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The Most Anticipated Games of 2010

2010 has already started with a bang. Bayonetta and Darksiders hit us like a frying pan to the face, and the list of upcoming titles for this year will undoubtedly have fanboys screaming harder than Nick Simberg at a Nickelback concert.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get stuck into the most anticipated games of 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect

Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: January 26
Developer: BioWare

Gamers have been waiting for this baby since 2007, and unless it takes a page out of Ubisoft’s “How To Be A Douchebag Developer” and gets itself delayed, Mass Effect 2 will be the next big thing to hit our hot little hands. Boasting the ability to continue your personal story from ME1, an updated fighting system, and Martin Sheen (*swoon*), BioWare’s latest offering is certain to give us dozens of hours worth of action-packed sci-fi gaming – and, hopefully, some more interspecies lesbian lovin’.

Alan Wake

Alan Wake

Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: May
Developer: Remedy Entertainment

It’s been a long time between drinks for Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment, but they are back in business with their latest offering, Alan Wake. After selling the rights to Max Payne for around US$10 million, the devs (probably) went off to the Bahamas to drink banana daiquiris. Now, seven years later, they have returned with what looks to be a David Lynch creation on crack. Dubbed as a “psychological action thriller”, Alan Wake seems to be the perfect project for the masters behind Max Payne.

Fable III

Fable III

Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: November 1
Developer: Peter Molyneux: Self-Proclaimed Diety Lionhead Studios

With a release date nearing the end of the year, and a spokesperson who simply loves keeping his adoring fans waiting, Fable III has to be put in the basket of “tentative 2010 releases”. Still, if Molyneux and his team do manage to pump out this installment before Christmas, I’m sure more than a few of us will be racing out to buy it. Despite the almost universal hatred for the liar over-exaggerator known as Peter Molyneux, the fact of the matter is that we simply can’t get enough of Albion.

Splinter Cell: Conviction

Splinter Cell: Conviction

Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: April (err, maybe)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Having seen almost as many delays as Gran Turismo 5, we’ll be lucky if we get to sink our teeth into the new Sam Fisher saga before July. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. After watching an Ubisoft employee play through Conviction at iDEF last year, I think it’s safe to say that the developers are on the right track. With a larger emphasis placed on kicking ass than simply stealth, Splinter Cell: Conviction could seduce a whole new legion of gamers.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: February 23
Developer: Quantic Dream

If there was ever a game that could convince you to purchase a PS3, Heavy Rain would be it. From the makers of Fahrenheit comes one of the most interactive games of all time. The devs have pimped this one as offering dozens of different endings, claiming that, for the most part, no two gamers will have the same experience. One of the most interesting features mentioned is the fact that if one of your characters dies, they stay dead, adding a whole new dimension to how players approach the game. Don’t be surprised if we see a Hollywood adaptation of the Origami Killer’s exploits in the coming years.

God of War III

God of War III

Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: March
Developer: Santa Monica Studio

Technically the fifth chapter in the series, God of War III has been a long time coming for fans of the action-adventure genre. Because it’s the first of the GoW games to utilize the power of the PS3, it will be interesting to see just how good the title looks, especially after the success of Bayonetta. Spike TV awarded God of War III the mantel of Most Anticipated Game of 2010, which leads me to believe that Spike TV have no idea about anything whatsoever.

Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5

Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Polyphony Digital

Polyphony must think that racing fans are just suckers for pain. GT5 has been delayed god knows how many times; we’ve had to sit through the pure slop that was Gran Turismo PSP, and even had to endure proverbial blue balls at the hands of Grand Turismo 5: Prologue. To say that a lot is riding on this release would be a gross understatement. Still, if the screenshots, previews, and affirmation of in-game damage are anything to go by, GT5 will be a must-purchase this year.

Yakuza 3

Yakuza 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 12
Developer: Sega CS1 Team

While the mainstream may not know much about the Yakuza series, Sony gamers have been enjoying the action-adventure masterpiece for years. When Yakuza 2 was finally released in North America and Europe in 2008, plenty of gamers fell in love with its unique take on the genre and immersive storylines. Similar to previous iterations, Yakuza 3 has already been available in the land of the rising sun for almost a year. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though; Famitsu awarded the title a near perfect score of 38. Funnily enough, Yakuza 4 will be released in Japan around the same time as 3 hits our shores.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian

Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Team Ico

The Last Guardian is one of those games that completely justifies jumping up and down on the spot in a fit of jubilation. From – let’s be honest here – one of the most inventive developers around today comes the third installment from Team Ico. You’ve got to admire a company that only pumps out three games within 13 years. In any other business that would be monetary suicide, but with geniuses like Fumito Ueda hanging around the offices, I suppose you’d have no reason to worry. It’s still unclear whether The Last Guardian will have any direct relation to Shadow of the Colossus, but either way we’re expecting to be blown away by another unique take on how video games can be played.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Platform: Wii
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Nintendo EAD

Does he really even need to be introduced anymore? I’d usually avoid saying this due to the flagrantly rude nature of fanboys, but Mario fell into a bit of a slump for a few years. We shouldn’t have been concerned, though, as Nintendo managed to bring him back all-guns-blazing with Super Mario Galaxy. There is still no confirmed date for the sequel yet, but fingers crossed that we’ll get to hoe down on some Mario platforming action before Christmas rolls around.

Red Steel 2

Red Steel 2

Platform: Wii
Release Date: March 24
Developer: Ubisoft Paris

Time for Pappa Honesty to say something: the original Red Steel was a big ol’ ball of shite. The only reason that Official Nintendo Magazine gave it 91% was because it was an exclusive Wii title. Even GameSpot spurned it with a 5.5/10 – and they didn’t even have to fire anyone to come up with that score. Red Steel 2, on the other hand, doesn’t play too badly. A couple of lads from Gamer Limit managed to get a few minutes of game time on this baby, and while it’s not the most innovative game ever made, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Wii Motion Plus will play a huge factor in whether this one converts the masses or not.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Platform: Wii
Release Date: January 26
Developer: Eighting

Who doesn’t love ridiculously long titles for their fighting games? Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ulti – screw it, you know what it’s called – has been in arcade machines and Japanese households since the end of 2008. While most gamers have come to expect this sort of thing, it’s still bloody infuriating to be forced to wait over a year for one of the best fighting games of recent history, let alone on the Wii, to be released in your region. Adding to the long list of crossover fighting titles, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom has already had praise heaped upon it – games for the Wii this year aren’t looking too shabby.

Metroid: Other M

Metroid: Other M

Platform: Wii
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Project M

Metroid: Other M is apparently so important that Nintendo had to fuse together a whole bunch of poindexters in order to create the Ultimate Team of Awesome. All name-calling aside, having someone like Yoshio Sakamoto on your team is nothing to sneeze at. This project has been kept under wraps for the past three and a half years, but with an unconfirmed release set for sometime this year, expect to see a lot more of Samus in the near future – and no, I don’t mean her hooters. Children.

The Grinder

The Grinder

Platform: Wii
Release Date: TBA
Developer: High Voltage Software

Last year, one of the most anticipated mature titles for the Wii was The Conduit. Now, I think that we can all agree that as soon as we played it, we all wept like small children at how they managed to screw up such an awesome premise. Hopefully, High Voltage won’t go down the same “I’m bored, let’s just release it” path with The Grinder. Pitting you against the likes of vampires, werewolves, and zombies (original, no?), this FPS survival horror looks to be one of the few decent shooters to be released on the Wii this year.

Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 9
Developer: Square Enix

What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said? I still have a hard time joining in on the Final Fantasy love-fest, but I can absolutely understand the fascination. The preview for this beast was over-the-top, hilarious, epic, and altogether ridiculous, but I challenge anyone to sit through the entire thing and come out the other end without a smile on your face. Love it or hate it, Final Fantasy XIII is heading our way soon, so you’d sure as shit be ready for some sweet, sweet cosplay action at E3.

BioShock 2

BioShock 2

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: February 9
Developer: 2K Marin, 2K Australia

I doubt that 2K ever anticipated BioShock would be the incredible success that it’s become. Big Daddy is now a household term for gamers, and the chance to actually control one in BioShock 2 has “freaking sweet” written all over it. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too much longer for this one, as the expected release date is February 9. The game has already received plenty of acclaim from pre-release reviews, with all platforms receiving a score of at least 90%.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Kojima Productions

A question, if you will: has Hideo Kojima shot himself in the foot with Metal Gear Solid: Rising? Guns of the Patriots rounded off Snake’s story perfectly, allowing at least a little closure on the saga of a troubled man. However, with Rising set to put players in the hands of Raiden (remember that nutter from MGS2 and MGS4), Kojima could very well have walked himself off a cliff. For some reason, “SPINOFF!” keeps ringing in my head. The Cleveland Show, anyone?

