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:


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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7 years ago

Wait... That is disgusting.
7 years ago
Alan Wake for me. This has only very recently, with the addition of some impressive online video teasers, taken over the helm from RE5. 360 is really looking the goods for 07.
7 years ago
what about ffxii???
7 years ago
^ Its already out and members on the board have it, this is of a lis tof games that haven't come out anywhere.
7 years ago
El Taco wrote
^ Its already out and members on the board have it, this is of a lis tof games that haven't come out anywhere.
No it's not. It doesn't have a release date here as yet? I gather everyone else has imported it.
7 years ago
Too bad Alan Wake has been delayed until 2008.
7 years ago
lalala wrote
what about ffxii???
It's out in a month and we didnt do PS2.
7 years ago
Jim Dash wrote
Too bad Alan Wake has been delayed until 2008.
That's a good thing, Remedy don't release a product until they're happy with it, if it's getting delayed it means we'll end up with a superior product.
7 years ago
Dragon Age and Dungeon Runners (NCsoft with ex Blizzard) will be two very intresting titles.

There are a lot of very good games in 2007.

Bioshock is definitely one I'm keeping an eye on for the Xbox 360.

Burning Crusade will probably swallow my gaming life for a number of months.
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