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The Top 7... games we want announced in 2009

By now you’re probably aware of all the top-tier games coming out in the first three months of 2009, but isn’t there a little part of you that wants to know what the devs are working on next? We sure as hell do, and have already made up our minds about what should be unveiled before the year is out – most of them games we already suspect are on their way but have so far remained hidden.

We’re going to stay away from practically impossible scenarios (Chrono Trigger 3) and franchises that have been effectively dead for years (Golden Sun) despite how much we desperately want to see new editions. If you like what you see, know that two of the seven games we wanted announced at E3 2008 have appeared, so with any luck at least two of these will show up too.

Two years ago we knew Modern Warfare was on the way, but had no idea just how groundbreaking and fresh its take on the series would be. Its present-day thrill ride challenged (and exceeded) everyone’s expectations for the fourth game in a well-worn series. The follow up? World at War, another trip through the era videogames refuse to let die. Modern Warfare 2 deploys later this year, and call us cynical, but something tells us it’ll lack the surprise “oomph” of CoD4. That’s why, next time, we want even more modern-er warfare – yes, a trip to the goddam future.


Above: Same old World War II


Above: GODDAM HELL LASERS!

We don’t mean generic alien shoot ‘em up though. We want a CoD4-quality tale, with all the twists, set pieces and engrossing missions intact, just flung 200 years into the future. Think the battles are insane now? Imagine if you could actually see the various projectiles being fired at you from every conceivable angle, with multi-colored laser blasts casting their own light as they trace through the sky, ripping holes in space station titanium. Crazy!


Above: Like these, only without George Lucas’ touch of death

Granted, “space marine” is no less tired than World War II, but we feel blending Infinity Ward’s keen eye for explosive spectacle with creative new weapons untethered by reality would result in yet another million-selling, genre-splicing shooter – plus keep the now-recharged series from slipping into another go-to rut. Any word on the next CoD won’t come until Modern Warfare 2 is out the door though, so this could be a December tip at best.

Asking for a decent Sonic game in this day and age is akin to not just beating a dead horse, but digging up that horse’s grandparents and reanimating them for the sole purpose of beating them all over again. It’s been years since a respectable entry to the series (that’d be 2005’s Sonic Rush) and after the atrociously awful Werehog debacle, we’re not too sure there’s anything better coming down the line.


Above: F*CKING STOP!

However, our affection for Sega’s ailing mascot remains inexplicably intact. No matter how bad things get, we’ll always raise an eyebrow at the next game, only to be crushed in the end. So, seeing as the most beloved, well received Sonic games in history are the three 16-bit originals (meh to Knuckles), why not announce a Mega Man 9-style sequel that cranks up the Blast Processing to absurd degrees.


Above: How many times do we have to ask?

Capcom pulled it off perfectly. Who’s to say Sega can’t do the same and revitalize one of gaming’s longest running franchises by taking it back to its nearly forgotten roots? Give us a reason to care, Sega – announce a 2D Sonic before we truly lose all hope. We promise we’ll stop hating on him.

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  • ssj4raditz - January 19, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    I would like each and ever one of those to be announced!
  • vic88 - January 19, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    i want to hear star wars battlefront 3
  • MeesesGlokmah - January 19, 2009 7:31 p.m.

    I want a new Zelda and Mario game! Or at least an announcement! Not that these aren't great suggestions too. A new Sonic, Call of Duty, Metroid and FFVII would be great!
  • kingpin202 - January 19, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    I Agree Red Dead Revolver 2. I loved that game to death, even more than Halo I believe, well, never the less, it was close. =D
  • Pablos102030 - January 19, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    What the hell Brett, no mention of Ico 3? Come on, you know they have to announce something soon.
  • Wolf007 - January 19, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Please, remake FF VII for the PS3. Screw a lousy D.S. port. Just imagine Aerith being stabbed with PS3 visuals. People cried in 1997 when you could hardly make out the blood. Imagine today. Bottom line- no one wants a lousy port to a crappy system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • BodyDamage - January 19, 2009 9:38 p.m.

    @wolf: I almost agree, but not that DS is a crappy system. the DS is a fine system but i think a game as epic as ff7 needs a complete next gen overhaul. That FF7 opening for the ps3 tech demo was THE fucking sauce and I can't even begin to imagine how glorious the rest of it would look. I'm a little tired of seeing new games with enormous potential to look as amazing as they play end up on something that is basically the worst looking of all of the systems available just because it has the highest number of sales. At LEAST make it a psp conversion, (crisis core looked great) even though it would probably need to be at least 2 discs.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - January 19, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Red Dead was amazing, And the fake trailer for Battlefront 3 looked good, I want it.
  • bulletbill23 - January 19, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    Metroid would be awesome. Do you think that they would port VII over to the DS with minor graphic update, or port it to PS3 with a major overhaul? Either would be awesome to me (and maybe a reason to get a PS3). I like the rumor of a new zelda being announced, which be my number pick for announcement.
  • bioshocker - January 19, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    woah that fighting game for the wii looks pretty awesome I'd definatly plug-in the dust collector if they brought that to North America.
  • Moleman42 - January 19, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    I really want CoD: Future Warfare, but i hope Infinity Ward stays with it. I also would like to see a Star Wars Battlefront 3.
  • Ravenbom - January 19, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    I need to hear that Factor5 is NOT going under, and if it is, that at least Nintendo will buy their main dev team, especially since they used to be exclusively a Nintendo Developer for more than a decade and made some of the best looking and most fun games on Nintendo's systems. And then I need confirmation as to whether or not they're going to finish either Pilotwings or their other, more heavily rumored project for Nintendo, Kid Icarus. After that, I mostly want to hear some of Nintendo's classic franchises to be announced this year. More about the next Zelda, Pilotwings, Kid Icarus, Star Fox, FZero, Earthbound, a new and proper Pikmin and Chibi Robo not just a wii-re-release, Kirby and some kind of platformer game for Rayman and DK again. I'd really like to hear Capcom announce another Viewtiful Joe as well. Another BlasterMaster game too. Maybe look into localizing Captain Rainbow for the US... Maybe this is asking too much, but, Metroid-vania style DS Rygar? Good call on the Team ICO. All this uncertainty, at least I know there's a No More Heroes 2 planned.
  • Corsair89 - January 19, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    I want Marvel vs Capcom 2 to come to XBLA and PSN. That would be fantastic! I know that what I'm about to say will never EVER happen and probably wouldn't work for a million reasons, but, I really REALLY want a mash-up of Street Fighter vs SoulCalibur! I just want Ryu and Kilik to be in the same frame beating the shit out of each other. Chun Li vs Talim. Bison vs Nightmare. Cammy vs Sophitia. Ken vs Seigfried. Dhalsim vs Voldo. Sigh...
  • animeman - January 20, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    I want a Kingdom Hearts 3 for PS3 the Birth By Sleep for PSP and 358/2 Days for DS looks awsome but I want a sequel not a prequel.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - January 20, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    I know this doesnt have much of a chance, but i want Freedonm Fighters 2. I mean the last line was something about how russia would be back with more troops, more guns, more etc. so where is it?
  • Shadowhatchi - January 20, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    I've been thinking more along the lines of Rival Schools 3!
  • gorillaman23 - January 20, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    HOLY CRAP the werehog stages weren't that bad. stop talking about how much sonic sucks and apreciate the good in what sega's giving you
  • EasyAce - January 20, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    I'm still waiting for Free Space 3.
  • Defguru7777 - January 20, 2009 3:51 a.m.

    Nintendo, stop. No more Wii Music. Just give us some Metroid.

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