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XboxAddicts' Most Anticipated Games of 2008

by Shawn Rozankowski

 
2007 has come to an end, we saw many great games last year that included Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Halo 3, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, BioShock and many more. The staff at XboxAddict takes a look into the biggest titles for 2008.

XboxAddict presents the Most Anticipated Games of 2008:

Role-Playing Games:

Fallout 3

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: Q4 2008
Genre: Role-Playing Game

Fallout 3 is being developed by the same team that worked on the last two titles in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series, Morrowind and Oblivion. If those games are any indication of what we can look forward to from Bethesda we are in for a real treat. Like previous titles by Bethesda you can choose either a good or evil path which will change ending you will see when you beat the game.

Fallout 3 puts you in Washington DC, now known as the Capital Wasteland, where for 200 years, Vault 101 has faithfully served the surviving residents. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you’ve ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.

Too Human

Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Silicon Knights
Release Date: Q3 2008
Genre: Action/Role-Playing Game

In Too Human the player takes on the role of Baldur, one of the Aesir. In the ancient past the Norse Gods truly existed, although only in the form of cybernetically enhanced humans. Baldur, son of Odin is one of these gods and it is his charge to protect the human race from an onslaught of an advancing machine presence determined to eradicate all human life.

The story chronicles the ongoing struggle between cybernetic Norse gods, the invading machine presence and mortal men through an epic story. The story features many Norse gods and character from Norse mythology including Thor, Loki, Odin, Heimdall, Freyja, and Mimir. Every event, character and location in Too Human has a direct parallel to Norse mythology. The story features Yggdrasil, the tree of life, as a gateway to an alternate world known as Cyberspace that is accessed through the advanced technology of the Norse gods.

Silicon Knights has revealved that Too Human will feature 2-4 player co-op seamlessly letting players jump in and out. Denis Dyack, founder of Silicon Knights, has stated the UE3 engine has been tweaked to the point that it’s almost unrecognizable.

Fable 2

Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Lionhead Studios
Release Date: Q4 2008
Genre: Action/Role-Playing Game

Fable 2 is the sequel to the enchanting, engrossing and award winning action role playing game Fable developed by Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios.

Set 500 years after the original game, Fable 2 offers even more choices and features, while building on the core gameplay theme of Fable where every choice continually defines who you become, allowing you to truly live the life you choose.

Fable 2 will introduce a new character to the series which is a dog that will be faithful to you and will have a deeply nuanced artificial intelligence so you won't actually control your dog at all. Instead your dog will act as a sort of living HUD. The game has no map, no other user interface on screen. Instead you will have to rely on the dog and what he sees and does. Fable 2 will feature a spawn system unlike the normal reload from a save point and play the same part again. When you fall to the ground in Fable 2 you have the ability to lose experience, gold, or reknown in order to get up.

Real-Time Strategy Games:

Tom Clancy's EndWar

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: Q2 2008
Genre: Real-Time Strategy Game

I had a lot of fun playing Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 and Rainbow Six: Vegas over the past year and this game combines all of those games together. EndWar has a voice command system so you can control your units without using a controller. You can control up to twelve units at a time and have a choose of seven different unit types. Ubisoft is going to more of a third-person camera view where the camera takes on the view of one of the twelve squads under your command instead of the more common top view you see in most RTS games.

EndWar puts you in the year 2020, the United States is trying to end strategic nuclear war through an anti-ballistic missile shield with their ally, the European Union (EU); Russia designs their own missile shield independent of the US or EU. As the major economies of the world consume natural resources at an increasing rate, Russia, the owner of most of the oil deposits, benefits from the skyrocketing price of oil and begins to upgrade their military, creating tension with the West. While the US is launching a space station that will house first-response military units, a terrorist attack against the launch pad leaves the superpowers on the brink of war. In 2011, the US and EU sign the historic SLAMS (Space-Land-Air Missile Shield) Treaty, agreeing to co-develop technologies for a comprehensive, interlocking anti-ballistic missile system. Left out of the treaty, Russia accelerates development of its own system. SLAMS is activated in 2014. The US and EU launch test salvos against each other, which the SLAMS weapons completely destroy. Emboldened by the success of the tests, the US and EU pronounces "the end of strategic nuclear war," and the world celebrates a new age of peace and security.

Halo Wars

Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Ensemble Studios / Bungie Software
Release Date: TBA 2008
Genre: Real-Time Strategy Game

Ensemble Studios, the creators of the Age of Empires series, is bringing real-time-strategy to the Xbox 360 and to the Halo Universe. Designed Exclusively for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars allows you to take charge of the human UNSC armies and see the Halo universe from a totally new perspective. Halo Wars will take place prior to the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. The game is set in 2531, in the UNSC's first battles with the Covenant around the planet Harvest. It will allow the player to control the crew and vehicles of a UNSC ship, CFV-88 Spirit of Fire, and receive instructions and commands from its AI Serena.

Racing Games:

Race Driver: GRID

Publisher:
Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: Q2 2008
Genre: Racing Game

GRID is a true evolution for Codemasters' acclaimed racing series, which first appeared as the TOCA (DTM/V8) Touring Car games (1997–2000) and became the TOCA (DTM/V8) Race Driver series (2002-2006). GRID will use Codemasters new EGO Game Technology Engine. GRID challenges players to become the number one race driver in a new world of exhilarating motorsport.

GRID will take players to beautifully realised and dramatic race locations over three continents to compete in an unprecedented variety of racing events. Packed with the most powerful race cars (new and classic, circuit and drift), players will compete to conquer the most prestigious official race tracks and championships and then go beyond to compete in challenging city-based competitions, through to road events and urban street races.




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