#14: This is Vegas
November: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Don't have the scratch to put together a Lost Wages run this year? GamePro offers up five reasons why you're better off staying home and playing This is Vegas instead.
• 5. Racing Tear up the strip in hot rides you'd never get permission to photograph, let alone drive, and without wrapping yourself around a telephone pole in the process.
• 4. Gambling Yeah, sure, you're the mathematical genius with a card-playing system that'll burn the house down. Right. Throw away your fake money at the simulated tables, and save the real cash for paying off your credit cards.
• 3. Glamour This is Vegas is full of celebrities, big wheels, and exaggerated beauty; Nevada's desert jewel is rife with lowlifes, wannabes and blowhards. Who would you rather hang out with?
• 2. Romance Those unattainable beauties won't give you the time of day if you don't look like Brad Pitt or have a stack of hundreds parked next to your drink. Luckily, your alter ego actually has a shot.
• 1. Clear Conscience Don't believe the tourist board: what happens in Vegas might just follow you around for the rest of your life. Raise hell in the virtual world, and you'll still be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Fall 2008: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Tiberium doesn't mark the Command & Conquer series' first foray into first-person shooter territory, but the devastation of 2002's Renegade can't compare to the high-fidelity world of war that stretches out into the distance here. Walking armored hulks will support your quest to claim important objectives, but a great leader commands from the front. Lucky for you, Ricardo Vega's exoskeleton enables unnaturally high jumps to clear obstacles, and new weapons-such as shell that splinters in mid-air to launch homing missiles-will improve your chances for survival.
#12: Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
2009: PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 The involvement of Charlie's Angels director Joseph "McG" McGinty Nichol makes us cringe, but there must be something special here to lure Christian Bale to the new Terminator trilogy. Let's hope that special sauce carries over to consoles. The game's been in development for only a year, so details are scarce, but we do know it'll track humanity's final battle against Skynet's formidable forces in 2018, and we can't wait to see what new challenges await John Connor and the mysterious Marcus Wright.
#11: WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009
Fall: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP Lest you think the lack of competition led it to complacency, this year's entry in the long-running WWE series will ship with new goodies like a create-a-finisher system, a more intimate ringside camera, less distracting intersection of wrestlers' bodies, and a revamped career mode that supports co-op for the first time. The deepest new content lies in the realm of tag team matches, where partners can hot tag for ring-clearing rampages, execute fifty different double team moves, and finish off an opponent together. Wii owners can even waggle their Wiimotes and Nunchuks during entrances to hype up the crowd and build momentum.