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26 Dec, 2006

PALGN's Most Anticipated Games of 2007

PALGN Feature | 24 titles to keep an eye on during 2007.
2007 is already shaping up to be a big year for games; we've even compiled a list of the top 24 titles that we're anticipating here at PALGN HQ. With titles like MotorStorm, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, Project Gotham Racing 4 and Crysis all set for release in 2007, it's an understatement to say that we're excited. So without delay we start with the only console that will be launching in 2007 - the PlayStation 3.

PlayStation 3:

MotorStorm


Release: March | F: PlayStation 3
D: Evolution Studios | P: Sony


MotorStorm looks to be one of the most impressive titles heading to the PlayStation 3. The game is developed by Evolution Studios, who are behind the impressive WRC series. MotorStorm was first unveiled at E3, 2005 with a video that made the game look stunning. Whilst the game doesn't quite look like the video from E3, the amount of action going on at once is very impressive. You're able to ram vehicles off the track or into obstacles and can drive buggies or motorbikes. The PAL and American versions will also feature online play so you can take out your friends overseas. MotorStorm really seems like it will offer a completely different experience and should be a launch title for the PlayStation 3 when the console hits PAL regions in March.

  

My SingStar


Release: Q3, 2007 | F: PlayStation 3
D: Studio London | P: Sony


My SingStar is a big hope for the PlayStation 3's success in Europe and Australia. The SingStar franchise is phenomenally successful in PAL regions and My SingStar looks to capitalise on this. The game will feature downloadable songs as well as wireless microphones. Rather than release a expansion pack every four months, Sony will be able to release songs whenever they want, you'll also get to choose which songs you download rather than be forced into purchasing a disk which only features a few of your favourite songs. My SingStar won't be a revolution, but casual gamers will lap this title up.

  

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


Release: Q4, 2007 | F: PlayStation 3
D: Konami | P: Konami


The Quarter 4, 2007-release date at the top is really only a guess, or a hope. Ever since Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was first revealed we've been frothing out the mouth for the extra information. MGS4 is set to continue the story of Snake as he takes on The Patriots - an all-powerful, apparently completely extinct organisation that was original revealed in MGS2: Sons of Liberty. Favourite characters like Meryl Silverburg, Naomi Hunter, Colonel Campbell and Raiden will all return, Guns of the Patriots has been in development for years, so we're expecting nothing short of a stunning game.

  

Killzone


Release: 2007 | F: PlayStation 3
D: Guerilla | P: Sony


It's been ever so hard to take Killzone seriously since the title made its debut at E3, 2005. The video that was shown was simply incredible, most people suspected it was too good to be true and unfortunately it was. However, it's been over 18 months since that trailer made its debut and we must admit we're getting pretty antsy about hearing more about the game. Resistance: Fall of Man showed just what was possible on the PlayStation 3, but Guerilla has had a lot more time, so Killzone should be a fantastic game. If the developers can add in addictive multiplayer and a beefy single player campaign then the PlayStation 3 may have a strong weapon in its fight against the Xbox 360.

  

Multiplatform:

Grand Theft Auto IV


Release: October | F: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
D: Rockstar North | P: Rockstar Games


We may not know all that much (or anything actually) about Grand Theft Auto IV, but we're already excited. Rockstar has kept typically quiet on the game and first details should trickle through in the first few months of 2007. The game will be released simultaneously on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and we believe episodic content will be released as well via the Xbox Live marketplace. Grand Theft Auto makes it's next generation debut with Grand Theft Auto IV and we're expecting nothing less than a stellar title - this is definitely a game to keep an eye on.


Assassin's Creed

Release: Quarter 2, 2007 | F: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
D: Ubisoft Montreal | P: Ubisoft


Originally expected to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive, Assassin's Creed will also be making its way to the Xbox 360 and the PC. The story follows a disgraced master Assassin (Altair) who embarks on a quest to restore his status within the Assassin Order. After failing to assassinate the Templar Leader, and recover the legendary Templar Treasure, Altair is demoted to Uninitiated (the lowest rank in the Assassin order). Assassin's Creed is a new IP from Ubisoft, so we're keen to see what they can do with the game.

