Games We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands on in 2010

GameSpot editors talk about the one game they most want to play in 2010.

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Last January, we kicked off 2009 with a look at the games we were most eager to see in the upcoming year. Plenty of games lived up to our expectations, like Shaun's choice of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but there were others that left only tears and heartache, like Sophia's hopes to see Final Fantasy XIII released before year's end. But that was last year, and now we're looking forward to a whole new crop of games (FFXIII notwithstanding). With the GameSpot editors back in the office after a wonderfully relaxing holiday break, let's see what they have to say about the games they most want to get their hands on this year.

Giancarlo Varanini | Editor-at-Large

Taking a quick look at the list of games coming out this year makes me realize one thing: I’m looking forward to so many more games in 2010 than I was in 2009 that it's incredibly difficult to narrow it down to a single choice. Still, the very idea that the creative minds behind one of my favorite games of all time are working on The Last Guardian--a game scheduled for release in November--is too hard to ignore. Though we still don't know much about it, I find it impossible to refuse the pull of that bird-dog-dragon-cat's big, teary, puppy-dog eyeballs or to not think about the creature's seemingly inevitable fate. It'll be interesting to see how the interaction between the boy and the bird-dog-dragon-cat pans out over the course of the game and what sort of gameplay spawns from their relationship.

Will The Last Guardian's bird-dog-dragon-cat be everything Giancarlo hopes it to be?

Also, as an immense Castlevania fanboy, I'm pretty excited about the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow in 2010. Even though there have been multiple attempts, there still hasn't been a really great 3D Castlevania game, but Lords of Shadow looks like it's taken some cues from other, popular 3D action games in an effort to buck that trend. Plus, Captain Picard is doing voice-over work for the game--when has Captain Picard ever let you down?

Other stuff that excites me: Darksiders, BioShock 2, Dark Void, Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Final Fantasy XIII, Super Street Fighter IV, Super Mario Galaxy 2, StarCraft II, Epic Mickey, Metroid: Other M, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Monster Hunter Tri, Halo: Reach, Mega Man 10, and several other games that I'm probably forgetting.

Brian Ekberg | Senior Editor, Previews

Finally. Gran Turismo 5, a game that’s been almost 10 years in the making, is set for release in 2010. This is according to GT series honcho Kazunori Yamauchi, who says he began envisioning portions of GT5 back in 2001. We’re nearly ready to see what the folks at Polyphony Digital have in store for driving fans around the world. Of course, we’ve seen glimpses of what to expect with appetizers like Gran Turismo HD Concept, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, and the recently released GT5 Time Trial Challenge demo. And we know the impressive laundry list of features too: exterior and, in some cases, interior damage modeling; cars from real-world racing series like NASCAR, WRC, and IRL among the hundreds of available rides; night racing; weather effects; and 1080p visuals running at 60 frames per second. When you add online features that Sony is currently keeping mum on and...good lord, I think I have the vapors...summer can’t arrive quickly enough.

How badly will Brian damage this Audi TT when Gran Turismo 5 is finally released?

Honorable Mention: Last year in this space, I named DC Universe Online as my most anticipated game. While the game’s delay into 2010 didn’t surprise, it also hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for what I hope to be a great superhero game on the PlayStation 3 and PC.

Tom Mc Shea | Associate Editor, Reviews

Yoshi is the best darn fictional dinosaur to ever grace this modern world. Like chocolate or bacon, his presence makes everything better. So when I saw that he would be included in Super Mario Galaxy 2, well, I nearly whooped with joy. I didn't, though, because I'm a grown man, but my Yoshi-loving inner child certainly did. It may sound blasphemous to throw barbs at the original Mario Galaxy--one of the finest games I have ever played--but it did have one small problem that the mere presence of the reptilian-skinned sidekick could easily erase: power-ups. A bee suit? Boo Mario? Those aren't fun! Riding around on Yoshi's back across those crazy spherical worlds--now that's fun. The only thing that could make Galaxy 2 better is if Shy Guy or, hope against hope, Wart make a cameo. But that's just me being greedy.

