We're back to bring you a taste of some of the great games that you can expect see, and hopefully play, in the coming months. This is by no means a comprehensive list - we figure the average attention span for an article drops off rapidly past a certain point - but we've got some great stuff to talk about here. Let's get started.

What's Happening this Month?

Let there be foliage! Ever since the release of Far Cry in 2004, a number of games have followed the trend of being set in exotic jungle locations with lots of greenery everywhere you point your AK-47. Haze continues this trend as an exclusive title for the PlayStation 3. In this politically charged first person shooter, you play as a member of the Mantel Corporation whose mission is to take down the one man whose dealings with a drug called nectar have been stirring up a fair amount of trouble in the world. But when you find out the truth behind Mantel's motives, you are faced with joining your enemy's forces, along with a few questions. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Which side am I on? [Ed: Looking at the Haze website, I'm not sure Mantel Corporation looks even remotely reputable.]

With a proven track record for creating shooters like TimeSplitters, plus Managing Director David Doak's work on GoldenEye, Free Radical has created what looks to be a force to be reckoned with in the FPS genre and a welcome addition to the roster of PlayStation 3 exclusive titles. Haze will be released in May with a lengthy single player/4-person co-op campaign and support for up to 24 players online via the PlayStation Network. Further details should be available later this month.

Staunch PC gamers who cringed when BioWare released their action/RPG Mass Effect as an Xbox 360 exclusive late last year will finally get some relief as the space epic makes its way to PC. Known for their creation of such titles as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, BioWare expands on their role-playing roots with real-time versus turn-based combat, and a rich story line whose outcome largely depends on the decisions made by the player. In Mass Effect you play as John Shepherd, a freedom fighter who leads his team on a galactic adventure to take down a former comrade who has taken a turn for the worse.

According to BioWare's technical producer, Derek French, Mass Effect on PC utilizes DX9 rendering with "no promises" made regarding DX10. Much like Epic's PC release of Gears of War, the game runs on Unreal Engine 3 with graphical enhancements including a revamped graphical user interface that precludes to Mass Effect from being a simple port of an Xbox 360 game. While system requirements are still being fleshed out, gamers can expect similar hardware specs for other recent releases running on Unreal Engine 3, such as Bioshock and Unreal Tournament 3.

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  • DeanimatE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - link

    where the horse pie is Street Fighter IV?
    that game is going to be huge! :D
  • nicknet - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - link

    Ships September 16... i'm a little excited about this one too
  • deeznuts - Monday, May 12, 2008 - link

    The fact you have a couple of movie games in there, ugh, thse have such little chance of becoming good games.

    LittleBigPlanet? Man that's going to be huge. Not even an honorable mention?
  • Omega215D - Monday, May 12, 2008 - link

    I guess it is a good thing that Ubisoft Montreal is working on Far Cry 2. Games from this division are usually quite good in comparison to their Shanghai part.

    Also I thought that the next Splinter Cell (also from Montreal) is supposed to be out this year. Any news on that?
  • KeypoX - Sunday, May 11, 2008 - link

    Seems pretty surprising. But nearly all of them are xbox and ps3 ports :(. Hope they port nicely.
  • demiurge3141 - Saturday, May 10, 2008 - link

    i heard that duke nukem forever will be out in 2008......
  • JonnyDough - Saturday, May 10, 2008 - link

    COME TO PC??!!! Don't NEGLECT US!!! "WE" (older generations of really hanus and slightly neat-o nerds) LOVED YOU FIRST GAME PROGRAMMERS!!!
  • EddieTurner - Monday, May 12, 2008 - link

    Haze was originally planned for PC, as well as the 360. That was before Sony sunk their teeth into Free Radical. Now the game is PS3 only. Money talks.
  • SPARTAN VI - Friday, May 9, 2008 - link

    C'mon AT! Why isn't this soon to be PC blockbuster on that list?
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 9, 2008 - link

    A) When has Blizzard ever managed to release two games/updates in one year?
    B) No firm data set - just "TBA".
    C) Everyone has pretty much already heard about it -- might as well write to tell people the sun rises every morning. ;-)

    Those same criteria often apply to many of the other games on the list. I haven't seen a single game in the comments that we didn't at least mention in the email messages going back and forth on this article. Eventually, we decided that we should just post what we had and see the reaction rather than spending another several weeks trying to modify things. I figure no matter how much time we spent, we were going to leave off some major games.

    I pushed for including more strategy/RPG/adventure titles personally, but if we had gone for what I was thinking this could have easily been a 10,000 word article. It would have covered more games, but I don't know it would have actually been *better*.

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