20 MASSIVE games of early 2010

As the wisely regular reader of Radar you no doubt are, you’ll be aware that at this time of year we traditionally start putting together our pre-emptive list of Christmas joy-discs; a jolly festive round-up of the almighty release schedule clusterf*ck you’ll be hacking your way through with a tinsel-wrapped machete come November and December. This year however, it’s different.

A certain little shooter release in November has put the fear of CoD into a large portion of the industry so, barring a couple of brave examples, late 2009 is a sparse period indeed. As the months have gone on, more and more ’09 games have been delayed into early 2010 in an effort to avoid the snipes and AC-130s of outrageous financial misfortune. And the best bit? By barrelling blindly into the air-raid shelter, they’ve found themselves packed like sardines and gasping for air. Good work, games industry! Spring is the new Christmas, and you’re going to need our help to get through it. So here is that help.

1. BioShock 2 - Multi

Expected release: February

Should you care?

Opinion is split amongst BioShock fans, and it depends which side of the argument you come down on. Some of us love Rapture so much that we’d slice off our arms and play with our feet for another run through the darkly beautiful dystopia and a new side-story to explore. Some of us love Rapture so much that we’ve cried “Rape!” ever since the sequel was announced, and loath the idea of a different team messing with 2K Boston’s masterpiece. Objectively, BioShock 2 will be a good game. Subjectively, it comes down to how passionate you are about the original.


Yep, BioShock 2 was originally slated for November ’09. Officially, vague quality reassurances are the reason. Unofficially, this is a big, complex-to-manage, four-team project and also an FPS.

2. Splinter Cell:
Conviction - Xbox 360

Expected release: February

Should you care?

Most definitely. After many year’s of going the way of old bread, Ubisoft’s once-killer stealth series finally looks to be getting its renaissance. Faster, slicker and more brutal, and with far more options for improvisational evasion and combat, Conviction looks to be Splinter Cell’s Resident Evil 4. It’s been a long wait, but we’re really looking forward to getting to know old Sam anew.


Hell yes. Conviction was originally slated for 2007 before, just like Resident Evil 4, a total production reboot knocked it back to Quarter 3 of 2009. Another delay for extra perfectionising (and possible avoidance of rival military killers), and we’re now looking at next year.

3. Red Steel 2 - Wii

Expected release: February

Should you care?

As mortifyingly bad as the first game was, we really do think so. The first Red Steel had killer app potential, but was prematurely forced out of the womb to catch the early Wii buzz. Deftly side-stepping the twitching, malformed foetus of the first game in favour of a polished, steampunk-wild-west-with-ninjas reboot, RS2 looks like everything we originally hoped for and more, thanks in no small part to the contemporary availability of the Wii’s MotionPlus hardware upgrade.


It’s a Ubisoft game without the word “Creed” in the title, so yes. We were supposed to get this in November, but once again, the need for extra polish has pushed it back. A stark and welcome contrast with the first game’s release, and possibly even wiser given that the usually shooter-light Wii is now getting a port of CoD 4 at the same time Modern Warfare 2 hits.

4. Heavy Rain - PS3

Expected: March

Should you care?

Yes you should, but again, opinions are split. Proffering a staggering, previously unseen level of humanity and emotion in its characters and promising a genuinely malleable narrative in which main characters can quite easily die without ending the story, Heavy Rain could be a turning point for video game story-telling. But at the same time, current experience hints that its core gameplay could be little more than an excessively QTE-heavy point-and-click with pretensions. Whether that turns out to be true or not though, for narrative aspirations alone, Heavy Rain deserves your attention like few games in recent years.


Yes, and they’re being admirably honest about it. Echoing what has been our sentiment for years, Exec Producer Guillaume de Fondaumiere recently admitted that Christmas is “a very crowded place to be, and certain games need more space to live their life”. We agree wholeheartedly, but it’s a quite ironic statement given the current situation.

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  • BadLadJon - December 19, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    Army of 2 The 40th Day, 1st january 2010 i just played the demo with my brother and its actually pretty badass
  • avenger1362 - November 26, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    They forgot Dead Rising 2. I believe it's released on February 2, 2010.
  • Mar27w - October 15, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    whats with the 10min delay between posts,ive ended up posting twice and theirs no option to edit or delete,sort it out editor and for the love of God get rid of the type two words crap after commenting
  • Mar27w - October 15, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    Makes a pleasant change from the usual onslaught of chritmas releases that only ScroogeMcDuck could afford,this way i wont be distracted by where im going to get the money for them all while enjoying ModernWarfare2 and AssassinsCreed2
  • Mar27w - October 15, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    Makes a pleasant change from the usual onslaught of christmas releases that nobody but ScroogeMcDuck could afford,this way i wont be distracted of how im going to afford them all while playing ModernWarfare2 and AssassinsCreed2
  • nomadz - October 11, 2009 9:31 p.m.

  • reaperman22 - October 11, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    whoo god of war. i am definatly getting the collectors edition of that, more ps2 games should be revamped for the ps3 with sequels
  • demonslayer76 - October 10, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    unemployment sucks. i can't get any of those games like Final Fantasy XIII, which i have been waiting for since i beat XII also, no BioShock 2, just MW2
  • jeffrey3133 - October 9, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    what the fuck happened to Metroid Other M basterds? (why the hell is no nintendo games listed that i saw bitches)
  • ctcfirebird - October 9, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Modern Warfare 2 + Left 4 Dead 2 + Star Craft 2 + Star Wars: The old Republic = all of my gaming time for the next year or two :)
  • Sandman89 - October 8, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    You FORGOT Mass effect 2? Blasphemy!!!
  • dogsoldier97 - October 7, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    mag is going to be a great sucsess i can feel it
  • InvalidUsername - October 7, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    Wooo! Go Mafia II.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - October 6, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    re: the omissions. This list is of the games coming out in EARLY 2010. Max Payne 3 and The Last Guardian are currently only down for some time next year, and to be honest we'd be very surprised to see either of them hit during the period covered by this article. Sorry guys, but it's just probably not going to happen. As for Mass Effect 2, yeah, we just clean forgot that one. Consider this its entry.
  • TheDude - October 6, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    Max Payne 3?
  • montyburns - October 6, 2009 12:39 a.m.

    I must say I'm not convinced with your list either. Anyway, I do think that Gran Turismo 5 is coming out TOO LATE and is now facing some good rivalry with games like Need for Speed: Shift, Project Gotham Racing, Dirt2 and others. I mean, GT WAS the best driving simulator on videogames... now is not the only one. Hey, and by the way, you really mistreated PS3 on this list.
  • EvilEdgar5993 - October 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    this article both excites me and pisses me the hell off, for one i love the fact that they put bishock 2, red dead redemption, and splinter cell on this list, but y the hell didnt the even put mass effect 2, both the best xbox 360 and game of all time in general, y ???????
  • Kytl - October 5, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    well for the 2 Wii games on the list, I might get them later but I want to get Monster Hunter tri first
  • GameManiac - October 5, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    GT5 is all the more reason that I REALLY should consider buying a PS3.
  • 1One1Winged1Angel - October 5, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    What the heck.. How can u add a trillion play-them-today-forget-what-the-hell-the-story-was-the-day-after shooters on the list and then not at The Last Guardian.. That doesn't make any sense at all -__________________-'' very dissapointing GR .