How long will it take Tom to wear out Yoshi's poor dino tongue in Super Mario Galaxy 2?

Honorable Mention: I cannot imagine God of War III will be able to top the sublime God of War II--the finest 3D action game ever made--but if it can get even close to the excellent last adventure, I will be giddy. Of all the fictional things video games let you perform, deicide has to be near the very top of the list. And the best thing about killing all the gods is, when you finally die, there's no one left to judge you.

Shaun McInnis | Associate Editor, Previews

I guess I'm lucky this year. The game I'm most looking forward to in 2010 is one that will be in stores in about, oh, three weeks. No, I'm not talking about the DS release of Imagine: Party Planner or even the hotly anticipated Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2--though these were certainly close. Actually, my most eagerly awaited game this year is Mass Effect 2. I got to preview the game last month, and what I can tell you now is that the first 15 minutes of it will just about knock your socks off. Even if you don't wear socks, the opening of Mass Effect 2 is so awesome that it will go out of its way to furnish your feet with socks of the most luxurious Canadian wool...only to violently yank them off just as the title flashes across the screen. Also, I heard the inventory system has been fixed, so that's cool too.

How ugly will Shaun's version of Commander Shepard be when he gets his hands on the Mass Effect 2 character editor?

There are also a few more games on my radar heading into 2010. Heavy Rain looks like a thoroughly unique experience (I know Lark is excited about the prospect of making a sandwich via QuickTime Events) while Red Dead Redemption and Mafia II seem to be vying for the prize of most promising sandbox action game of the year. Then, there's The Last Guardian, which could be amazing or slightly underwhelming depending on whether it feels more like Shadow of the Colossus (which I adored) or Ico (which I wasn't a huge fan of). Rounding out my list are Final Fantasy XIII, Bad Company 2, Gran Turismo 5, and StarCraft II.

Kevin VanOrd | Associate Editor, Reviews

In most stealth games, you must hide in the shadows, emerging only when it's entirely safe to do so. If what I've seen of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction is any indication, the darkness is no longer a safe haven used to veil your weakness in direct action. In Conviction, you use the shadows to hunt--not to hide. This is an important distinction, and it's one that separates this upcoming installment from Splinter Cells of yore. I'm a fan of the series, and I was skeptical when I discovered that Ubisoft was taking a more action-oriented approach. But the more I see of Conviction, the more my brain tingles: This is a reimagining I can get behind. The sneaking, the fisticuffs, the gunplay, mark-and-execute kills--every feature seems excellent and seems to offer the kind of freedom I enjoy where I feel rewarded and excited regardless of which method I use to enact revenge. Yet, it's the storytelling that intrigues me most. The oft-misused term "cinematic" is too often used to praise a compelling tale, as if games need to take lessons from film in order to tell a great story. Conviction's narrative is the kind that only a game could weave, and that's what makes it look so captivating.

Will Kevin ever look at a mirror the same way after playing Splinter Cell: Conviction?

Runner-Ups: Heavy Rain and Split/Second. You might be able to guess that I'm in favor of games that push the limits of narrative and emotion. Heavy Rain looks like a dark, suspenseful experience that I hope will use its gameplay to elicit emotion and sensation. I think a great game can be more than just fun--it can reach directly into your heart, mind and soul. Games often elicit joy and excitement, but I believe Heavy Rain has the potential to explore the entire human spectrum of thought and feeling. Of course, just plain fun is great too, which is why I have a soft spot for arcade racer Split/Second: Looks like that game's open world blows up real good. Appreciation of raw destruction is one of those human thoughts and feelings, right?

Justin Calvert | Section Editor, Reviews

There are a lot of games that I'm excited for heading into 2010, but oddly, those that I'm most looking forward to the most are also the ones that I know the least about. I'm sure we have plenty of previews and trailers for them up on the site, but I really don't feel the need to know as much as possible about these games (or any games, for that matter) before playing them for myself.