Mafia 2

Mafia 2

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: May – July
Developer: 2K Czech (Formerly Illusion Softworks)

It’s been eight years since Illusions Softworks gave birth to one of the finest PC sandbox titles of its era. A lot has happened in that time, most notably the dev team becoming a subsidiary of 2K. It’s not surprising that the game hasn’t been making as much noise as something like FFXIII, but with a 10-minute gameplay video as kickass as Mafia 2’s, I know at least one gamer who’s ready to make love to 2K Czech. This one could definitely be the dark horse of 2010.

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: Q4
Developer: Rockstar Vancouver

It’s not every day that a wildly successful series changes hands; it’s even more rare to see that new iteration receive universal praise. With both Remedy Entertainment and series creator Sam Lake washing their hands of Max Payne 3, is there anybody out there who isn’t prematurely slapping this game with a big ol’ “THIS IS GOING TO FAIL” sticker? It’s surprising that Rockstar Vancouver – those awesome folks who brought us Bully – decided to lay claim to this one, as there is so much potential for things to go pear shaped. Still, let’s have a little faith, and with any luck we’ll be sucking back on some gritty noir action, May Payne-style.

  1. MGS: Rising is easily my most anticipated game of 2010, followed by Mario Galaxy 2.

    I love how it was the only one you were skeptical about <3

  2. I’d have to disagree with you there Chris. Metroid: Other M has it for me. An awesome series, an awesome developer and an awesome premise. It might also have something to do with the fact I don’t like MGS games but that’s not the point! :P

  3. avatar Ferahtsu

    @MGS: Rising
    -sigh- I thought MGS 4 shut the mouth of every Raiden hater, looks like Kojima is on a mission to shut the rest of them up. That includes you Simon.

    Looks like 2010 will be the year for PS3 and Wii owners. There’s no incentive for 360 owners when all of it’s blockbuster titles are also on PC.

    • avatar Samuellamae

      No, due to being only a game disk all it has on its hardware is the geapalmy. If you want to get the update you have to go on Nintendo Wii’s Website and click on downloads and updates. If troubleshooting contact me.

  4. http://www.isnickelbacktheworstbandever.com/

    I can’t AFFORD to be a screaming fan at a Nickelback concert. And Simon, you’re the only one in the world that cares about Mafia 2. :P

  5. Alan Wake and Tatsunoko Vs Capcom do it for me. Last Guardian sounds really cool too, but I don’t have a PS3.

  6. Metroid: Other M was the only reason I own a Wii now.

    Fable 3 will be another bucket of shit mixed with some empty promises. And by some I mean every aspect of said game.

  7. There are so many games on this list I’m excited about. It’s going to be a really expensive year for me. :-/

  8. avatar JoeD.

    @Ferahtsu,

    Totally agree with you on the PS3/Wii idea, I’m trading in my 360 since I can get most of those games for PC/PS3. Anyway, MGS was one of my favorite franchises, now that it’s multiplatform, I am doubting the quality and won’t pick it up. I still have the original MGS for PS, and MGS2 & 3 for my PS2, and MGS:PO for PSP, it’s sad it went this direction.

  9. 2010 is looking to be a badass year. Hopefully my freetime and wallet can keep up with game releases… cause if not, I’m in trouble.

  10. avatar datdude

    wow.. lot of ps3 losers in here.. mass effect 2 kills everything else on that list.. and it’s not even close.. must be a bunch of toddlers in here who like kiddy entertainment.. pathetic

  11. avatar walter

    are u fucking stupid GOW 3 is the best fucking game ever made u fagget

  12. avatar Shnazzyone

    epic win on using an screen from red steel 1 for your illustration of red steel 2. Oh wait… i meant fail.

  13. Heavy Rain and Mass Effect 2 fo sho. Also, I totally forgot that Yakuza 3 is coming.

    This post needs a little sprinkle of Red Dead Redepmtion and Crackdown 2 though. :)

  14. avatar Coby

    Heavy Rain is the reason I bought a Ps3 so it’s my most anticipated game.

  15. avatar Warrka

    MAss effect 2 and Heavy rain for me please……but where is Dante’s inferno that should take the place of gag …..god of war because Dante is better=D

  16. avatar CrimsonFox13

    Heavy Rain is my most anticipated game, followed by The Last Guardian and God of War. If I owned a 360 or a good comp, I’d replace GoW with Mass Effect 2.

