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    Playstation Home will not die anytime soon,. As some of you say. SCEA/I has poured MILLIONS of Dollars into this pet project of theirs. Saying HOME will fail is like saying no one will be in Warcraft online... NOT BLOODY likely.Home is so good even the computer division of Microsoft is using it for confrence's that would otherwise cost plane tickets, jet lag and hotel and rental expenses. Yes i think HOME needs a wake up call and release WAY more spaces, the red bull space is fine but lacks anything other than the fine airplanes you race BY YOUR SELF. I think if sony does listen to my closed beta request we should see more things that are multiplayer style like say paintball or even go karts or golf. I really think Home is going to be the future of The Universities that are online based I.E., Uni. of Phoenix Online. It will allow instructors if need be RENT a ps3 out to a down in the gutter student to use the ps3 and Home to get real time education. My uncle is a online Prof. he would only love to use Home for this purpose. AND not to mention it would be a solid reason to invest in that over priced clubhouse. I think if Sony really wants to maximize their overall presence they would whole heartedly agree with my logic. It would serve for those student who are in Grammer school to be taught while they are sick at they're real home. NO MORE Make up tests or home work EVER again!! Sony needs to allow streaming video in home and music to really get me excited about it again. I did like being in the closed beta but I had to keep mum about that fact until dec 11th. I just hope that Barack Obama makes a visit to Home and makes about 15 million new friends. This Home thing is waaaay bigger than any of us could have imagined. This is a tool for future ways of making really close bonds with people. I can'tgo see any of my buddies in the UK so I just wait till they are in home and have them invite me to their home. I must say this but Im not a fanboy okay, PS3 WILL DOMINATE 2009 AND B3YOND. I have all the consoles and I must say that the ps3 offers much better content. Yes netflix on my box is cool but I like a virtual world way better.
  • mprose - January 10, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    Ohhh Jade! I want to play your game too! Uwwaaaaahhh
  • CandiedJester - January 10, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    ..okay. On a lighter note. ^^; Great article GR. <3
  • Defguru7777 - January 9, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    When I saw this article, I thought you'd hired a fortune teller like you did last year. :( Still, good article.
  • Jbo87 - January 9, 2009 1:37 a.m.

    I hope, hope , hope that the financal problems result in casual 'gamers', (they are not gamers), abandoning Nintendo and the big N dies on it's feet. Ideally it would hit them so hard that the workers have to actually start eating wach other in order to get by. Alternatively to pull themselves back form the brink they could stage a Battle Royale style tournament amongst the employees to seperate the wheat from the chaff. Obviously the people who were responsible for Nintendo making good consoles and games would butcher those nonces who suggested casual gaming was the future and Nintendo might once more gain my respect. Although that is highly unlikely.
  • dandubya - January 9, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Very good article. That pic you used for Home sh!tting the bed is some of the after effects Chernobyl disatster. It's right next to the famous Farris Wheel. Just thought I'd point that out.
  • Tochy - January 8, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    jade ftw
  • RandyChimp - January 8, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    i pretty much agree on everything there. Sony should make the sackboy their mascot, release LBP on PSP, really fix Home (PROPERLY!!!) and the wii will slowly fall. It's harsh of me to say, but the only reason its WAAAAAAAY ahead is casual gamers and gamers dragged into a fad. once that falls apart, it'll be in the same league as the ps3 and 360, in terms of monthly sales. I wouldn't mind fair sales actually, i like the idea of all the machines selling well. of course, that won't stop people being assholes online.
  • TrIp13G - January 8, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    Jade Raymond = meh. The rest is dead-on for me, though.
  • Synster - January 8, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    I have yet to experience the greatness I have heard that is LittleBigPlanet, and I await to, but, I think Sony has enough logic to not burn Sackboy out to utter Death, like Nintendo has Mario and Link(Though the Legend of Zelda games have been properly diversed throughout Handhelds and Consoles, amazingly).
  • Mackster-901 - January 8, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    how does the ds have good games..........ther sh*t psp r betta add me 4 ps3 Mackster-901
  • sixboxes - January 8, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    Smart of you to put Jade Raymond at the end of the article. I wouldn't have remembered a single word had you put her photo at the beginning.
  • Bored6666 - January 8, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    yes 2009: the year well all be rubbing the inside of lucky pocket about jade raymond. "cough" hope the wii comes back to ther hard core and the psp comes back into focus, hopefull with other titles like resistance psp.
  • Z-man427 - January 8, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    I doubt Jade will be back until 2010. I hope you're right though. she's pretty hot
  • Jordo141 - January 8, 2009 4:56 p.m.

    Brillant article
  • brandonfilms - February 24, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    yo makster you just wish you had a 360 i bet you dont even have a ps3 so shut the F*** up and stop talking like a baby! LAMO FREAKIN NOOB!!!!!!!!!
  • brandonfilms - February 24, 2009 9 p.m.

    i dont cair what the hell happens in 2009 i will find a job no materr how hard it takes and be one of the first to buy both new halo games so screw the economy it wont mess with my 14 year old fun

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