If I have to choose just one, right now, I think I have to go with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. I got back into WoW just last week, and although I was a little surprised to learn that even my level 80 epic gear had been more or less rendered obsolete in my several-months absence, it hasn't taken me long to replace it, and I'm pretty impressed with some of the changes that have been made. My pre-Cataclysm plan is to make sure that, by the time that expansion hits, I have at least two or three decently geared characters to explore (and almost certainly review) it with. When I heard that Cataclysm is going to completely change the existing world of Azeroth, I was reluctant to embrace it, but the more I think about it, the more excited I get that this expansion should breathe new life into zones that I'm either tired of because I've played through them several times already or that I've done my best to avoid because I never liked them.

Will Justin finally get his Mr. T Mohawk Grenade in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm?

Other games I'm looking forward to include, but definitely aren't limited to, the following: Red Dead Redemption, Dead Rising 2, and UFC Undisputed 2010.

Ricardo Torres | Editor-in-Chief

2010 is a weird year to choose just one game to look forward to. There’s been so much spillover into the first half of the year that I’m overloading on choices. So here’s a quick and dirty list of stuff I want to play this year.

Super Street Fighter IV: Yeah, I know, this is probably the first in 75 editions of Street Fighter IV. But what do you want? I love fighters and the billion different versions of Street Fighter that have come out over the years (which are sadly all cataloged in several boxes).

How many cars will Ricardo destroy in Super Street Fighter IV?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Here’s hoping, right? Someone’s got to get 3D Castlevania down sometime. Maybe this is it! And hey, Alucard!

Halo Reach: Another chance to run around and blow things up in the Halo universe is worth craving.

3D Dot Game Heroes: This is a totally goofy game that pretty much had me the first time I saw it. Seems like simple fun packed with personality. I’m anxious to see how it’s localized in hi-res blocky form.

As for stuff that’s closer to shipping: BioShock 2, Lost Planet 2, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom...basically a bunch of stuff. 2010 seems like it’s going to be a really good year for games. There’s a grip of cool stuff kicking off the year, and I expect there’s going to be a good amount of stuff announced at E3 set to ship later this year, so, yeah...must...find...time...to...play.

Discussion

216 comments
metalkid9
metalkid9

@powerfulone1987, I agree with TomMcShea. Although it may sound like a cliche but in all honesty this year will be the best year for gaming. I mean it's almost the end of Feb. and it already even has been the best. If you look at the release dates for the next couple of months you will notice that there are top quality games that we've been waiting since last gen to see (Alan wake[2005], GOW3[since GOW2 was released and etc.] these games. I'm tired of hearing it too but it's true that this year will the best year and I'm sure most people, if not all will agree.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Gaming should be good this year, and while I won't say last year was bad it's apparent that this year should be better then last year, even though I sort of liked last there were no games released last year that I bought. When you buy about a dozen games a year you get extremely about which ones you buy.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@thrasher510, it wasn't lousy (I do tend to exaggerate), but clearly was a down year for games a whole. There was a general lack of innovation, so even the best games felt too familiar. This year is shaping up better already. I loved BioShock 2 and Heavy Rain hit me like few games ever have. And with God of War, Halo, Galaxy, Super Meat Boy and so many others still coming... weeee!

thrasher510
thrasher510

@TomMcShea GameSpot staff member Last year wasn't that lousy there were some pretty decent PS3 exclusives, but this year is gonna be crazy, they should try to balance the game out a bit more.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@powerfulone1987, I agree that last year was pretty lousy overall for games. I couple memorable games slipped through the cracks (Demon's Souls, Flower, inFamous), but overall, most of the top tier games were utterly disposable. This year is already shaping up to be a lot better, though. And 2007 was ridiculous. We gave GotY to Galaxy, but there were a half dozen worthy candidates.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

