PSU's top 10 most anticipated games for Q4 2009

  • Posted September 1st, 2009 at 18:50 EDT by Adam Dolge

With so many games getting pushed back to 2010, it may appear we have nothing new to look forward to between now and the New Year. We’ve already seen the likes of BioShock 2 and Singularity receive delays, and now many gamers are waiting anxiously for the release of Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, ModNation Racers, and MAG – none of which will arrive on store shelves until next year. In actuality, however, there are probably more new games coming out in the coming months than we know what to do with.

The staff at PSU decided to compile our list of the Top 10 most anticipated games coming out before 2010. It’s filled with some great PlayStation 3 and PSP exclusives, along with highly anticipated sequels, and brand new entries. So, take some time to look through our list and let us know what games you are most looking forward to for the rest of the year.

 

 

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10. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: Nov. 17 (North America) Nov. 20 (Europe)

The first stop in our Top 10 list takes us to the first Assassin’s Creed game launching as a PSP exclusive. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines links the gaps between the first game in the series, and the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed 2. As with the original title, players assume control of protagonist Altair. Bloodlines’ storyline occurs shortly after the events of Assassin’s Creed, tasking Altair with tracking the remaining Templars to the island of Cyprus.

We picked this title because we can’t wait to get our hands on a PSP version of this dynamic, high-action, stealth experience. The game promises to offer the same fluidity as in the first title, allowing you to seamlessly run and jump from rooftops to avoid oncoming enemies. The game is also believed to be one of the first titles to truly take advantage of the PSP’s visual capabilities.

Finally, the game will have tremendous connectivity with the PS3. As you collect Templar Coins and Treasures on the PSP, you will be able to share those rewards on the PS3 as well. Health and weapon upgrades in Assassin’s Creed 2 for PS3 will unlock the same upgrades in the Bloodlines.

 

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9. Demon’s Souls (PS3)
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Atlus
Release date: Oct. 6

With RPG fans complaining about the lack of PS3 offerings in the genre as of late, Demon’s Souls may just be the answer many are looking for. The game was launched earlier this year in Japan, and received very positive feedback. Atlus is bringing the game to the North American audiences on October 6. The open-ended dark fantasy game allows you to customize your character in typical RPG fashion. You’ll get to choose from the usual array of heroes, including knights, priests, magicians, hunters, and more, as you fight off a horde of demons. 

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What truly sets Demon’s Souls apart is its unique online mode. Not only will you get co-operative game features, but also a messaging system which will allow you to leave hints and advice in the game to help other players. On the other hand, players can force themselves into another adventurer’s game and play as an opponent.

 

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8. Alpha Protocol (PS3)
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Sega
Release date: Oct. 6

Obsidian Entertainment has a knack for making intriguing RPGs like Neverwinter Nights 2. Its latest effort is Alpha Protocol, an espionage based game that has recently gone under the radar given its October 6 release date. The game, which will be available on multiple platforms, puts you in the shoes of Michael Thorton, a rookie CIA agent.

Alpha Protocol is a third-person action game with RPG elements, such as the ability to develop your character through Advancement Points. These points can be spent on 10 skills that increase Michael’s abilities, such as the power to examine a group of enemies in slow motion. The game will have multiple outcomes based on your actions and conversations with NPCs. 

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We chose this game because, apart from the visuals and gameplay elements, ... (continued on next page)

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