107 games: GamePro's 2008 fall preview guide!

There are a heaping ton of great games to talk about, 107 to be exact!

#75: Far Cry 2

October: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Far Cry 2 is a far cry from Far Cry. This first-person shooter takes place in Africa, and players assume the role of a malaria-stricken mercenary. You'll choose to play as one of 12 mercenaries; the mercenaries not chosen then become non-player characters in the game' story. The idea here is simple: Kill, stay alive, and hunt down the terrorist leader known as the Jackal. The protagonist's illness complicates matters: players will have to take medicine on a regular basis to stay healthy. Fail to take this medicine, and the main character becomes sickly and grotesque. Free-roaming environments allow a player to explore at their discretion, and you'll be able to burn savannas or cut down trees with gunfire.

#74: Fatal Frame IV

2008: Wii They say a camera adds 10 pounds. But in Fatal Frame IV, your camera will also save your life from a host of creepy Japanese ghosts. Fatal Frame IV has been subtitled Mask of the Lunar Eclipse and promises first-person horror with an as-yet-unnamed female protagonist who battles vengeful spirits using a supernatural camera. But aside from these details, information on the game is thus far nonexistent. As this is a Wii-specific game, it's perfectly natural to assume the Wii Remote will be used to, say, shake off ghost attacks and the like. We're expecting it to his the States late this year.

#73: Final Fantasy XIII

2009: PlayStation 3 Ridiculous superstition be damned. Square Enix is moving ahead with the thirteenth installment of the role-playing juggernaut, the first on the PlayStation 3. Despite being announced over two years ago, Final Fantasy XIII is still a mystery shrouded in an enigma. Its plot revolves around a female protagonist, Lightning, who's been sent on a quest by intelligent crystalline beings. Lightning wields one of the Fantasy universe's handy gun-swords, although hers has been shown to be able to manipulate gravity.

Hard details are, sadly, lacking. The developers have said that the active-battle system, a turn-based play style with real-time elements, will return. But combat will be modified so as to reduce waiting time and dramatically speed up the fighting. Early footage shows Lightning smashing opponents into walls and objects to score more damage, adding a bit more intensity to the action.

Thirteen, traditionally, has been considered unlucky. Yet these 13 elements, included (or omitted) from the latest Final Fantasy, would be a wondrous bout of luck indeed.

• 1. More Chocobo breeding.

• 2. Wandering on-screen monsters-thus eliminating random battles-as seen in FFXII.

• 3. Considerably less dance numbers than Final Fantasy X-2.

• 4. Tie-ins with Final Fantasy XIII Agito and Final Fantasy XIII Versus.

• 5. Less angst, more sassiness.

• 6. Motion controls that don't feel tacked on.

• 7. Cut-scenes that adhere to the philosophy "brevity is the soul of wit"

• 8. Trophies that can be carried over to the PS3's Home

• 9. Online play in any format.

• 10. Expanded monster summoning.

• 11. Player control over all party members, especially in combat.

• 12. Unreal Technology to complement the game's already beautiful graphics.

• 13. A scene as touching as Aeris's death in Final Fantasy VII.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

GamePro staff

GamePro (online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?