Andrew's Shortlist of Upcoming PC Games for 2010 You Should Be Aware Of

A shortlist of 2010 PC games that should be on your radar.

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2010 is finally here. On an unrelated note, there are plenty of promising new PC games coming out this year. Those of us who play PC games should already be aware of most, if not all, of these games, but I'm putting this out there, in no particular order, just in case.


Supreme Commander 2


Projected release date: March 2010
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Q&A - Gameplay, Units, Technology, and More

Supreme Commander 2: bigger and smarter than the original?

First up: Supreme Commander 2. The upcoming sequel to Gas Powered Games' massive successor to Total Annihilation will have all the massive scale of the original game, plus smarter gameplay enhancements that will make starter units continually useful throughout a match, and new additions, like a unit cannon that fires actual units across the battlefield, to help jumpstart the action, as mentioned in our recent interview with GPG frontman Chris Taylor. It will also apparently scale better to older computers, which is not a bad thing for those of us running an older rig. Speaking of scaling down, the game will also be on consoles. Supreme Commander 2 will ship in March.


METRO 2033


Projected release date: Q1 2010
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Recent Preview Coverage: Hands-On Impressions

From part of the team that brought you S.T.A.L.K.E.R. comes Metro 2033.

Metro 2033 will be a new postapocalyptic shooter that takes place in post-nuclear-cataclysm Russia. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because several of the creative staffers at developer 4a-Games apparently worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games--the original postapocalyptic Russian shooter. Metro 2033 looks like it will take the ragtag scavenger lifestyle of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and bring it to the next logical step: a postapocalyptic society, where survivors hole up in underground settlements and try to scrape out a living beneath a world ruined by nuclear fallout. The brief demonstration of the game shown earlier this year suggests it will be just as atmospheric as the games that arguably inspired it. (Speaking of which, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is also scheduled for release this year.) Metro 2033 will be released...sometime this year and will also have a console version.


Napoleon: Total War


Projected release date: February 23, 2010
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time + Turn-Based
Recent Preview Coverage: Impressions - First Look

Someday, all this will be mine. Yours, I mean. All this will be yours.

Next up: Napoleon: Total War, a project that started off as an expansion for Empire: Total War and ended up becoming its own stand-alone game. While Empire introduced a lot of new gameplay and concepts and brought the Total War series into a new era, it also had some issues, most notably with its AI. Developer Creative Assembly is pushing even harder to build in a smarter AI into a game that will take place on a much smaller scale, following the illustrious career of Napoleon Bonaparte, rather than the massive unification of the Old World or of the Roman Empire. Having seen Napoleon for myself and covered the game in our last preview, I have to say that I'm intrigued by the idea of the more-intimate scale of the game, partially because I'd like to see how the Total War engine handles smaller-scale conflict, and partially because it will be good to not have to manage 12 different conquered countries every turn for a change. Napoleon will ship in February.


Mafia II


Projected release date: TBA 2010
Genre: Third-Person Shooter + Open World
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Impressions

Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in again.

Mafia II will be the sequel to (wait for it) the original Mafia, an underrated sleeper-hit PC game from 2002 that never got its due. Mafia II will revisit the idea of early- to mid-20th-century big-city gangsters in a story that will span World War II. I enjoyed the original Mafia, because although it also had an open world to explore (like the Grand Theft Auto series, which has its own charm), your exploration was mostly directed and purposeful, and you weren't getting arrested every 20 seconds for running someone over. (Or, maybe that's just me.) Mafia II seems like it will have an intriguing story, modern third-person shooter mechanics, and more than a little style. The game will also appear on the Xbox 360 and the PS3, and will ship out...sometime this year.


Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty


Projected release date: Q2 2010
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Hands-On - Single-Player Campaign

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. 'Nuff said.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Any explanation needed here? No? Great, let's move on, then. I won't be providing a release date here for reasons that should be obvious to us all.


Diablo III


Projected release date: TBA
Genre: Action RPG
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Hands-On -- The Monk

Diablo III. Again, 'nuff said.

Diablo III. No explanation needed here either, yes? Assuming the game makes it out this year, which it may or may not. All right, then.


World of Warcraft: Cataclysm


Projected release date: TBA 2010
Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online RPG
Recent Preview Coverage: Hands-On Impressions

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Are we starting to notice a pattern here?

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Let's call a hat trick on the whole "it's self-explanatory why these particular PC games are on the list" thing here. Ditto on the release date for this one.


APB


Projected release date: March 2010
Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online RPG, Third-Person Shooter
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Impressions

A highly customizable massively multiplayer Grand Theft Auto? Tell me more.

Next up, APB. Believe it or not, this is a game I've been chasing for a while, back before developer Realtime Worlds even announced Crackdown. It had quietly been in development for so long that many of us had forgotten about it until it made its grand redebut at last year's E3 and then at GamesCom.. I have to say that the premise of creating a customized gang sounds intriguing. I'd like to see more. APB will apparently launch this year, and it will also be coming to the Xbox 360.


