The 28 best games still to come in 2008

Yes folks, it's October, which means that the crazy end-of-year games rush has begun. A boggling number of games are due out over the next few months, so let us guide you towards the titles we really think you should be keeping an eye on. Remember though, most of these recommendations are based on previews, so wait until the final GamesRadar review verdict before picking any of them up.

Animal Crossing: City Folk - Wii, 16th Nov US, December EU

It might not be the great hardcore hope Reggie claims it to be, but the Wii version of Animal Crossing certainly promises to be the definitive entry in the series. It's got proper online play, mic and keyboard communications, Mii support, a new city area full of customisable gear to pick up and connectivity between Wii and DS. In other words, it's got everything Animal Crossing always needed. AC is one of those games you either love or just don't get at all, but if you're the former, this will be a must.

2. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Xbox 360, 11th Nov US, 14th Nov EU

Part platformer, part puzzler, part driving game, part Garry's Mod, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is a quintessentially Rare reinvention of its classic bear and bird franchise. Some might miss the pure platforming of the original games, but the sheer level of customisation and experimentation to be done with N & B's vehicles means that this one should have a lifetime's worth of replayability.

3. Call of Duty: World At War - Xbox 360, PC, PS3, 11th Nov US, 14th Nov EU

So Treyarch steps up to the plate once again, and for a change, gamers everywhere aren't quaking in their boots. With a proper, two-year development run, the team that isn't Infinity Ward has finally been given a fair shot at making the game it wants, and from what we've played of that game so far, the combination of World War II's more unusual campaign locations with COD4's in your face brutality might well give the Hitler-bashing genre a much-needed freshen up.

4. Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia - DS, 21st Oct US, November EU

Okay, so it's another one of the DS 'Metroidvania' action RPG entries, but is there a problem with that? No there isn't, because they've all been brilliant. You know what to expect. Platforming, monster-killing, upgrades, puzzling, and more Gothicism than an '80s rock club. This time round, there's also an interesting new 'glyph' based customisable magic system and around twenty different locations to explore. And you'll be getting the now-inevitable DS/Wii connectivity too, allowing you to unlock extra stuff if you have a copy of we-hope-it's-not-crap-but-so-far-it-looks-to-be Wii fighter Castlevania: Judgment.

5. Chrono Trigger - DS, 25th Nov US, January '09 EU

One of Square's finest ever games, one of the freshest and most involving RPGs of all time and one third of the holy SNES trinity along with Secret Of Mana and Final Fantasy VI. And now it's on the DS. If you didn't play it on the SNES, don't even consider not getting it. If you did, still consider getting it. That is all.

6. Dead Space - Xbox 360, PC, PS3, 14th Oct US, 24th Oct EU

From what we've played of it so far, this will fill in the gap until Resident Evil 5 just fine. It's a dirty, oppressive space horror with a pounding atmosphere and the kind of gore that would make '80s cinema proud. It's as if John Carpenter, Ridley Scott and David Cronenberg decided to make a sci-fi shooter. And decided to make it really horrible.

7. Disaster: Day of Crisis - Wii, Oct 24th EU, TBC US

A decent-looking third-person action game on the Wii? Heavens be praised! Disaster has been quietly milling along for a good while now, to the point where we thought it might even have been canceled a while back. Thankfully not, as it now looks like a very interesting blend of third-person adventure, cover-shooting, rescuing and puzzling, all set against the backdrop of some epic disaster movie set-pieces. Watch the new, hilariously-voiced trailer here.

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  • GoreSpore200 - November 8, 2008 5:14 p.m.

    fallout 3 ROCKS!!
  • physcodemon - October 16, 2008 2:07 p.m.

    Endwar should be amazing. I read the book, and although it was poorly written [probably because it wasn't written by Tom Clancy] the plot has the potential to redefine the WW3 idea in video games.
  • oryandymackie - October 12, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    Why no LittleBigPlanet for 360? WHY!? Btw, you might wanna change your release date for Dead Space, because when I used your searchbar to type it in, expected release date is the 31st Oct there, but 28th here.
  • CosmicSmeghead - October 12, 2008 11:06 a.m.

    2008 has been an ace year for games like MGS4, GTA4 and now with upcoming far cry 2 fallout 3, little big planet , dead space call of duty world at war and Castlevania this chrimbo will be very nice!!!!
  • vic88 - October 12, 2008 6:28 a.m.

    WTF NO RESISTANCE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :‚(
  • metalslamm - October 12, 2008 4:30 a.m.

    Can't wait for Fallout 3 and Endwar. Hope that Disaster day is good, that way I might actually turn on my Wii, which I haven't used in about 6 months.
  • Gilbert_pwns - October 10, 2008 11:37 p.m.

    Yeah! tons of PC games. Prob only going to get Left 4 dead and farcry2 though
  • skarmz - October 10, 2008 11:02 p.m.

    it cuss those games come out early next year
  • haytradyl33 - October 10, 2008 9:54 p.m.

    I hope the Guitar Hero instruments are compatible with the Rockband 1/2 instruments
  • keviouk - October 10, 2008 8:24 p.m.

    Little Big Planet and Tomb Raider: Underworld are the games I expect the most, even if Far Cry 2 and Mirror's Edge look absolutely great!
  • Eoinbyrne1IRl - October 10, 2008 5:44 p.m.

    they all seem prrrrrrety gud lookin forward to CoD5
  • Hammy_94_ - October 10, 2008 1:27 p.m.

    @ jcgrech: motorstorm is a load of bull. and is it just me, or is that bloke in the pic for "Disaster: Day of Crisis" look like the movie representation of Wolverine?
  • Defguru7777 - October 10, 2008 4:59 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Guitar Hero: World Tour.
  • jacob_jones91 - October 10, 2008 1:53 a.m.

    Fallout 3 game o the year
  • Falconite221 - October 10, 2008 1:42 a.m.

    Mirror's edge is gonna be the shit, i hope it's on the 360 i havent been reading a lot about it but from what ive heard im gonna get it for the 360 if they dont i hope Walmart forgot to put a tape in the camera the day it comes out cause they're gonna be short one ps3
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - October 8, 2008 1:58 p.m.

    The first five games on there are rubbish!!! (yes even COD5, I can't stand anymore WW2!). I'm intrigued by Day of Disaster and looking forward to Dead Space, SF2 HD Remix and Far Cry 2 though.
  • cultofbananas - October 8, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    Castlevania, Chrono Trigger, Far Cry 2, Mirror's Edge, Little Big Planet, SF II: Turbo HD!! OMG!!! Holidays are truly the best time to be a gamer ;)
  • Weasel - October 8, 2008 7:58 a.m.

    I had no idea the new Castlevania was so close! And it's coming out the same day as Fable 2? That's just not fair at all...
  • invisible-weirdo - October 8, 2008 7:39 a.m.

    I find it funny how just about every 1 in 5 people who comment on this article has, "NO RESISTANCE 2?!?11!!ONE?!1!?QUESTIONMARK?!?!" somewhere in their comment XD But other than that, I have to say that this is a pretty damn good list. Now if only I wasn't broke...-_-
  • GoldenMe - October 8, 2008 3:43 a.m.

    @lewis42025- ^__^ Thanks, I think it's worth the upcoming flame I'll be getting.