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x360a's 10 Most Anticipated E3 2008 Titles

x360a's 10 Most Anticipated E3 2008 Titles

Written Saturday, July 12, 2008 By Dan Webb
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As promised yesterday, welcome to our "10 Most Anticipated E3 2008 Titles", where we'll take a look at what we're looking forward to seeing more of at this year's event. The titles mentioned are titles that have already been unveiled previously but we just can't get enough of and want more, more, MORE!!! Check out our Top 10 after the jump.

10. Tomb Raider Underworld


It’s been a while since we last saw Lara, January in fact and she was looking pretty good back then, it makes us wonder what another 6 months has allowed them to do. Crystal Dynamics did a fine job with Legend and with the huge multi-scale puzzles, new improved visuals and improved gameplay mechanisms that will be present in the latest instalment, Underworld could make the perfect gift this Christmas. E3 could be the perfect platform for Eidos and Crystal Dynamics to drop some more bombshells and to impress us even more. Lara Croft is coming back!


9. Fallout 3


We’ve not really seen much gameplay of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG title and we’re truly hoping that E3 will change all that. The number of endings (200) is simply mind boggling and only intrigues us more. We are actually quite worried that Dogmeat can die though, what happens if we go get a drink and come back, only to find out he’s been ravaged... No more playing fetch with the severed arm in the barren wastelands... It’s a painful thought. Oh well, we’ll get over it.


8. Tom Clancy's EndWar


Possibly the most innovative title of the year, Tom Clancy’s EndWar sets to not just define the strategy genre, but evolve it. EndWar relies on voice commands from the gamer to control the game’s units which means that we can sit back in the comfort of our own arm chair and successfully navigate the most sublime invasion of an enemy camp you will ever see. No more of the “No, not there you idiot” moments, you’re the only who can get the blame this time. Despite a less than positive Beta test, we still have our faith in EndWar’s abilities because after all, it was its first Beta stage.


7. Left 4 Dead


A game that puts emphasis on survival and playing with a pack of friends while obliterating a bajillion zombies is a great game in our books. Throw in the fact that the game was developed by the legendary Valve using the more than legendary Source engine and you have what can only be described as a perfect weekend. Valve’s upcoming zombie shooter is shaping up to be a super title, our only gripe is that we need to see more of it and we have a feeling that E3 will be the perfect place.


6. Far Cry 2

For me personally, the Far Cry console port was a supreme let-down, especially having experienced the original on the PC, but thankfully, the Ubisoft sequel seems to have won me back over... at least for the moment. Far Cry 2 heads to Africa this time and the Ubisoft Montreal team have added so many novel ideas in to the title that it is sure to stand out from the large pack of FPS titles we're used to. With the freedom to move around the 50 square kilometre terrain and the possibility to take any challenge on how you feel, it sounds mouth watering. Could this be the least linear game to date? Let’s hope E3 shines more light on the beast that is Far Cry 2.


5. Mirror's Edge

Mirror’s Edge is the highest placed new IP in this year’s most anticipated titles and it has done everything so far to justify its place. The game takes the perspective of Faith, a runner in a city where all information is closely monitored who has to take the law in to her own hands to free her falsely accused sister from the iron grip of the regime. This “first person action adventure” title looks to be supremely innovative and one that intrigues us more and more with every asset we see. With the likes of DICE and the well renowned writer, Rhianna Pratchett at the helms, this is sure to be a great title and we’re hoping E3 can satisfy our curiosity that little bit more.


4. Gears of War 2

In the words of Cliff Bleszinski, Gears of War 2 will be “bigger, better and more bad-ass” than its predecessor which is a pretty impressive feat. Gears of War may not be as high as people think in our anticipation list, partly because we know an awful lot already. The multiplayer looks to have remedied all the problems of the previous  version and Epic seems to have added a lot more modes for us to get stuck in to. The single player looks epic which is always a good thing. We’re expecting a few big announcements regarding these previously unmentioned weapons and such, but all in all, we know what to expect. But the more treats and big announcements, the better.


