#25: Sonic Unleashed
Fall 2008: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 Finally! A 3D, high-def envisioning of Sonic the Hedgehog that captures it all-the ridiculous speed, the bouncing puzzles, the breakneck twists and turns and loops that bring us back to our Genesis days. Sonic Unleashed will fluidly tie together both classic 2D levels and short, full-3D speed stints in a drop-dead gorgeous 3D world. By day, he'll collect golden rings, blast through enemies, and traverse a shattered Earth on his quest to find the ever-elusive Chaos Emeralds. But when night falls, Sonic's inner werewolf comes out to play.
2009: PS3, Xbox 360 Twenty years after bursting onto the arcade scene as a gore-infused beat-em-up and survival-horror prototype, Splatterhouse reawakens as a sleek new-gen brawler. It's a full-3D re-imagining more brutal and bloody than anything else in gaming. We're talking about Hulk-style thunderclaps popping brains and two-by-fours separating muscle and sinew from bone. This game will not be getting a Teen rating.
Splatterhouse tells the story of Rick Taylor, a college student whose girlfriend has vanished into the depths of West Mansion. As monsters and demons claw through the house, Rick happens across the Terror Mask, an ancient relic that transforms him into a primal beast with otherworldly strength and regenerative power. Rick's journey will take him to the furthest corners of the world to track down his beloved Jennifer. It's a simple story from a simpler time in gaming, but Splatterhouse's complex combat system should shine through the blood fountains. If you're looking for God of War-style carnage, look no further.
2009: Wii Spyborgs combines violence and hilarity into one Saturday-morning cartoon package. This action-adventure game brings together five quirky super-spies. The gameplay switches between combat and puzzle-solving/platforming, and the goal is to work cooperatively, using different characters to engage in team-based challenges. But here's the genius twist: Spyborgs follows a Saturday morning cartoon structure, complete with commercials (some of which are playable mini-games). We're so there.
OUT NOW ON PC AND MAC! So you've downloaded the Spore Creature Creator. Good for you! If you haven't, now's the time to get in on the fun (psst...it's free!). Here are a few tips on how to start playing a wacko Mother Nature; mad scientist-grade white jacket not included.
Step 1: Add a body: Start out with a strong body shape. Use your mouse's scrollwheel on the various spine pieces to enlarge or shrink body areas.
Step 2: Arms and legs: If you want your creature to move about in a timely fashion, you may want to think about adding arms and legs. Than again, anything is possible -- you can have a creepy crawler if you so desire.
Step 3: Eyes and mouth:Your creation is going to need to be able to see and eat if it's going to survive in the big bad world. You can also decide whether your creation eats plants, meat, or both.
Step 4: Wings, horns and more: Time to decorate! Everything you need to customize your creature is included in this extensive section of accessories.
Step 5: Paint shop: Now you can choose colors and textures to your creature, or even add stripes, polka dots and other textures.
Step 6: Finalize!: You can now drop your creation into a basic environment to watch its behavior. You can experiment with movement, fighting, and breeding practices. A new life is born!