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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

(XBLA, PC)



What’s the game?
An enhanced re-mastering of the 1990 classic point-and-click adventure. Guybrush Threepwood is a wimpy wannabe pirate and the ghost captain LeChuck has kidnapped his unrequited love interest, Elaine. Beyond the fact that you can “insult swordfight,” what else do you possibly need to know?

What’s so revolutionary? Certain members of the GamesRadar offices (who shall remain unnamed) have been hoping, wishing and possibly sacrificing small animals for a resurgence in old-school, story-based adventures. By giving one of the best ever a fancy new look and streamlined new controls, but not messing with the original gameplay in any way, this Special Edition Monkey Island could make that dream a reality. You can even switch between the enhanced graphics and the classic graphics – instantaneously – at any time. Will other beloved LucasArts and Sierra products follow suit?

When’s it coming? This summer.

Borderlands

(360, PS3, PC)



What’s the game?
An RPG/shooter hybrid set in a desolate wasteland that’s been mostly abandoned now that hordes of monsters have shown up to overrun the place.

What’s so revolutionary? Borderlands is what we always wished games like Oblivion and Fallout 3 would be after hours of adventuring solo: multiplayer, but on our terms and with vehicles. While you can cruise through the campaign by yourself, Borderlands enables up to three friends to drop in and out of your campaign with their own weapons and characters, meaning you can call in high-level help if a certain area is giving you trouble. And thanks to a system that can procedurally generate hundreds of thousands of different guns, based on a pool of stock parts, special ammo and “manufacturer” preferences, bringing in friends also means you could get a weapon you’ve never seen before (if they’re willing to share).

When’s it coming? October.


Guitar Hero 5

(360, PS3, Wii, PS2)



What’s the game?
One of SEVEN “Hero” games releasing in 2009. And while that many sequels may sound like the antithesis of revolutionary, part five is implementing some much needed ideas that all future music games will have to copy.

What’s so revolutionary? Drop in/drop out multiplayer, a feature that’s taken for granted in just about every other genre but has so far eluded Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Both are undeniably party games, yet simple things like adding players, switching instruments and adjusting difficulty meant a whole lotta buzzkill menu surfing. That, in turn, leads to friends sighing in annoyance and girls dropping the mic in favor of something that doesn’t make them feel like a hassle. Guitar Hero 5 allows seamless mid-song changes that will forever end the era of “back out so we can add a vocalist” bullshit, keeping the music (and therefore the party) moving along. From this point on, anything less than total multiplayer control will feel unacceptably archaic.

When’s it coming? September 1, 2009.


StarCraft II

(PC, Mac)



What’s the game?
Only the first sequel to the most revered real-time strategy game ever made.

What’s so revolutionary? Nothing appears revolutionary on the surface; StarCraft II simply looks like the original with fancy 3D graphics. Even the original three races are the same. What’s hidden in the details, however, could make this the ultimate benchmark for competitive RTS and drive the entire nation of South Korea totally insane. One example? While other developers working in the genre have simplified or removed resource gathering, Blizzard has actually made it more complex, which should lead to a ton of complex and bizarre new strategies.

When’s it coming? Currently planned for release by the end of 2009.


Diablo III

(PC, Mac)



What’s the game?
The latest, and long-awaited, entry in the series that defined the entire action-RPG genre. All you really need to know is that you can play as a Witch Doctor who can summon a wall of zombies. Now go back and read that last sentence again.

What’s so revolutionary? As with StarCraft II, this seems like nothing more than a spit-polish applied to Diablo II. Again, though, the little things will demand attention: an immensely eerie environment; massive, intimidating boss monsters; tweaks to the interface for increased player-friendliness; and online co-op that will devour lives like World of Warcraft on growth hormones. The first two games are mimicked ad nauseam to this day…why would the third be any different?

When’s it coming? Rumors have the game releasing December 24 of this year, and a multiplayer beta preceding it in September. Just rumors, though.


TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-shelled

(XBLA, PSN)



What’s the game?
A current-gen facelift for one of the early ‘90s best scrolling beat ‘em-ups. Same basic 2D gameplay with 3D models and environments.

What’s so revolutionary? To be honest, the game itself isn’t particularly remarkable. Two competing publishers putting licenses and greed aside, however, is! Rather than fix what ain’t broke, Ubisoft (the current TMNT rights holder) struck a deal with Konami (the creator of Turtles in Time) to remake the classic arcade brawler. And this time, the move is purely for quality’s sake, and (not necessarily) a promotional tie-in for an upcoming (awful) game or movie.


