Perhaps these trying economic times have caused you to become more frugal; maybe you're being more selective in your video game purchases. If that's the case, and you're planning ahead, simply put these five titles on your "must-buy" list and you'll be assured of playing the best of the best.

5. Gears of War 3

As the sequel proved last year, you really can't go wrong with Gears of War . You can just feel the grit lodged within every dark, bloody nook and cranny of these adventures, and everyone will flock to step into the capable shoes of Marcus Fenix once more. As one of the best third-person shooter experiences available this generation, GeoW3 is destined to be yet another masterpiece. …we only hope Epic can iron out a few of the remaining technical hitches and glitches, and if they do, the third installment is gonna rock even harder.

4. Gran Turismo 5

Racing aficionados have had the benefit of a frequently updated and expanded Gran Turismo 5: Prologue , but we're all anxiously anticipating the final product. This is once again going to redefine the nature of the driving simulator, so we're expecting the combined brilliance of gorgeous, nearly unparalleled visuals and the most realistic physics yet. Every time we pop Prologue in, we just start wondering- "if this is an early indicator, can you imagine how amazing the full game will be?!" In the realm of racing simulators, there's always competition, but we remain confident that when GT5 arrives, it will have no equal. We're sorry, but Forza has never been able to stack up in terms of authenticity, and if anyone mentions that lame joke of a damage model they have, they're gonna get smacked . By me .

3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Arnold tells me it's the prettiest console title he's ever seen, and after the teaser trailers and media I've seen, I'm inclined to believe him. I also distinctly recall the wonderful visuals we all saw in the original Uncharted , and that was back in late 2007. Naughty Dog is going to "wow" the masses with this one, and let's not forget the most important factor: it should boast some of the finest third-person gameplay in history. After Uncharted 2 explodes onto the scene later this year – and it will explode ; we promise you – Nathan Drake and his new quest will become one of the most respected and heralded titles of the generation. You can't possibly miss this one, and if you loved the original, we absolutely guarantee you'll adore the sequel.

2. Final Fantasy XIII

We firmly believe that it'll be well worth the wait, as was the case for every main Final Fantasy installment since the original PlayStation. FFVII defined the RPG in the PS1 generation; FFX defined it and FFXII re defined it in the PS2 generation, and we're waiting for the next leap with FFXIII. Yes, it's also coming to the Xbox 360, but we don't really have a problem with that (and we still believe if you have the option, the PS3 version will certainly be the best choice). Granted, we really haven't seen much in the way of extended gameplay, but we should see a lot more in the coming months. That one-hour demo that ships with the upcoming Blu-Ray release of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" will yield plenty of online footage at places like YouTube; that's a no-brainer. And in the end, this will be placed among the best of the best of the best .

1. God of War III

We really had no choice in the matter. No other video game franchise in history scored higher with its first two installments than God of War (feel free to check me on that, but I think it's true), and you can bet the critics will once again go crazy for God of War III . The real-time videos we've seen thus far have absolutely blown our mind, and we have little doubt that it could become the greatest game of the generation. Kratos is going to embark on the most brutal, dynamic slashfest yet, and you'll definitely want to purchase a ticket for this ride. As far as straight-up action titles go, you won't find anything better. Oh, and please don't ask us if it's coming in 2009, because it's really not…we're almost certain.

So there you have it. Bear in mind that we're not sure if something like Grand Theft Auto V , Killzone 3 , or the next Metal Gear will release before 2010 is over; these are the titles that absolutely should be on store shelves before the end of next year. There are many awesome games on tap, though, so we're certain opinions will vary.

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SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

PLEASE GTAV…PLEASE MAKE IT INTO 2010


Last edited by SarahPalinMILF on 3/7/2009 12:54:33 PM

jlch777
jlch777
11 years ago

GT5……….

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

@ ^Sarahpalin^
yeah and please drop the 360 dev of it under the standpoint that " the 9gb dvd limits your artistic and development talents" ūüôā that would be hilarous if they did.


Last edited by EddPm6 on 3/7/2009 1:03:15 PM

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

I think it's also an outrage that the Xbots also get Lost And The Damned as exclusive episodic content with another on the way for a franchise that originally started as a benchmark in Playstation exclusives…

The Stig
The Stig
11 years ago

EddPm6 your right GTAIV was restricted due to the 360s capabilities. Rockstar do have an exclusive contract with PS3 for its next franchise tho, but its not gonna be GTA.

@ SarahPalinMILF, Microsoft paid for it so its fair enough. BTW, the GTA series originaly started on the PC.

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

Look at it this way, the cash ms pays for exclusive downloadable content helps in R&D,so ms is investing in a future that it may never see

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Who cares about Lost and Damned, I couldn't even make it through the GTA4 regular game. So parts were great (the bank robbery), but it was too long to begin with. I played 30 hours and I was only like 50% complete, I had enough. But I guess other people like it.

JoshBall
JoshBall
11 years ago

Killzone? haha..

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Joshie no likey KZ?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/7/2009 3:25:16 PM

shoota
shoota
11 years ago

Pretty hyped for Gears, God of War and Uncharted. Not really sold in FFXIII just yet but I really hope GT5 is a return to form after GT4 and GT5P.

slayerkillemall
slayerkillemall
11 years ago

yes josh "360",killzone 2 is an amazing game..
as for me out of the 5 games listed here only 2 are on my must buy list :Gran Turismo 5 ,and
God of War 3…..of course if Doom 4 came out it be my #1 priority…..


Last edited by slayerkillemall on 3/7/2009 1:41:09 PM

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

If Gears3 is released on the next xbox instead of the 360, yes, then, I'll be curious. Being the last one, it should finish the series with a bang. However, in the greater likelihood that it does come in on the 360 in 2010, I'll rent it to see how they finish the series.

