It’s nearing the end of August and there are going to be a lot of games released between now and Christmas which is great for us gamers, but not so great for the bank balance or social life.
Nowadays a game will cost you £40 or £50 in the shops, with about £10 off the RRP if you get it online through the likes of play.com…so you sometimes have to be careful about which games you do and don’t buy. There are, of course, some games which you simply must have and the following are in that category. If I was only allowed to buy 5 more games this year – these would be them. All games are on either the PS3 or Wii, it seems I have enough PSP games to be getting on with.
Release dates are taken from Play.com and/or Amazon.co.uk and are therefore subject to change; some clips are from other video game formats.
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (Nintendo Wii)
by Rockstar Games – Release date: 26th October 2007
Developers have now had the chance to fully utilise the motion sensors in the Wii remote so I’m hoping this title will have a strong and accurate response rate so that it’s as good as holding an actual table tennis paddle. Wii Sports Tennis was good, but they made you play doubles due to (I guess) not knowing how to allow the player to run around the court. Table Tennis is perfect to allow single players without having to run back and forth, so you can concentrate solely on accuracy, power and spin. Can there be a game better designed for the Wiimote?
Steve beats me everytime we play this in real life, so I’m hoping I can now finally beat him at it. I wonder if they will be releasing Fußball at any time soon?
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Sony Playstation 3)
by Eidos Interactive – Release date: 9th November 2007
Eidos gave us the excellent Hitman series which is one of my favourite sets of games, and now they look set to start on another franchise with Kane & Lynch. I guess this is a cross in some ways between Hitman and Freedom Fighters in that it’s a third person shooter with squad elements. One aspect I do like is the fact there are 2 lead characters, so you can play in the standard one player mode – or bring a friend into the action to assist (or hinder depending on how good they are). With Hitman two players just had to pass the control pad back and forth to take individual turns.
This video shows some of the gameplay:
by Nintendo – Release date: 30th November 2007 (Amazon.co.uk) or 5th October 2007 (Play.com)
Fifa 08 (Sony Playstation 3)
by Electronic Arts – Release date: 28th September 2007
I hope to see the Management mode in the similar style as last year – no doubt with a few additions to make it even bigger and better. The same team who took over FIFA 07 is in charge again so they won’t have to work on a whole new ball dynamics engine (which was why there was such a huge difference between ’06 and ’07 versions) – which means for this release they can just work on the solid foundations that they already have.
Interactive goal keeping. i.e. A Goalkeep that can be fouled and injured.
Interactive Referee. I want to see him on the pitch, and get in the way of the ball every now and then.
45 minute halves. Real time football for those crazy moments of boredom.
Transfer updates. Ability to update the teams for the different transfer fixtures without the changes over riding a custom team that you’re using in management mode. Ideally there would be weekly updates automatically to take into account real life injuries, but I think they’re working on that for the future.
I’m also interested in seeing how the ‘Be A Pro’ feature is going to work. This is something EA are working on between now and 2010 so that you can play as just one player in a team. Online this may be quite good, as you can have 11 vs 11 online, and this is meant to lead up to having two teams of 22 players contesting virtually at the FIFA World cup…should be fun.
by Ubisoft Montreal – Release date: 9th November 2007
I’m not too sure why this game has me so excited, as I have only seen very limited screenshots or videos of it. Yet this is the one game I am waiting for in 2007, and a little bit of me is annoyed that I am away for the week when this is released so I won’t be able to spend the first weekend playing it.
Here’s a gameplay demo for it…and remember what I said about crowd interaction earlier? This seems to do the job very well:
Assassin’s Creed is certainly the sexiest looking of the bunch, and the one that I have most been looking forward to from the very few clips I have seen. It’s just a shame it’s released not only in the week I’m away, but at the same time as Kane & Lynch which means one will have to sit on the sidelines for a short amout of time whilst the other one gets my attention.