The Xbox 360 had another great year in 2008 thanks to great first and third party titles like Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead. Microsoft hopes to continue the trend in 2009 with some already promising games slated for release in the year. Here are the five most anticipated Xbox 360 games to be released in 2009.
5. Alan Wake
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Remedy Entertainment, Release Date: Unknown
Although Alan Wake may be the most mysterious game on the list, it is also the most intriguing. First announced in 2009, the game has shown very little details throughout the years. However, the few details sound very exciting: it is an open-world game from the developers of the much underrated Max Payne series. Alan Wake has all the ingredients to being a breakout game on the Xbox 360.
4. Halo Wars
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Ensemble Studios, Release Date: March 3
It is hard to believe that there isn’t a Halo spin-off title yet. Releasing in the spring of 2009, Halo Wars is the first of the incoming flood of spin-offs. This strategy game is being made by the developers of the critically acclaimed Age of Empires series. So expect it to be expertly crafted. With the promise of a more streamlined control scheme, Halo Wars could end up being the best strategy game on the Xbox 360.
3. Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Publisher: tri-Ace, Developer: Square Enix, Release Date: March 3
Surprisingly, the Xbox 360 is the preferred video game system for Japanese role-playing games. The biggest game in the genre yet to come to Microsoft’s system is Star Ocean: The Last Hope. The fourth game in the quality series brings the endless depth, top notch combat system and epic science-fiction scope. Add in incredible graphics and you get quite possibly the best Japanese role-playing game yet on the Xbox 360.
2. Halo 3: ODST
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Bungie, Release Date: Fall
The next official chapter in the Halo series is not Halo 4 but Halo 3: ODST. Developed by the now independent Bungie, the game will be drastically different from the main games. Not only do you no longer play as Master Chief, the gameplay in this 2009 title will be more open than ever before. As expected, multiplayer modes will be included in the expansion pack as well. Halo 3: ODST will be a fresh and innovative take on the ultra popular franchise.
1. Resident Evil 5
Publisher: Capcom, Developer: Capcom, Release Date: March 13
Resident Evil 4 completely re-invented the survivor-horror series with a new camera angle and control scheme. As a result, Resident Evil 4 became one of the best action games ever created. Resident Evil 5 on the Xbox 360 furthers refined the excellent gameplay by adding high-definition visuals and cooperative play to the mix. Not to mention the game will include many surprises for fans of the entire series. Resident Evil 5 is easily the biggest Xbox 360 game of 2009.