Max Payne 3


Projected release date: Q3 2010
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Recent Preview Coverage: N/A

Hoping this will be good. Need more info.

Max Payne 3. The first two games were excellent on the PC (it's where the series debuted), and the idea of an even older, even more haggard Max could be an even more interesting development for our friend Mr. Payne. Unfortunately, information on this game has been hard to track down, but since it's scheduled for release this year on the PC, as well as on the Xbox 360 and the PS3, we'll hopefully know more soon. (The same actually goes for the next game from the original developer of Max Payne, Remedy. I'm talking, of course, about Alan Wake, whose PC version is who-knows-where.)


Deus Ex 3


Projected release date: September 2010
Genre: Third-Person Action, RPG
Recent Preview Coverage: N/A

Et tu, DeusEx3.com Web site?

Deus Ex 3. The sequel, the myth, the mystery. A game that has been passed around from generation to generation, and apparently development studio to development studio. We know that Eidos established a new Montreal development house last year and that this group is tasked with the game. And we know that the game is also planned for release on the Xbox 360 and PS3. And...that's about it. The original Deus Ex was a quirky, open-ended RPG/shooter hybrid that became a cult classic on the PC. The sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War, was developed from the ground up as a console game and in my opinion, and the opinions of other people as well, suffered for it. Which path will Deus Ex 3 take? We'll find out this year. Hopefully.


R.U.S.E.


Projected release date: February 2, 2010
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time + Turn-Based
Recent Preview Coverage: Updated Impressions

A strategy game where dirty tricks are built right in as part of the game? Hmm.

Up next: R.U.S.E., an interesting new strategy game with a really confusing video trailer. For the record, I've seen this game in motion, and you don't get a really cool flat-panel TV table that you slide your fingers over. Instead, you fight out World War II in a real-time strategy game with a tactical map that you can use to set up different stratagems and feints, such as guarding a territory with phony units while you sneak your real troops into battle under radio silence. I'm looking forward to seeing and playing more of the game--it will also appear on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and will ship in February.


Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising


Projected release date: Q2 2010
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time
Recent Preview Coverage: Hands-On Impressions - The New Campaign

The forces of Chaos return in this expansion for Dawn of War II.

Rounding out the list is Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, the first expansion for Dawn of War II. I wanted to really enjoy Dawn of War II and got a lot out of it, and I felt that the 15-minute single-player campaign missions were a great idea in theory, even if they may not have worked out in practice. As I mentioned the last time I saw the game, Relic is clearly working to flesh out the campaign to make sure missions feel less identical and offer steeper challenges. Plus, Chaos is back, which means more ways to wreak havoc in multiplayer. That isn't a bad thing.


I'm about out of time here, so I'll sign off at this point. Feel free to share your thoughts, and any other 2010 PC games on your radar, with me by leaving a comment. For the record, if I left your favorite game off the list, it's not because I'm "biased," or because I was bribed by another company, or even because your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries (though that last part about your parents is true, and I have the police documents to prove it). No, it's because of that one time that you didn't introduce me to Jerry, who I understand is a major player down at the sewing store.

Discussion

217 comments
acerpg007
acerpg007

There's gonna be a Crysis 2? that's neat, i love the first one and also Crysis Warhead..

KidRapper
KidRapper

@ thegoldenninja, no problem-o bro!:)

thegoldenninja
thegoldenninja

@KidRapper, total accident for marking your post as a thumbs down. I too am excited for crysis 2.

thegoldenninja
thegoldenninja

@KidRapper, total accident for marking your post as a thumbs down. I too am excited for crysis 2.

Soulofweewee
Soulofweewee

1/3rd of this list are games from blizzard. damn guys, you have some pretty sweet games. kudos!

doktron
doktron

The 1st Deus Ex was an FPS .I dont know if Deus Ex 3 will work as a 3rd person shooter. Personally if they want to do it right they should make it an FPS.(u dont change what works if u want anything done right)

KlnP1987
KlnP1987

Wow, I thought they stopped making Starcraft 2, 2 me I saw this game on last years list as well? I really gave up on it & I know I'm not alone. Well if I see this game before my grand-children I'll count myself lucky. If it releases this year well I'm jus gonna out of spite... I'll... I'll... well I'll jus buy it anyway... but only out of spite 4 taking so long.

RipperLordGS
RipperLordGS

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Readial
Readial

@rafiki_armstron Uh.. dude not to be rude or anything, but Heavy Rain is PS3 only. This is PC games dude.

KidRapper
KidRapper

Ok, what about Alpha Protocol, FarCry 3, Crysis 2 ?? & a lotta more as well??

