2008: Year of Gamers?

    A year farther ahead in the gaming industry and what will we have to show for it? Is there even a remote chance that 2008 will come close to the ongoing battles over the 2007 year? In my mind no, there isn’t.

2007 started off with three main games being played. Rainbow 6 Vegas, Gears of War, and Halo 2. You couldn’t beat these games, it was either join them, or play without your friends on xbox live. Gears of War and Halo 2 continued their extreme popularity right up to the release of Halo 3. This meant we were fully satisfied with these games until Halo 3 came out. Although in many peoples opinion it was and is all hype Halo 3 was a strong game in 2007. Its dominance lasted a few weeks before Call of Duty 4, a less flawed game, came out introducing many new elements to the industry. The ability for characters to be different, have more or less powerful guns based upon experience, and many other things. These are just the big games of 2007, I’m not even getting started on games like WoW, Madden, and Splinter Cell as 2007 would be the majority of this post.

Yes, it is a depressing thought, another year gone by and all these great games we were so psyched for are now released and many of them buried in the past. Gears of War will never regain its old glory. There are a few games we can look forward to in 2008 though.

The delayed release of Grant Theft Auto IV may have been a strategic move. Although Rockstar Games would never admit the delay was probably not needed, it was very smart. It would have launched a few weeks before Halo 3. You will see this game hit the shelves on April 29th 2008. It is sure to be the best of the series so far. It will also be the first to hit the Xbox 360. With the improved graphics of both the PS3 and Xbox 360 you can expect it to have some of the best graphics out there. It will be a good chance compared to all of the Saints Row and Orange Box poor shooting control. This to me is a rent but if you really want to buy a game in early 2008 this would be the one.

We have the Super Smash Brothers Crash for the Wii on March 9th. After the original two smash brothers video games you can expect this one to be a great game. In my personal opinion from what I’ve read so far they may have made to many poor additions, but that will not be shown until the games release. You can plug in a Nintendo Gamecube Controller instead of using the nunchuck.

Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 is also set to release on March 11th 2008. This may collide a bit with the Smash Brothers game but not too much. This game is more of a teenager one, while the other is more of a younger kid game with a few leftover fans from the original series of them. This is probably the game of the year. I don’t think it will beat WoW, but game of the year, released in the year. It has many upgrades since the older version to make the game play even better. If you liked the first one you should buy this, if you haven’t ever played any of the Tom Clancy games I suggest you check this one out.

The last big game of early 2008 will be Battlefield: Bad Company. It is set to release June 3rd, just in time for the first week of school summer breaks. After the thousands of loyal gamers from Battlefield 2 switch this game will start off strong. However from my experience with the game it is not the greatest. The combat system is very weak compared to that of Halo and Call of Duty standards. This game will bring many new elements into the FPS industry that you will see in other games as well.

Obviously I couldn’t cover every game. Some honorable mentions are Command and Conquer 3, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Resident Evil 5, and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

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