Games to Get: 2009 Edition

I think it’s time for a new list of (mostly upcoming) games that are worth a closer look. Since I was able to get most of the games in my previous list, I’ve added a whole bunch of new games I’m interested in. Maybe there’s something in for you, as well. This time it’s complete with gameplay videos, yay!

  • Giana Sisters DS (DS) – The original Giana Sisters came out in the 1980s for the C64 and Amiga. It was basically a clone of Super Mario Bros., which led to a lawsuit by Nintendo. The developer Time Warp lost, and Giana Sisters was pulled off the shelves, making it a sought-after collector’s item nowadays. Anyway, fast forward a good 20 years, and the original developers are back with a modern-day remake, ironically to be released for Nintendo’s DS handheld-system. This time it’s officially sanctioned though. I really liked the original game (well, it’s just Mario, really) and its music, and I guess a lot of fans have waited for this.
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  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii) – The most interesting aspect of this game for me is its similarity to Odin Sphere. Just like the previous game by Vanillaware, Muramasa is a side-scrolling action RPG. The game consists entirely of 2D painted graphics, which is pretty rare these days. And it looks really stunning in my opinion.
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  • Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer (PS3) – Heavy Rain is developed by the same studio as Fahrenheit, and this is also the main reason why I’m interested in it. Fahrenheit was a unique cinematic game, which started as an interesting crime thriller, where you could alternately play the murderer and the police detectives investigating the crime. The game derived into pretty stupid supernatural events later on, but I liked the underlying ideas. I hope that Heavy Rain will improve on that formula. The stupid quick-time-events are unfortunately still there however.
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  • Alan Wake (X360/PC): In Alan Wake, you play as a writer who has to escape from a small village somewhere in the mountains. Only all of this is actually happening just as Alan Wake wrote it in his latest book. I’ve heard your primary weapon is a flash light, since light plays an important part in the game. Sounds interesting.
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  • Afrika (PS3): Outside of Japan, this game is known by the stupid title of Hakuna Matata. I don’t know whether or not it will see a European release this year, so I’ll try to get my hands on the Asian version which was released last year already. It’s basically a safari game, where you get jobs to photograph certain species out in the wild. You then use a variety of vehicles to get to your destination and try to take some good photos of the animals. This in turn will give you money you can invest in better equipment for example. It sounds very similar to Endless Ocean (Wii), except it does have better graphics. It’s probably a type of non-game, but I do like that for a change.
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  • MadWorld (Wii): I’m really not a fan of splatter games anymore, but this game is just too visually striking to pass up.
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  • Cletus Clay (X360): This game is still in an early development stage from what I can gather. It’s a kind of platform/brawler game I believe. The unique feature here is that all the graphics are entirely made with clay however.
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  • Fuel (X360/PS3/PC): Fuel is an open-world racing game, where you can explore a really large area on your own. You do have to take a race from time to time however, since this is the only way to acquire precious fuel to continue exploring with your vehicle.
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  • The Another World (DS): Ninokuni/The Another World is going to be a RPG for the DS and a second, as of yet unnamed system. The interesting part is that it’s developed by Level 5 and the famous Japanese animation studio Ghibli. It will come with a “magic book” which is used throughout the game to look up certain aspects which will have to be used in-game. It looks really good, I hope the gameplay will match the visuals.
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