  

BioShock


Release: Quarter 2, 2007 | F: Xbox 360, PC
D: Irrational Games | P: 2K Games


Considered by many as the spiritual successor to System Shock 2, BioShock takes place among the ruins of an underwater utopia. After your plane crashes into icy, uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. The society has been constructed as an ideal society for a handpicked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, Rapture collapsed under the weight of its own idealism. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors, mutated little girls scavenge the dead, and genetically modified citizens ambush you at every turn. Not only does the concept sound damn awesome, early footage has shown that it looks like a dream too.

  

Unreal Tournament 2007


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: PC, PlayStation 3
D: Epic Games | P: Midway


The latest entry in the Unreal Tournament series will feature better graphics, enhanced multiplayer and even more modifiability. Being a title from Epic we're already salivating at the prospect of intense multiplayer battles and stunning graphics. Unreal Tournament 2007 will also be making an appearance on the PlayStation 3, which could make it one of the top titles for the console.

  

Wii:

Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: Wii
D: Nintendo | P: Nintendo


Super Smash Bros. returns with Brawl. Revealed last year at E3, information on the game has slowly been sneaking out. New characters in the game will include Solid Snake, Zero Suit Samus, Wario, Pit, and Meta Knight. There will be a variety of new moves and, from what we've seen so far, the game looks even more impressive than Super Smash Bros. Melee. The game won't be taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii remote, since you can use your GameCube controller for attacks - this worked well in Super Smash Bros. Melee so it seems like the logical choice for Brawl. The game is still a long way off but we're already very excited, and if Nintendo throw online play into the mix then we'll be very happy indeed.

  

Sonic and the Secret Rings


Release: March | F: Wii
D: Sonic Team | P: Sega


We must admit that we were a little bit wary about including Sonic and the Secret Rings after the abomination that was Sonic the Hedgehog but after playing Sonic and the Secret Rings it feels as if Sonic Team has learnt from their mistakes (or so we hope). Secret Rings is an on-rails platformer where you’ll only have control of when Sonic jumps and in what direction he runs, as the blue hedgehog continues to run no matter what. This may seem like a problem, but it means that you're not stopping to defeat enemies or trying to find secret areas; the emphasis is solely on speed. The game is ridiculously simple to pick up and there is a wide range of moves that you can pull off with the Wii remote. This is definitely a title to keep an eye on and is surely set to be one of the biggest 3rd party releases for the Wii in the early half of 2007.

  

Super Mario Galaxy


Release: 2007 | F: Wii
D: Nintendo | P: Nintendo


The Wii certainly has a sensational line-up for 2007 and one of the big titles for the console is sure to be Super Mario Galaxy, which will be Mario's first original 3D outing since Mario Sunshine. The game will utilise the Wii remote, and Miyamoto has even given Mario moves he has never had before. Reggie himself says you can expect to be able to "swing your hand to bat away objects, grab onto shooting stars with the pointer, swim through space and skip along the stratosphere". As a bit of a bonus, even though the game was in a early stages at E3, Super Mario Galaxy already looked like one of the most technically impressive Wii titles.

  

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption


Release: Q2, 2007 | F: Wii
D: Retro Studios | P: Nintendo


We were severely disappointed when Metroid Prime 3: Corruption slipped from being a launch title to 2007 but this can only be a good thing. In Corruption the Galactic Federation’s Base Sector Zero is under attack by Space Pirates. Samus must boot up the generator to restore the defence systems. You'll control Samus by moving with the nunchuk controller and aiming with the pointer, and all the usual power ups from the Metroid titles will be back in full-force, including the trusty grapple beam.

  

Xbox 360:

Halo 3


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: Xbox 360
D: Bungie | P: Microsoft Game Studios


It doesn't take a genius (or a bunch of ten PALGN staff members locked in a room) to realise that Halo 3 is going to be one of the biggest games of 2007. The hype machine for the game has already begun, with a cinema trailer debuting earlier this month. The public multiplayer beta for Halo 3 will launch in the first few months of 2007 as well. 2007 really is an important year and Microsoft has a useful weapon up its sleeves with Halo 3. Will this be the concluding chapter for Halo?, will there be a better ending than Halo 2? Will the game even live up to the incredible hype? So many questions - God, we just want to play the game already!

  

Project Gotham Racing 4


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: Xbox 360
D: Bizarre Creations | P: Microsoft Game Studios


The teaser trailer for Project Gotham Racing 4 was only revealed a few months ago, but this hasn't stopped us from getting giddy about the game. Whilst PGR3 was a thoroughly enjoyable launch title, we all saw how much of an upgrade it was from its predecessor, and with more time to hone their title, PGR4 should be an absolute treat. There's only so much you can tell about the game from a teaser trailer though, so information on the title is scarce, although we wouldn't be surprised if the game took on a more open world approach.

