bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC.  On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few.  If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises ‘must have’ games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience.  For the accountants, it is exciting as they can separate gamers from their money without the required investment or risk associated with trying a totally new and untested game or genre. 

It’s not all bad news though, IP like Ghostbusters and Batman will both be appearing in licensed games, and Dragon Age: Origins seems to have potential as an open ended sword and sorcery time sink.  Even the Wii will be picking up an action game in the form of conduit.  Who knows … we may even see another DN:F trailer by the fall.

“2008 was a mixed year for gamers and while 2007 was undoubtedly one of the best years in gaming that anyone can remember, 2008 didn’t quite manage to top it. There were some gaming highlights to be sure, but for every Braid or Left 4 Dead there was a disappointment to counter it.

Still, at least there was plenty of cheesecake. It wasn’t all bad.

Our hope remains however that 2009 will prove a better, more exciting year for gaming – one not mired in DRM worries and console exclusives. Who knows, with a host of innovative titles on the horizon and an increasingly popular indie scene 2009 may manage to top even 2008.”

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