2009 going to be a letdown for gamers?

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While there are a few good looking titles announced for this year (as well as a bunch that have not yet been announced I am guessing), the idea that this might be a very disappointing year for gamers is constantly sitting in the back of my head.

2008 has just blasted past with some of the most incredible titles that we could have ever hoped for. GTA IV, Gears of War 2, MGS4, Fallout 3, Fable 2, Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, LittleBigPlanet, the list goes on and on (and on).

Gamers have been spoiled so rotten that you have to start wondering how many of us are going to adjust to the idea that this year may be nothing more than “average”.

So what’s looking good?

I have already mentioned that 2008 was an amazing year for gaming but let’s not forget to take note of what 2007 had to offer. Halo 3, Forza 2, Call of Duty 4, Uncharted, Crysis, Bioshock, Mass Effect, The Orange Box, Super Mario Galaxy and a ton more.

This years line-up is still quite far from being set in stone, there are a lot of fans hoping that their favorite upcoming titles will release this year ( God of War 3 for example) but there is still no clear indication of whether or not the games will see the light of day before 2010.

At the moment we have some real gems that are sure to shine such as Resident Evil 5, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, Skate 2 and that new Halo thing that has a lot of letters in it’s name. Halo Wars is coming too and the excitement levels are so high that when I think about it, I want to fall asleep. Who knows, maybe they pull it off?

While I am sure that you guys can think of a bunch of other games looking good for this year (let us know in the comments) the point I want to make is the following:

I’m not saying that this year is going to suck for gaming but do yourself a favor and read through those lists of 2007 and 2008’s games again and you will really start to realise that we were getting hugely anticipated and massively popular triple-A titles almost back to back for nearly 2 years now and we may have to come to the realisation that the good times are over.

When great games are not being released every couple if minutes, we usually fall back on months of multiplayer bliss over Xbox Live and PSN. While I think that Killzone 2 is going to set PSN on fire with it’s multiplayer, I have to wonder what games Xbox Live users will be turning to (especially all the locals).

Gears of War 2 seems to lack some of the magic of it’s older brother and coupled together with glitches, issues and the lack of local map pack codes, it’s no wonder that it isn’t getting the same amount of local playtime as the original did over the last two years. COD:WAW is fantastic but hasn’t been that well received locally and while Left 4 Dead is making waves all over the world, poor local interest and the inability to host peer-to-peer games means that the experience is laggy and not quite what it should be for South Africans Xbox 360 gamers.

What are you looking forward to the most this year and what game do you think will be getting most of your multiplayer playtime? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated: January 6, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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