When regularly released sports games claim to go “gritty” our eyes tend to roll with the ferocity of the gears in a trash compactor squashing thousands of copies of preowned Blitz: The Leagues and Tony Hawk Undergrounds into tiny unwanted cubes. So how do you know Fight Night Champion is serious? Meet the first EA Sports game ever to earn an M for Mature rating, thanks to its realistic bloodening!
79 - Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS)
It took fifteen years but Dragon Quest VI, the only mainline DQ game to never get an English language release, is coming to America on Nintendo’s handheld. It a classic RPG that looks to have aged well even discounting the graphical upgrade, and in this day and age playing a AAA SNES game for the first time is a rare treat you shouldn’t pass up.
78 - Total War: Shogun 2 (PC)
Some games give you fast-paced real-time strategy. Some games let you plan your moves thoughtfully with turn-based strategy. But the Total War: Shogun 2 gives you both. Set in 16th-century Japan, the latest entry in the Total War series will find you fighting feudal warlords for control of Japan while you cultivate a thriving society off the battlefield.
77 - NeverDead (PS3, 360)
Action-horror games featuring demon hunters killing monsters are a dime a dozen, but Neverdead has at least one hook on its side. Death isn’t the end for hero Bryce, as once the immortal demon slayer is “killed,” he then has to roll his head around the level to reassemble himself, one body part at a time. Can the rest of the game be as weirdly inspired?
76 - Spec Ops: The Line (PS3, 360, PC)
We need another military shooter like we need another match-3 puzzle game, but this one looks different thanks to a unique setting. You’re in Dubai, with its wilder-than-Vegas opulence and mega-architecture, but after a sandstorm has turned the whole thing into a Mad Max-style wasteland ruled by feuding warlords.
75 - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, 360, PC)
We love the treatment Relic Entertainment has given to the Warhammer 40K franchise in the past. So we’re excited to see what the studio responsible for Company of Heroes and Dawn of War can do with a third-person action game – and can’t wait to put orks in their place with power fists and chain swords in the name of the emperor.
74 - Inversion (PS3, 360)
Imagine Marcus Fenix bouncing through those anti-grav levels in Dead Space. Now make him more agile, add the ability to take multi-directional cover around floating objects, and puzzles involving flipped landscapes ripped from an M. C. Escher doodle. Inversion’s going to want to tell you about its destructible environments, but you’ll probably be more interested in using an automatic rifle like an outboard motor in zero G!
73 - Bodycount (PS3, 360)
Holy shit! Ice-T’s thrash metal band from the mid nineties is reuniting to star in a video game?! No… it’s a shooter from Codemasters where almost every object in the environment is destructible? Well, that sounds pretty cool, too. But everything goes cooler with Ice-T… just sayin’!
72 - Dungeon Siege III (PS3, 360, PC)
Well, it's gotta be better than the Dungeon Siege movie, right? Dungeon Siege III is the first in the series to be developed by Obsidian Games, and they're literally bringing a new perspective to the franchise, zooming in Dungeon Siege's traditionally distant camera for an over-the-shoulder perspective with more detailed environments.
71 - The Last Story (Wii)
JRPG fans have had little reason to celebrate the Wii over the past year, but The Last Story might be the game to change that. Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, is at the helm of the development team, and he even wrote on his blog that he was pouring his energy into The Last Story as if it were his final game.
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