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PC Gamer: Hottest Games of 2008

Feature: 110 reasons to be excited - part nine

PC Gamer UK has picked out its hottest games of 2008, the list totalling an impressive 110 titles. The carnage finally finishes in this part nine. Should you have missed previous parts of the feature, you can find links to them below.


Vampyre Story (ETA: Spring)
We're still not entirely sure why a vampire would want to bite an opera singer: unless it's to make a great joke about the fat lady exsanguinating. In this beautifully hand-drawn animated adventure (created by ex-LucasArts staffers) you are that lady. Um, except you're not fat. Mona is (un)dead lovely, and desperate to sing at the Paris opera.


Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (ETA: Winter)
Had enough of World of Warcraft yet? Then this might be the next obvious step: Warhammer Online, a combat-focused fantasy MMO blending Blizzard's model with Games Workshop's world.

The difference? Warhammer has a far more brutal fantasy landscape, and the quests you'll receive and the tone of the zones have been made to match. Quests cheerfully demand you massacre innocent dwarves, towns are disease-filled pits, and players are encouraged into the all-pervading player-versus-player objectives.

Want to take the XP-boosting quests in the towns toward the centre of a zone? They'll only be available to the faction that currently holds the village in question: meaning that at some point, you're going to have to fight. For your right. In parties (of five or more).


Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March (ETA: Spring)
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos was a clever, if not entirely successful, attempt to bring Warhammer's fantasy battles to the PC real-time strategy genre. It ditched base building in favour of straight-up battles between armies purchased beforehand, and in-depth hero development. This expansion-cum-sequel adds two new factions: Dark Elves, and Orcs-and-Goblins. It also introduces a new multiplayer mode designed for Hero Duels, where players can battle one-on-one with their chosen characters. Like Pokemon.


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (ETA: Winter)
Yes, Blizzard are checking all the boxes for this second World of Warcraft expansion. There are new zones to explore, in the shape of chilly continent Northrend. The level cap gets raised to 80, allowing players another hit of XP progression.

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