3. Resident Evil 5

 Resident Evil is one of those franchises that carries with it a lot of history and a lot of expectation that comes which each and every instalment and this title is no different, in fact, there is probably more pressure on this title than any other in the series. The early signs of Resident Evil 5 indicate that the title could be the best in the series and a contender for Game of the Year. What the Capcom team  do with light and atmosphere is what Lennon and McCartney do for music, so we’re hoping to see a whole lot more of Resident Evil 5 at E3 this year.



2. Fable 2

The original Fable on the Xbox was undeniably one of the greatest RPG titles ever to grace the earth. The simple fact is, people love to make choices and this is why Fable 2 ranks so highly on our list. Up until now, we’ve not really seen much of the title or heard many juicy details. We’re eager to see more regarding the choices, their outcomes, the main characters ageing process and the scope of the world. It’s a game that will surely require multiple playthroughs testing the water as an arrogant, egotistical hero or a cold, callous and calculated butcher. Hopefully E3 will answer some of these questions and a whole lot more.


1. Alan Wake

Everyone at some point or another will have heard of Alan Wake, whether they’ve seen the concept, seen possibly the best weather system ever created or heard of the Stephen King-esque story. The game looks and sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster but the only problem is that the original suggestion of a December 2006 release seems a little way off. We’re hope that E3 2008 will be the year Microsoft re-unveil Alan Wake and finally get the game out of the rumour columns and in to our consoles. Visually stunning with what sounds like an epic story. Just what we needed and worthy on winning any Top 10 list. Let's hope the rumours were true and this year is Alan's year.




Honourable mentions go out to the following who failed to make the Top Ten but were close:

Mercenaries 2, Dead Space, Sonic Unleashed, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Saints Row 2, Brother in Arms: Hell's Highway, The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Street Fighter IV, Red Faction: Guerilla, Alpha Protocol, Viva Pinata 2: Trouble in Paradise, Too Human.

Check back tomorrow to see the Top 10 games we want unveiled at this year's showcase.


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Comment #1 by Link2430
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 06:31:16 PM
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Looks great, but I think Alan Wake is doubtful. I'm really pumped about Fallout 3, and maybe the Too Human demo will be good.

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Comment #2 by xLUNCHTREYx
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 06:42:15 PM
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Comment #3 by Sumsa
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 06:43:10 PM
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Great games, found a typo :o "Visually stunning with what soudns like an epic story"

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Comment #4 by antnie
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 06:52:00 PM
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I am looking forward to Gears of War 2 more than anything.

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Comment #5 by Luis Ownz
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 06:55:46 PM
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Whats Alan Wake? Lol.
You'd figure, a lot of other great titles announced this year would be in that list.

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Comment #6 by ManicMangoiow
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 07:10:14 PM
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im most looking forward the left 4 dead game i mean 3 of your m8ts and u f in up zombies hours of fun lol

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Comment #7 by OldWIKI TIK
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 07:28:13 PM
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Gears of War 2 is going to be sweet based on the video I have seen so far. On this list that is my most anticipated.

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Comment #8 by Hayden
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 07:40:40 PM
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Great List Mr Webb, don't know how you came up with it ;0)

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Comment #9 by eXtreme 1138
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 07:55:32 PM
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I thibk theres a game called Borderlands? hope this gets a mention cos i thought it looked pretty cool when i first saw it a while back.

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Comment #10 by Lord of Orion
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:02:44 PM
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Left 4 Dead ... Resident Evil 5 ... Fable 2 ... Gears 2 ... Fallout 3 ... lots of blockbuster games!

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Comment #11 by Luis Ownz
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:09:41 PM
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Lets take out Mirrors Edge and Far Cry 2 and put Rock Band 2 and Too Human!

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Comment #12 by B Rad8908
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:13:18 PM
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RE 5
Can't wait to hear some new info, it's been a while

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Comment #13 by xXBlaqOut92Xx
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:22:28 PM
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Gears of War 2,Far Cry, and RE5 are the ones that really stick out to me. Based on what I've seen I can tell they'll be the best this year. Nice list Webb

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Comment #14 by The Danielnator
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:28:42 PM
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Fuck tomb raider, that franchise is shit.

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Comment #15 by Darth Logo
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 08:34:38 PM
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With #11: Yeah, where's Rock Band 2?

