Fall is finally here, meaning there are a heaping ton of great games to talk about, 107 to be exact! GamePro has got you covered with our second annual Fall Preview Guide which is bursting with exiting new titles. Read on to find out what's hot in 2008 and beyond!
#107: 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
Fall 2008: PS3, Xbox 360 In 10 words: Murderholic rapper kills the Middle East. So bad it's good?
#106: Afro Samurai
Fall 2008: PS3, Xbox 360 Much disinformation has been passed about the life of samurai, namely that they spend most of it with their feet up, delicately sipping at tea and reading the London Times literary supplement. The hack-and-slash action of Afro Samurai attempts to present a more rounded view of these misunderstood men who, in all honesty, prefer a good disemboweling to a discussion of, say, 19th century bone china. As anime hero Afro Samurai, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, you'll set off to become the most powerful samurai in the world. The hip-hop soundtrack, produced by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, may be the standout feature here, but the ultra-stylized visuals and bloody Ninja Gaiden-style action are certainly appealing.
#105: The Agency
TBA 2009 Create a stylish super-spy or a brawny meat-head mercenary in Sony's upcoming massively multiplayer online shooter. The Agency emphasizes tongue-in-cheek humor and fast-paced action over suffocating realism and experience grinding. You can infiltrate enemy organizations with up to three friends, trail ne'er-do-wells in disguise, blow up strategic targets, snap photos of covert dealings, or just chill out at headquarters with a quick game of Q-bert. Play need never stop, either: you can even receive interactive e-mail or text message status updates when you're stuck in the real world.
#104: Alan Wake
2009: PC, Xbox 360 Insomniac writer Alan Wake travels to the town of Bright Falls where darkness reigns and psychological horror ensues. Wake's nightmares leap to life and the horror author must battle his demons while trying to stay within the protective radius of nearby light sources. Using a flashlight and handgun to identify and damage the otherworldly creatures, Wake must explore Bright Falls and piece together its deepest mysteries. Oft-delayed, Wake was celebrated as one of the best and most exciting games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo-in 2005. The Max Payne guys are behind this one, though, so we're willing to wait it out.
#103: Aliens: Colonial Marines
2009: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Picking up shortly after the events of Alien 3, Colonial Marines straps you in the boots of a search-and-rescue squad hunting for the Sulaco and the missing Lt. Ellen Ripley. In this first-person shooter, you'll control one of four marines, each of who packs a different four-piece weapon set (flamethrowers, smart guns, pulse rifles, sharp sticks). You can swap marines at any time, but choose the wrong man for the mission, and the acid-bleeding xenomorphs will make you scream "Game over, man!"
POINT 1: Xeno classes. The alien xenomorphs are said to come in varied classes, such as the infamous facehugger that attaches itself to its victim's face and impregnates an embryo within the host. And that's how aliens are born, boys and girls! Full-grown aliens come in drone, warrior, scout, and Queen classes, each with their own insidious abilities. POINT 2: Multiplayer. Drop in/out cooperative play has been confirmed for Aliens: Colonial Marines, as well as multiplayer deathmatch. No modes have been confirmed at this time, but we're hoping for a fleshed-out online mode. POINT 3: Intelligent hunters. The aliens in Colonial Marines are much like Velociraptor dinosaurs, seldom attacking from the front, utilizing the environment and flanking maneuvers to attack you. Due to these vicious hit-and-run attacks, Colonial Marines requires more tactical shooting than traditional run-and-gun first-person shooters.