  

Banjo Kazooie 3


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: Xbox 360
D: Rare | P: Microsoft Game Studios


Banjo Kazooie was first unveiled at X06 earlier this year, with a super short trailer, which didn't seem to reveal much at all. We actually thought the goofy bear and bird had kicked the can after skipping the Xbox, but much to our joy the pair are back and are set for a late 2007 release. The game will include memorable characters such as Banjo, Kazooie and Gruntilda. Will Rare live up to the expectations? We'll be waiting for a little while yet before we know.

  

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition


Release: January 12th | F: Xbox 360
D: Capcom | P: Capcom

Single Player Preview | Multi Player Preview

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is the latest effort from Capcom’s big guns, namely Keiji Inafune (Onimusha, Dead Rising, Mega Man Battle Network) as executive producer and Jun Takeuchi (Onimusha 3 and Resident Evil 5) as producer. Just like Onimusha, the lead character likeness has been taken off a real life actor, Korean-born Byung Hun Lee. In the game, players will assume to role of Wayne as he treks his way across a snow covered planet, fighting a monstrous insectoid alien enemy know as the Akrid. If this wasn’t enough, Wayne will also have to deal with the dishevelled Space Pirates, all while trying to unravel secrets of his past. Lost Planet has no shortage of action, with a wide array of destructive weaponry, innovative gadgetry and the use of mechanised Vital Suits, for those bigger and meaner nasties.

  

Handheld:

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops


Release: Quarter 1, 2007 | F: PlayStation Portable
D: Konami | P: Konami


Konami is forgiven - Metal Gear Solid finally arrives on the PSP properly with Portable Ops. We're a little mad about having to wait until 2007 for this title, but not enough for this not to be one of our most anticipated PSP titles. Portable Ops follows the events of MGS3 as Naked Snake establishes FOXHOUND in an attempt to hunt down the FOX unit, which has started a revolt in South America. The game is set in 1970 and features many returning characters. The single player campaign will allow you to recruit soldiers whereas in multiplayer you'll be able to fight in online skirmishes.

  

Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters


Release: Quarter 1, 2007 | F: PlayStation Portable
D: High Impact Games | P: Sony


Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters already looks like it is shaping up to be an impressive game, with graphics that look to be pushing the PSP and an extensive multiplayer mode that looks like it’ll be the PSP title to keep an eye on this year. You'll take on the roles of both Ratchet and Clank this time around, you'll also be able to customise your armour and use a variety of returning and all new weapons including the blitz cannon, agents of doom and the shrink ray.

  

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: Nintendo DS
D: Nintendo | P: Nintendo


We may not know a thing about the next Zelda title on the Nintendo DS, but the fact that it is a Zelda title on the DS is definitely something to be excited about. The last time we saw anything on this title was at E3, 2006, and ever since, Nintendo has kept relatively quiet about the game. We're not even too sure how the Phantom Hourglass fits into the storyline, but we can't wait to find out.

  

Pokemon Diamond / Pearl


Release: Quarter 3, 2007 | F: Nintendo DS
D: Game Freak | P: Nintendo


Being the next chapter in the Pokemon franchise we're quite excited about Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Whilst details on the pair are scarce, it doesn't seem like the game has changed all that much - you'll start off with the choice of three Pokemon, raise them and battle them against fellow trainers. We believe the game will also allow you to trade Pokemon wirelessly against your friends or anyone in the world. That should make it a little easier to get those elusive Pokemon.

  

PC:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl


Release: Quarter 2, 2007 | F: PC
D: GSC Game World | P: THQ


We've hesitantly put S.T.A.L.K.E.R on the list hoping that the game is released this year. S.T.A.L.K.E.R has been in development for over six years now, but we think this is the year that the title will finally be released. As the title implies, S.T.A.L.K.E.R is set just after a massive explosion shattered the chernobyl area. After four years of the disaster, it is now safe to enter the area and you are a stalker - someone who searches the area for clubs and artefacts, the only problem being that nobody wants you there.

