Dec 31, 2009

Most Anticipated Video Games of 2010

I though it would be neat to team up with Josh over at The Technical Parent to list our most anticipated games of 2010.  Sort of like a guys and gals perspective.  I am proud to say that I did not fall short compared to Josh's amazing list.  Seriously though, the guy is a genius and an amazing writer, and you would only be doing yourself a favour if you paid a little visit to his blog.

Because he was nice enough to humour me on this collaboration, I feel it is only courteous to put Josh first here.  Check out his list of 2010s Most Anticipated Video Games:

Here's what I have for you: (in alphabetical order)

º Bioshock 2: If you played the first installment of this game, there is no explanation needed. Bioshock 2 takes place ten years after the events of the original game. You have been reactivated. Saving Little Girls, February 2010

º Dead Rising 2: It is a few years after the outbreak in Santa Cabeza. The zombie parasite has spread all over the United States.You are Chuck Greene, a former Motocross champion, and trapped with your daughter in Fortune City (Las Vegas, really). Zombie Hordes. Psychopaths. Rescue Civilians. Slice and Dice...Again, April 2010

º Dead Space 2: Very little is known about this game so far. It is three years later and you find yourself on the space station, dubbed "The Sprawl." The main character is suffering from the effects of the marker from the first game; a condition that is permanent and deteriorating. You start in a hospital aboard the station. That is all, TBA 2010

º Fable III: Set in Albion 50 years after Fable II. An "injustice" happens to Hero's parent, believed to be orchestrated by the tyrant king. You become a revolutionary to overthrow the tyrant king and claim the throne for yourself. But the adventure doesn't stop there. In the second half of the game, a force threatens Albion and you, as the new leader, must respond. Peter Molyneux Does It Again...we hope., Late 2010.

º Fallout: New Vegas: Not to be confused with a possible "Fallout 4" game by Bethesda Softworks, "Fallout : New Vegas" has been labeled "another game in the universe." No details other than that the gameplay will be similar to "Fallout 3." Suiting Up, TBA 2010.

º Halo: Reach: First-person shooter. Actually a prequel game to the original "Halo." You are callsign Noble Six, a Lieutenant and replacement in the special operations unit of six SPARTAN Supersoldiers. Move Out, Fall 2010.

º Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4: Much like other games in the Lego video game series, you are a Lego version of various Harry Potter characters. You run around casting spells, mixing potions (which, if done wrong, could turn you into a frog). Complete with over 100 characters from the first four installments in the Harry Potter anthology. Wingardium Leviosa, March 3, 2010.

º Mass Effect 2: Shortly after the events of "Mass Effect," Commander Shepard's ship, Normandy, is fatally attacked and abandoned. Commander Shepard asphyxiates and dies in the vaccum of space. His body is retrieved by the pro-human paramilitary organization Cerberus, which attempts to revive the Commander through the Lazarus Project. Two years later (2185), Commander Shepard awakes during an attack on the Cerberus space station. He and two other make their escape and begin a mission to investigate the attacks on the human colonies throughout the galaxies. Shepard runs into Tali, a former squad member from "Mass Effect," and the mysterious insect-like race called Collectors. Receiving command of the Normandy SR2, Shepard recruits new squad members and attempts to discover the Collectors' plans. In addition, any game where you import your saved games from the first game and those choices you made in #1 impact what happens in #2, is just aces in my book. Tied with "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Fable III" as most anticipated game of the year. Your Actions Change Others, January 26, 2010.

º S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: The Call of Pripyat: I don't play many PC-based video games, but this one I will play. You are exploring "The Zone" around Chernobyl years after the disaster. A mapping flyover mission has ended in tragedy and you are tasked with entering "The Zone" to find out what happened. What sucks is that this game was released in October 2009 in CIS and November 2009 in Germany and Austria. Get Your Radiation Suit Ready, February 2010.

º Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2: Only just annouced in December 2009, very little is known about this game. The only clues are that you still control Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice. This game still takes place between Episodes III & IV. May The Force Be With You...Always, TBA 2010

And there you have it folks.  A noteworthy list.  As for mine:

1. BioShock 2- If anyone has played BioShock, the first instalment in the franchise, one would know that this game will not disappoint when it comes to awe-inspiring graphics and phenomenal gameplay.  Set ten years after the events of the first game, you re-activate as a Big Daddy, only to discover that Rapture is under the control of an evil woman named Sofia Lamb.  It is up to you to form shaky alliances with those you were once wary of, and save the little girls being abducted by Lamb who will be turned into 'Little Sisters', forever genetically altered to steal a person's life force.  This game is going to be good people.  Set to be released in February 2010.  Check out the trailer and story/ info here: http://www.bioshock2game.com/

2. God of War 3- The final game in the series once again finds you as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior who only has one thing on his mind: to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him.  Making his way through the dark depths of Hell and the soaring heights of Mt. Olympus, players will once again get to experience a fast-paced game with an amazing story line.  Check out trailers and more here: http://www.godofwar.com/Index/  Release date set for March 2010.  One to definitely keep an eye out for!

3. Red Dead Redemption- Developed by Rockstar San Diego (and oh how I love Rockstar), Red Dead Redemption is a western style video game.  Set in 1908, you play former outlaw John Marston, and it is your duty to rid the West of any individuals set to break the law.  Especially your old gang partner, that douche Bill Williamson.  Once again using open world gameplay, you are left to roam free to discover an amazing story that will sweep you away to a different time period.  Set to be released April 2010, this is another one that will be a hot off the press buy.  At least it will in this household.  Check out the awesome trailer and storyline here:  http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption/agegate.html?ref=index.php

4.  The Last Guardian-  If you have ever played Shadow of the Colossus (one of my favorite games!) then you will definitely enjoy this game, also developed by Team Ico.  The story is one where you play a boy who befriends a very strange creature indeed: a huge feathered guy (who is soooo cute!) who sort of resembles a griffin.  Similar to the gameplay in Shadow, a combination of action-adventure and puzzle elements make up the main gameplay of The Last Guardian. Check out the trailer here; http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-the-last/50352.  One of my favorite video game trailers ever.  You won't be disappointed watching this, even if it is only to see how cute the giant creature is.  Release date TBA.

5.  Alan Wake- An unlikely candidate in games I am most excited for, this game finds you as Alan Wake, a writer who needs to escape his own demons as well as his writer's block.  He and his wife relocate to the small town of Bright Falls in order to re-discover his creative flow.  When his wife disappears, he finds himself facing his own demons, or his mind's creations if you will.  With each word of the book he doesn't remember writing, a terrifying story comes true before his eyes.  A psychological thriller reminiscent of Twin Peaks, Lost and the works of Stephen King.  I think this is a must for all the writers out there!  Check out the trailer and info here: http://www.alanwake.com/  Release date May 2010.

And again, there you have it friends.  I hope that you play at least one of these games this year, because you will not be disappointed.  

Thanks again Josh!  Go team!

I hope your hangover (if you have one) isn't so terrible!
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