In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Friday, January 9, 2009

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I covered the horror films that I’m looking forward to in 2009 earlier this week, so now I want to touch on some upcoming goodies from my other favourite pass time; video games. Aside from the obvious ones like Killzone 2 and the new Infinity Ward Call of Duty installment, there are a few (three to be precise) genre titles on the way.

Resident Evil 5
My absolute #1 anticipated piece of media entertainment in 2009. It’s absolutely gorgeous and all the demo footage looks like it has improved on the already groundbreaking mechanics of Resident Evil 4. It will be good to get back in Chris Redfield’s combat boots again after a lengthy absence, as I believe 2000’s Code Veronica was the last time we saw him. Okay, technically he was in a 2007 game on the Wii, but that doesn’t really count. The online co-op gameplay (with the introduction of new character Sheva Alomar) will hopefully be more polished than in previous installments like Outbreak.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
F.E.A.R. was the first game I played on my PS3 and I can’t wait for more. All J-horror comparisons aside, Alma is one pissed off little ghostie and the addition of mechs is a stroke of genius. F.E.A.R’s enemy A.I. is some of the best in the business and I’m going to need all my time-slowing abilities to come out on top.

Heavy Rain
This PS3 exclusive has had a ton of resources poured into it. The graphics are cutting edge, as you can see. From what I can glean from the trailer, the story revolves around a woman investigating someone called The Origami Killer, presumably the knife-wielding attacker in the trailer. Still not much is known about the gameplay, other than it will utilize a unique control system that will entail at least some QTE’s. It will also have a huge and dense storyline (word has it the original script was the length of over three feature films). I’m really pulling for Heavy Rain to be more than just a pretty face.

So, there you have it. It seems my Playstation will be working overtime this year. Happy gaming and remember to save early and save often!

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