  

Crysis


Release: Quarter 4, 2007 | F: PC
D: Crytek | P: EA


Crysis is another title that has undergone quite a few delays. The game is a sci-fi first-person shooter from the developers behind the original Far Cry. The game is set in 2019 after an asteroid has crashed down to Earth. The North Korean Government quickly seals off the island chain, claiming the mysteries of the asteroid for themselves. The United States responds by dispatching an elite team of Delta Force Operators to recon the situation and report back to the Pentagon. Suddenly the asteroid bursts open, revealing a massive alien ship, the invasion of Earth has begun. Aside from looking like one of the most visually impressive games of 2007, Crytek has already shown its ability with first-person shooters with Far Cry, so we're expecting big things out of Crysis.

  

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade


Release: January 16th, 2007 | F: PC
D: Blizzard Entertainment | P: Vivendi


We could have just left this synopsis blank without saying anything; that is the popularity of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. The game will allow players to advance their characters up to level 70, you'll also be able to take on the role of two new playable races (the Blood Elves and the Draenei). There will also be new talents and abilities for all character classes, a new jewel crafting profession, new magical weapons and armour and many enhancements to player vs. player action. Those who have quit the World of Warcraft addiction should hide under their beds.

  

Supreme Commander


Release: Quarter 2, 2007 | F: PC
D: Gas Powered Games | P: THQ


Supreme Commander is an RTS title from the team behind Total Annihilation. For a millennium, three opposing forces of humanity--the Cybran Nation, the Aeon Illuminate and the United Earth Federation have fought a war over conflicting and unwavering systems of belief. There is no room for compromise. No room for mercy. No room for anything but the complete eradication of anyone with opposing belief systems. Now, after centuries of struggle, the battle for supremacy has at long last reached a turning point. You are a Supreme Commander, and only you have the power to bring peace.

  

So there we have it, the top titles to look forward to in 2007. It's certainly going to be a big year and PALGN will be there to deliver all of it. Let us know what you thought about our selection in our comments section.

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58 Comments
7 years ago
Damn, Forza 2 just missed the cut? However I agree with all the rest, nice choices.
7 years ago
Yeah, there were big name titles for each console that missed out unfortunately icon_sad.gif
7 years ago
Mind listing the missed one here in the comment section then?
7 years ago
Just some of the titles that missed out:

Forza Motorsport 2
The Darkness
Haze
Heavenly Sword
DMC4
Mass Effect
Too Human
Fable 2
Jade Empire 2
Blue Dragon
Super Paper Mario
Dragon Quest Wii
7 years ago
Cheers Luke. Nice list, I'll shall be checking out on Haze and The Darkness then (don't recall them).
7 years ago
nikack wrote
Cheers Luke. Nice list, I'll shall be checking out on Haze and The Darkness then (don't recall them).
np mate icon_wink.gif

It's a really hard decision to make actually, 07 is really shaping up to be awesome.
7 years ago
I have played metal gear solid portable ops, its not great. Mainly cause of the horrible controls and bad camera angles.

You missed crisis core, I assume its coming out this year.
7 years ago
Well there's about 20 games I need to buy... damn I am going to be poor this year. (All 3 console hardware + PC upgrade ...)

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7 years ago
Holy crap it does look like its going to be a good year. Need to get my arse into gear and pick up a 360 and a Wii based on those lists.
7 years ago
Shazbot, I'd forgotten about STALKER completely!
Is that actually going to be coming out any time soon?

It'll be interesting to see how it turns out, a few years after the hype.
7 years ago
S.T.A.L.K.E.R = Duke Nukem Forever.

Really big year 2007, all the major stuff from all platforms comes out. Going to be a busy year. out of all of them, the most I want to play now is Assassin's Creed.
7 years ago
I seriously can't believe Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core isn't there. Man! I'm also pretty shocked at the lack of Mass Effect, my official Most Looked-Forward-To Game of All Time, and Huxley, assuming that also drops in 07. LOTR The White Council could also be a bit of alright.

07 is going to be an incredible year for gaming- I can't believe we're already talking about the PS3 as "coming soon!" It's so damn close- only two months!
7 years ago
I'll be holding back some Christmas money for Prime 3, certainly my most anticipated game of next year, though I'm also looking forward to Forza 2, Jade Empire 2, Pokémon D/P and Battle Revolution. Sound list though, a nice reference for when I (hopefully) pick up a 360 next year. icon_smile.gif
7 years ago
My list for now:

Alan Wake
BioShock
Prime 3
SSB:B
Castlevania: PoR
7 years ago
Minor Error: Isn't Unreal Tournament 2007 for Xbox360 rather than PS3 or maybe both?

