PC Gamer: Hottest Games of 2008

Feature: 110 reasons to be excited - part four

PC Gamer UK has picked out its hottest games of 2008, the list totalling an impressive 110 titles. The carnage continues below, and we'll be adding to the list over the coming days. Should you have missed previous parts of the feature, you can find links to them below.


Dungeon Hero (ETA: Winter)
As mad as a heron, FireFly boast that this singleplayer game will be "the first dungeon-based game to realistically depict underground life." It creates a functional underground community: you can simply live down there, socialising with other dungeon dwellers, or you can have savage fights with monsters. But we question that opening quote: have they forgotten Bullfrog's awesome Dungeon Keeper?


Empire of Sports (ETA: Spring)
An MMO that has the potential to cross over into the ultra-mainstream, this lets you level up a character by playing tennis, football and basketball, with more games to come after launch. The cool part: the sims of each sport are designed purely for the PC, with mouse-driven swings and kicks. Even better: developers Infront think they can manage 11-a-side games of online footy, something even EA haven't yet managed. Oh. And if the developers have their way, and they land the right advertising deals, it'll be free.


Enemy in Sight (ETA: Winter)
Consider this top secret. It's the long awaited follow-up to strategy shooter Hidden & Dangerous. It's rumoured to be set in the near future, with Russia and NATO at loggerheads in a slightly hotter than Cold War. If that means we get a refined version of the incredible four-way strategy and combat that began the tactical shooting revolution popularised by Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six, we're sold.


Empire: Total War (ETA: Autumn)
You've got (almost) the entire world to conquer in the new game from Medieval and Rome legends Creative Assembly. Much has been made of the grand naval battles, but every Total War player knows that the in-game skirmishes are nothing without the epic 100-year wars. So you're a European fighting for control of the world... where do you start?

Want to rewrite the War of Independence, installing a British dictator in Washington, or seeding the country with German rulers? That's fine. In the real world, when the then 13 colonies rebelled, Britain with her mighty navy had a fine time invading coastal cities such as New York and Boston. The trouble started when Britain's ancient enemy, the French, decided to weigh in on the rebel side. An excellent excuse for declaring pre-emptive war on them this time around, we think you'll agree.

The Napoleonic Wars don't receive anywhere near as much attention in our school syllabus, but that doesn't make them any less fascinating. During the 1700s and 1800s, France and Britain were almost constantly at war, or competing for colonial prizes. While the British had control of the seas, the French dominated most of Western Europe and were making serious headway into Asia. Put an end to their game! Napoleon fancied his chances at invading Britain: make sure you have a Nelson on hand to deny him.

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