Cristiano’s top 5 games to watch for in the 2009 shopping season

5. The Beatles: Rockband The Beatles Rockband

At first when I heard about RockBand a couple of years ago, I thought it was kind of silly. Then, I started playing with some friends and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I even got my wife to be an expert on the vocals. I own a copy of Rock Band 2 Special Edition since the drums are better quality than the previous set. We play it every now and then, especially when friends come over. It is a great party game. Now, add The Beatles into the mix and this game is going to be great. Of course, if you do not like The Beatles you should probably stay away from this one, but who does not like The Beatles :P.

4. DiRT 2 Dirt 2

This is the sequel of DiRT of course, but these games are part of the Collin McRae Rally franchise. I had a lot of fun with DiRT and it is my favorite arcade racing game. Needless to say, I prefer this style of racing much better than your regular arcade street racing game.  It is just so much more fun to slide in gravel roads and look at great Mediterranean landscapes than city night lights.

Do not expect Gran Turismo realism here, this is all about speed, bumping into cars, and getting your cars dirty! I still have not decided if I will get the PC or console version but I expect both to be great successors to an already great series.

3. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank games are not exactly masterpieces but they are a lot of fun to play and I love this kind of humor. This series has been my favorite platform franchise since it came out on the PS2. I know Mario is supposed to be the King but he is just not cutting it for me anymore.

The first PS3 installment, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, looked very pretty and showed high production values.  The subsequent add on “Quest for Booty” was rather short but it moved the story along. I am expecting this new sequel to include more content, fun weapons, and spice up the platform shooter genre a bit more.

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2

When the PS3 came out, everybody was saying Resistance was the game to get. I strongly disagree. Uncharted had awesome graphics, great gameplay, decent voice acting, and you get to kill Panamanian pirates on the first sequence of the game. Come on!

By the way, if you have not played the first one, go do it now. This time around, you get even more for your money since this version has a multiplayer mode in it. I am more of a mouse and keyboard shooter but after checking out the multiplayer beta for this game it seems the multiplayer part might be decent and worth checking out.

However, I am also expecting impressive landscape, puzzle solving, interesting cut scenes, and great gameplay like the first game offered. I can not wait to see what Nathan Drake is up to in this sequel.

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2

I have no doubts in my mind, this game is going to be Game of the Year. I am still counting the days until 11/10/09. I love Call of Duty 4 and I am still playing it at least a couple of times a week. I am not too crazy about World at War since I am kind of tired of the whole World War II setting. Call of Duty 4 felt so fresh and new, the campaign was a little short but great. The multiplayer in CoD4 is superb and it is sad it is not being supported by Infinity Ward anymore. But, that is okay since Modern Warfare 2 is coming out.

I am hoping they do not give us old maps and silly remakes. I prefer them working on new stuff. Fix some of the annoyances of CoD4 and improve the graphics engine. I recently bought another GTX 260 to run in SLI so that I can beautifully run this game in 1900 x 1200. There have already been talks about this game surpassing all sales records, but I just hope it lives up to the expectations.

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