Have you ever heard people involved in the gaming world say it WON'T be a good year for gaming. How many times can you hear them say EVERY YEAR will be a GOOD year for gaming before it loses its meaning? If you ask me, last year wasn't all that good. If you ask me, 2007 was the best year of gaming that I've ever experienced. Bioshock. Fable II. Mass Effect. Assassin's Creed. That Fall Season was sooooo good. Even if it was before Game Makers clued it on the fact that people were willing to purchase Triple A titles throughout the entire year and not just in the Fall. They've caught on now and even with that improvement, the Fall of 2007 still made 2007 the greatest year in gaming. It definitely was the FIRST Year In Gaming of its kind. No other year before it ever held such grandiosity. And none have matched it since. May have come close, but they never live up. And with all of the postponements last year, 2009 didn't have a chance. It's too early to say how good (or bad) this year will be. Holla at me directly if you have a response, otherwise I won't see it.

rainbowstorm965
rainbowstorm965

Lots of games are making a comeback next year. WANNA HAVE EM ALL!!!!!

ANGELS_FAN_14
ANGELS_FAN_14

MLB 10: The Show, best baseball game of 2010, and there really isnt any competition other than MLB Power Pros, lol, unless of course MLB 2K10 makes some "MAJOR", and i emphisize it as well, "IMPROVEMENTS" to its gameplay and overall presentation, 2k9 was just sad, especially from the demo, and the game wasnt any better, mlb the show has consistently proven to be the supperior baseball game on the ps3, and overall baseball game to be exact, the only people who wont agree with me are mlb 2k fanboys and people who dont like baseball, (or xbox owners, lol)

Silverwolf31
Silverwolf31

FFXIII, heavy rain, AVP for starters. then bioshock 2, dead space 2 and don't forget the new medal of honor! damn, 2010 is gonna be a great year!!!!

H0rr0rG4m3r
H0rr0rG4m3r

2010 is gonna be an awesome year for gaming with my personal list of God of War 3, Bioshock 2, Alien vs Predator, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dead Space 2 and others I probably cant remember lol

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Zelda, Heavy Rain, MAG, Last Guardian, FFXIII, this is gonna be a great year.

thk123
thk123

For me its got to be Fable 3. Having said that, I don't want to buy Natal and I am really looking forward to Mass Effect 2. I am also intrigued as to see what the new thing is in Legend of Zelda.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Thief 4, Alien Vs Predator, This year will be a total 90's flashback.

Krystyan68
Krystyan68

360:Halo Reach PS3: GT5 Wii:New Zelda :)

AlexSheath
AlexSheath

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rixtaslayer
rixtaslayer

Justed Looked At Postal 3 & NeedleMouse & Dst514... Postal looks like Dead rising just nobody's going Uggggghhhhhhhh... lol what a mix between that and gta? No thanks =] I'd rather play Vegas if were going to be using REAL cars.. 514 OMG AMAZING Reminds Me Of When Mirror's Edge Came Out O.o Did Anyone Else Notice The Warthog & Scorpion(Tank) lol NeedleMouse Grrrr Couldn't Find Actual Footage.. Oh Well It's A Keeper =] Better Then SEGA's Sorry Efforts LAtely =[ R.I.P? I Hope Not.. All This Has Me Thinking/Remembering... SOooooooo Stoked On Batman:AA 2 =] Takin It To Gotham Free Roam Would Be Nice But Mabe Not Batman Style... It's Be Too Much Like Spider-Man/hulk/prototype And maaan thats old and boring =]

paynehos
paynehos

For me its STO, ME2, FFXIII have not looked and anything else to far away from March

normsta
normsta

The last guardian, god of war 3, heavy rain, mafia 2, max payne 3, metal gear solid peace walker, metal gear solid rising, crackdown 2 and hopefully updatess on L.A Noir, possession, kingpin 2, freedom fighters 2, diablo 3...