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

APB looks good... all classics or old school =D!!Waiting!!

Sparkatus
Sparkatus

what of mass effect 2? damn :/

jcoe85
jcoe85

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jcoe85
jcoe85

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tomgas
tomgas

you forgot Duke Nukem Forever... they say dreaming doesn't hurt same goes with HL episode 3 mafia ii is gonna be the best game ever, or the greatest disapointment since... well, duke nukem forever

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

Im out of the loop with pc gaming caus my pc is so old but im tempted to get a new one. I wonder if they have any plans to make any good sims. Thats what i used to love the pc for. My ps3 can do all the other stuff. N by sims i mean tank/plane/helicopter/sub sims. Not the crappy sims... I miss sims :(

mini_specs
mini_specs

lol, poor Gamespot. They think StarCraft 2 is gonna come out this year. lol. I wish I shared their optimism.

HC1Gunner
HC1Gunner

How the heck did Bad Company 2 get left out ? ? ?

Patad
Patad

@yamen21: C&C 4 will be a flop like RA3. EA like to mess up classics with a proven track record and they are doing a great job of doing the same to the C&C franchise.

yamen21
yamen21

add command and conquer 4

mewarmo990
mewarmo990

@Robsonbmw: Star Wars - The Old Republic has been delayed to Q1 2011. Personally I'm looking forward to Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2, two very well-known games that are strangely not on this list.

masterthrall
masterthrall

Not much on here to look forward to, but maybe SC2, and the jury is still out even on that. Another mediocre year coming up.

Stealthos
Stealthos

I can't help but think any games at this point expected for the 2nd half of 2010 won't come out till 2011 with the constant delays. Some of these games were originally quoted as coming out over a year ago.

Tagwyn
Tagwyn

Before I bore myself with another Warhammer game I will try watching paint dry.

GreenBeanHH
GreenBeanHH

Medal of Honor Afghan Assault is on the top of my list, as well as BF Bad Company.

trenno2529
trenno2529

good year for rts games by the looks of it. add c&c4 to that list and we have a beast year for rts.

brok
brok

"a game that will take place on a much smaller scale, following the illustrious career of Napoleon" lol. Also you say Mafia II's exploration was mostly directed and purposeful. I fail to see how that's a bad thing.

red_rose_fire
red_rose_fire

i find the disciples III in another company but it has Russian language and another problem is needed cd key for this game? my question is how could this game coming out and give no information to this game?

Robsonbmw
Robsonbmw

Star Wars The Old Republic ring any bells?That's my number one to be looking forward to.

TheSainthere
TheSainthere

Well, we all have diff. types of games to be on list. How about taking a poll or sending email asking for top 10 and posting those results? Let our voices tell the truth.

Danzg49
Danzg49

Sadly Diablo lll has been officially put back this year so we won't embrace it's grace and beauty till at least 2011. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble :(

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Metro 2033! And the new Stalker. And anything that has to do with Blizzards. Oops and Bioshock 2. And if I hadn't already played Assassin's Creed 2 on my ps3, then I would be hyped for that as well. Pretty much it for me. \ \ Nice list and lol at "it's not because I'm "biased," or because I was bribed by another company"

jeffreee
jeffreee

NO Battlefield: BC2?? That's just stupid.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

@tn101 I have same problem as you with mass effect but I'm going with pc this time and might even pick up the original for 20 bucks.

Leozt
Leozt

¡Space Marines! Nothing more to say...

TN101
TN101

Well, I've got a little over a month to beat Mass Effect2 before Supcom 2. Good to see that one on top of the list. Thing is, do I go with ME2 on the 360 (ME1 savegame is on the 360), or PC (where I have no doubts it will look much, much better)...life has some very tough decisions...I've been mulling over that one for a while....One, more, week. I'm also really looking forward to AvP, so I hope it lives up to it's potential. DX11 could really give this game some legs on the PC platform (Dirt 2 was impressive without fully implementing Dx11 effects) The multiplayer has promise too. And give us a progress report on Mechwarrior this year will ya?

lanehartle
lanehartle

Here's three games I'd like to see: Enemy Engaged 3 (or some other cool combat helicopter sim), F-22 Air Dominance Fighter 2 (or some other cool jet combat sim that doesn't have a bazillion keystrokes to remember like Falcon 4), and No One Lives Forever 3 (because the first two were the best!)...

badtaker
badtaker

diablo 3 in 2010 ??? Like to see Half-life Ep 3 or CS2 from Valve in 2010

tge4
tge4

I find it crazy how EVERY game Blizzard makes is an instant classic. Wish Starcraft 2 came out before College. Now I'll be failing this semester XD

teenlonewolf
teenlonewolf

This is wats missing imo :) Mass Effect 2 Bad Company 2 Bioshock 2 Splinter Cell Conviction Assassin's Creed 2 (PC)