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The 20 most exciting games for Summer 09

You'll want to get your hands on these

Summer should be filled with plenty of long warm evenings, spent outside enjoying barbecues and a beer. Unfortunately the British weather means you may find yourself confined to the house while the heavens open. But if you're worried about being bored, fear not.

A host of hotly anticipated games will be launching this summer. Whether you want you want some blood and guts or just some family friendly fun, we guarantee they'll be a game that you'll be dying to get your hands on.

We've rounded up the 20 most anticipated games and let you know how we really feel about them.

Batman, Ghostbusters, Terminator, Wolverine

The Scoop: This year's four most anticipated licensed-franchise games are X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator: Salvation, Ghostbusters and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Darren: 'Licensed-franchise games' - those three words dredge up memories of failure and cross-media marketing. And yet, this summer we have Batman: Arkham Asylum, Ghostbusters, Terminator: Salvation, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, all coming out to every platform known to man. And I'm really looking forward to a couple of them.

Dan Ackroyd is so behind the Ghostbusters game that he has rallied most of the original cast to help with voice-acting duties. But it's more than just a sequel to the flicks - the few demos I've seen make me anxious to bust spectral noggins. I've been waiting for a good Ghostbusters video game since the Apple II days.

As for Batman, that title has two things going for it: sweet graphics and an asylum's worth of loony, superpowered inmates. You're squaring off against classic comic villains - and, of course, a small army of goons who somehow wormed their way into Arkham Asylum. The idea of openly stalking Arkham's halls and the free flow combat are enough to wash away concerns that this might be a mindless button-mashing beat-'em-up. What say you, Matt?

Matt: I've already had my hands on Wolverine, and while the combo-driven fighting system is interesting (lunges rule), the levels feel like cattle pens linking dopey mob fights.

Terminator: Salvation gets an anticipatory thumbs-down from me, too, but Batman looks promising, and it has Paul Dini writing it, to boot. Will it really have "a dark and gritty setting reminiscent of Bioshock"? Doubtful. Otherwise, there's no cooler milieu in the Batman universe than Arkham Asylum.

As for Ghostbusters ditto on what Darren said about the tech demos, except I'll see your Apple II and raise it by my one-year-earlier Commodore 64 version.

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  10. Champions Online
  11. Madden NFL 10 and NCAA Football 10
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