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Comment #16 by laundryman
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 09:28:54 PM
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Can't wait to hear about Far Cry 2

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Comment #17 by Joshua55
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 09:43:17 PM
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Suprisingly, Mirror's edge really does look good, im a fan of games neing less dark and dingy, and Mirror's edge is one of the brightest games i have seen in a while, plus the fact there is a limited usage in guns should be nice for a change.
But to be honest, this E3 is gonna be huge for 360, i mean Resi 5 and Gears of War 2 will probably steal the show, but Fable 2 and Guitar Hero 4 (why is this not mentioned!!) looks awsome too, cant wait for the next few days!

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Comment #18 by VideoGameFreak_4life
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:06:07 PM
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I Can't wait to play some of these games.

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Comment #19 by Darklord Saige
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:11:22 PM
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Alan wake?Uhh...Too human>Alan wake....

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Comment #20 by ShaunMichael80
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:24:10 PM
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haha...Gears 2 is 4th....

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Comment #21 by Luis Ownz
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:46:07 PM
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I think people want to hear more on Gears 2 instead of Fable 2, so how the hell did they get Gears 2 in 4th, and Fable 2 in second? Its bullcrap.

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Comment #22 by FailedSeppuku
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:56:33 PM
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Alan Wake ??? More chance of finding Nessy.

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Comment #23 by Time To Rage
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 11:21:25 PM
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From what ive heard and read about the new Tomb Raider game, it sounds pretty lacking in new generation things.

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Comment #24 by Wizard ELM
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 11:34:16 PM
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Nice list, what about Halo Wars?

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Comment #25 by Slim Pizza Boy
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 01:07:44 AM
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Gears 2 and left for dead!

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Comment #26 by CloseChief
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 01:11:13 AM
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alan wake looks like crap to me. i saw it in a game informer and it looks terrible. fallout 3 should of been #1 or 2.

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Comment #27 by Zacxx201
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 01:38:37 AM
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4 Games, Mercenaries 2 ( 4 ) Fable 2 ( 3 ) Too Human ( 2 ) GOW2 ( 1 ) WOOO!!

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Comment #28 by kiwi18
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 02:06:17 AM
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WTF, GoW2 should be 1.

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Comment #29 by eXiled Killah
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 02:41:23 AM
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So call me a cynic, but why so many damn sequels(more than half)in the TOP 10? Everybody playing it safe? I'm not trying to take anything away from these titles, but some of these games can be sold by their name alone - whether or not the game would be good!

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Comment #30 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 03:04:20 AM
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Killah - Dude, welcome to the gaming age of the sequel where every game takes a successful prequel and improves it... What can I say? :P

Even original titles like Halo Wars are spawning off a successful franchise. Watch out for Mirror's Edge and Dead Space if you want a unique title.

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Comment #31 by Maka
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 03:49:51 AM
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I don't understand Tomb Raider and Left 4 Dead being up there, but not Halo Wars...

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Comment #32 by Cloak
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 04:11:24 AM
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This list sucks...Tomb raider? far cry 2? alan wake #1?

give me a break.

where's prototype, Dead space, Borderlands, and you know...some good games..

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Comment #33 by Cloak
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 04:12:43 AM
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oh and endwar seriously? you push ONE BUTTON the whole a rts thats EPIC fail...thats gonna be the worst game of the year garuneteed.

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Comment #34 by Jimmy Hapa
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 05:28:05 AM
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Why is everyone getting so pissy about this list? It's the X360A staff's top ten list, and it's their opinion. They didn't say that everyone is looking forward to these games, or games left off of the list are not worth looking into.

Jeez, grow up and learn to accept other people's opinions without acting like little pricks. This list was put up here for our reading entertainment, so just enjoy it. It was a nice read, and definitely got me excited about some of the great games coming out for the 360 in the coming months, which I think was the whole point.

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Comment #35 by oneandonlytommo
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 08:44:02 AM
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i want Alan Wake now

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Comment #36 by Ruthless
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 09:45:25 AM
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GoW 2, Alan Wake, Resi Evil 5, Dead Space, Prototype, Left 4 Dead and mabey Fallout 3. These are the good games people.

