As promised here are ten games which I must play. Unlike my previous list though, there is no order to this one as I'd basically be ordering them based on hype and not playability which defies logic to me. Here are the ten games without further delay
I am not counting Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Yakuza 3 on this list since I have already played them, a lot just to let ya know
On we go:
1. Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3)
The complaints about linearity and other items are really not bugging me a lot since I know that the Japanese and North American game markets react totally differently to different things. The fact is though that Final Fantasy XIII looks to be one of the finest JRPGs of this generation and given it's massive amount of development, I can't believe we're almost there. I am expecting a great game and since I'll have all the time in the world to play this game (As I will be accepted into some university by that point), I can't wait to sink my teeth into this beast.
2. Bayonetta (360, PS3)
Kamiya you beast, I knew you'd be the first to make my first most anticipated title of the year. This game comes out in like two days and even though I won't get it right away, my excitement to play this one is huge. The demo blew me away and given Kamiya's penchant of awesome-sauce action, this is gonna make me a happy man. I anticipate this one to blow away audiences and I certainly hope it becomes an unexpected hit because it looks to deserve it.
3. Mass Effect 2 (360, PC)
You're crazy if you don't think this game looks good. I can pretty much guarantee this game will blow every other WRPG outta the water. It looks brilliant and really, it only needs to improve on a few nitpicks in Mass Effect in order for it to be a fantastic game. With what looks like smoother gameplay and sick new innovations, I can safely place my hopes in this game being one of the best games of the year. Bioware blew me away with Dragon Age, I hope they do it again.
4. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Peace Walker is Kojima's next masterpiece and you'd be a fool to sleep on this one, I mean for real. It's gonna be sick and it's basically the equivalent to Metal Gear Solid 5. The only reason I didn't pick Rising over this is because I doubt we'll see Rising till 2011 when Kojima can put more time into that project. Peace Walker is looking fine as hell anyways and I doubt anyone with a PSP will miss this one coming out in 2010.
5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360, PC, PS3)
Bad Company was easily one of the finest shooters of this generation with unmatched destructability and an engaging online component. Bad Company 2 looks to improve, expand, and explode onto the FPS scene yet again with this new title and holy crap, everytime I see this game...
That's all that can be said.
6. God of War 3 (PS3)
Garbage box art always did bug me (Thank God it's not final) but really, it's all about what's on the disc. God of War 3 is looking great and though not my most wanted game of the year, it's one I can see myself enjoying. With two predecessors to back it up, I expect nothing but quality from this title.
7. Starcraft 2 (PC)
Do I need to say anything about this game? I really shouldn't. RTS of the year confirmed (If the damned thing even comes out).
8. Halo: Reach (360)
Bungie has never let me down and with the Halo franchise I have the upmost faith in them. Though ODST was slightly disappointing, this game is looking to be great as it is a true sequel; a full game. I think it can be great and I know Bungie will take it in a superb direction. I got faith in this one.
9. Splinter Cell: Conviction (360, PC)
I can't see how this game goes wrong. It already looks amazing and it's the first truly next generation Splinter Cell title (Does Double Agent really count?). Having not even seen the online component yet, I'm set to buy this one day one most likely. I love the changes they made and I think it'll make the game all the more fun. Where the series felt tedious before, I hope it can improve and I think this is what has been done by the folks at Ubisoft. Can't wait to get my hands on this.
10. Dead Rising 2 (360, PC, PS3)
It's about time we got a sequel. The first game kicked so much ass, so much that I can't wait to get my hands on this one. New ways to kill zombies? Straight up killin' modes? Revamped gameplay? I can't wait. I hope they can make this into the titan Zombie game, like the magnum opus of them all. Left 4 Dead is nice but Dead Rising is where the heart is.