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Games of 2009 – The Missing and the Forgotten

Submitted by on Wednesday, 4 February 20093 Comments

playstation3 20 601 300x205 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenBet you didn’t see this coming. So, our Games of 2009 articles are done and dusted and we’ve documented every single PS3 title coming out this year.

Or have we?

Of course we haven’t.

For those of you who have mailed us flagging our blatant omissions (once again, our thanks, and not just for the heads-up – some of the mails were hilarious) and for everyone else wondering what happens when a game gets announced after the list has been completed – read on.

When we decided to catalogue every single PS3 coming out in 2009 back in December of last year we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

We’re not ones to blow our own trumpet or anything, but these articles probably took a lot longer to construct than you may realise. With an eye on accuracy and the noble intention of actually giving each game its due fifteen minutes to shine (well, nearly every game, sorry Uno), taking into consideration the number of press releases we had to sift through (and actually read!), what we thought might be a meaty task back in December of 2008 actually became a truck load of mammoth burgers in January 2009.

But as it’s now February, just how relevant is this “Games of 2009″ feature? You see, when we commit to something here at PS3 Attitude, there’s no backing out. And as we rushed to get the four parts of our “Games of” articles up for your consumption, more and more games were being announced. This tail-chasing exercise led us to one simple yet stark realisation: when we get to “Z”, we’re going to have to go back to the start and document all the games we missed along the way.

What got ignored? Well, there were many obscure and perhaps “cancellation candidates” that, though technically planned for 2009, are highly unlikely to make it. Most of these were absent from our scrutinising eye.

Of course, there were also the ones that we completely dropped the ball on (we know, we know, Demon’s Souls – we get it!) yet others were omitted purely because, despite the near certainty that they’re coming this year, there’s practically nothing known about them right now (GTA V being a good example of such a title that falls into this category).

So, don’t be surprised if this list contains a crap-load of stuff you have never heard of. Or stuff that you’ll never even get the opportunity to purchase.

However, a Games of 2009 list just wouldn’t be complete without them.

Brace yourself, for the very last time … here we go again …

250px 100bullets vol1 Games of 2009   The Missing and the Forgotten100 Bullets

Publisher: D3 Publications
Developer: TBA
Out: 2009
Source: IGN

What would you do if you had 100 untraceable bullets? 100 lives to snuff out with no repercussions or fear of being caught? Publisher D3 announced plans to make a game of comic creators Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s violent and morally suspect tale a couple of years ago however we’re not going to sugar coat it for you – the announcement is gone from their site. We’ve heard other rumblings hinting that it’s still on track for 2009. Hmm. Don’t bet on it.

3on3 thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the Forgotten3 on 3 NHL Arcade

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Canada
Out: February 2009
Source: Press Release

Due for a PSN release next month for the kingly sum of $9.99, EA promise a “no rules, fast paced, hockey experience that gamers of all types can enjoy.”  There really seems to be an emphasis on the “no rules” aspect of the downloadable game here and reminds us of that old joke: “I once went to a fight and a game of ice-hockey broke out.” Goalie comes out too far from his crease? Crush him. Opponents getting in your way? Check them over the advertisement boards and watch as they skate back on to the ice with broken fingers. We haven’t played a good hockey game since the halcyon SEGA days. Here’s hoping regions other than hockey mad North America see 3 on 3 NHL arcade get a release. If anything we want to punch the over sized head off forty top NHL stars.

thumb unknown22 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenActive Dogs

Publisher: TBC
Developer: MTO
Out: Never. Trust us.
Source: IGN

Sometimes we wish studios would just cancel a game so we can stop talking about it. Yokohama based MTO have apparently been working on virtual pet game Active Dogs since the dawn of time. Will it finally see a release in 2009? We somehow doubt it.

africa thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenNational Geographic’s Africa

Publisher: SCE / National Geographic
Developer: Rhino studios
Out: 2009
Source: Kotaku

