Left 4 Dead
After The Orange Box, Valve could happily rest on its laurels for a year, but this collaboration with Turtle Rock Studios already looks like one of next-year's most exciting multi-player options. Pitching four â€˜survivors' against a horde of running, scrambling, screaming zombies, it's designed from the ground-up as a co-operative experience. Not only do the survivors need to work together to survive against assaults co-ordinated by a dynamic AI â€˜director', but they also face up to four zombie players, who can join in as one of four boss characters with special abilities or brutal special attacks. The grainy looks - inspired by 28 Weeks Later and the remake of Dawn of the Dead - use the enhanced version of the Source engine employed in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. In the words of Gabe Newell, "What Counter-Strike did for multiplayer action games, Left 4 Dead will do for co-op games." Early reports suggest he's right.
So there you have it. The latest batch of consoles may be getting all the headlines and may be offering some pretty compelling games, but the PC is far from dead. In fact, the PC has some treats in store that none of the current crop of consoles could ever hope to match. Yes you're going to have to pay dearly for cutting edge PC hardware, but if you want the very best gaming experience, you're going to have to dig deep, sit back and enjoy!