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The Next Big Thing

So, we’re in a bit of a quandry. Bioshock was quite exciting. The Orange Box was simply incredibly wonderfully enormo-exciting. The writers and readers of RPS alike rode these zeitgeist waves in something like ecstasy, hollering happy, happy words all the way. But what now? While there’ll doubtless be yet more Portal posts here before the year is out, really it’s time we look to tomorrow…

What’s going to be good? And I’m not thinking purely “ooh, that’ll be fun”, but also what’s going to incite interesting discussion as well as (or even instead of) happyfuntime play? I’ve combed through the UK PC release schedules up to the end of the year, and cherry picked the highest-profile titles – doubtless there’ll be some ommissions, either because I’m a cretin, the date is still TBC or it’s a case like Assassin’s Creed where the PC version is due next year, rather than alongside its console brethren in November. Feel free to identify such lost lambs in comments, but 2007 PC titles only, please.

I’ve also stuck a number, from 1 to 5 (1 being ew yucky, 5 being a wryly-raised appreciative eyebrow, which is about as excited as I get), next to each, indicating not its greatability, but simply my own level of personal interest in it. These are not review scores, these are will-Alec-play-these-games scores. In a few cases, I’m as predictable as an EA FIFA sequel. In others, my feelings are affected by having played early or finished code, though I won’t say which as I have some review commitments – don’t pry, because I’ll simply ignore you, like all those girls in high school did me. In others I’m going on little more than gut reaction, and unfortunately my gut can be a total dick sometimes.

So, it’s entirely subjective based on what I’ve seen, heard and played – you may disgree entirely. If so, say so – it’d be great to get a sense of what games you guys are dead excited about at the moment. If trends reveal themselves, then we’ll have a good idea of what kind of stuff we should maybe be writing about on RPS. Or maybe we’ll just write more about Portal anyway. God, we’re fickle.

October

26th

Clive Barker’s Jericho – 2
The Witcher – 2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 –1
30th
Timeshift – 4

November

2nd

Age of Empires III Asian Dynasties – 3
Hellgate: London – 2
Championship Manager 08 – 1
Richard Garriot’s Tabula Rasa – 3
9th
Beowulf – 2
Gears of War – 3
Call of Duty 4 – 3
Empire Earth III – 3
Sam & Max: Ice Station Santa – 2

16th
Crysis – 5
FEAR Perseus Mandate – 2
Sim City Societies – 4
Blacksite: Area 51 – 4
23rd
Kane & Lynch Dead Men – 4
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance – 4
30th
Unreal Tournament III – 5

So which are on your non-denominational annual Wintertime festivities list?

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