Highlighting the next class of games

In development for the last few years by Remedy Entertainment, "Alan Wake" is being billed as a psychological action thriller. Alan Wake is a struggling writer and his wife decided a change of scenery was needed, so they move to the idyllic town of Bright Falls to regain his creative spirit. Shortly after they move to Bright Falls, Wake’s wife vanished and he is left in his own created nightmare. Word by word, his latest work is being written with him as the main character in his own nightmare. Enemies in the game are vulnerable to light and Alan Wake’s main weapon of choice is his flashlight. The game promises different ways to trap your enemies in light through various traps and weapons. Remedy also promises a full three dimensional free-roam city similar to ones found in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. This game has a release date of when-it’s-done and will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.

"Prototype," described as a sandbox action game, currently being developed by Radical Entertainment has the player take on the role of Alex Mercer, a former scientist who is now a biological weapon with no memories of his past. Alex has the ability to shape-shift and can consume his enemies, enabling him to gain all of their own past experiences, memories, and appearance. These new abilities are designed so that the player has an array of ways to complete objectives. Alex can also run and jump fast, and can lift huge amounts of weight. Radical claims there will be over 750 unique combinations of various powers. Look for "Prototype" on June 9 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

No longer known as "Call of Duty," "Modern Warfare 2" is a first-person shooter that promises to deliver an even better experience than before. Infinity Ward, considered one of the best game developers in the world, has decided to once again set its newest game in modern times. In development for the past two years, "Modern Warfare 2" will have the player take on Russian separatists, who are back for revenge from the first game. Not many details have been announced, but Infinity Ward promises new weapons, vehicles, locales and, most importantly revamped multiplayer game play. If you are a fan of the "Call of Duty" series, especially "Call of Duty 4," then "Modern Warfare 2" is a must-buy. Look for the game this November for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, "Max Payne 3" is a third-person shooter and will be the first game in the series that was not developed and created by Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment. "Max Payne 3" promises to deliver a new chapter in Max Payne’s life, one to which "Max is a few years older, more world weary and [more] cynical than ever" lead developer Sam Houser said. Max has left New York City, has "drifted from bad to worse" and has apparently been doubled-crossed in a new location in his search for truth. Look for the first game in the "Max Payne" series in seven years this holiday season on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

"Brűtal Legend" is another highly anticipated game, developed by Double Fine Productions and described as a third-person action game. In "Brűtal Legend," the player takes the role of Eddie Riggs, voiced by actor Jack Black, a heavy metal roadie who one day is accidently transported to the fantasy world of heavy metal. Eddie becomes this new world’s savior using his flying-V guitar named "Clementine," a broad axe called "the Separator" and his hotrod nicknamed "the deuce." Eddie battles various enemies such as grave diggers and reapers using his guitar, which can be fused with various magical powers. The game promises a 64 square kilometers open world, 23 main missions, as well as 30 side missions, in which the player can find actual metal songs that can be played on Eddie’s radio throughout the game. Look for the game this October for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.