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Comment #37 by Peperonici
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:34:20 AM
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oh boy fallout 3, noojne thinks it would be a perfect game, but fallout2 is so awesome, so fallout3 should be one of the best games of the year

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Comment #38 by graf1k
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:55:53 AM
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01. Fallout 3
02. Resident Evil 5
03. Gears 2
04. Fable 2
05. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
06. Mirror's Edge
07. Left 4 Dead
08. Tales of Vesperia
09. Mercs 2
10. Prototype

That's my (360) list. There's some other stuff like the STALKER prequel on PC and inFAMOUS, Resistance 2 & LBP on PS3, but considering this is the 360 channel, I left them off. 2008 is definitely looking like a year of sequels, but as long as they are quality I don't mind it.

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Comment #39 by Edable Giraffe
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 11:00:42 AM
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Prince of Persia doesnt get a mention? and alan wake is just a myth, its never going to happen lol

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Comment #40 by knockton55
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 12:11:48 PM
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Those games are great, I cant wait for any of them! Bar End War

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Comment #41 by LK-1987
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 02:55:41 PM
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Those of you who keep asking why GoW2 is not #1...this is the list of what they want to see more revealed of at E3. As was said, alot of GoW2 has already been realeased as to how it is going to be played and what gametypes, etc are going to be in it. Fable 2 is higher, for example, cuz not much has been realeased on it and there is still alot of questions as to how it is all going to play. Remember...not so much the order of what we want to play the most...just the order of what we want to see and learn about the most.

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Comment #42 by technique420
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 04:06:57 PM
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fallout 3. should be number 1. what non of the RPG'S from square enix made the list.

can't wait for E3 to start

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Comment #43 by Ruthless
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 04:29:29 PM
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Also Infinate Undiscovery should be up there.

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Comment #44 by misco1
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 05:30:00 PM
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rock band 2?

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Comment #45 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 06:57:21 PM
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Rock Band 2? More of the same of the original with new songs? Not really our most anticipated to see more of :P

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Comment #46 by xIRON EMPERORx
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 09:17:41 PM
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fallout 3 has a crappy gammplay system!!!!!!

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Comment #47 by Shamed Diablo
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 09:54:37 PM
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yeah but there r still people who like it

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Comment #48 by eddie cheese
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:00:37 PM
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Comment #49 by happygohippo
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:48:16 PM
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I was hoping for something about skate 2.

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Comment #50 by BackerMan
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:51:48 PM
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I would put:

1 - Fallout 3
2 - Gears of War 2
3 - Resident Evil 5
4. - Fable 2

Alan Wake shouldn't be in top ten, maybe number 13 or 14.

Top ten games for all consoles, I would put God of War 3 behind Gears of War 2 for number 3.

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Comment #51 by Separatejoe
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:56:08 PM
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Left 4 dead looks cool i have been looking for alan wake forever

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Comment #52 by Coleman811
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 11:04:55 PM
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Alan Wake #1? are you guys joking?

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Comment #53 by Captian_Canada
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 02:01:38 AM
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What no Halo Wars? I am shocked that it's not up there. EndWar looks amazing a must have for me at least. I can't wait for RE5 and Left for Dead they look damn good. Gears will be Gears so you know thats a must buy, I just hope they don't mess around with the online play too much

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Comment #54 by My BR Is Evil
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 05:23:51 AM
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All I gotta say is LEFT 4 DEAD, ALAN WAKE, RESIDENT EVIL 5, TOO HUMAN WOOOOOOOOOT. Maybe more words than I intended on using.

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Comment #55 by o AcHiEvEmEnT o
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 07:39:54 AM
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Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Fallout 3, Gears 2, and Alan Wake look so good. But Gears 2 is going to be the best haha, can't wait for these games to come out!

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Comment #56 by cooldude7011
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 03:10:31 PM
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wow good selection but one problem gears of war should be number 1. Its one of the best 3rd person shooters around. but i gotta you had some hard choices but that alan wake game looks a bit to weird for my likeing O_o

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Comment #57 by JohnnyR74
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 05:08:48 PM
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i am so ready for resident evil 5! :D

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Comment #58 by HotShotCMS
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 08:29:53 PM
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I've been waiting for Alan Wake for 2 years now. Please don't make it 3.

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Comment #59 by marlo2123
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 02:17:21 AM
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Alan awake? never heard of it...
i think gow2 should be number 1 and i loved the banjo kazooie game for N64 and i am so pumped for that game, it should be in the 10.

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