rixtaslayer
rixtaslayer

always5lucky haha To Be Honest I Completely Forgot about That Game =] I hope the Story Is Better then 1-3 Cuz Full Circle C'mon that Just Means $h!t Never Happen In My Book -_- POSTAL 3 Never Heard... I'll Check It Out... I Also Forgot About WhiteKnight =] I think The Battle System Is Gonna Be Like FF12 Miixed With the Lil Bonus Mission From FFX-2 Yuna's Shooting Thing If Anyone Knows What I'm Talking About lol richioso I Know Right =] Alot OF Wishful(Should Be Here Already)Thinking lol And LOVERPS3 SC:Conviction Is Not 360 Only... Idk About Your (Happy)Station There =] But It's Also For Pc.. Who Else Likes The Arcade Comin' Out for 360? Superb =] I Thought P3 Had That? Not Like That Tho, It Was A PlayThat Had Uncharted One And One Other Game I beleive... I Tried To DL On My Buddy's But Not There lol =[ Also Can't Wait for DMC5 =] If They Go Thru With It That Is...

Sidrat2004
Sidrat2004

Hopefully Dust 514 will be released this year along with the incarna update for Eve Online which will finally breathe fresh air in to the online world of New Eden. Even before that however we're going to be controlling planets and that phase will surely be a moment of truth.

TinyTomV
TinyTomV

I cant wait to play the new sonic game, "Project Needlemouse". I Know the sonic games of the past 10 years have been pritty bad, but Needlemouse looks promising and the teaser trailler talks about how its going to be like the original sonic games. Another game im looking forward to is "Halo: Reach".

Darth_Maugrin
Darth_Maugrin

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Darth_Maugrin
Darth_Maugrin

Star Wars the Old Republic is going to be one of the best MMOs of all time. That's the one game I'm looking forward to, except maybe a new Civs game, that would be nice.

always5lucky
always5lucky

4 pages of comments & only 2 people ( other than me ) are waiting for Prince Of Persia - The Forgotten Sands ??? Come on Guys. It is the only game i am waiting for as i have only a PC and am huge fan of III person action games. & Ahh, not to forget Assassin's Creed II (PC) ver.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@1995_1996_1997 and others, I had God of War III as my honorable mention! No neglect at all.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age Expansion In March And Splinter Cell Conviction!

1995_1996_1997
1995_1996_1997

Gamespot is totally neglecting God of War 3! It's my top game of 2010.

andy_lyall
andy_lyall

@chasetacos How is it possible that Warner will still pay for Running with Scissors to make games. The previous two Postal games were some of the worst entertainment ever created, not because of their content but rather because they were just crap. The most offensive thing about them was the gameplay!! Nothing about Postal 3 will be worth anyone's time. Ever. For me, the first thing I'm really excited about is Mass Effect 2. So glad there's not long to wait for it now. I'm also quite looking forward to Star Trek online (I know, 'Set phasers to geek!'), I'm currently without an MMO since Champions online really dissapointed so here's hoping it'll fill the void.

blackfray
blackfray

I'm dying of waiting for Starcraft 2 and Mass Effect 2 for my PC. and MAY BE... Half-life 2: Episode 3!

lifeoncrime
lifeoncrime

My list: Halo Reach, BioShock 2, Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, Bad Company 2, God of War 3, SC: Conviction, Medal of Honor, Alan Wake and... Project Natal with all its games!!!

Ninja5897
Ninja5897

Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2, Heavy Rain, GOW 3 and Splinter Cell: Conviction

Langway
Langway

ME2, DA:O expansion and RDR. I'm hopeful they fixed the bugs from the first Mass Effect. The story, however, should be a no brain-er. It was the story that allowed me to overlook the bugs in the first game. The Dragon age expansion looks promising. I only hope BioWare gives that same level of support to ME2. Support for ME1 was terrible, and not what was promised. With RDR, I've been waiting forever for a good, truly open world western. Rock Star has never disappointed me before. I hope they don't buck that trend.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Mass Effect 2 tops my list, Alan Wake, and Heavy Rain for my PS3...of course there's Halo Reach.

richioso
richioso

@rixtaslayer Boy can you spout some drivel.

tootank
tootank

starcraft 2 yo. come on blizz dont delay it again.

