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The greatest '09 holiday games you've never heard of Part 2: This is Vegas


Yesterday I posted the first of five games coming out this holiday season that you might not have heard of. Click here to read Part 1 of 5 covering The Saboteur. Part 2 covers a game that was announced years ago and sort of fell off the map. It’s finally coming out in a couple of months, and you should be very, very excited about it.

Name: This is Vegas

Developed By: Surreal Software

Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive

Release Date: November 2nd 2009                 (But Expected to be Delayed to Dec 09)

Genre: Action

Systems: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

This is Vegas tasks you with building an empire in Sin City to combat a “powerful businessman” who wants nothing more than to turn America’s Playground into a “family friendly tourist trap.” To accomplish your goal you’ll be participating in high stakes gambling, Illegal street racing, and underground fighting arenas. Do you want to cheat at the gaming tables or perhaps seduce a young stripper? In This is Vegas you truly are in control of the action. Las Vegas’ digital counterpart is riddled with “dozens of casinos that are parodies of their real-life counterparts.” And inside those casinos are thousands of NPCs who walk the floors, will sit next to you and play, or even watch you like a hawk to make sure you’re not cheating the house. But your time in Vegas isn’t limited to just the strip. According to the game’s official website, you can walk out of a casino after hours of gambling check out one of the famous shopping malls, or take a car out to the desert where less than scrupulous action is taking place.

Rumor has it that Midway spent $40-$50 Million on this game and that its prolonged development led the company to filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Now that Warners has purchased Midway they are going to unleash this instant hit in time for the holidays. As far as I’m concerned any game that claims it “revolves around four design "pillars": fighting, racing, gambling, and partying” is going to be a must play, regardless of what games are being released in close proximity.

Come back tomorrow for part 3 of the Greatest Games You Didn’t Know You Could Play This Holiday Season.