Known as Hakuna Mata in Asia (no, seriously), National Geographic stepped in and decided to publish an English version as “Afrika” for the Western market. Shattering every genre known to man (and beast), Africa sees the player take on the role of a photojournalist on the Dark Continent. Called into action from base camp, players go and photograph certain wild animals in search of good snaps to earn money and ultimately upgrade their gear.  Budding shutterbugs and zoologists are probably falling over their cats to get at this game but, for the rest of us, we’re left scratching our heads. Could be amazing. Or downright weird. The soundtrack won awards by the way. If that’s your bag.

thumb unknown23 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenAmphibian Man

Publisher: TBC
Developer: KD Vision Games
Out: 2009 ?
Source: Press Release

Based on Alexander Belyaev’s popular novel of the same name, Amphibian Man follows the concept of a mankind able to breathe underwater after advances in technology. The RPG will allow players (who we assume are taking the role of Ichtiand, the protagonist in the book) as he explores the oceans and intervenes in an escalating conflict between the world’s super-powers. The press release is nearly a year old and the absence of any mention of it on KDV Games’ own website suggests that they too have forgotten that they’re making it.

ass2 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenAssassin’s Creed 2

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer:  Ubisoft
Out: 2009 Fiscal Year (that means before March 2010)
Source: Ubisoft Sales Report

It was no surprise that it was coming, just when it was coming that was still an unknown factor. The first game sold six million copies so only a studio inflicted with rampant dementia would not follow up with a sequel. That said, the first game was acutely criticised for its repetitiveness so we’re hoping the next edition in the series will address this widely known gripe. As for its setting, there were some rumours flying around late in 2008 that Creed 2 would be switching the dusty and dangerous environs of the Middle East to the filthy and dangerous surroundings of France circa 1790. Will players be performing world-changing assassinations against the backdrop of one of the must frenzied periods in French history? Sounds good to us.

thumb unknown24 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenAvalon

Publisher: TBC
Developer: Climax
Out: God knows
Source: Press Release

Amazingly one of the first games announced for the next-next generation of consoles, we haven’t seen head nor tail of Avalon for nigh on five years now. The press release hypes the game’s proprietary engine and as a “multi-vehicle shooter with a unique and original twist.” Is the twist that it’s never getting released? We kinda saw that one coming Bruce. No one looks directly at you for the entire film but that annoying kid.

backbreaker Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenBackbreaker

Publisher: TBA
Developer: NaturalMotion
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

NaturalMotion are probably better known as the studio behind the technology Euphoria, seen most recently in connection to haphazard Stormtroopers getting picked up by conflicted dark apprentices and thrown into TIE-fighters in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Utilising their own engine to what we can only hope will be new heights, NaturalMotion bring American football game Backbreaker to the masses this year. Unlike other similar sports games, Backbreaker purports real-life tackles through the use of the aforementioned DMS engine. Can a game sell well purely on the promise that the tackles will always be different, always be realistic and always make you cringe each and every time? Sure, why not.

beyond thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenBeyond Good and Evil 2

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montpelier
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

This is embarrassing. #10 in our Most Wanted Games of 2009 list and we forgot it the first time around. The first BG&E was a sleeper that surprised nearly everyone with its fresh aesthetic and infectious game-play. It performed poorly in the sales department however and there was talk that creator Michel Ancel would have to make the sequel more accessible to casual gamers. This rumour (thankfully) has been shot down.

black2 thumb1 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenBlack 2

Publisher: EA
Developer: Criterion Games? (Probably not)
Out: 2009/2010
Source: IGN

We might associate the magnanimous gang over at Criterion Games with Burnout but let’s not forget that they also have a very successful FPS under their belts. Shunning high speed oncoming traffic for a brief moment back in 2006, Black hit with a splash and proved popular with those of us that liked stylised action and destroying everything in our path. That would be all of us then. Criterion have been at pains to inform us that they have no plans to follow Black up with a sequel. That said, Black 2 did pop up in an EA fiscal report (though, admittedly, this was a 2007 document), so don’t be surprised if the sequel is handed over to another studio to run with.

bump thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenBumpy Trot 2

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Irem
Out: 2009
Source: Offiical site

