''Halo 3'' and ''Grand Theft Auto IV'' are slated to come out later this year

By EW Staff
Updated June 22, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Two of the year’s biggest sequels won’t be in theaters: Halo 3 hits Xbox 360 on Sept. 25, while Grand Theft Auto IV debuts on PlayStation 3 on Oct. 16. That deafening sound you hear? Millions of gamers’ knuckles cracking in anticipation.

Halo 3

Why This
It’s the final installment of the galaxy-spanning saga that got us excited about killing aliens again.

What They Say
”We want gamers to experience an epic and satisfying conclusion,” states Bungie Studios’ Frank O’Connor.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Why This
It’s the latest chapter in the innovative, compelling, and always controversial urban-crime series.

What They Say
Rockstar Games cofounder Dan Houser is creating a world ”where actions have real consequences.”