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PC Gamer: Hottest Games of 2008

Feature: 110 reasons to be excited - part five

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Highlander (ETA: Summer)
There can be only one... joke made per issue about the Highlander game. You'll play one character across 2,000 years, taking in Pompeii, feudal Japan and medieval Scotland. Don't lose your head. DAMN. That makes two jokes. (It does? - Ed)

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The Hunt (ETA: Spring)
A videogame reworking of that much-used sci-fi plot where people are chased on live TV for the pleasure of the viewing masses. A clever FPS satire of television extremes and authoritarianism, or dumb shooter? Time will tell.

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Huxley (ETA: Winter)
5,000 players per server battle through a post-apocalyptic FPS world to gain control of new energy source. Based on Unreal technology, Huxley's been in development for an age, with little news - this is the year it should finally appear.

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Iron Man (ETA: Summer)
The inevitable game of the film of the comic book has fallen into the lap of Sega, who will be recreating Marvel's metal-suited hero in a cross-platform tie-in. We'll take a wild guess: it will be a disappointing third-person action game.

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Jagged Alliance 3 (ETA: Summer)
Your band of mercenaries toppled one dictator in Jagged Alliance 2. Thanks to a coup in the neighbouring lands there's more merc work to do: muscle to recruit, generals to silence. Think X‑Com, but with moustaches and berets.

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Jet Thunder (ETA: Summer)
You'll need a decent flight stick for this detailed simulation of the Falklands War of 1982. Jet Thunder marks the return of the complicated jet-powered flight sim to PC gaming.

This isn't just about flying British Sea Harriers and Argentine Skyhawks: you'll fight the entire air war over accurately modelled Falkland (or Malvinas, if you're of the Argentinian persuasion) islands, as well as much of Argentine Patagonia.

Don't expect to be flying pre-scripted and canned missions, either: an AI will hand out tasks and objectives depending on the current tactical situation. Get the war wrong and you might be fighting long into Thatcher's third term.

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Kung Fu Hustle (ETA: Summer)
At last a game based on Stephen Chow's gloriously silly kung fu movie. He's also working on the game, reproducing the hilarious fights against the Landlady and The Beast. Strangely, it'll be free to play, but you'll need to buy extra lives and new equipment. How odd.

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Kwari (ETA: Spring)
This first-person shooter is free to download and play: you just buy your ammunition. Every time you shoot another player in this online FPS, you make money. But then, if you get shot, or fall to your death, you'll lose some. You play for the stakes you choose, with opportunities for receiving jackpots and cash bonuses every day on the servers. Games have gone mad.

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