Don’t doubt the underdogs – Some potential game of the year titles

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So there is quite a bit of disappointment hitting our shores this Winter.

Trust me, there are a few games rolling out, that are only going to upset you for wasting that money you got for trimming the hedges and painting the fence. But are we truly in for total disappointment or might we just be pleasantly surprised? While I scrolled through the preview pages of some of the underlying titles awaiting us, I realized I had a smile on my face.

Besides all the major hits coming our way like Bionic Commando, InFamous and Prototype, there were other little gems hiding behind their massive counterparts, and I think this Winter might just be a little bit more warming than we actually thought…and I’m, strangely enough, feeling cosy already.

Here are some of the reasons that my core temperature is rising, and thanks to these pleasant little coals getting chucked into my day, I might just be able to take that afternoon nap without freezing to death.

1. Terminator: Salvation

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Don’t think battling the electro-hungry forces could be cool? This might be the first John Conner episode in the series that might change your mind. With a unique covering system and some seriously faced paced action, this is one title that is shaping up to be, well, not half bad. It might not be the next big thing, but I definitely think it’s worth a hands-on session. The Future is Now…and I might just be back!

2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Okay, I know how bad the first game-film adaptation was. I mean, it was horrible! As in a true, true waste of money. And that’s putting it lightly. Atrocious combat system, useless objective based levels and truly PS2 level graphics. However, roll in a new developer and some awesome new features and you might just have my attention. Out of all 6 of these games, this is the one I’m still the most sceptical about, simply because the 1st iteration disappointed me so badly. Seriously, I’ve still got a pre-vomit feeling in my stomach when I think of that game. How could you Activision? How could you! You poop! You poop mouth! You got poop coming outa your mouth!

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Ah, The Dark Knight. Still one of the most bad ass “super” hero’s. See what I did there, I put super in those tiny rabbit ear things…they look like this “”. See, they’re right there next to the key that looks like this ; and the other one like this \. Now you can use it to! Anyway, the Caped Crusader in my opinion is the true vigilante on a revenge spree. They killed his parents and he’s pissed. Pissed, and armed to the teeth with bad ass gadgets. And this proves to be the first graphic novel adaptation in the series that most Batman fans have overlooked, and I’m sure with such a dark story and awesome graphics, this title is gonna bring the inner bat out of all of us.

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4. I am Alive

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I know right? What is this game about? Almost nobody knows after that sneaky little teaser trailer they threw at us and then left us wanting more. But from what I understand, the curtains are just about ready to get pulled back on this project, and I think this is what is supposed to be hitting our shelves come June: Something of catastrophic proportion hits a New York-esque city. You are one of the few survivors left and you must make your way through a crippled city, all the while trying to uncover the truth as well as constantly dodging the oncoming attacks of…um…something. Yeah, that’s about all I know about it too. But I’m still damn excited!

5. Red Faction: Guerilla

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This is another title I’ve been a fan of for a long time, and for a long time I craved a sequel. Finally, from the totally destructive environment steps Red Faction: Guerilla. This time around, they’ve left the 1st person angle behind and opted for a 3rd person view…with some giant weapons. The explosions and sheer amount of havoc at your fingertips, simply their for you to unleash on the world and it’s inhabitants, has got me twitching in the pants already.

6. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel


Some critics have called this the best attempt at being a Fable 2 killer. Is it? Probably not, but I’m so ready to see it try and knock the Fable boys off their throne. Really good RPG’s are about as scarce as naked pictures of The Little Mermaid, but something we all crave. I mean, come on, you all know how hot Ariel was. That red hair and clam shell brassiere…I know I’m not the only one!

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These are just 6 games that some of you might either have forgotten, or simply doubt, when it stands next to all the other hard hitters coming this cold season. But I for one think that these might be a few titles that are actually gonna steal a few hours out of your life. And I bet you, you won’t be too upset about losing those hours either…

Last Updated: May 19, 2009

  • WitWolfyZA

    didnt sacred release allready. Imn sure i read it being a bit repetitive seeing the insane amount of side missions you have to complete. You should of added Star Ocean… IM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT GAME!

  • Piet-plesier

    Ariel…….uhhhhhhh! what about her dad! nice

  • WitWolfyZA

    Doesnt Ariel have crabs?

  • Banana Hammock

    I had high hope for T4, but it’s getting some pretty bad reviews at the moment.

  • Doobie ZA

    your number one pick just bailed… 4hrs of game play and no multiplayer – only co-op split screen for T4 – now Batman is going to rock!

  • I have HUGE hopes for Batman… Pity about the Terminator but the movie still looks awesome

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