Poncotsu Roman Daikatsugeki to our Japanese friends, Bumpy Trot 2 was originally planned for the PS2 but was taking so long to develop that the guys over at Irem made the decision to move it to the PS3. We’re doubtful if this will ever see the light of day outside of Japan so this one is truly for the Japanese speaking importers out there.

redalert3 thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCommand & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Los Angeles
Out: March 23, 2009
Source: Press Release

When the PS3 version of Command & Conquer : Red Alert 3 was revealed to be delayed a full five months after its 360 stable-mate, a million minds screamed out in unison in protest. Or not. Welcome to another in-joke here at PS3 Attitude as, apparently, the idea of playing C&C on a console is hilarious. Isn’t that right DolphGB? Irrespective of whether or not we think it’s a good idea to play RTSs on consoles, if you are to pick up this up on the PS3 next month, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are enjoying the definitive version of the game*. With five new multiplayer maps, exclusive behind the scenes footage and other treats thanks to the storage advantage of Blu-ray, we might have got it late, but you can’t say they’re not making up for the fact with some extra goodies.

*Actually, that would be the PC version.

cash thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCash Guns Chaos

Publisher: SOE
Developer: SOE
Out: 2009  (EU/AU)
Source: Sony website

Considering it was a launch PSN title when the PS3 emerged on to the scene in NA you’d expect it to have surfaced on other regional stores by now. Actually, checking the metacritic score for this one, we might have dodged a bullet here.

catan Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCatan

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Game Republic
Out: Now (Japan). Soon (the rest of us)
Source: Official site

Not a port of the XBL version, Game Republic have already released Catan through the Japanese PSN. Though made from scratch for the PS3, Catan still follows the structure of the board-game quite closely. The board is made up of 19 randomly arranged hexagonal tiles, each representing a different type of terrain or resource. Strategy plays a large part as the user builds roads, armies and treaties (of a sort) with other players. We’re promised Catan will surface for us gaijin some time in Q1 2009 on the other PSNs.

cellfactor Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Immersion Games
Out: June 30, 2009
Source: IGN

Multiplayer focused shooter with players thrown into a battle between mankind and technology. We’re not that sure what to think about CellFactor just yet. It will be a DLC game so we’re assuming there will be more emphasis on “accessibility” rather than “super HD graphics”. We do like the fact that you can rip debris off a wall with your MIND and then hurl it at your opponent. That would come in handy around here at PS3 Attitude when Danny goes off on one about Street Fighter II and loses the plot entirely (which is quite often, trust us). Check out our recent article where you can view some snazzy video footage of the game.

ciphercomplex Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCipher Complex

Publisher: Edge-Of-Reality
Developer: In-House
Out: 2007 (Exactly!)
Source: Press release

Check that release date. We’re assured that Cipher Complex is not a figment of our imagination. Of course, we heard that about Santa Claus too. The game’s premise is standard enough: recon satellite goes down, diplomatic avenues are exhausted, protagonist with ridiculous sounding name (John Cipher!) is sent in to find out what happened. Admittedly, we actually like the sound of this one as it seems to be at least a spiritual successor to “Why-the-hell-don’t-they-make-a-next-gen-Syphon-Filter” with equal elements of hide and seek and action gun-play. We’ll put in a call out to Edge-Of-Reality to see if they simply just forget they were making it. It happens you know. One time we all came to work here at PS3 Attitude and just played games all day. These things are more common in the workforce than you would imagine.

continentalhotel1 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenContinental Hotel

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Volatile Games / Blitz Games
Out: 2009 (?)
Source: Volatile Games site

How little do we know about Continental Hotel? How about the fact that all we’ve seen so far is a tech demo from Volatile Games and an update that the game is announced as a PS3 title? Yep, that would be about right. If we’re being honest, we don’t even know if the game is called Continental Hotel but we do know that the guys at Volatile Games are hard at work on it.

crimescene Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCrime Scene (Triple A Shooter)

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Volatile Games / Blitz Games
Out: 2009
Source: Volatile Games site

