The 28 best games still to come in 2008

8. Fable 2 - Xbox 360, Oct 21st US, Oct 24th EU

We strongly suspect that Fable 2 is going to be far from just another RPG. It's vibrant, it's different, it's funny as hell and it's packed with personality. The franchise's much-vaunted reputation system is up and running on a terrifyingly deep level and despite Peter Molyneux's new-found humbleness, the whole game looks to be immensely more layered than its prequel was. All this, online co-op and Stephen Fry too!

9. Fallout 3 - Xbox 360, PC, PS3, Oct 28th US, Oct 31st EU

Forget any misgivings you might have had about the Fallout franchise's change of perspective. In Bethesda's hands the RPG elements are more than present and correct; just given a visceral boost by the new FPS mechanics. Exploring the vast world and its immense number of vibrant inhabitants and optional side-stories, it's clear that Fallout 3 is a game you're going to live in for a very long time.

10. Far Cry 2 - Xbox 360, PC, PS3, Oct 21st US, Oct 24th EU

Far Cry 2 is everything that a current-gen shooter should be. It's also everything that a current-gen sandbox game should be. Wandering through its beautifully-realised Africa, you'll have total control over the characters you interact with, how you work with or against them and exactly how you tackle each mission. It's not an easy game at first, but once you learn how to make the most of the freedom available to you, you won't be able to put it down.

Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360, 7th Nov Worldwide

Do we need to say much more about this one? The original Gears of War is a modern classic and its sequel is everything we loved about it taken to the next level. New weapons, new Locust, new gameplay elements and a deeper, more involving story are going to make Gears 2 one of the 360 games of this year. Or any year.

12. Grand Theft Auto IV
- PC, 18th Nov US, 21st Nov EU

It's been a long wait for PC owners, but we reckon it's going to be worth it. GTA IV was already great on consoles, but Rockstar seems to be taking full advantage of the new hardware with this version. The already-impressive new Liberty City is going to look great with the new higher resolutions the PC can handle, but we're really excited about new video capture, editing and upload facilities that are going to be included. Ten points for embracing the community there, Rockstar.

13. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - DS, TBC

Okay, so we're not actually sure that this one is going to turn up this year. The best we can get out of a Rockstar is "winter", which could just as easily mean 2009 as 2008. But the sheer potential means that we wanted to squeeze it onto the list regardless. A brand new character, a brand new storyline, a brand new isometric perspective - just like the original top-down games gone polygon - new cel-shaded art and stylus-controlled smack dealing. What more could you want?

14. Guitar Hero World Tour - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 26th Oct US, 7th Nov EU

Our early impressions of this one as a "Me too!" Rock Band cash-in have now gone out of the window like a hotel room TV. Yes, there's a full band instrument set-up now, but the really amazing thing about Guitar Hero: World Tour is its integrated music studio. There's nowhere near enough room here to detail all of its features, but suffice to say it's so flexible that it'll be the next best thing to having a real recording facility in your house.

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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.

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