The second half of this year sees some really exciting games come to the table. I am tremendously excited about them so I'm gonna share some thoughts regarding them.
The first is the new Batman Game Arkham Asylum. This comes out on the 22nd August, I've already pre-ordered it and today played the demo like 4 times, yes it's that good. The fighting mechanic is a lot of fun. The stealth—i—ness is ultra cool, doing an inverted takedown whilst hanging from a gargoyle is almost as fun as karate kicking a helicopter (yes that was a reference to prototype a game I thought was a lot of fun but quite boring after a while). The art style in Arkham is really cool and comic booky. This may have come as a suprise to some of the Dark Knight fans, but they started making Arkham before the success of Dark Knight, so that's why we get this cartoon style, but don't let that word fool you, it's still very dark and creepy.
The next game to come out for me will be Halo 3 ODST, which is out on the 28th September so let's hope I can make Arkham Asylum last a month. I first heard of this game when TRS and CO-OP were doing coverage of E3 it looked way better than the old Halo games. One of my biggest problems with previous Halo games were too bright and colourful, it looked like the Teletubbies go to war. This game looks so much darker, it really impresses me. Another thing is the weaponry, this new pistol looks super cool and I can't wait to try it. But above all these things is that leading the Voice acting are everyones' favourite actors from Firefly, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk. Fillion is like so cool I can't begin to describe it, One of the trailers has him introducing his ODST squad and it's so cool. Sorry about the gushing but he is really cool. One more thing about Halo, I've played a bit of the original, all of 3 and all of Wars, but to be perfectly honest I don't understand the story.
The next game is Forza Motorsport 3. If you'd asked me a year ago what I thought of racing games, I would have told you that they're huge piles of poop, and I would have freely admitted that I hate them because I'm no good. My friend recently sold his Xbox and gave me most of his games, he is now massively regretting that and I'll explain why in a second. In that pack of games he gave—most of which I'll be honest I deemed poop and sold—was a gem, Forza 2, this game has changed my views of racing games completely. I am addicted, I play all the time, yes mainly because I'm bored but also because it's really fun. My friend is a huge motorsport fan, this is why most games he owns are racing games unless I happen to point out a piece of awesome to him. Now I've told him Forza 3 is coming out he is seriously considering buying a new Xbox, but considering he lives at home and is a Sports Journalist, he can afford it. I can't wait for Forza 3 the graphics alone look—pardon my french—shit hot, and I can't wait to get my hands on all the new cars
"Next up?", I hear you cry, it's Modern Warfare 2, which to be honest speaks for itself to most of the gaming community. COD 4 saw a huge departure from the older COD games, and it proved to be very popular and awesome. COD 4's primary downfall is that it's so damned short, this second part is hugely anticipated and looks great with a revamped multiplayer mode but it's £55 price tag could prove to be a little too rich for me and i suspect many other gamers out there. Release Date is November 9th
Assassin's Creed 2; fuck yes. I adored the first Assassin's Creed, I don't care what anyone says that game was frickin' awesome. I appreciate the mundanity of performing the same tasks again and again but I don't care, its beauty lied in it's ability to give the player creative control. Anyone who can't see past the repetitive tasks and marvel at Assassin's Creed's glory is a fool and not someone I want at a dinner party. This is by far my most anticipated game of all time let alone the year, thank you Ubisoft Montreal, I love you guys. Release date is November 20th.
The last game I am anticipating for the second half of this year is a little unknown title called Saboteur. This game hasn't received a lot of press and I only know of it because my friend Joe brought it up in conversation. This looks a lot of fun, though I don't know much about it yet, but check it out if you can, release date: December 4th.