Another tech demo (also found over at Volatile Games’ secret project vault) shows off the virtues of Crime Scene or Triple A Shooter – the website is a tad ambiguous and we’re not sure just what is demo and what actually represents a game in development.  The technology in question looks impressive enough, with real-time lighting and a graphically impressive recreation of a murder scene. Check it out for yourself. Are these glimpses into games we’ll be playing towards the end of this (or even next) year?

crimecraft Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCrimecraft

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Vogster Entertainment
Out: 2009
Source: 1UP

A MMO to be released across all platforms, we’re still in the proverbial dark about Crimecraft. With an emphasis on organised crime, laundering (not the dirty clothes kind), police corruption and all those other good things that makes criminal life so appealing, we’re thinking that Crimecraft isn’t the MMO GTA you’ve been looking for but something a tad more subtle. Hard to tell really. We’ll update this entry when more information is known.

crossedge Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCross Edge

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Idea Factory
Out: 2009
Source: Siliconera

The Japanese are considered a strange bunch for a reason. Take Idea Factory’s next JRPG for example. What would be weirder than rescuing people in your own game? How about rescuing people from everyone else’s game? That’s exactly what’s happening with Cross Edge as hero Yuto Kannagi attempts to free characters including “Souls from Disgaea, Darkstalkers, Mana Khemia, Atelier Marie, Spectral Souls and Ar Tonelico”. Hang on, that actually sounds like a cool idea.

cuboid thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenCuboid

Publisher: TikGames
Developer: Creat Studios
Out: Now (NA), EU (soon)
Source: Press Release

Our very own Majiesto has already reviewed it. Cubes, puzzles, frustration. Why are you still reading this? Go get it now.

dante inf Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDante’s Inferno

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

Following up on last year’s surprise sci-fi gore-fest hit “Dead Space”, Redwood Shores are turning their attention to 14th century poetry and adapting Dante Alighieri’s classic “The Divine Comedy”. Part I, the titular “Dante’s Inferno”, with its many layers of perdition on offer, is a poem that is starkly violent, populated with chaotic visions of torture and despair, and hence not for the feint hearted. Considering the jitters we got from their last game, we’re sure the boys from Redwood are really looking forward to channelling the material and making a psychologically rich game that could finish off the remaining sanity of gamers world-wide. If you know your medieval Italian literature (and who doesn’t?) you’ll have some idea that this is going to be intense and will most likely make Dead Space look like “The Jetsons”.

datafly thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenData-Fly

Publisher: TBA
Developer: ORiGO Gaming Entertainment
Out: 2009 (?)
Source: Official site

Quite possibly cancelled, Data-Fly presented the player with the ability to take control of a nanotech infused AI known as “FLY” in a quest to find his/her/its creator. We haven’t heard anything since 2005 so this one could be dead.

demonsouls last Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDemon’s Souls

Publisher: SCE
Developer: From Software
Out: Now (JP), 2009 (NA/EU)
Source: Official site

There. Are you happy now? If the completion of our Games Database achieves one thing, it’s that we hope people will stop mailing us just to rub in the fact that we forget this game the first time around. Yes, Demon’s Souls, with its strange linguistically quirky title (one demon? two souls?) is now present and accounted for. If the torrent of mails is anything to go by, From Software need to get cracking on an English translation as soon as possible ’cause you lot want it bad. Fun fact, both this game and Shirokishi Monogatari (White Knight Chronicles) scored a somewhat disappointing 29/40 in seminal Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. So, it would appear that the tables have turned. The Japanese no longer want JRPGs, and English speaking people are flooding PS3 Attitude’s mailbox with “Where’s Demon’s Souls!” cries of disbelief. Consider us shocked.

deusex3 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDeus Ex 3

Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Eidos Montreal
Out: 2009 (probably 2010)
Source: Kotaku
Lauded in its day for its adult themes, fantastic graphics and open game-play, Deus Ex’s follow up, Invisible War, was greeted with similar recognition from critics but less aplomb and more “What have you done to my favourite game?” laments from its loyal and, now disgruntled, fan-base. Deus Ex deals with motifs such as extremism, the frightening prospect of rampant out-of-control technology and a two tier class system that such scientific advances would introduce. Power, religion and politics, all thrown into a melting pot with protagonist/saviour JC Denton hurled from one earth-shattering event to another. We were big fans of the first game and, predictably, had our qualms with the second but we’re confident Eidos can knock this one out of the nano-park.

