Sorry it's kind of late, but better late than never! I have to say, this list was very hard to make up compared to the past years. May be that is telling. Anyways, here we go, my most anticipated games for this year:
10. Dead Space 2
To be honest, before I played the demo, this game would have been higher on my list. However, I was kind of disappointed at the sneak peak of the scariest game I've ever played. From the impressions I got from the demo, it was very similar to the first game. I was expecting more. However, the game still made it on my list because of one thing that I wouldn't want changed, the gameplay. The gameplay in Dead Space is extremely fun and satisfying, making Dead Space 2 something I still want to invest in. Oh and it has multiplayer.
9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of the few franchises that stays consistant as far as the quality. They have never disappointed me, ever, whether it was the console games, or the 2-d and portable games. We haven't seen that much from Skyward Sword, but let's be honest. Do we really need to?
8. Portal 2
I think the original Portal surprised a lot of people when it came out. May be because it was included in a great package of other very good games when it released in 2007's Orange Box. It definitely surprised me and went on to become one of my favorite games. I had never played a game like it before. But one gripe I had with it is that it was too short. Well, Valve is looking to fix that, turning the sequel to Portal to its own full retail game. I am quite interested in the co-op which, from what you can see from the box art above, is a big focus.
7. Game Dev Story 2
Over this holiday I decided to buy myself the new iPod touch that I had wanted so badly for a while. And I definitely was interested in all the games that the iOS had to offer, already creating a wish list of over 20 games before I even received the iPod. Game Dev Story was definitely on top of my list and when it went on sale for 99 cents, it was a no brainer. And after playing the game, I have to say, the game is even worth the $4 you would be paying now for the game. If you didn't know, Game Dev Story is a game development simulator where you act as the president of a game company and you develop the games of your choosing. This is definitely the most addicting game I have for my iPod and I cannot wait for the sequel.
6. Crysis 2
I did not play original Crysis until last year because I didn't have a good enough rig (Thanks again Gamespot). There was so much critical praise around the game that I felt I had no choice but to try out the game. And I have to say, at the high settings I was playing it at, it was one hell of an amazing experience. Let's get past the obvious amazing graphics of the game. The story and gameplay in the gaming were pretty amazing too if you ask me. The nanosuit just may be one of the best gameplay mechanics of recent years. It lets you play the way you want to. You can go in guns blazing or be sneaky with cloak. As for the story, it left on a big cliffhanger, but I'm sad to see that it seems that Crysis 2 is not continuing the story of the first. But I'm probably wrong.
5. Mass Effect 3
You guys might be surprised that this game isn't higher on my list. Well, I was hoping Mass Effect 3 would be coming out later than 2011. It may sound crazy that I actually want a game to come out later as opposed to earlier. I used to be very mad when games would come out later than expected, but now-a-days my philosophy is that the more time a game is development only makes it better. If GTA IV was released in October instead of April, do you think it would have been as good as it was? I don't think so. I was actually hoping Mass Effect 3 would come out in the next generation of consoles. Yes, that long. Mass Effect is one of my most favorite RPG games and I would have loved for it to come out in a new age of new technology. It would have made it even better. However, I am still highly anticipating the sequel one of 2010's best games.
4. Batman Arkham City
I don't really know why Batman Arkham City is so high on my list. We haven't seen one second of any gameplay yet. Rocksteady Studios did one hell of a job with the first game. I can't say one bad thing about that game. I even took the time and got did all the riddler puzzles. I'm sure the sequel will be just as good as the first.
3. The Witcher 2
Besides shooters, RPGs is my second genre of video games; I'm a big sucker for them. The Witcher was one of the best games of 2007 in my opinion and it's unfortunate that many people have never played it for one of two reasons. First is because it's a PC game and second is because is because it was overshadowed by the all the other games that came in out in arguably, the best year in gaming history. However, that did not stop CD Projekt from making a sequel. And The Witcher 2 seems to be very ambitious. The only wish that I have is that it comes out on 360 since I don't have access to my gaming PC anymore. They seem very intent on trying to get the game on consoles so hopefully they are eventually abe to. (#2 on my list for 2010)
2. Dragon Age 2
Like I said, I'm a big sucker for RPGs. And who creates better than Bioware. Dragon Age: Origins was one of the best RPGs I've ever played. May be because that is exactly what it was, a pure RPG experience. The world of origins was just plain amazing and made the game so immersive. The story was great and made you make some hard decisions. This game may have turned a lot of people off with its gameplay. For me, I was stopping to make decisions after every move I made. And I loved it. I know Bioware will deliver on Dragon Age 2.
#1. Gears of War 3
I put more hours into Gears of War 2 multiplayer probably than other any other game I have ever played. It's simply amazing and I have never played a multiplayer game that has lasted me this long. Most people were turned off early on by Gears of War 2's multiplayer because at launch it had a lot of problems. However, I stuck with it and no other game, even Call of Duty, has been able to take me away from it. Surrounded by many friends that play with me, there was really no reason for me to get off. There is nothing more satisfying than blasting someone away with your shotgun. My commitment to Gears of War 2 made making Gears of War 3 as #1 on my list a given. I cannot wait to see what additions (mostly mutliplayer) Epic is going to put into the final installment of the franchise.