Funnily enough one of your earlier UT2007 articles mentioned that it was the first time console gamers can take their UT love online which is sorta false. There was a Live port of UT2003 on Xbox, though I think it was called Unreal Championship or something so I suppose technically you are correct icon_smile.gif
7 years ago
Kaboth wrote
Minor Error: Isn't Unreal Tournament 2007 for Xbox360 rather than PS3 or maybe both?
nah theres been no announcement for a 360 version (atleast as far as gamefaq's goes, maybe their've announced something different)
7 years ago
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Minor Error: Isn't Unreal Tournament 2007 for Xbox360 rather than PS3 or maybe both?
Nope. I remember there was some sort of unofficial announcement that it'll be coming to Xbox 360 during E3, but Epic has ever since said it is only coming to PS3 and PC. Maybe something to do with maintaining exclusive rights to the title for a short period of time and then switching it over to the 360 later.

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I seriously can't believe Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core isn't there. Man! I'm also pretty shocked at the lack of Mass Effect, my official Most Looked-Forward-To Game of All Time, and Huxley, assuming that also drops in 07. LOTR The White Council could also be a bit of alright.
We had a lot of titles miss the vote, unfortunately. We had to condense it down to four per a system (handhelds together) to make it fair for each one, and the fact we wanted a fairly smallish article. I think the titles that made the cut are all titles that deserve to be there.

From a personal opinion I would've loved to have seen Spore, Huxley, Hellgate: London, Command & Conquer 3... there's plenty more too. Big year for gaming, especially PCs.
7 years ago
My thoughts

UT belongs on the PC and no other platform

MGS4: looks awsome am looking forward to it (Lucky i have a flatmate that intends on forking out for a PS3)

GTA4: I think different content will appear on different systems (live exclusive stuff and ps online exclusive stuff) as well as stuff for both, to see which one is cooler, will have to wait, I hope it is good because San Andreas bored me

I was born a Sega fanboy but after the horrible Sonic game on the 360 even I have to admit this is the blue hedgehogs last chance with Secret Rings, if this does not deliver, I think its time for Dr Robotnik to finally get the best of him

Super Smash Bros does not get old, that simple

Mario Galaxy: Mario Sunshine sucked, lucky New Super Mario Bros gave the fat guy some momentum and hopefully Mario Galaxy will deliver

I was so pissed when they delayed Metroid Prime 3, hopefully like Twilight Princess it will be worth the wait

The 360 title (only one) that interests me on this list is Banjo Kazooie 3, Perfect Dark Zero and Conkers Locked and Loaded were BAD! I hope Rare does not do the same thing with Banjo otherwise I have lost all faith in the new Microsoft Rare XP. Rare this better be good

Anyone who likes singstar should be shot in the head and banned from video games for life.

Cannot wait for Bioshock it looks sweet

Never had much time for Halo

Phantom Hourglass is a direct sequel to Wind Waker, it looks interesting but WW was ment to be the final story to Zelda
7 years ago
838 La wrote
S.T.A.L.K.E.R = Duke Nukem Forever.
heh, yeah.

but lets not forget that Prey was in development for 11 years, and turned out decently.

some damn fine games on that list, and some damn fine games that missed out too. *looks at Portal*
7 years ago
OKies... Singstar? What the?

No Mass Effect = sadness. Could be the game of the year for 2007.
7 years ago
Hard to fault the list, but Mass Effect really should be in there....
7 years ago
ObsoletE wrote
838 La wrote
S.T.A.L.K.E.R = Duke Nukem Forever.
heh, yeah.

but lets not forget that Prey was in development for 11 years, and turned out decently.
I thought Prey got axed for a couple of years due to rights problems or somthing? Still fair point though, but I would perfer Duke Nukem Forever comming out beofre S.T.A.L.K.E.R anyways icon_smile.gif

leonmc wrote
OKies... Singstar? What the?
Pretty popular to the causal gamers or family gamers I have to say. Almost everyone of my friends that have a PS2 have a version of Singstar.
7 years ago
I completely forgot about Hellgate: London, I really want that game too (FPRPG with random environments, how can it not be awesome?)
7 years ago
So who will join me if I start an "Anti-PALGN Anticpation List" club for their lack of Mass Effect? icon_biggrin.gif
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