doom4thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDoom 4

Publisher: EA
Developer: id Software
Out: 2009 / 2010
Source: id Software site

With the new idTech 5 engine we’re hoping to see big things from the next Doom instalment. Though unlikely to hit this year, we’re leaving it in our list anyway. After all, there’ll be a Games of 2010 feature in 11 months, won’ there? (ed: No, there won’t!)

dragonage origins thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDragon Age : Origins

Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
Out: Q4 2009
Source: Eurogamer

Promising the ability to change the story to your every whim, Dragon Age: Origins also hints at “large-scale battles [where characters] use their party’s special abilities to destroy hordes of enemies and massive creatures”.  It’s still many months away but we’ll be keeping a wyvern-esque eye on it.

thumb unknown2 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenDriver

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Out: 2009
Source: IGN

For all you HD aficionados out there who are still on your first set of knees, us Old Timers remember Driver with nostalgic affection. Long before GTA, Driver offered the ability to race around a 3D city, engage in cop chases and smash things up without the consequences of jail-time. A Driver for this age will probably enable the character to actually get out of the car. If not, this is going to be very much a “one trick pony”.

eagle king thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenEagle King

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Volatile Games
Out: 280 BC?
Source: Volative Games site

Another one of Volatile’s tech demos (see Continental Hotel and Crime Scene above), we’re not sure if this is ever going to see the light of day. The demo in question is impressive, albeit a little dated in terms of today’s graphical capabilities, but then again, it is nearly four years old. The text that accompanies the video is blurry and hence hard to decipher but we think it names the soldier seen in the video as King Pyrrhus of Epirus. Fans of linguistics out there will know that the term “phyrric victory” was named after King Pyrrhus when he defeated the Romans in 280 BC. There’s an interesting tale to tell here about this almost mythical period in history when Rome was gallivanting across Europe and laying the smacketh on anyone who go in the way. Presenting a story where Rome is the aggressor and the player is faced with almost impossible odds is something we’re intrigued by. Think 300 and the Battle of Thermopylae – but with less photoshopped abs.

earthnomore Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenEarth No More

Publisher: Radar Group
Developer: TBA
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

Taking up the global saving cause, Radar Group are currently working on the new and interesting IP Earth No More. There’s nothing we like more here at PS3 Attitude than global cataclysmic catastrophes with a heady dollop of conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure. The release states: “As Will Foster, a DHS chemical weapons specialist, you are among the first to respond to a gas attack on Washington, D.C. However, it soon becomes clear that the gas attack is a cover-up for something much more sinister.” Accompanying Will in this response to a world-changing event will be an ensemble cast, each with their own abilities to “survive the threat of an environmental extinction event.” You had us at “global cataclysmic catastrophes “.

elveon thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenElveon

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Climax Group (originally 10tacle Studios)
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

You have to feel for Slovakian studio 10tacle. Despite having an awesome name, the Bratislava based developer spun into financial difficulties and now partner group Climax are finishing up Elveon. Fans of fantasy settings, and those populated predominantly with pointy-eared haughty heroes, should keep Elveon on their radar. The details we know about the game suggest an epic tale steeped in history and conflict unfolding as the player progresses. Focusing on Gods abandoning the world, Elves inheriting paradise and the player who must liberate the city of “Nimathar”, a task legend states only a God can do, sure, it sounds Tolkein-esque but who cares if it offers up an epic story along the way?

ff crystal thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenFinal Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Out: 2009
Source: Siliconera

As if we didn’t have enough Final Fantasy games coming out! Don’t worry, this one won’t require you to invest 200 hours of your life or risk receiving divorce papers (again). Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1 started off as a mobile phone game in Japan. It’s coming to the iPhone and we now know that a PSN version is also on the way. So far only a Japanese PSN release is quoted but, never fear, there’s already an English version floating around so it’s likely that it will reach us on this side of the world.

