Games are coming thick and fast now. While many have been delayed, there are still plenty of excellent games due for release in Q4, 09. We take a look at our five most anticipated.
5. Eye Pet (Playstation 3)
We're sure Eye Pet is the last title people would expect to see on our most anticipated list, but the innovative virtual pet essentially takes everything possible from Microsoft's Milo/Natal tech-demonstration and does it in the twenty-first century. There are no smoke and mirrors with Eye Pet, this thing works. And it genuinely looks like a helluva lot of fun. Eye Pet once again secures the Playstation's heart as a varied system. Microsoft and Nintendo have always struggled at getting the balance of content right, whereas Sony are renowned for diversity.
4. Gran Turismo PSP (Playstation Portable)
It would take a wicked heart to begrudge a portable version of Gran Turismo a place on this list. We've left out bigger brother Gran Turismo 5 because at the time of writing we still don't have confirmation the game will launch this year. We do know that Gran Turismo PSP has been selected as the title to lead the PSP Go offensive. It's classic Gran Turismo action squeezed into a microscopic download/UMD. Oh and it runs at 60FPS. Polyphony Digital are mammoths amongst men.
3. Modern Warfare 2 (Playstation 3)
We really struggled to find a place for Modern Warfare 2 upon our list. On one hand we're excited for this game like no other. On the other hand, we're a little bitter at the grip Activision have on the industry with this game. Plus it's hard to get excited about the sequel to an already perfect game. But with that sentence we settled on our point for placing Modern Warfare 2 in third place. It's the sequel of an already perfect game.
2. Assassin's Creed II (Playstation 3)
Much unlike Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II has it all to prove. After whipping the Internet into a frenzy of hype before the initial Assassin's Creed's release, many came away disappointed at the game's under-developed ideas. The promise was always there though. And now, in a vastly more interesting setting, Assassin's Creed returns with all of the crap bits from the last game fixed.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Playstation 3)
Drake's back. Need we say anymore? Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise has slowly developed into one of Sony's most important franchises in recent years and the return of Nathan Drake will do much to please the hordes of Sony fans. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves already carries a wealth of "Best Of Show" awards. The question still hangs though - can it do enough to take the coveted "Game Of The Year" award.
What are your most anticipated games of this Holiday period. Let us know in the comments.