GT5 is a done deal for me. I'll wait for reviews on the Final Fantasies. GOW3 will be a must-buy for me, but in the same bucket with R&C.

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

*cough FFv13cough*

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if Versus sits in dev hell or is held back so as not to compete with its predecessor (and to be ported) until 2011.

shaydey77
shaydey77
11 years ago

Whens the new twisted metal out??

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

That's a good question. I want that game.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

Come on, Killzone was released this year and I know I'm going to love it more than some of the games on the list. not by much though

SerichA
SerichA
11 years ago

Resident Evil 5, Team ICO's 3rd Project, Demon's Souls, and possibly the forgotten L.A. Noire are some that I highly anticipate, and have a ton of potential.

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

I would do just about anything short of sexual deeds to have a copy of L.A. Noire right this instant…lol

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

Grand Turismo 5, StarCraft 2, God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII and Uncharted 2. That what I think most ppl will say an some what agree. but for me personally, FFVXIII, MAG, ICO's, StarCraft2 and GT5.

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Im going to get all of those games except FFXIII and GT5. Im not into rpgs and racing stimulators.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

I thought FFXIII was for 2010 April…. never the less im looking forward to that and Uncharted 2, Street Fighter IV was a very satisfying game to start the year.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

That's why he wrote 2009/2010.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Top 5 reasons to slit your own throat:

5: Gears 2 was glitchier than 1, 3 may be glitchier than 2.

4: That dude laughed at a GT5 release for 2010, now it might be that long.

3: Uncharted1 still isn't getting all the respect it deserves.

2: No I won't let it go, the fact we PS3 owners have to wait for a port to 360 to get our FFXIII on is atrocious.

1: GoWIII is a year Away! Literally, March!

Zaben
Zaben
11 years ago

FFvXII (hopefully 2010…), FFXIII, God of War III, Uncharted 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for me.


Last edited by Zaben on 3/7/2009 3:36:27 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

GearsofWar IMO blows donkey dick.

eba101
eba101
11 years ago

how about Resistance 3

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Yeah.
And how about anything Insomniac <3

=D

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

I think GT5 will arrive in december 2009 .

jlch777
jlch777
11 years ago

maybe for japan

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

Buying 4 out of 5. Leaving Gears of Wars 3 behind.

city96
city96
11 years ago

I can't understand Ben's fixation with GoW3
I know it's good all games are really. There's no game where you say no i don't like it at all. Well you might but you dont mean it. Otherwise it wouldn't be classified as A GAME more like unworthy piece of M$.

I hope Uncharted will be better than MGS4 in terms of gameplay and visuals. I just want more guns.

COD6 should've been there too. CoD4 was insane because they were brave enough to challenge terrorism not Chimera (R2 is better than CoD5) But the storyline was cut short because they rushed to get it on 360. But that might not happen this time. And the best thing about it is the online which Ben don't like going on because 35yr old guys make themselves sound like kids on the headsets. Then put you off by saying stuff like "LOL,LOL,LOL," "*******************"
LOL

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I would hardly call it a "fixation." I'd say it was 2008's 3rd best title behind MGS4 and GTAIV, and I still haven't played LBP.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Wait… what? GoW3 isn't out. Are you somehow referring to GeoW2?

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Play LBP! It was maybe the coolest game I've ever played.

city96
city96
11 years ago

No well yeah to me your fixed on particular games and well, i start liking them, your good at what you do then. Huh.
GoW3 looks good but i seen much better games. Like Eight Days or The Getaway 3. These are two amazing games that got cancelled to allow LBP and Uncharted to flourish. These are 2 new IP's so i understand why they might have done this.
But 8days was like soooo good and may have been better than GTA. I'm serious. The Getaway had a perfect model of London and a Tube system and Buses and real time does it all. It looks like the London track in GT5:P. Check these games out, although you've neva playd them you'll be disappointed with the decision.

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

Honestly Gears 2 killed the series for me,it wasn't as fun as the first. Everything else i look forward too, and hopefully we'll get an abundance of ps3 rpg's mostly J's

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Man i can not wait for God of War 3 i'm replaying the first two. Looking forward also to White knight chronicals i was hoping to pre-order but no release date as of yet at Ebgames ūüôĀ

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

Best of the best Gears 3?

Totalz
Totalz
11 years ago

So is gears 3 coming out on ps3?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Epic says no.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

seriously? it will not be an exclusive anymore?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

…what?

The Stig
The Stig
11 years ago

Im sure I read somewhere it could come to PS3 as EPIC only had a two game contract with MS. I still very much doubt it tho.

Totalz
Totalz
11 years ago

Thanks, I heard recently that it was a possibility, but apparently Mark Rein replied on a forum that all the talk was nonsense…I really hope it might come to PS3, at least 1 & 2 if not the third

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

RESIDENT EVIL 5!!!!

raidtimedope
raidtimedope
11 years ago

RE5, Uncharted 2, Godfather 2, GT5 ….. these r what i need, i hate RPGs ,

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
11 years ago

I would agree with numberd 1-3. Never been a driving/racing fan, and I don't own an X360. My brother does, but he is miles away. So instead for me it will have to be…
Dunno. A new Timesplitters (praise be) and a new Elder Scrolls. Neither have been announced, but hoping they are in the not too distant future.

daus26
daus26
11 years ago

GT5 pleassee…

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

They announced Gears 3? Didn't part 2 just come out? Bah! More tps bs. I don't need it.

I'll take your top three though. Se-WEEE-T