#85: Darksiders: Wrath of War
TBA 2009: PS3, Xbox 360, PC In 10 words: Four horsemen mistakenly trigger apocalypse, go all God of War.
#84: Dead Space
October: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 For years, man has yearned to travel into space, to break free of the bonds of Mother Earth and be killed horribly, preferably by some hideous alien species. Now you can live this dream with Dead Space, EA's third-person horror adventure that takes cues from Resident Evil 4 and The Thing.
Taking the role of space engineer Isaac Clarke (an homage to sci-fi authors Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke), you get to explore a derelict spaceship; manipulate objects with a handy tool that simulates telekinesis; jump from wall to ceiling in antigravity; and most likely, die a terrible, grotesque death within the jaws of a necromorph, the game's abominable enemies. Necromorphs take a variety of two-, four-, and eight-legged forms, and simply pumping bullets into them isn't a smart strategy-you'll have to target weak spots, blasting off legs, arms, and pincers. And, since no space omelet has ever been made without breaking a few eggs, you can expect liberal use of blood sprays and viscera in the game's gruesome, multipart dismemberments that serve as icing on an already gore-soaked cake. This one's not for the faint of heart.
#83: Duke Nukem Forever
TBA: PC Loyal fans have waited over 10 years, but The Duke's next adventure is night... we think. During a recent episode of The Jace Hall Show, eagle-eyed gamers caught quick glimpses of in-game footage from Duke Nukem Forever, Including Duke's unique breed of awesome guns (including the Shrink Ray), and memorable puns ("Duke's in a bad, bad modd"). Jace loved the game, and he's not just your everyday internet talk show dude-he helped develop F.E.A.R., Condemned, and Project Origin. In this case, "when it's done" chat come soon enough.
#82: Dark Void
2008: PS3, Xbox 360, PC Gears of War with jetpacks. Rocky mountain high (and higher).
#81: Doom 4
TBA: PC When CEO Todd Hollenshead confirmed that id Software was working to bring "the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth," Doom fanatics took the hint. Though details on Doom 4 are non-existent, we're expecting to see a "Hell of Earth" scenario a la Doom II, as well as a simultaneous PS3, Xbox 360, and PC release. And because id Software wiz kid John Carmack is on the case, dazzling graphics are practically guaranteed. Other challenges remain: we're hoping that Doom 4 adds vastly more depth to the demon-blasting action, and also supports a proper online deathmatch mode. The granddaddy of the first-person shooter genre deserves no less.
#80: Destroy All Humans: Path of The Furon
September: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Humanity takes it in the ear once again, as feisty alien Cryptosporidium returns for more killing, probing, and social satire. In The Path of the Furon, Crypto takes on the 1970s with its Watergate, disco music, bell-bottomed jeans, and other stuff mankind has since worked hard to repress. Puny humans can be transformed into super-bouncy balls with the Superballer, or manipulated into lethal situations with the time-altering Temporal Fist.