Getting ready to do a bunch of reviews this week. In the meantime, trying to savor Alan Wake before finishing.

Geez…what's with all the new game announcements?

There were quite a few this past week, but by far my favorite was the one for Bioshock Infinite . I loved both of the first two; people can whine about the story in the sequel but it was still pretty damn good, and I think they refined and expanded the gameplay a bit, too. Then there was Ace Combat: Assault Horizon , and although I'm not really a flight guy, that debut trailer was pretty awesome. I'll definitely have to try it. As for Call of Duty 8 , the only reason I'm mildly curious is because it's an entirely new developer and they're claiming it's a new approach (i.e., an "adventure/FPS"). But it's not exactly topping my most-anticipated list right now. DanceDanceRevolution PS3? Ehhhh… Not my thing. The very idea that a demo for Duke Nukem Forever might drop in a few months time is almost too mind-boggling…the game that essentially defined "vaporware" is actually going to arrive?

Hard to believe. But it'll be interesting to see the result. As for other FPSs that might be somewhat original and – at the very least – extremely polished, you should consider Rage . Won't be around for a while, but it could be very cool. And don't forget Crysis 2 , which is now set for March. I still want Dragon Age II more in that month, but hey, Crytek talks a lot of smack, you know? Let's see if they can back it up.

Insomniac, it better be Resistance 3…

There's a very good chance that we could finally see Insomniac's new project this week; they've been hinting that the announcement is right around the corner . I really don't think Resistance 2 got anywhere near enough love from PS3 owners, but maybe that's because it was overshadowed by Killzone 2 , which launched only about five months later. I'm a big fan of the Resistance games and as good as they are, I don't really play the Ratchet & Clank titles, so this mystery game better be the third Resistance . There's so much left to that story! There's just so much more they can do, although they may be frightened by the sheer number of potentially fantastic FPSs scheduled to hit the market in the next 6 months. Maybe they feel they can't compete, or something. But I couldn't possibly have more faith in this particular developer, and no matter what they're making, I'll be interested.

Personal gaming update

Like I said, I'm waiting to finish Alan Wake because I really don't have anything I want to play until Halo: Reach about a month from now. I do have a lot of games to play for reviews, though; for August, look for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days , Mafia II , Top Gun , Cladun: This is an RPG , and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light . Then there's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 in the first week of September. After that, there's a small break before everything explodes in October, as usual. Above all else, I'm probably most psyched for Gran Turismo 5 , although I'm really looking forward to Enslaved: Odyssey to the West , Medal of Honor , Vanquish , and LittleBigPlanet 2 . Next year is gonna be huge, too; I just loved that gameplay trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution …that game is gonna be bad-ass.

Not much else to report. Oh, we'll be looking at Move titles for the launch next month. I still have my reservations, but we'll see…

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