gtav thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenGrand Theft Auto V

Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar Games / Rockstar North
Out: 2009
Source: Common Sense

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to work out that there’s a new GTA in the works. If history repeats itself (GTA III and GTA: Vice City and then GTA: San Andreas), expect to see a GTA V (or more likely GTA: Insert Name of Fictional City) this Christmas using the same engine created for GTA IV.  Maybe this would explain why a certain exclusive DLC deal for a rival console took so long to materialise?

half life2 thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenHalf-Life 2 – Episode 3

Publisher: Valve Corporation
Developer: Valve Corporation
Out: 2010
Source:  C&VG

Another one straight from the “You saw this one coming” pile, Episode 3 will finally tie up all the lose ends and allow Valve to close the book on Half-Life 2. And move on to Half-Life 3 no doubt. Gordon will be back, goatie and all, as long as he’s not stuck in Geneva looking for the Higgs Boson with the Large Hadron Collider. The big question is however, when? According to Valve they still haven’t even locked down the plot to the final chapter. We can’t see it coming this year – but you never know.

incarnate thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenIncarnate

Publisher: Radar Group
Developer: TBA
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

We have to take our hats off to the Radar Group. In an industry were it’s increasingly difficult to launch new IPs, they not only have one new property coming our way but in fact actually have three! Incarnate has yet to be announced for the PS3 though, considering stable-mate Earth No More is confirmed, we’re hoping it’s only a matter of time before it is made official. Of course, it could be a completely different studio with no PS3 experience, so we’ll have to adopt a wait and see attitude. Incarnate’s premise focuses on the souls of history’s rogue gallery converging on present-day Chicago. What would Hitler do in the Windy City? Don’t give him a chance to find out! Players take on the role of Thomas Ludlow and hunt down the greatest evil doers mankind has endured while uncovering a deeper and sinister plot.

interstellar thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenInterstellar Marines

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Zero Point Software
Out: 2009
Source: IGN

We know next to nothing about this game. It exists though. We’re assured of that. It will also present an “evolutionary leap in the genre” apparently. Big words from Zero Point, now show us something so we can get all excited like you know we should!

mlb2k9 thumbs Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenMajor League Baseball 2K9

Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: 2K Sports
Out: Q1 2009
Source: Press Release

Tim Lincecum, MLB All-Star pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, graces the cover. It’s a baseball game. Brodiesan apparently still can’t get his head around the rules. That’s about it really.

metro2033 thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenMetro 2033: The Last Refuge

Publisher: TBA
Developer: 4A Games
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

Readers of Russian literature will already be familiar with Dmitriy Glukhovskiy’s classic “Metro 2033″. Oh, you don’t read Russian. Fine. Here’s the short version: The world has gone to hell. Radiation rules the day and the remnants of humanity live underground in nuclear shelters. The Moscow shelter is the biggest and last to stand against the new inhabitants of the surface: mutated creatures that have appeared in the twenty years since the nuclear war. We won’t give any more away but needless to say, if you’re getting flashbacks of Fallout you wouldn’t be far off. We’ll keep an eye out for this one as it progresses.

minininja Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenMini Ninjas

Publisher: Eidos
Developer: IO Interactive
Out: Q3 2009
Source: Press release

We wrote a whole article about Mini Ninjas when it was announced in January 2009. Check it out.

monstersvsaliens Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenMonsters Vs. Aliens

Publisher: Activision
Developer:  Beenox
Out: March 2009
Source: Press release

Based on the upcoming Dreamworks animated film, the game “allows fans to experience the movie’s action and humor while playing as The Missing Link, the macho half-ape, half-fish; the gelatinous, indestructible and always hungry B.O.B.; and Ginormica, the 49-foot-11-inch tall woman and Insectosaurus, the 350-foot tall grub.” It might not be Pirates Vs. Ninjas (Ninjas by the way, every time) but it looks good to us!

power up forever thumbs Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenPowerUp Forever

Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Blitz Arcade
Out: Now (NA), Everywhere else (?)
Source: Press release

