February 1, 2008 - Delaying the release of highly anticipated video games is becoming popular. The moment we heard Super Smash Bros. had gotten pushed back yet again, we lost part of our faith and trust in developers, publishers, and their "official" release dates. However, at least one positive consequence will come out of this: games will be more polished, and they won't ship to the store with a bunch of glitches that would just make everyone frustrated; at least we'll get what we paid for - or so we hope.
If you thought 2007 was hot, just wait and see what 2008 has in store! Lots of cool video games will come out this year and, as the next-gen consoles finally turn into "current-gen," our upcoming gaming experiences will be even more amazing than before.
The PS3 is slowly but surely gaining ground (will Sony's console become the game giant all over again?), the Xbox 360 is consolidating as America's gamers' favorite console (we know you like it hardcore!), and the Wii has become everyone's best friend, offering loads of multiplayer fun and innovation (hang in there!).
Check out Cheat Code Central's most anticipated games of the year and see what's got us excited!
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Release: Q2 2008 / Dev: Nintendo / Pub: Nintendo
The highly anticipated kart-racer for the Nintendo Wii should be phenomenal. The inclusion of a deep online component, tons of new characters, new tracks, responsive motion controls, and single-seat karts will make this edition of the illustrious franchise standout. The biggest question out there is the quality of the controls. They could make or break this title. Thankfully, the game is one of Nintendo's most important titles so there shouldn't be any problems whatsoever. In fact, the motion controls will most likely be perfect. However, it would be nice if the game supported multiple control schemes ala Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There's no word on whether or not multi-controller support will happen though. The game will be sold as a bundle with the Wii Wheel. The Wii Wheel will be a simple plastic ring that seats the Wii Remote in the center. The online component will also be a major boon for the series. We would love to see massive multiplayer battles and even world championship kart tourneys supported. Look for Mario Kart Wii to sell a lot of consoles sometime in Q2 2008. - Jonathan Marx, Lead Contributor / News Director
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Release: Q2 2008 / Dev: Kojima / Pub: Konami
Konami and Kojima have been yanking our chains over Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots long before the PS3 hit households; amazing screen shots, jaw-dropping trailers and tantalizing interviews started buzzing about the net in late 2004. Well, the wait is nearly over as Kojima's final MGS masterpiece is set to touch down this spring. In addition to old man Snake, the stealth-action stalwart will deliver the expected story-driven campaign and screen-filling boss battles, all supported by bar-raising production values. MGS4 also tweaks the famous formula by arming Snake with slick new tech toys like the battlefield-handy remote-controlled mini 'Metal Gear Mk. II', an OctoCamo suit providing near invisibility, and the Snake Eye patch that makes Sam Fisher's night-vision goggles look like a pair of Blu Blockers. The latest news out of camp Kojima is that MGS4's narrative will un-spool a beauty-and-the-beast-like back-story revealing how some of the games' baddest baddies actually used to be cute and cuddly...or at least good guys. - Matt Cabral, Freelance Writer