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.


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  • vivalafrance - May 25, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    ugh i dont want 3-d tech games 3-d movies give me a headache
  • AntistaIsTheLight - May 25, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    HA HA FIRST. I think that Rockstar should make a next GTA. But please, take your time. Dont be like Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk.
  • AntistaIsTheLight - May 25, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    Beat me to first vivalafrance
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - May 25, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Gizmoduck FTW! If Disney and Capcom can't get together, Disney should at least allow the Ducktales characters be in KH3.
  • b8z - May 25, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    if gta 5 means another game as boring as 4 was then id rather just have the series end, it may have been detailed and more releastic but taking out all the fun makes it all pointless.
  • walrusthewill - May 25, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    I think both hollywood and the gaming industry are suffering from writers block right now. Original ideas are few and far between, and dont get nearly as much attention as corporate financed sequals. I dont want to see more and more sequals or remakes, I want new fresh ideas with the same type of funding as COD5 o GOW2, but thats just my opinion.
  • Moosebomber - May 25, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    I thought GTA 4 wasn't a fraction as good as San Andreas. Maybe if you were playing with friends and some really funny stuff would happen, it could come close. The most exciting thing you do in GTA 4 mission wise is rob a bank. In San Andreas, its hard to find the most exciting, there are a lot of great ones. Like breaking into Area 51, getting onto a plane packed with bombs and parachute out as it explodes, a casino heist and more. plus, we had airplanes, which were better than the helicopters. in fact, at Francis airport in GTA 4, they have shamals, planes from San Andreas, parked, but you cant drive them, plus they took away parachutes, which was tremendous fun. while i love GTA 4's city and the attention to detail, they created a wonderful city. But the whole state that was San Andreas was far more interesting even without the detail, plus it seems they lost some of their humor in the process. San Andreas was packed with humor in their characters, which i though were better than the ones in 4, even though they weren't as deep, were more interesting, Where GTA 4 has mob bosses with little to none personality, San Andreas as a blind triad boss (who is one of the best characters ever), a hippie obsessed with conspiracies, and a musician who cant stop "giving himself a little." but back to my point on the humor of the game, one humorous moment was when you and the triad boss, the blind one, are playing blackjack and he loses by drawing too many cards (if i remember correctly, he had 76 points) and when carl tells him he loses, the boss says "Carl, you are bad luck, when i play with the other guys, i always win. Its funny because he is the boss, of course he will win. Plus GTA was missing all the activities that you can do. i mean, sure its not realistic to steal a taxi cab and go play crazy taxi, or start saving lives by stealing an ambulance, but its fun. well the ambulance ones aren't but you get my point. And lastly, it doesnt have the rhino. what seems like a minor complaint, it has been a bit of a tradition for Grand Theft Auto. Even chinatown wars had one. So i close my debate with this statement, if your going to make another Grand theft auto game,rockstar,make it fun again.
  • Awesomeitude1523 - May 25, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    SLY COOPER!! FINA-FUCKIN-LLY SOMEBODY MENTIONS IT!! I've beaten and played the crap out of all the other sly games, and FINALLY some video game site has the brain to mention it! Hats off to you Gamesradar, hats off indeed. Also, NEW GTA FTW! recaptcha: Rugburn Hero (Why thank you)
  • yoreAtowel - May 25, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    I seen The baby and Earl form that kick ass 90s show, DInosaurs. I have fond memories from the babys antics and grandma dinos bitching.
  • ssj4raditz - May 25, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Totally down with a new Sly and KH.
  • asdfer - May 25, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Wtf Playing as bently was kick ass! He could knock out people and blow their brains out! He could use more gadgets though and Murry should be given more abilities as well. I'd want them to make it so you could play as Panda king or Guro without starting a mission.
  • riodoku79 - May 25, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    I have a sickening feeling that Kingdom Hearts III won't ever happen. I mean Disney owns the rights to a lot of the characters and I have a feeling that they want their "artists" (Jonas brothers, Hannah Montana, High School Musical actors) in the game over traditional characters like Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. Which is something that I hope Square Enix will NEVER agree to.
  • realybored666 - May 25, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    SLY COOPER PS3 FTW!!!!! lets see it happen sony!
  • FlyinMX - May 25, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    I hope Pikmin 3 makes an appearance. I don't think they made that official yet. In the end, I just hope nintendo doesn't disappoint this year.
  • scbyfn4evr - May 25, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    FUCK. YES. Bring on KH3 with The Rescuers, Robin Hood, Who Framed Roger Rabbit..... Square, listen up. Enix....gsplit from the company. Please.
  • thor231 - May 25, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    Metroid: Dread anyone?
  • Tasty_Pasta - May 25, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    Dude, I owned the original Rainbow Six on PC, PS1, and Gameboy Color. That game was the bomb. And I don't know if I want another GTA announced, because you know they aren't gonna give us any useful information on it, just some trailer that doesn't give you any cool aspect of what it's gonna be like. And I think R* will wait until after RDR is released before announcing a new GTA.
  • Fizzmonkey - May 25, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    KINGDOM HEARTS 3 is my most wanted game,without stupid stuff like the little mermaid.
  • JizzyB - May 25, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    no way is half-life 3 going to be announced when episode 3 hasn't
  • StupidTownColonStupidStateColon - May 25, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    heh, the Godfather II shot that was modified was hilarious. Sly cooper is a must for sucker punch, after InFamous. Great article as always.

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