Day One Purchases of 2009

Another year is upon us and with the new year comes the inevitably long list of anticipated games. It already appears as if 2009 is going to be another great year for gamers (and more bad news for my bank account). With titles like Street Fighter 4, Killzone 2, Resident Evil 5, Heavy Rain, etc. – which games are the must have day-one releases?

Have no fear. The staff of Everyday Gamers have compiled a list of games that WE think you should pick up on day one. Read on to find out our picks.

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Thomas Pine

Killzone 2

Console: PS3 – Release Date: Feb 28th

Why is Killzone 2  a day one purchase? Duh… have you seen the videos? No really, this sequel to what was supposed to be “The Halo Killer” seems to be on target to potentially be the best FPS of the upcoming year. Add on top of this the fact that K2 is releasing during a time of the year that is notoriously gaming’s “slow” period, and you have all the more reason to pick up this game at launch. This game also promises to add some incredible online play to the somewhat lacking PSN scene. Many of the early reviewers have stated that this is the most gorgeous game to ever grace the console market. I guess we’ll all have to wait for February 28th (5th if you have early demo access) to find out the truth.

Resident Evil 5

Consoles: PS3 and Xbox 360 – Release Date: March 14th

Any gamer who played through RE 4 will likely proclaim that it was one of their most memorable gaming moments. That in and of itself makes picking up Resident Evil 5 on day one a no-brainer. Capcom is also throwing in coop for this outing, which only adds to the day one anticipation. Throw into the mix an awesome limited edition, likely to vanish off store shelves before the first week is up, and you have a version that collectors (like myself) will want to get their grubby little hands on. Even somewhat dated controls can’t detract from the must have nature of this next gen entry in gamings greatest horror survival series.

Bionic Commando

Consoles: PS3 and Xbox 360 – Releases: June 3rd

Another Capcom title that you need to pick up on day one? Definitely. The truth is that Capcom rarely dissapoints. This full on re-envisioning of the NES classic looks to redefine the limited controls of the original. Free swinging through levels, and what appears to be an incredibly unique online experience makes this a game that I will definitely be purchasing as soon as it hits retailers. It’s not often that we as gamers get the chance to see a classic remade, so this is definitely a game that you’ll want to experience as soon as you get the chance.

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Patrick Adams

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Console: PS3 – Release: Q3 2009

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was the first game I bought for PS3 and probably my favorite PS3 game behind LBP. Drake’s Fortune brought a movie to life right on your TV screen with an outstanding score and some really great environments. I couldn’t get enough of it. If you haven’t played it you must pick it up ASAP so you will see why this is going to be a day-one purchase for me hands-down.

GTA: Chinatown Wars

Console: Nintendo DS – Release: March 17th

Ever since I heard that GTA was coming to the DS I was siked. After seeing screenshots and videos of Chinatown Wars I am even more impressed. Depending on how it plays and controls (hopefully a lot like Zelda) I think it could be an awesome game. I personally am a huge fan of cel-shaded games so this is always a plus. The mini-games will also add that DS flavor we’ve come to love. I am guessing this version of GTA will outshine the PSP iterations by far. Chinatown Wars is definitely a day-one purchase for me.

The Sims 3

Console: PC – Release: June 2nd

The main reason I am excited for The Sims 3 is because my wife is one of the biggest fans of the Sims 1 & 2. We have all the expansion packs (the ones worth getting at least) and sometimes she can go for 4 or 5 hours without even knowing it’s been that long. This time the Sims is giving us all that good stuff from the start, a living breathing world that we can explore much like Fallout 3 and GTA (maybe not as big). I was really disappointed to hear that The Sims 3 was being delayed until June 2nd but hopefully by then our daughter will be old enough and independent enough for my wife to get some quality time with the Sims.

