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

 

Even though the first (and only) Revolver game came out nearly five years ago, we still don’t consider this franchise over. Our continued hope that bounty hunter Red Harlow will ride again stems from a video released not too long after the original racked up 1.5 million copies sold, depicting the exact same Wild West setting and main character:


Above: Isn’t this music a bit too epic for a Western?

We know Rockstar’s doing something with this license, and with GTA IV out of the way and LA Noire in perpetual purgatory, it’s time to announce another big-name project. The original’s gory, eccentric take on Clint Eastwood-esque storytelling would fill a blazingly obvious hole in the current generation (does everything have to be post-apocalyptic?), and it’s also the perfect means to re-think the original’s desolate, dusty streets. Let’s see a bustling market with shootouts that send horses galloping out of their hitching posts and into the flat plains, let’s see densely packed saloons with false leads and branching storylines… hell, let’s see a new Western anything at this point.


Above: Picture this, with more everything. And much prettier 

E3 2008 came and went with nothing more than a logo, but nothing official stated about content, release date, or even that it is planning on revealing more soon. Finish up that DLC, Rockstar – we’re ready to fire our six shooters once again.

 

Speaking of long-lost bounty hunters, what the shit is up with Metroid? Prime 3 is over a year old and since then Nintendo’s said next to nothing about one of their longest-running and deeply loved franchises. Now, with the Prime trilogy completed and the first two Primes on track for Wii remakes, what’s next for the series that brought us passwords and one of the first video game heroines? Well, how about doing what it’s always done best?


Above: Zero Mission, the last 2D Metroid 

The long-rumored Metroid Dread is still proverbial smoke being blown up our very real asses. Our last idea for the franchise has also been ignored. So, in the interest of giving hardcore fans a DS game they should actually care about, and giving Castlevania (who’s been borrowing Metroid’s gameplay for 11 years) some genuine competition, announce a new, beautifully animated Metroid title this year.


Above: This is GBA. The DS is capable of so much more 

It doesn’t have to be rigidly old-school like the GBA titles, either. Go 2.5D like New Super Mario Bros., ramp up the atmosphere, use the stereo channels to play some audio tricks on us, really sell the idea of a girl all alone on a hostile planet. Most our frustration comes from Prime 3’s ending, which plainly reveals something else should be on the way:

 

Above: 2007 spoilers!

There are countless ways to make this series relevant again. We’ve presented ours – anything you want to add, put it in the comments and we’ll probably agree with you.

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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.

    GODDAM HELL LASERS!
  • 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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