Already out in NA, we’re still waiting for it over here in Europe. Fans of Super Stardust HD might be interested in PoverUp Forever (originally entitled Infinitum) as it’s a similar dual-analog based shooter.

prey2 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenPrey 2

Publisher: Radar Group
Developer: Human Head Studios
Out: 2009
Source: Press release

Literally only announced for the PS3 at the start of 2009, Prey 2 is the “follow up to ‘Action Game of the Year” (PC Gamer)’”. This time you’ll be leaving earth as you reprise your role as Tommy. The release states: “Building on the mind-bending portal and gravity-defying gameplay of the original with several innovative new twists, Prey 2 promises to once again take players into a compelling science-fiction world with breathtaking visuals and adrenaline-pumping action gameplay.”

saw thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSAW

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Brash Entertainment
Out: Pretty sure never.
Source: Official site (now offline)

Brash Entertainment had some great things going for it. Veterans of the industry who knew what they were doing, some interesting licence agreements with the likes of Alvin and the Chipmonks and The Tale of Despereaux franchise, and $400 million in venture capital. Sure, kids games based on kids films maybe, but these properties usually fair well in terms of units sold and it’s not like they weren’t prepared to venture into more adult themes (like the SAW film franchise). Alas, no one told them about the “Curse of the Superman Game Property” and Brash picked up the rights for the Man of Steel for a new console outing. You saw it coming: Brash officially shut down late last year. Of course, releasing game tie-ins to such stellar films as “Jumper” didn’t help along the way or the investment in properties such as the aforementioned (hexed) Superman game, Night at the Museum 2 (what were they thinking?) and the SAW game. Therefore we’re pretty sure SAW is now as dead as a comely American teenage girl who didn’t turn on the light when going to fetch her cardigan.

thumb unknown2 Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSki-Doo Snowmobile Challenge

Publisher: Valcon Games
Developer: Coldwood Interactive
Out: February 2009
Source: IGN

Appropriate for the weather Europe is having, a PSN title with snowmobiles! What more could you want? Oh, Final Fantasy XIII. Got it.

sky gods thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSky Gods

Publisher: Epic Games
Developer: Blackfoot Studios
Out: 2009
Source: Press Release

Utilising the Unreal 3 engine, “Sky Gods will focus on a complete co-operative game experience centering on Special Forces operations, specifically HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) and helicopter insertion missions.”

spulenkerhd Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSpelunker HD

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Irem
Out: 2009
Source: Eurogamer

Those of us old enough to remember the Atari 400 know about Spelunker. The little chap under your control explores caves with one tricky annoyance to take into account: with one-hit kills in effect, anything that touches him will kill him. Even bat crap. Seriously.

stiithdr Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSuper Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Out: Now (NA/JP), Nowhere else (because Capcom hates us)
Source: Press Release

If you are to believe the news, it’s because of issues SCEE have found with the game that explains why SSFIITHDR is not available in Europe. Maybe they don’t like the lag that can sometimes hinder the fights. Or the colour of Cammy’s shirt. Or maybe it’s just because they HATE us!*

*We’re joking. We know Capcom don’t hate us. Now, just prove it and give us the game!

supercar Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSuperCar Challenge

Publisher: System 3
Developer: Eutechynx
Out: Q1 2009
Source: Press release

Exclusive to the PS3, we’ll let the press release do the talking for this one: “Over 40 cars will be available to throw around the most celebrated corners on the racing calendar. Experience the thrills and spills that come with harnessing the full grunt of an Aston Martin DB9, the Lamborghini Murcielago RGT, the McLaren F1 and many more! Of course, the game caters for the Ferrari fans too with a selection of favourites making the cut from 2008’s Ferrari Challenge.”


supersoniccars thumb Games of 2009   The Missing and the ForgottenSupersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

Publisher: Psyonix Studios
Developer:  Psyonix Studios
Out: Now
Source: Press release

Supersonic Arcobatic Hyperactive … Turbo Charged Battle-Cat … Hamster-powered Ultraviolet … the game finally hit the EU store last week (Jan 29th). That is all.