3. Assassinâ€™s Creed (Ubisoft â€“ PC/Xbox 360/PS3 â€“ Action/Adventure): The gaming community is prone to overwhelming bouts of enthusiasm, and this was in evidence when Assassinâ€™s Creed appeared at E3 in 2006. Set during Third Crusade era Middle East, you play as a member of a secret assassinâ€™s sect known as AltaÃ¯r, whose objective it is to kill the historical figures who are orchestrating the Crusades. The real highlight, however, is the use of â€˜Parkourâ€™, which was popularised in France and showcased in Channel 4â€™s Jump London documentary, as an integral part of the gameplay.
4. Bioshock (Irrational Games â€“ PC/Xbox 360 â€“ FPS/RPG): Another game using the Unreal 3 Engine, Bioshock is best known as the game most likely to be a bit like the seminal Ion Storm classics Deus Ex and System Shock. Set in an underwater city called Rapture, the world of Bioshock was thrown into turmoil after a revolutionary scientific discovery. Once a capitalist â€œparadiseâ€, Rapture is now a decaying mess full of all sorts of unpleasant elements. The main draw of the game, however, is the so called â€œemergent gameplayâ€ and the designers claim to have created â€œNPC A.Iâ€ that can be manipulated by the player to aid them. Whether it can live up to this billing is an entirely different matter.
5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar â€“ Xbox 360/PS3 â€“ Free Roaming Action): What can one say about a series as notorious as Grand Theft Auto? Itâ€™s unfortunate that a series rightfully praised for its gaming excellence should be hijacked as it has. All the same, Rockstar arenâ€™t complaining and gamers arenâ€™t either. Details are very thin on the ground, with little more than rumour and conjecture available, but if youâ€™ve ever played a GTA game then youâ€™ll know what to expect.
Also Look Out For: Virtua Tennis 3, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Mercenaries 2, The Darkness, Alan Wake, Alone in the Dark, Haze and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2.