Upcoming Game Releases

15 10 2008

By Spencer at 10:53 AM, CST

It’s October 15th, and amid the talk of new MacBooks yesterday and Nehalem vs Shanghai before who knows when we have the gamer and his need for that oh-so-important gaming adrenaline.  Here at The Tech Lunch, we’ve played it all, from Age of Empires to Zelda and everything in between, and we know that, for some of our viewers, these upcoming release dates are of utmost importance.  Why shouldn’t they be?  New games are the lifeblood of the gaming world because they keep it fresh.  Amazing top tenners like Deus Ex, Thief, and System Shock serve as a foundation, a shining example of what to work towards when crafting a masterpiece.  Here, I will give a brief synopsis of several highly anticipated games – read on to find out more about them.

Fable 2 – Release Date: October 21

The original Fable for Xbox was a popular third person RPG – it was a well received game ripe with story, excellent graphics (for the time), open-ended gameplay, and an excellent combat system to boot, with the only noteworthy complaint being its length.  Fable 2 takes it several steps further.  Set 500 years after the original, Fable 2 expands the environment (about ten times, according to Peter Molyneux, lead designer of both games) and adds features such as a combat-assisting dog, co-op mode, and an expanded character alignment mode.  Fable 2 will be exclusively available for the Xbox 360 on release.

Fallout 3 – Release Date: October 28

Fallout 3 is arguably one of the most anticipated sequels in retro gaming.  The classics, Fallout and Fallout 2, are hailed as being some of the best games ever created.  Though I’ve never played them myself (but will be soon!  Don’t kill me!) I have surfed many a forum and consistently found these games in top 10 lists the world over.  Developed by Bethesda Softworks, it is said to be as open ended and as big as Oblivion, if not bigger.  It takes place in the future, 200 years after an earth changing nuclear war, and the player will develop who he is by going through a childhood of sorts.  Fallout 3 will be made available for the Xbox 360, Windows, and Playstation 3.

Call of Duty: World at War – Release Date: November 11

Activision’s Call of Duty strategy is still in full swing.  What’s that?  Well, to take maximum advantage of the series, Activision has Infinity Ward working on Call of Duty 6, whilst Treyarch finished up World at War (it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if they are already working at Call of Duty 7!)  Their newest release is almost here as well, exactly a year after Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.  The only problem?  It’s set in World War II… again.  Well, hopefully Treyarch will be able to dish up something spectacular.  We’ve got our fingers crossed.  Call of Duty: World at War will be available for Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and even the PS2.

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Release Date: November 11

Westwood’s Command and Conquer franchise is one of the most well known names in the RTS gaming genre, and for good reason.  After Westwood broke up in 2003 (or was broken up by EA) the C&C name seemed all but retired – that is, until its recent (2006) revival with Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars.  Arguably, the C&C: Red Alert series, a spinoff of the original Command and Conquer, were more popular than their present/future day Command and Conquer games.  Red Alert consistently “evolved” the previous title, taking gameplay to the next level.  I had the opportunity to play it during the beta and while I wasn’t wowed, this is one game I will certainly be picking up.  Red Alert 3 will be available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and of course the PC.

Left 4 Dead – Release Date: November 17

Left 4 Dead is a survival horror first person shooter by Valve Corporation.  In the game, you are one of 4 Survivors fighting against the Infected, humans who have been subjected to a mysterious disease.  You may play it by yourself if you wish, or with other players as the other Survivors.  You must escape many cliche zombie game scenarios, including a hospital and swamp.  A multiplayer mode will also be available, the game being Survivors versus Infected.  Left 4 Dead will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.

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