Above: Until the suits can figure out who gets richest, we’ll just have to continue stealing

Whereas most aged licensing situations result in years of squabbling over profit shares and axing entire deals… *cough-Goldeneye-cough*… companies like Ubi and Konami are starting to realize that splitting a pile of money is better than no pile at all. Gamers benefit, and we can optimistically look towards a future where our favorite classics aren’t exclusively playable via illegal emulation.

When’s it coming? July 22.

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77 comments

  • Star76 - July 11, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    the scribblenauts game looks cool
  • MechGyver - July 9, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    Guitar Hero 5 and Wii Sports Resort...i pity the fool
  • boxmeizter - July 7, 2009 2:01 a.m.

    one word, two syllables.... batman!
  • flare149 - July 6, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    I'm really excited for: - Mass Effect 2 - The Last Guardian - Heavy Rain - MAG - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Star Wars: The Old Republic - Borderlans - Starcraft II - Diablo III It's weird talking about being excited for PC games because I haven't had a good computer to play any PC games until about a month ago.
  • LittleSatan - July 6, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    APB looks awesome, apparently its like WoW for the 360, and as for Borderlands, its about time we had a singleplayer game that had multiplayer. Fallout 3 has tons of DLC, but no multiplayer DLC, which is a let down.
  • Teh_Ty - July 6, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    I'm guessing Natal will be an over-hyped eyetoy.
  • ModernCreed - July 5, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    IDK how I feel about this article. It doesn't feel like a list of "revolutionary games", but more like a bunch of mini previews of upcoming games, with the only thing being discussed is a defining feature of the game. Splinter Cell's "projected story" stuff is cool, but I doubt it will revolutionize in game story telling.
  • TheWebSwinger - July 5, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    I'm betting Charlie Barratt added the Monkey Island entry, eh?
  • Hinro - July 5, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    The truth is out of these games the only ones I'm looking forward to are Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: TOR. Mass Effect 2 will be out in early 2010 I hope but I'm willing to wait for TOR. People keep saying "just hurry it up. It's good enough you don't have to finish it" to Lucasarts and they keep rushing their projects and they look horable. Look at The Force Unleashed. People saw the graphics and then would say "This is awsome. Send it out right away. Oh you haven't finished the story yet? Wel get right on that and release it by next week". By doing this Forc Unleashed ended up being only an okay game at best. As much as I would like to play TOR right now, I personnally think it should be released in late 2010, early 2011. That way they have more time to fix all the bugs and we won't have a quickly drawnup ending that my three year old 2nd cousin could come up with.
  • TheStingingScorpion - July 5, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    Splinter Cell Conviction whith Natal controls enyone. if you want to hide behind a wall you can.if you want to crall on the ground now you can.sorry nobody hate me i love the splinter cell games.
  • Mattgue - July 5, 2009 2:16 a.m.

    Great Article
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 4, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Okay, I finally read the article. Whose fucking idea was it to write that the Last Guardian kitty dragon is "ugly"? Whoever wrote is probably jealous of how cool it looks. Anonymous writer, YOU are the ugly one. TAKE THAT! Seriously, that dragon is fucking awesome.
  • Demonflare - July 4, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    Hahaha! Games are so stupid now! ;P
  • Avery2300 - July 4, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    WTF most of those game are completely stupid. How the hell is Toy Story going to revolutionize the gaming industry. This Article Is BS
  • w40kfanatic - July 4, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    wow. mag looks awesome. i never would have imagined that many players could play 1 match at the same time! the only problem is ill be front-line, expendable rank when everyone else is a general becuse im not going to get the game for awhile after it comes out.
  • Shane1403 - July 4, 2009 5:38 p.m.

    these look pretty awesome but ill have to wait and see, because there have been plenty of games that seem amazing until they come out
  • DrRock - July 4, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    I think you guys were really stretching it with this article. A few of the games I could see helping change the way games are developed but there quite a few that I had no idea why they're even on the list. But you guys get paid the big bucks to make up stuff we all come to read. Just my opinion.
  • BigBossOSE - July 4, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    @JayLin22 Nope. There is never a good excuse for that.
  • AuthorityFigure - July 4, 2009 7:08 a.m.

    The justification for "Batman: Arkham Asylum" seems undeniably weak. Also, Any "* Hero" game is less a game than a craft.
  • game-thugsta - July 4, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    desperately want mass effect 2

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