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David Lange

BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams

Consoles: Xbox 360 and PS3 – Release: Q3 2009

Bioshock in my opinion was the best game of 2007 and one of the greatest of all time. It was a shame to see it’s accomplishment somewhat eclipsed by the more mainstream popularity of Halo 3 and COD 4. From the moment you step into the lighthouse, players where enveloped by the haunting mystery and tragic beauty of Rapture. One of the greatest places ever created for a video game, the superb art direction and sound design permeated the sunken city with the nostalgia of a lost era and the foreboding destiny that overtook it. The stirring ambiance moved me in a way few games have and the malleable gameplay grew even more enjoyable the longer I played. Though the inclusive nature of the original story has me concerned about how they will introduce a new chapter practically, I am excited more for the sequel than any other game this year. Anyone who doesn’t pick this one up, or for that matter hasn’t played the first, should have their gamer credentials revoked.

The Conduit

Consoles: Wii – Release: Q1 2009

Built from the ground up using High Voltage Software’s proprietary Wii engine, The Conduit, a modern sci-fi FPS, is a Wii exclusive that has been hand crafted and fine tuned to optimize the system’s full potential. High Voltage made a point of this early on when it released it’s “Quantum3” tech demo showcasing a variety of effects rendered on the engine. Dynamic lighting, reflections, and shimmering ripples promised to push the Wii’s graphics to the limit. Maximizing the full range and capabilities of the Wii’s motion controls, The Conduit is being groomed as one of the tightest, most immersive FPS experiences ever devised. It’s this obvious level of effort and craftsmanship that demands the attention of every Wii owner. Throw in an awesome art style and an intriguing Half-Life-esque plot involving aliens, conspiracies and shadowy government agencies and you’ve got one of the most promising games of the year. Keep your eye on this one.

Halo Wars

Consoles: Xbox 360 – Release: March 3rd

Created by Age of Empires developer, Ensemble Studios, the unoriginally named Halo Wars looks to adapt the frenetic action of Bungie’s praised FPS into an equally engaging RTS. Eschewing much of the time consuming tedium of micromanagement and laborious resource accumulation, traditional to the genre, Halo Wars seeks to streamline the experience and allow players to focus primarily on combat. It’s hard to argue with a pedigree that includes lineage from one of the most prolific and beloved RTS series, and the namesake of the most acclaimed shooter franchise of this generation. Come March we won’t be finishing the fight, we’ll be starting all kinds of new ones.

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Eric Bouchard

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Consoles: DS, PC, XBLA – Release: Feb 24th

Who would have thought you could combine the addictive puzzle game stylings of Bejeweled and cross it with an RPG? D3 Publishers did, that’s who. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was a surprise hit, and the creators are back with a whole new take on the series. Gone is the medieval setting, replaced by a new Sci-Fi setting and a whole new take on the puzzle. This time you are dealing with a hexagonal board, with replacement pieces coming in from three different sides. The strategies will be different, but the core gameplay promises to be just as addicting as its predecessor.

Street Fighter 4

Consoles: Xbox 360, PS3, and PC – Release: Feb 17th

After as much time as I have spent talking about Street Fighter 2 recently, this one should come as no surprise. Street Fighter 4 looks to continue the intense fighting that made its predecessor the premiere fighting game in the arcades. Combine that with new characters and absolutely stunning graphics, and you have a game that I will not only buy on the first day, but I will also probably pay for an arcade stick to play. I cannot wait to get my fireballs and lightning kicks on.

Alpha Protocol

Consoles: Xbox 360, PS3, and PC – Release: Summer 2009

For some of you, this one may be coming out of left field. If so, you really need to check this game out. Obsidian Entertainment has been working on this spy RPG for a while, and every time I look at it, it keeps getting better. In Alpha Protocol, you take on the role of Michael Thorton, a spy charged with figuring out who took control of a top secret missile defense system and used it to shoot down a commercial plane. With a completely immersive world and the option to mold your character to play as one of three spy archetypes (Bond, Bourne and Bauer), this game definitely makes my list of day one purchases.

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