As mentioned before, last year had a lot of beautiful games. Looking forward, it seems this will not change in 2009. Here is what I am totally looking forward in 2009:
Fat Princess (PS3)
This will be THE Playstation Network game in 2009. Two groups fight each other and try to kidnap the pricess of the enemy. The trick: The teams can feed their princesses. The more the teams feed, the fatter the princesses get. And kidnapping a fat princess is much more difficult and time-consuming than kidnapping a light one. Keeping this in mind, every team has to balance between fighting the enemy and feeding their princess. It looks like animal crossing with blood (IGN) and reminds me of the Warcraft III-Mod “Defense of the Ancients” (DotA) in terms of gameplay.
Street Fighter 4 (Multi)
Beautiful art style. Great characters. Well-defined controls. Nothing more, nothing less. I played it at last year`s game convention in Leipzig and it is an example for a very well-done revival of an old series.
Starcraft II (PC)
Blizzard is well-known for polishing a product till it`s perfect and that`s what everyone is expecting from Starcraft II: A well-balanced RTS-game with some new units and small but elaborated gameplay changes. The only question is: When will it be out? I hope this year.
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Heavy Rain is the successor of Fahrenheit. Both games arrange between interactive movie and an adventure with action sequences. But what I am really looking forward to are the story and the characters of this game.
Dawn of War II (PC)
I am totally into the Warhammer universe and Relic really did a great job of transfering the atmosphere of the universe into Dawn of War I. So what do I expect? Exciting skirmishes, beautiful animations and more varied settings. The possibility of equipping your heroes will provide an additional RPG-touch and the game series will feature Tyranids for the first time. Great
God of War III (PS3)
Yeah, I loved the style and gameplay of both precedessors so my expectations for part 3 are really, really high. And I am really interested what the team will do with the PS3, after sucking the very last bit out of the PS2.
When I saw the first screenshots of the game I just couldn`t believe that this will be shipping for the Wii – and only for the Wii. It looks like Sin City with even more splatter scenes and black humor. Madworld definetly appeals to a mature core gamer audience who owns a Wii (Hopefully this target group is large enough to get the game off the shelves). With all this party and casual games stuff around for the Wii, it is really time to give harcore gamers a thing to play with on their Wii.