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


He may not be on the same scale as Miyamoto or Kojima, but Ken Levine’s outstanding track record (culminating in the universally lauded BioShock) is finally starting to get people murmuring his name with giddy anticipation. How will he top one of 2007’s highest rated games? Will he delve back into System Shock, Freedom Force or X-COM? No one knows save for Levine and his pile of money.

Above: Thinking about how big his next house should be 

Ken has so far said he and his team are “swinging for the fences” and the next release will be “awesome.” His most telling quote from this interview:

“The goal for our next project is something very, very different, so it's a little scary - because we don't know what it is, exactly. We're getting a much clearer sense every single day in terms of what we're doing, deciding what's in and out of the game. But it's going to be aggressive.”

Above: Not his next 

He’ll only have a small amount of involvement with BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams, so we’re after his next. Ken’s not the biggest fan of E3 either, so a June announcement may not be in the works – perhaps closer to the release of BioShock 2?


Capcom’s Versus series has lost a lot of mindshare over the past several years. Back in 1999~2001 the Marvel vs Capcom games were visual overloads of 2D sprite combat, only to fade away from the arcade spotlight after the Marvel license became valuable again (it was then spread out to various companies, like EA’s Nemesis stinker and Activision’s many Spidey titles). But did you know there’s a brand new, equally over-the-top tag-team smashfest that’s kicking the living shit out of the fighter crowd right now? And it’s on Wii?

Above: Super-nichegasm 

Released in Japan last December, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom arrived with a deafening barrage of fireballs, super arts and obscure anime references that hardcore fans of both sides are dying to play. But, due to crazily complex licensing laws (Tatsunoko owns all the anime characters in Japan, but US rights vary wildly) and the relative unknown status most of the characters hold (don’t tell us you’ve never heard of Hurricane Polymar!), a US release is still pending.

Capcom US’s community manager, Seth Killian, discussed the likelihood of a wider release in TalkRadar 17, saying if it’s not translated, it will be the most imported game of all time. So, while it does exist and is readily available for ardent fanboys, the general populace isn’t aware and most of us won’t bother until it’s officially announced. Capcom, you’ve been so kind with Street Fighter II HDR and SFIV… could you do use one more favor and see this through?


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  • zigs - August 2, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Three out of seven is not bad at all!
  • lukel127 - June 21, 2009 4:56 a.m.

    Was that.. Veitiful Joe? Weird...
  • KillerPotato - May 31, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    If only we could get FFVII on DS...
  • cookanator - April 19, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    a game i would love to be released in 2009 is wwe vs tna that would be so good or mortal kombat vs soul calibur
  • 044magnumx - March 25, 2009 5:31 a.m.

    I think "gears of war vs halo" would be fucking genius
  • Jason.Darksavior - January 26, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    The sequel to Bioshock should be really fun. I hope the next Call Of Duty will be very good!
  • KingofHearts - January 26, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    Kudos on the Battlefront...
  • doomdoomdoom - January 25, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    Who the F*ck put the sonic the heg hog on the future game list. All sonic games suck and will always suck my eggs The Easter Bunny shuns sonic
  • izayuh - January 25, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    wish they made a freedom fighters 2
  • sharker - January 24, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    i want ssb on ds
  • Spybreak8 - January 23, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    I concur, no seriously we need a great clone wars game without any waggle stick features. Futuristic things are harder to imagine than reality so that's the main advantage of doing modern warfare.
  • Gunuku - January 23, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    We really, really need a PlanetSide 2. PlanetSide is still the only game out there like it. No, WW2 Online does not count!
  • triforcerpgfreek - January 23, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    dude what about a new zelda game I'd love to that announced!!!!!!!
  • sakboy97 - January 22, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    xD Final Fantasy 12 DS You Wish!
  • Desann - January 21, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    What this article says about Metroid, I agree with wholeheartedly... except for the part about this new game being on the DS. Let's not fool ourselves; compared to our home theater setups, that thing is terrible. For a new Metroid, I'd take what I could get -- no doubt about that -- but if we dare to dream, let's dream it comes out on Wiiware at the very least, and a glorious, feature-packed, triple-A disc of blinding awesome at best. Heck, you know you want it on PS360 even more. Whoa, just imagine. Anyway, when you think about it, this February will be the fifth anniversary of the last entry in the original Metroid series (a.k.a. not the Prime series). It's so preposterously overdue for a well-loved, popular series, I can't understand it. One more thing; the old article with the series shake-up ideas: it could be because of a combination of my youthful imagination and the game's lack of a Galactic Codex, but I tell ya, Super Metroid WAS a grounded, dark, isolation-horror game (as much as it could be on a SNES). And I loved it. It wasn't until the Prime series took over that Metroid got real goofy; what with the overabundance of pulsing, Tron-esque lights, a mutagenic goo that turns inanimate rocks into roaring monsters, and not to mention Ice Man and Mystique getting fake IDs and crossing over into Prime 3's story. I'd love to see Metroid get Battlestar'd. Something like Dead Space in tone, like Brett said. Gore notwithstanding. I would love for it to be as weighted and serious as I remember Super Metroid being. So, were I in charge of Nintendo right now, I'd fire everyone on the best team there, -- hear me out -- personally start up a new independent studio, hire all those same guys for it, sell the Metroid license to the new studio, get production rolling on a realistic, dark, gritty, border-line depressing Metroid game, and make it 2D, but with the best, most beautiful 3D graphics possible, and release it for Xbox 360 and PS3. Throw in four-player online co-op, competitive multiplayer modes with COD-style XP gain and unlocks... everything! Then port the game to Wii. Just imagine! :)
  • jackf-11 - January 21, 2009 1:46 a.m.

  • revrock - January 21, 2009 1:35 a.m.

    how bout that Capcom vs. game for the Wii... I have no idea what a Tatsunoko is but I would buy that game in one second flat.
  • Yellowhat17 - January 20, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    Ken Levine looks like Charlie Day... oh, and to all the people who want Battlefront 3 announced, there's some leaked gameplay footage in the Star wars cantina GR forum :D
  • XplorerGT - January 20, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    theyve ruined sonic they should just give up with him.
  • mikejr13 - January 20, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    oh and a Jak 4 announcement would be pretty kickass too!

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