Media days are always tricky things to navigate. When publishers invite the gaming press to come and check out their lineup of soon-to-be-released titles, there tends to be a mixed big of software to be seen, and the controlled nature of the environment makes it hard to get a critical look at the games. Still, they can be useful looks at what's coming in the future.
Sierra is one of those publishers whose track record has been more than a little spotty in recent years. Despite the fact that it has brought masterpieces like the Half-Life and Homeworld games to the mainstream, it was also responsible for 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. One of those games was panned by critics, but sold very well; the other one was Leisure Suit Larry.
When Sierra announced its media day in San Francisco, I wasn't too sure what to expect. I knew I'd probably get to see some demos of The Bourne Conspiracy and Prototype, but I didn't know what else Sierra would be showing. When I arrived, I was stoked to learn that Ghostbusters would be on display, too. I honestly didn't know too much about the other games that were there, but I didn't really expect too much from the new 50 Cent and Spyro titles that Sierra had put on display. I certainly wasn't expecting to walk away from the event as pleasantly surprised as I did.
Let's break this down game by game, starting with...