Most Anticipated Titles of 2010 – Glenn

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Well, I’m anticipating some titles in 2010 as well, and there’s even an RPG in my list!!!! I’m pretty sure this list will get much bigger after E3, but here’s what I know so far. Hit the Link!

In no particular order:

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Don’t let the Forza fans fool you, Gran Turismo 5 is the real deal. The visuals will be top-notch, the control will be perfect, the physics will be unmatched, and there will be damage with a lot of the vehicles (so detailed even, that even everything UNDER the hood is fully rendered.) It’s the GT that you know and love, but it got a LOT bigger this time around with the additions of the full Nascar license, and reportedly they’ve even included Drag Racing. Don’t forget full, real-time head tracking using the PS Eye!

Yakuza 3 (PS3)
I’m usually not one for these kinds of games, but the Yakuza series has always been the exception to the rule in my book. The Japanese demo for Yakuza 3 is an absolute blast, and I’ve played through it more than once (even though I couldn’t read the Moon language.) Look for it to not sell very well, for which Sega can use as an excuse to bring any more over to the US. This is a PS3 exclusive that everyone should definitely check out.

Tatsunoku vs Capcom (Wii)
Yes, a Wii game that I’m actually excited for! We’ve played the import a lot over at Mark’s and I am eagerly anticipating this one. I love the style, and the gameplay is a lot more accessible than most other fighters. This is definitely one that I wish would make it over to the PS3/360, but I’ll still buy it on the Wii.

Dark Void (PS3/360)
Let’s see, the developers for one of my favorite XBOX games, Crimson Skies, are bringing us a game where you play as the F’ing Rocketeer? SIGN ME UP!!! The storyline looks like something right out of a Pulp Comic, the visuals look amazing, and the sense of Vertigo that you’ll get while playing this one is truly epic. I know that it’s not on many radar’s, but it’s definietly on mine!

Professor Layton 3 (DS)
Honestly, these are really the only DS games I like any more, as I’ve just become spoiled by the PSP. The Professor Layton series is one of the only out there that uses touch controls in a useful way, and the puzzles are unique and are a great challenge for the aging brain. Unfortunately, #3 isn’t announced for the US yet, and seeing that it took so long for #2 to hit, this one may be on my list next year as well.

Sin and Punishment 2 (Wii)
We played this extensively at E3, and for an on-rails shooter, it’s gonna be tough to top this game. The visuals are stunning, the gameplay frantic, and the smiles never end. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up if you have a Wii (like someone here actually doesn’t have a Wii, HA!)

God of War 3 (PS3)
To be honest, I’m not a devout fan of this series. I like the games, but I don’t crave them all the time. With that said, and from what I’m hearing from people that got to play the newest build a couple of weeks ago, yeah, there’s NO WAY that I’m missing this game!

Heavy Rain (PS3)
A game that I honestly probably wouldn’t have given much thought to until I played the preview disc, the story is incredibly compelling, and the visuals are mind-blowing. This is the definition of Interactive Storytelling that everyone else has been trying to achieve for so many years. I’m still a bit on the fence in terms of them being able to deliver all the way through, but the first 3 hours has me chomping at the bit to get deeper into the narrative.

3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
DAY F’ING ONE!!!! Let’s see, you base your game on Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which is my favorite Zelda game EVAR! You use a Pixelart visual style, Retro-sounding music that sounds eerily similar to the game that it’s emulating, and you bring it to the States for $40. Are you kidding me? From Software, the makers of many favorites including Demons Souls, made a game that I think they geared specifically to me, and I can’t wait!!! Let the Hype flow, because this one is at the top of my list!

Battlefield Bad Company 2 (PS3/360/PC)
A game that I wasn’t too sure about until the awesome beta hit the PS3, this is a game that I will probably double-dip with versions on the PS3 and PC. The visuals have been cleaned-up a lot, the controls essentially perfected, and the sound is absolutely superb. This is seriously a very nice surprise from teh folks at DICE.

I loved the beta, and I still can’t believe that Zipper pulled it off. 256 players online on the same map, and it’s not chaos (well, not all the time at least.) The visuals are good as is the sound, but the gameplay is deep, and the customization and upgrade trees are varied and plentiful. I can’t wait to get back onto the battlefield with this one!

Dead Nation (PSN)
Yeah, I know, another Zombie game. BUT, it’s from Housemarque, the makers of what I still consider one of the absolute best PSN games Super Stardust HD. The gameplay looks frantic, the visuals look stunning and rich, and the region-based metagame is very intriguing.

Split Second (PS3/360)
Here we have an arcade-style racing game from Disney Interactive. The action is fast-paced and the game is beautiful from top to bottom. This title’s hook is that you can earn upgrades that allow you to trigger events that can smash your opponent or even change a huge portion of the track. The first time you see the Air Traffic Controller tower collapse onto teh track directly in front of you, then you’ll understand why this game is so awesome.

Gravity Crash (PSP)
I can’t wait to get this game on the PSP! I love the PS3 version, but the notion of playing it on the go just has me extremely excited. Can’t wait!

ModNation Racers (PS3)
I’m a sucker for a good Kart Racer, and based on what the Beta has shown me, I have a feeling that I’ll be firmly addicted to this one. United Front is pulling out all the stops with the creations and sharing tools, but also with the actual gameplay and online connectivity. My jaw dropped hard when they unveiled this one at E3 2009, and I’ve been smitten ever since.

MLB 10 The Show (PS3)
Even though they couldn’t work-in the new player models this year, the new additions more than compensate in improving the best Sports game available on any system. That’s right, I said it, the best SPORTS game available. This years inclusion of the Home Run Derby, classic stadiums, new visuals, beefier Road to the Show mode, and supposedly fixed online, yeah you know what’s up. The bar has been set by San Diego Studios, and no one else has even gotten close to touching it yet.

Where are the PC Engine/Turbografx titles for PSN in North America?!?! I have my money in-hand and ready to buy them!!!!!!!!!

Final Thoughts:
There are even more that I’m interested in, but not sold on yet. They include titles like White Knight Chronicles, Final Fantasy XIII, Aliens vs Predator (go Rebellion!), The Last Guardian, and whatever is coming for the PSP that we don’t know about. There are different reasons why I didn’t include them, but all of these are still firmly on my radar. Also, this is just from what we know is coming, who knows what will be revealed at E3 this year?? All I know is that I’m going to either need a second job, or I need to find a wife that has a lot of cash!

ps OMG! What are these game companies doing to me? Thank God that I don’t play RPG’s, I wouldn’t even have time for a job if I did. This is crazy!

Written by Glenn Percival

Glenn Percival

Just a guy that loves games, movies, Golf, Football, and Baseball.

Editor-in-Chief, Video Producer, and whipping-boy

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