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20 MASSIVE games of early 2010

9. Gran Turismo 5 - PS3

Expected release: March

Should you care?

A couple of years ago we would have said “Yes!” without a doubt. Now however, we’re not so sure. Of course, Gran Turismo has always been the premiere serious driving simulator, but past the glory years of its PS2 heyday and with world class competition from Codemaster’s amazing Racing Studio, we’re not entirely convinced that GT5 can have the same impact any more. It’s visually brilliant and it will play as well as ever, and the old GT hardcore will absolutely lap it up, but that’s kind of the problem. We haven’t detected a huge amount of progression from what was once such a groundbreaking series, and it’ll be interesting to see just how big a deal part 5 turns out to be in the current marketplace.

Delayed?

Kind of. The release date has always been pretty nebulous, but at one point Sony’s Southern European Chief Exec mentioned Christmas ’09. That was never fully confirmed, but considering the game was first mentioned in 2006, we can consider this one fairly late regardless.


10. APB - PC

Expected release: March

Should you care?

We rather reckon so. After the disappointingly messy Grand Theft Auto IV multiplayer failed to properly take off, APB’s dedicated online crime war should be exactly what we’ve always wanted in regards to internet cops and robbers. Did we mention that it’s by the guys who made Crackdown? And that their boss made the original GTA in the first place?

With enforcers taking on crims in a persistent, spontaneously evolving urban war, APB looks like a dangerous amount of fun, and we absolutely cannot wait to session the hell out of it.

Delayed?

2008 was originally mentioned, then 2009, and now 2010. A 360 version was also planned to release alongside the PC edition, but there’s currently “nothing concrete to announce” on that one. Our bet? A staggered release once the PC version gets up and running, quite possibly under the wing of Microsoft itself.


11. Final Fantasy XIII - Multi

Expected release: Quarter 1 of 2010

Should you care?

You already do or don’t. By this point everyone in the world is either a wide-eyed Final Fantasy obsessive, a lapsed fan of the old days, or just couldn’t give a shit. If you’re in the former category you’ve probably already got 15 copies pre-ordered. If you’re in the latter you’re already in the duck-and-cover position for the impending explosion of hairspray and car crash pseudo-androgynous cosplay.

For the middle-grounders however, things are a bit more interesting. There’s something about the vibe of FFXIII that seems to hark back to older, more traditional Final Fantasys around the VI and VII era (though obviously the merry old days of steampunk production design are long gone), so if it all turns out well it stands a good chance of bringing a few of us back to the fold. Let’s just hope the story and characters stand up to comparison to the golden era.

Delayed?

Like Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII has never been given a solid release date, but has been in production for about 8 million years so feels massively delayed whether it officially is or not.


12. Split/Second - Multi

Expected release: Early 2010

 

Should you care?

Possibly so. As we said in our recent ‘devs to watch’ feature, the arcade racing genre needs more than Burnout Paradise and Mario Kart Wii, however good Burnout Paradise is. Split/Second developer Black Rock has already made a good case for itself as a rival with the likes of last year’s quad-bike racer Pure, and there’s a chance that case could be strengthened with its follow-up road racer. The promise of track-deforming, rival-screwing, triggerable explosions makes it sound like a hoot. We just hope that there’s enough gameplay beyond the gimmick to make it a keeper. Current previews are a little ambivalent.

Delayed? 

Nope.

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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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