Cheats and Walkthroughs
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.
Andrew Pfister -- Senior Games Editor
Super Mario Galaxy 2
We haven’t had a sequel to a proper Mario game come out on the same system since the NES days, and when we did, we got the great Super Mario Bros. 2 and the life-altering Super Mario Bros. 3. That’s why I’m excited for Mario Galaxy 2: the core concept has already been proven, and now the developers are free to dream up more spherical worlds and twists on classic Mario elements. If you couldn’t tell, Mario games are my happy place.
Red Dead Redemption
I’ve long wanted an MMO set in the American frontier, but until that happens, I’ll happily play in Red Dead Redemption’s offline sandbox. Rockstar San Diego is injecting a healthy dose of GTA into RDR, which hopefully means plenty of interesting characters, creative side missions, and exploration. I’ll be rewatching Deadwood in anticipation of its release, cursing furiously.
Metroid: Other M
Super Metroid is the greatest game ever made. This is an undisputable fact. And while the Metroid Prime series was very well done and kept the Metroid spirit alive over the past two generations, the combination of Team Ninja and original Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto working on Other M has me expecting an incredible mix of old and new Metroid. Do not disappoint me, people of Japan.
The Last Guardian
Team Ico’s games are equally simple and grand, quiet and epic. The Last Guardian seems to be no exception. As a dog person, the trailer strikes a personal chord...even though I have a bad feeling that something depressing is going to happen to the “Last” Guardian in the end. I also find myself with the sudden urge to watch The Iron Giant again.
I love me some backstory. Maybe even more than what comes next, I always want to know what came before...which is why I’m looking forward to Reach so much. All we have to work with at the moment is an epic battle for a planet, loads of Spartans running around doing their Spartan thing, and a guaranteed unfortunate outcome. That’s good enough for me. (For now.)
Jake Gaskill -- Feed Writer
Red Dead Redemption
I’ve been saying Rockstar should make GTA: Old West since GTA III, and to finally see it come to fruition in such stunning fashion has me wishing I could make tomorrow April 27 already. (If I pull it off, you’re welcome!)
The Last Guardian
There’s a giant bird/hyena creature that helps a boy on an epic adventure in a vast and richly crafted world, and it’s developed by the team behind ICO and Shadow of the Colossus; do I really need to justify this pick? ...That’s what I thought.
For all its horrors and living nightmares, Andrew Ryan’s Rapture is a place I want to live in as much and for as long as possible. From what I’ve seen of the game so far, it’s shaping up to be everything the original was and perhaps a bit more. Plus, it has one of the smartest approaches to multiplayer in recent memory. Would you kindl...Let me just stop you right there, and say, yep; I will eagerly await your arrival.
I loved the first Mafia, and sunk countless hours simply hanging out in Lost Heaven, because I’m a huge sucker for 1950’s-era gangster tales, and the world was so beautifully conceived that I just didn’t want to leave it. The sequel looks to take the series to impressive new heights, and I can’t wait to take the ride.
While the idea of Quantic Dream’s thriller being more of an actor simulator than a game concerns me, this will definitely be one of those experiences that will divide a lot of people, and generate quite a lot of interesting discussions about the medium and its artistic potential. Oh, and it will let me apply eyeliner to make myself sexier...virtually speaking, of course.
JP Shub -- Supervising Producer, X-Play
Rock Band Network
What better way to discover new music than to jam it out on your plastic guitar? Seriously, I am really interested to see what impact this has on breaking new artists and can’t wait to upload my own band’s tracks on the network.
Mass Effect 2
The first game blew me away and I expect nothing less than sci-fi satisfaction from this follow up.
God of War 3
Who isn’t excited for this?
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid 4 was one of my all time favorite gaming experiences and I am excited to hop back into Kojima’s latest off the wall warzone.
Final Fantasy XIII
As a longtime fan of the franchise I am anxious to see how they have evolved it. Hopefully the power of the current consoles will go to more than just pretty cut-scenes!