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The Games of 2010: Our Most Anticipated Titles (Part I)

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The Games of 2010: Our Most Anticipated Titles (Part I)

With 2010 about to kick off, the G4tv.com and X-Play teams took a look at the games set to release (or are likely to) in the next year. What follows is a list of the top 5 most anticipated games for each editor. How will it compare to your personal list? Which games will live up to the hype? Which games are you looking forward to? Leave your list in the comments section.

Sterling McGarvey -- Senior Reviews Editor

God of War III

So just how is Kratos going to destroy Mt. Olympus and reduce Greek mythology to rubble? I don’t think the Romans are going to have much to do with it. If he’s going down, he’s taking everyone with him.


 
Heavy Rain

I’m not sure Quantic Dream’s vision of a mature adventure game will resonate with everyone (Indigo Prophecy, even with the cult following it has today, is still rather niche), but I’m eagerly looking forward to playing.

Crackdown 2

Crackdown 2

Ironic that Crackdown, the game that sold well because it had the Halo 3 beta on-disc, got more mileage than Halo 3 in my Xbox 360. I’m looking forward to seeing my life ruined yet again by the quest for more Agility Orbs.
 
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy was the first 3D Mario platformer I truly loved. From the visuals to the score and presentation, it was profoundly charming. I anticipate that Nintendo will sweep me off my feet yet again.
 
Rock Band 3

This one could be a long shot, but I find it hard to believe that Harmonix isn’t working on Rock Band 3, and I hope it brings a variety of great improvements to the engine with it. At this point, the platform’s established, but the tweaks make the difference -- they definitely made one in the jump from the first game to the sequel.


Brian Leahy -- Previews Editor

Starcraft II


StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Easily my most anticipated game of whatever year it finally releases. I have confidence that it will actually be in 2010...well, at least the multiplayer beta will be. It's an easy call for me as I've played this game on a couple of occasions and it's already pretty amazing. There's a reason the original game is a national sport in South Korea.

Super Street Fighter IV


My personal game of the year for 2009 was Street Fighter IV. Obviously, Super Street Fighter IV is going to be on my list of most-anticipated games for 2010. I've had some limited time with the game thus far and the new characters fit right into SFIV's mechanics. The new multiplayer modes should also help revitalize the online scene for a long time. And it isn't even going to be $60!

 

Splinter Cell: Conviction

I was a huge fan of the original Splinter Cell on the Xbox, but the recent games have left me a bit wanting...especially Double Agent. Conviction went radio silent for a long time and finally re-emerged in its current form and it looks awesome. I was able to play the new co-op mode at a press event recently and it is living up to my own hype thus far.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

I really didn't care for the original Bad Company. At all. After playing around on the PS3 beta, I'm officially looking forward to Bad Company 2 in a big way. It reminds me a lot of Battlefield 2, which is one of my all-time favorite games. The feel of the game has been drastically improved and should hit at a time when the Modern Warfare 2 hype has died down a bit.

Mass Effect 2

I'm really looking forward to seeing the story of Mass Effect continue. I've got my save games ready and am pumped for some cinematic gaming action...in SPACE! BioWare is one of my favorite studios and I'm happy to be getting another game out of those guys so soon after Dragon Age: Origins.


Joe Paulding -- Promotions Manager

Dead Rising 2

 
Dead Rising 2

The first next-gen system I purchased was an Xbox 360, and the first game I bought was Dead Rising. And I loved it. With the sequel I’m hoping for an improved storyline, the original’s high level of difficulty, and a few hundred new ways to kill off zombies.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

I’ve been waiting 10 years for this one. While I don’t know if I’ll have the patience really learn the detailed nuances of a strategy game anymore (I get too competitive and can’t live with getting my butt whupped online), if there’s any franchise that can pull me back into the genre, it’s Starcraft II.

Gears Of War 3

Gears of War
was my favorite multiplayer game of 2006. Unfortunately, Gears of War 2 was my biggest disappointment of 2008, as the multiplayer matchmaking was largely broken. Here’s hoping Epic can get it right with Gears of War 3 (which we’ll hopefully see at some point next year), and at the same time deliver a story that answers a few questions.

Fallout: New Vegas

I was late to the party on Fallout 3, not playing it until about April of this year. However, it quickly became one of my all time favorites. While it’s not being developed by the same team, I’m hoping Obsidian can at least hold par.

Metroid: The Other M

Metroid: The Other M

While not a huge fan of the Metroid Prime series, I salivate at the chance to play Other M. Here’s hoping Team Ninja can make a 3rd-person action game reminiscent of Metroid’s 2D glory days.

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