  17. Most of those games are getting bought.

    @Nick
    I’m waiting for Mafia 2 as well, the game looks absolutely incredible.

  18. avatar ecosos3

    Great list I hope none of them sucks.

  19. avatar Kratos

    Dante’s inferno better than God of War III Warrka what a fucken joke! Still can’t wait for it march 2010. by the way this article sounds pretty biased

  20. avatar David Macphail

    Datdude is a bit of a retard, isn’t he? Obviously jealous because mommy stopped his pocket money so he can’t buy a PS3 to play a real GOTY like Uncharted 2, LOL. ME 2 is an RPG with training wheels, no better than Borderlands or Bioshock.

    Anyway – the game’s i’m looking forward to this year on the homse consoles are:

    Heavy Rain
    Dante’s Inferno
    White Knight Chronicles
    Yakuza 3
    God Of War Collection
    God Of War 3
    Final Fantasy XIII
    Monster Hunter Tri
    Gran Turismo 5
    Nier
    Resonance Of Fate
    Mafia 2
    Metal Gear Solid: Rising
    The Last Guardian
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Smackdown Vs Raw 2011
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
    Pokepark Wii: Pikachu’s Great Adventure
    Super Mario Galaxy 2.

    Those are just the one’s i can remember off the top of my head, although the games i’m most looking forward to this year are DS games – Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver.

  21. avatar Tyler Ellis

    Youre a dumb ass! GOW 3 will rock the socks off of any 360 title!

  22. Mafia, Max Payne and others, future console exclusives that started on the PC. It’s a shame.

  23. avatar theonlylolking

    WOW does this list suck…badly, very very badly

  24. avatar SprSynJn

    The picture you have for Yakuza 3 is not for that game, but for Yakuza: Kenzan!.

  25. the topic of upcoming titles inevitably leads to a flow of ignorance. Don’t knock em till you try em

  26. My most anticipated is FF XIII as of right now, but Mass Effect 2 is right behind it. Love that universe. Then comes Zelda Wii, especially if rumors of it being in the “Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask” universe are true!

  27. avatar Guy

    Some pretty average candidates and pretty weird omissions in this list. I guess you compiled it staying pretty high up in the mountains, where oxygen doesn’t really REACH your brain, right?

  28. avatar Rohit

    Iam a 360 fan so iam waiting for Rising and alan wake Ps3 still sucks

    • avatar Joe

      well it all depends on what tipe of gamer your are. are you a fun mario, sonic, kirby fan gamer? Or are you a KILL, KILL, DEATH, KILL!!!! Kind of gamer. Well, the Wii is 170.00. It has Wi-Fi and you can dlaonowd games on it from previous Nintendo systems. It has internet access and you can make avitars on it. And don’t forget the Motion Gaming. Not a lot of war games though.The PS3 is about 250.00. It has free online gaming. Not sure about internet though. Really good graphics. Plays movies and you can dlaonowd netflix. You can also buy a PS Move and do motion gaming. but playstation move has by far the best motion gaming. Good war games. no mario games on it. you can’t make avitars on it.The Xbox 360 is about 250.00 too. 10.00 a month for online but extremely good graphics. Only game system with Halo. Kinect doesn’t have as many games but is really cool because there is no controller required. Good war games on it. no mario games on it. good avitars.

  29. I love PS3 fanboys almost as much as I love Halo fanboys. ALMOST.

  30. avatar Jordan Garski

    I’m really not understanding the love fest for Fable. Both games were very mediocre and were slaps in the faces to real RPG fans. I don’t see why a third game will be any different.

    Also not excited about Mario Galaxy 2. The original Galaxy was good but not great* and i’m not overly excited about a 60 dollar expansion pack. Plus, as Simon pointed out, Mario went into a slump for a while and I think Galaxy was a little overrated because of this slump just so people could say that there was a good Mario game again (I personally think the same happened with the Wii).

    I dont know if anyone’s been paying attention, but FF13 hasn’t been getting the greatest love from overseas thus far. Some early reviews have said its really good… but not great, others have warned that it’s extremely linear (like.. worse than FFX linear).

    No love for the new Wii Zelda game? Halo: Reach?

    *2D Mario games will always be superior to 3D ones.

  31. avatar Cool Guy

    Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mafia 2, Max Payne 3 & Fable III FTW FTW FTW!!!!!!!

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  32. So many possibilities, so little money.

    And there are many on there that I simply MUST play…

    I apologize, dear wallet.

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