20 Most Anticipated Games for 2010 (Mania.com)
Date: Friday, December 18, 2009
After the holiday rush there is often a grace period in the gaming industry where we can all relax and work on completely dominating our games--stupid “no hitter” achievement, damn you Assassin’s Creed 2! However, 2010 doesn’t seem to believe in this grace period and is coming in with one huge game after another. Twenty doesn’t begin to cover the amount of games there are to look forward to, but it’s a start.
20. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (DS/DSi)
This is one of those games that we want to play simply because of the franchise. Shin Megami rpgs are always interesting, providing complex stories with even more complex characters. Do we know anything about this game? Not really, but that doesn’t stop us from being excited.
19. Bayonetta (360/PS3)
We are aware of the… concerns… we addressed over this game in our review for the demo, but even with the ridiculous amount of sexuality Bayonetta oozes--hurray for fighting in the nude(?)--we’re still curious about this game. And besides, who doesn’t want to have guns at the end of their boots?
18. Nier Replicant (PS3) / Nier Gestalt (360)
Hack and slash + Square Enix = two separate games? There‘s a killer virus on the loose and Replicant will focus on a boy trying to save his sister while Gestalt will focus on a man out to save his daughter. But we’re not sure if the two games connect with each other or not.
17. Dead Rising 2 (360/PS3/PC)
If you thought using a lawnmower on zombies was awesome just wait until you drive through the city on a motorcycle with chainsaws attached to it. This game promises to have way more zombies and multiplayer, and who doesn’t want to get together with friends and kill zombies with roulette wheels and guitars.
And for more zombie and/or possessed villagers killing fetishes be sure to check out Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition,which will have more content then the original RE5.
16. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles (DS/DSi)
Who would’ve thought that this series would take off so well. Now we’re on the fifth game in the series and this time we get to play as Phoenix’s rival, Miles Edgeworth. New cases, new methods of investigation, and new gadgets make this a must have for any fan of the series.
And for Wii owners, there is news of the old games becoming available via WiiWare sometime in 2010, letting users dramatically point with their Wiimotes instead of shouting “Objection!”
15. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS/DSi)
While enhancements are always a plus, one has to wonder how Nintendo is going to improve two games that already have such positive feedback even if they’re 10-years old. But hey, what a great way to restart two of the most popular games in the series if you ditched your Game Boy Color years ago.
14. Golden Sun DS (DS/DSi)
This was a rather impressive RPG back in the day, especially for a handheld system. It‘s been seven years since the last game so we were excited to hear about the DS version, especially after learning that it’s not a remake, but a sequel.
13. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom (Wii)
Capcom seems to like starting fights with people. Marvel, SnK, and now they‘re throwing hadoukens at anime studios? So if you ever wondered if Ryu could beat up the members of Gatchaman--which you probably haven’t--here’s your chance! Now if only they’d release “Shonen Jump All-stars” in the U.S.
And for those of you who can’t get enough Ryu be sure to check out Super Street Fighter 4. Same game. More characters. Ah, just like the Super Nintendo days.
12. White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
The PS3 hasn’t delivered too many RPGs but 2010 seems to be its year for it. With gorgeous graphics, giant armored heroes, and everyone’s favorite type of RPG protagonist--a boy getting in over his head by accepting a power he‘s not ready for--this looks to be a good start for PS3 RPGs in 2010.
11. 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
Now here’s an RPG for the old school fans. Zelda-esc gameplay, an evil plot, and… 8-bit graphics in 3-D? The entire game is pixilated 3-D, from the characters to the environment and… wild chickens? We did say Zelda-esc, didn’t we?
10. Heavy Rain (PS3)
The “origami killer” being on the loose seems like a small taste of what the game has to offer. This game is like directing a movie. You have control over everything the playable characters do, from the little things like applying make-up, to major decisions that could change everything around you.
9. Epic Mickey (Wii)
You best bring your A-game if you’re going to put the word “epic” in your title, but from the concept art it certainly seems fitting. A twisted steam-punk Disneyworld with vengeful, forgotten ‘toons on the loose has everyone‘s favorite Disney icon out to save the day. But your actions decide if he follows the path of a hero or the path of someone less favorable.
8. Darksiders (PS3/360)
If God of War, Devil May Cry, and Zelda had a threesome it would create… Darksiders? People are comparing this game to all three titles and that--plus sweet graphics--intrigues us. You get to play as War himself, armed with a sword and a gun as you ride around on a flaming horse. And did we mention that you’re guided through the game by Mark Hamill?
7. No More Heroes 2 (Wii)
Ah, how we missed Travis Touchdown and his crazy antics. This time he’s got two beam swords, more ridiculous wrestling moves, more adversaries, and even more missions to go through before he can get into Sylvia’s pants. Please, oh please, let this game use the motion plus.
6. Metroid: Other M (Wii)
Like others, we’re concerned with this game being developed by Team Ninja, the infamous creators of both Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. But we still like to have faith since it’s a Metroid game. From the trailer we’re still not quite sure what’s going on, but seeing the return to third person is certainly a plus.
5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Can’t get enough Mario? Neither can we. New galaxies, new power-ups, and hey it’s Yoshi! We’re hoping that this game will be just as challenging as the last one, but if they manage to make something harder than the Toy Time Galaxy’s purple-coin challenge we will have some choice words for Nintendo.
4. God of War III (PS3)
Kratos, oh Kratos. Running in and destroying things in 1080p, leaving nothing but blood and decapitated body parts behind. There’s not much we have to say about this game because honestly, who isn’t counting down the days for this one?
3. Mass Effect 2 (360/PC)
You gotta love the games where your previous save data matters. But where some games have only a few things matter it effects everything in Mass Effect 2. All the decisions you made, your relationships with other characters, everything carries over. The thing that intrigues us the most is the fact that if you die at the end of Mass Effect 2 the game doesn’t end, it keeps going and ends without you.
2. Bioshock 2 (360/PS3/PC)
How do you improve on a game that so many have considered to be perfect? Make it a prequel and a sequel! The multiplayer mode takes place a year before the first game while the single player mode takes place ten years after the first game. The most exciting news is that this time we get to play as a Big Daddy, those fearsome creatures who made us wet our pants the first time we saw them. This, of course, means that the Big Sister you have to encounter looks like she‘ll easily rip the Big Daddy apart. Girl… power?
1. Final Fantasy 13 (PS3/360)
Like God of War 3 this one goes without saying. To be honest it doesn’t really matter who the characters are or what the story is, we all just want Final Fantasy on a next-gen system. But everything we’ve seen about the game so far looks amazing--the plot, the characters, the battles, and come on, who doesn’t want a Shiva motorcycle?
As this article comes to a close we’d like to take a moment to bring up StarCraft 2,Diablo 3, and Blizzard in general. Blizzard, you’re becoming more and more like Nelson’s dad on The Simpsons. We’re still anxiously waiting for you to bring home those frickin’ pop tarts. If one of these “pop tarts” can be brought to us in 2010--and not just be another WoWexpansion--we would be most pleased. For now, we’ll look away from you until we get some legit release dates.
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