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

@chasetacos hi happy new year:) that game you talk about it POSTAL3 i think on xbox only:(but looks nice

luffy7x
luffy7x

GOW3 Dante's Inferno

chasetacos
chasetacos

POSTAL 3!!! no one knows about it EVERYONE START CHECKING OUT POSTAL 3 cause its TOTALLY SICK!! Think gta with the ability to pour gas on people and set them on fire, then piss them out! or do a drive by on a segway! Everyone whos into sandbox freeroams(gta or just cause) check out Postal 3, I promise it will be worth your time. March 2010. Instead of a chainsaw they have a badger saw, a rabbit badger on a harness with epilepsy!!

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

hi there:) my TOP10 games in 2010 1-FF XIII 2-IAM ALIVE 3- HEAVY RAIN 4-BC2 5-MEDAL OF HONOR 6-RED DEAD 7-LAST GUARDAIN 8-GT5 9- SPLINTER CELL CONVICTION (exclusive on xbox:( 10- THE SECRET WORLD (also exclusive on xbox:(

Nate_
Nate_

God of War 3 Gt5 - Finally a racing game I wanna see! FFXIII

susil65
susil65

GOW3 Final Fantasy XIII Heavy Rain White Knight Chronicles Dante's Inferno Bioshock 2 Yakuza 3 The Last Guardian Splinter Cell Conviction

Siimgames
Siimgames

Mafia 2 Just Cause 2 Dante's Inferno God Of War 3 Bioshock 2 Crysis 2 Modnation Gran Turismo 5 Mass Effect 2

brian_13un
brian_13un

God of war 3, Bioshock 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Halflife 2: episode 3, Warhammer: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising, Starcraft 2 And last but not the least Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

minhas27
minhas27

Half life 2 Episode 3 and many other games.

KroNfs
KroNfs

without any order STARCRAFT 2 (!!!!!!!!!!!!) bayonetta dantes inferno final fantasy XIII god of war 3 Yakouza 3 White knight chronicles

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

Mass effect, Avp,bioshock 2,metro 2033, Fallout new vegas and splinter cell! They are going to be awesome! And red dead redemption even though its not up there.

rixtaslayer
rixtaslayer

I'm Not Waiting On God Of War 3 Cuz I Don't Have A PS3 I Don't Own Sony Products Cuz Uh.... Well I Don't Need A Any Other Reasons Then What They Already Give Me =] Metro 2033 Did Look Sweet I'm Just Tired OF the "World Coming To An End" Story Line lol IT Can Only Be Re-Did & GOOD Sooooooooooooooooooo-o Many Times lol And Those Who Said Dante's Inferno... I Wouldn't Count Those Cuz They Are Pretty Much Made already, The Demo Seemed Cool But I Preferred Bayonetta.. Buut I Didn't Let The Demo End For DI Cuz I Didn't Wanna Keep Going lol I Just Wish They'd Remake Stryder Already =[ At Least Give Me The Old One In The Arcade Section.. Or Gimme PlayStation One Title That Was Great Eh I Guess There's Always Emulators :/ Who Here Knows Of Rocket Knight Adventures? haha Great Sega Game.. Bethseda, Sqaure-Enix, & DICE, UBISOFT & MAAAABE Even EA Just Need To Merge Like Sqaure & Enix Did... then Nobody Would Ever Be Sad About These Sorry Excuses For Games =] Perhaps Even Steal & Use The Havok/Unreal Engines ;) ... 10 ManTeam From Each Publisher & Company.... Can You Say Epic-Side'Project .. .Riki.