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Hot Games of 2007 article

Name of the Game: Lair
System/s: PS3
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release: July 2007
Number of Players: TBA
ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
Hotness Factor: 4

So many action games are coming this year, but none will be able to say they let you fly on the back of a dragon. Except for Lair. Lair could be the first game to attract more people to the PS3 console.

Being a knight is one thing; we have been those before. We have even had a couple of games that reminded us why dragons are so cool. However, we have never really had a title help us really immerse ourselves past our imaginations when it came owning our own dragon. This will all change when Lair arrives. Using the Sixaxis controller, we will be able to take full control of the dragons, much like a flight simulator game. Just making Lair a dragon flight simulator would be enough for some, but the fact that your knight will also play a huge part in the combat adds more depth to the combat context sensitive controls.

With a high flying dragon game, it is hard to imagine what will prepare us for the wind in our face rush we will get. Maybe there will be a way. Instead of soaring high above the clouds, maybe we can use a web-line to pass the time until then.

Hot Games of 2007 article


Name of the Game: Stranglehold
System/s: PS3; Xbox 360; PC
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Tiger Hill Entertainment
Release: August 2007
Number of Players: 1
ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
Hotness Factor: 3

Speaking of games that have a Hollywood feel, Tiger Hill Entertainment's Stranglehold has been designed to make you think you are part of the film. With a star like Chow Yun Fat, you can expect the action to be unabashedly choreographed.

If you are a fan of Chow Yun Fat's films, then you have seen Hard Boiled, the no holds barred action fest directed by John Woo. With hits like Face Off and Mission Impossible 2, I doubt anyone that is a fan of action does not know who these two masters of the art are. Stranglehold will work like a sequel to Hard Boiled. Chow Yun Fat will reprise his role as Tequila Yuen. He will be taking on the notorious Crime Lords in Hong Kong and the Russian born Chicago mob boss that has kidnapped his ex-wife. Stranglehold will also feature Tequila Time. No - it's not a new late night party game, rather, it's a slow motion system similar to that which flooded the market a few years ago.

With the hard-nosed action that accompanies anything that involves John Woo, there is almost nothing that could possibly build more anticipation for this game, unless you could take down your enemies with a friend.

Hot Games of 2007 article

Name of the Game: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
System/s: PS3; Xbox 360; PS2; PC
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Release: November 2007
Number of Players: 2
ESRB Rating: Teen
Hotness Factor: 3

If you are looking for a game to cause mass hysteria and chaotic carnage while accompanied by a friend or two, then look no further. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is the game designed with you in mind.

A sequel to the popular Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, you will see the return of mercenary Mattias Nilsson. This time, Eva Navarro will join Nilsson. The game will also take place in Venezuela. This time around, it will be your job to protect the oil supplies of the country from invading factions. Players will also be able to set up their own mercenary corporation in order to hire other mercs to help expand their supportive structures. Add this to the destructible environments as well as new maneuvers for Nilsson to perform, like setting fire to buildings, soldiers, trees, vehicles, and other objects in the environment, and you have yourself a game built with hours of tactical strategy in mind.

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is set to remind people why mercenaries do the jobs no one else will. Destined to release in a crucial game month, it is definitely not one to miss. Look for it under hardcore action come this November.

Hot Games of 2007 article

Be sure to keep an eye out for these titles as well as the list below for an action packed experience that your thumbs will despise you for.

For even more action than you can shake a stick (or Nunchuk) at, be sure to check these games out in the months to come:

  • Fantastic Four
  • Transformers
  • Manhunt 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War
  • Hellboy
  • Nights Journey of Dreams
  • Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus - PSP
  • Silent Hill Origins

    By Matthew Walker
    CCC Project Coordinator

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