The Top 7... games we want announced at E3 2009

5) Rainbow Six: New City

People seem to forget that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise existed long before Vegas and Vegas 2 were added to the title. The squad-based shooters have been around since the late ‘90s and have appeared on nearly every platform, from PC to Game Boy Color.

Above: The most exciting screenshot you’ll see today

The gameplay did evolve when the series hit Sin City, though, and it’s that evolution we want to see continued at E3. What had always been an extremely methodical experience – one in which your pre-mission planning was just as important as your in-mission reflexes – gave way to increasingly bombastic and spontaneous combat scenarios in Rainbow Six Vegas. Tightly controlled environments gave way to sprawling casinos, wide boulevards and an entire glittering city full of terrorists.

Purists may protest, but we loved this new approach. It was accessible, yet still deep. Intuitive, yet still hard as hell. We want more… and the only thing that need change this time is the setting. Surely, terrorists are interested in places other than Nevada?

4) Sly Cooper PS3

The early-to-mid 2000s were bustling with platformers. Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank and
Sly Cooper all helped push the PS2 even further ahead of Nintendo and Microsoft, and while Jak’s concept has cooled and Ratchet is still putting along, poor ol’ Sly Cooper and his ragtag group of cartoonish animal pals have been MIA since 2005.

However, now that developer Sucker Punch is done with PS3-exclusive InFamous, E3 2009 is the perfect time to announce Sly’s triumphant, gorgeously animated return.

Above: More or less to scale

The Sly series already looked fantastic on last-gen hardware, so the prospect of a PS3-fueled sequel makes our cel-shaded hearts flutter with girlish glee. The capers could be bigger, the visuals crisper and the environments, which were already stylish as all hell, could shine even brighter with all the extra processing power.

As long as we’re calling the shots here, we’d like to beg Sucker Punch for more Sly gameplay and less Bentley (turtle) and Murray (hippo), mainly because the last game in the series felt too scatterbrained. Focus on what works – Sly sneaking around, clinging to pipes, swinging through laser traps and pilfering valuables from bumbling gangsters.

Above: Want to play as a thief, or a socially inept, wheelchair-bound, nerdy scientist turtle?

The series definitely needed a break after three nearly back-to-back releases. Now, with four years passed and all-new hardware in the equation, it’s time to bring our favorite bandit back.


Top 7


  • CreeplyTuna - November 18, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    3-D games will probably destroy people eyes or something technical from the strain. im fine with games the way they are
  • daquon1234 - June 1, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    what about a new zelda
  • Smash_Bro - June 1, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    Smash Bros DS! I soo called that on the "First Look At the DSi" article! Aww yeah. See, other people agree that my ideas are schweet. It had BETTER happen. I think 3D games would be cool. It would be the first step into virtual-reality gaming (which WILL happen). They should make games with 3D and normal versions, in case the 3D sucks, y'know?
  • Ell223 - May 31, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    thought this might warrent some attention
  • pueojit1 - May 31, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    go ssbs and sly cooper!!!!
  • BeastlyB - May 30, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    half life 2 ep 3 is going to be announced I'm not just positive I'm HIV (or should I say HEV) positive
  • r3ap3r - May 30, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    YES FUCKIN BRING BACK SLY COOPER! i loved the series from the first game to know i would love a knew one to comeback and revive those good ol times.
  • secretsearcher - May 30, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    YES! I love the sly cooper games. I practically cried when I beat the third one. BRING IT BACK!!!!! Oh, and the character on the far left in the disney photo is Maiden Marian from the old disney robin hood :)
  • blademage20 - May 29, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    A DS version of SSB would b awesome!
  • RedOutlive10 - May 28, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    More info about id Soft next games would be nice in this E3.
  • thephntm - May 28, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    sly 3 already had 3d missions my captcha: whose delegate
  • kingdomknight0 - May 28, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    I have no doubt that Square will make another Kingdom Hearts. And I also have no doubt that all the parts we hate about it will come back with the parts we love. (Yes, the damned gummy ship and the little mermaid too.) So long as we get to see Mickey kick ass like you didn't know he could it's worth it right? Right!?
  • stlman90 - May 27, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    sly cooper and kingdom hearts would be great!!!!!!!!!!
  • georgeguy - May 27, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    i would want a LittlebigPlanet sequel. that would be fun... Captcha: Congress byplay
  • thefarkinator - May 27, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Good luck with the HL3 thing guys! lol. Cool article, though.
  • Unoriginal - May 27, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    I really wrote a meaningfull comment but then realized that I was the 113th to comment so I guess no one would read it. Well, great list GR.
  • MGOidBOSS - May 27, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    Get the Low down on MGS5...Gamesradar fail, they could do one of their stupid articles, 10 things we mostly think will be in mgs5 although were probably wrong.
  • Cerberus1838 - May 27, 2009 5:31 a.m.

    What about MSG5, seen an ARG or something along those lines out @ the official Konami (Japanese) site. Snake even shows up on the countdown..... and all signs point to e3, they appear on the countdown aswell.
  • Smeggs - May 27, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure I heard that Square Enix wasn't going to show up for E3. So no KH-anything.
  • ChrisCom66 - May 27, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    i have an idea!with tatsunoko vs capcom being released in North America and Marvel vs Capcom 2 being re-released why not have NINTENDO VS CAPCOM: Can u say EPIC WIN!

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