While it seems like the 2009 holiday season is going to be known more for the games that ship (such as Bioshock 2) it doesn't mean there aren't a lot of high quality games available this year. With that in mind we hit up our staff and asked them which games they were looking forward to playing this fall season in hopes of reminding folks that there are a lot of high quality games coming out this year.
- As a huge fan of the first game I'm looking forward to seeing what Naughty Dog has in store for Nathan drake in his sophomore game. The addition of multiplayer and co-op just makes me want the game more.
- I think I've irritated almost everyone on the staff with my love for the game but as a huge Tim Schafer fan I'm looking forward to playing through the adventures of Eddie Riggs and seeing if the game lives up to my expectations or not.
- The game has made huge leaps since I first saw it two years ago and I think the folks at Gearbox are going to have a bit of a sleeper hit this year if the game plays as good as it looks.
- Loved the game at E3 and this could be that rare quirky title that strikes a cord with a large audience. I am a bit concerned about the game being a bit too esoteric for some but I'm stoked about the game's release on September 15th.
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2
- I've been a big fan of the series since day 1 and any one done by Infinity Ward so far has been awesome. On the surface there doesn't seem to be too much that makes this much of an improvement over Modern Wardfare but I'm betting Infinity Ward has a bunch of tricks of up their sleeve to make this an awesome, awesome game.
- I'm a sucker for good co-op games and this one had me hooked at E3. With the ability to jump in and out of your friend's games with ease and a ton of guns, Borderlands looks like a ton of fun to play.
Left 4 Dead 2
- More zombies, new environments, melee weapons, dynamic map paths, and more zombies. Did I say more zombies?
& NHL 2K10
- Every year these titles spark my need to play video games, and coincide with the turning of the weather towards more gaming friendly temperatures. The EA franchise continues to entrench itself as perhaps the best sports title going, while the 2K title looks to build on last years re-write with some much needed graphical upgrades.
Left 4 Dead 2
- I didn't get a chance to play the first one, but I'm all about zombie killing (or is that re-killing?) and am definitely looking forward to giving this one a shot.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
- OK, it has no official release date yet, it's not on any leaked sales charts or anything else. But If you asked me what game would I sit down and play today if I could, it'd be this one. This will stay on my list until it releases, and it's the kind of game I'd be willing to go buy a high end PC to play it on.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Old school gaming that can be shared. The only real reason our Wii has lasted this long in our house is how much fun it is when company comes over. This game looks to have a lot of promise.
- This game really looks like it's shaping up to be a solid title. I don't need a first person fighting experience, but everything else looks awesome including the play against the boards and more passing options.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
- every time I see a video or preview for this game, my jaw drops. There's a soft spot in my heart for any thing Marvel and this game shows off some of the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe.
Dragon Age: Origins
- I'm always excited about a new RPG, and this spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate looks to be just want I'm looking for. I got to check out a nice guided tour at GenCon this year, and that only added to my anticipation. I think I'll stick with the PC version, provided this old horse of a rig can handle things.
- I thoroughly enjoyed the original, and still go back from time to time just to scratch that adventure itch. A perfect blend of action and puzzles, with a great story rife with humor.
- Sure, this one will probably fly under the radar of most gamers, but the original RTS kingdom sim was a blast for me. Once again players will have to bribe and cajole their units into action, hoping the bounty on that monster's head is enough to attract the attention of the best heroes of the land. The unique spin on the RTS genre makes this series stand out from the rest. Hopefully this one lives up to my expectations.
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