It’s now 2008 here in Lonegamerland, and I have to say it’s about time. 2007 wasn’t a bad year… but it wasn’t the greatest of years either. Bioshock was an awesome title, and Mass Effect later in the year looks to please me for a long time to come. Oh, and Virtua Fighter 5 is still a favorite of mine on PS3, even though an arguably better version came along for the Xbox360. Heavenly Sword was a short but sweet distraction for one afternoon, and that was that.
So now, 2008. I’m looking forward to the inevitable fighting game greats set to release this Year of the Rat. There is of course Soulcalibur IV, a game we’ve seen scandalously little of the past year. Hopefully starting at this January’s CES show, more about this PS3/Xbox360 sequel will be revealed along with a playable version. So far we’ve only seen screenshots and those first couple of trailers, so we information-starved fans are rabid with anticipation.
But of course, I have to say that I am eagerly anticipating SCIV solely for the reason that Tekken 6, my present Game of Games, is supposedly only coming out after the Namco slasher debuts first. But given that the pretty-much-completed arcade version of T6 is built on what’s basically a modified PS3, a home conversion shouldn’t take too long. But speed surely won’t impede on quality- Namco has always had an impeccable track record for the great value in their home ports of their flagship fighting game, so the PS3 version of Tekken 6 should be awesome (more on that later).
Then there’s Metal Gear Solid 4. So often delayed, we will hopefully see this by mid-year 2008, but something tells me I’ll probably be playing around with Jin Kazama and company before we see Old Snake. Still, it should be out within the year, and given how much buildup we’ve had leading to this finale for the stealth-action series, this should be something to remember.
Final Fantasy XIII. Dare I even say it? There’s no sign that this long-awaited sequel will make it this year, but one can always hope. I say, no. But whatever. Then again, I kinda stopped being a FF fan with the debacle that was FFXII. Hopefully the 13th game will bring back the magic.
So many more titles I am awaiting… Fallout 3. GTA4. DOA5? 2008 seems so full of promise, and the titles set to release for sure this year are set to make my PS3 earn it’s keep FINALLY after more than a year’s wait. For now though, may all of us have a safe and Happy New Year’s celebration, for 12 more months of gaming awesomeness to come. Later then, gamers!