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20 MASSIVE games of early 2010

5. Bayonetta - Multi

Expected release: January

Should you care?

Bayonetta may look to the uninformed eye like just another Devil May Cry knock-off. Consider though, that it’s being directed by Hideki Kamiya, DMC’s original creator, and things suddenly get a whole lot more exciting. Now working at Japanese dream-team Platinum Games (a company set up by some of Capcom’s previous brightest and best), Kamiya has reworked his nitrous-boosted combat creation to make something far cooler, sexier and eyeball-poppingly ludicrous than you have ever seen before. In a recent feature, we described Bayonetta as “DMC off its face on mescaline at an all-night rave for sexy witches”, and that’s something you need to be a part of.

Delayed?

Would you be at all surprised at this point if we said “Yes”? Bayonetta’s producer has admitted that avoidance of the Christmas action game rush is the reason. Ordinarily we’d applaud his attempt to give an interesting niche game more breathing space. Ordinarily, he wouldn’t have moved its release date right next to Dante’s Inferno and God of War III.


6. Aliens vs. Predator - Multi

Expected release: February

Should you care?

If you like Aliens, Predators or good FPS, yes. After year upon miserable year of crap games and Paul Anderson, Sega has teamed up with Rebellion Developments (creator of 1999’s rightly revered PC AvP game) to do a proper job on the license. We’re getting three characters, three campaigns and three completely different gameplay styles, and it’s all wrapped up in ultra-authentic visuals ripped straight from the films and some of the most brutal gore we’ve seen since someone told Justin that Sonic was “a bit gay”.

Delayed?

Surprisingly no. AvP was always scheduled for early next year. Well done, AvP.



7. Singularity - Multi

Expected release: March

 

Should you care?

Maybe. While a fairly solid team, developer Raven has a pretty hit and miss track record over the years, ranging from undoubted brilliance to fairly average pap. And we’re still undecided on Singularity. Right now it looks like a solid and polished FPS, but we really wish it had a single piece of visual design that didn’t reek of BioShock imitation. And while much has been talked of the game’s time-manipulation puzzles, so far we’ve seen nothing more interesting than reskinned versions of opening doors or breaking boxes. Decaying a hole in something using time instead of the more traditional doorhandle or crowbar does not Braid make.

Delayed?

Yep, and Singularity’s publisher is very open about the reason. Of course it helps that the publisher in question happens to be Activision. It can’t hurt that much to admit you’re pushing a game back because your other one is so awesome.


8. Dark Void - Multi

Expected release: January

 

Should you care?

Dark Void could turn out to be a very interesting game indeed. Essentially Gears of War meets The Rocketeer, it’s both a ground-based cover shooter and a high-flying, jetpack-toting aerial combat game which flips shooters on their side by allowing vertical firefights up the sides of buildings and cliffs. The proof will of course be in the playing, but right now it looks to add a brand new, dynamic dimension to an increasingly crowded genre.

Delayed?

Capcom pushed Dark Void back from September to skip what at that point was the perceived Christmas rush. With only the very different ODST and Modern Warfare 2 and the PS3-exclusive Uncharted 2 to go up against now, we can imagine more than a few faces making very good friends with palms over there.

66 comments

  • 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.

    WERE THE HELL IS MASS EFFECT 2! RAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEE :P
  • 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 .

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