Teased nearly a year ago with the tagline “Silence will be broken,” this eighth entry finally has a name. It’s not connected to any prior game and lacks the usual Akira Yamaoka score, but the developers insist it’ll be true to the past yet also bring this aging franchise back to life.
49 - Driver: San Francisco (PS3, 360, PC)
The latest in the Driver franchise picks up immediately where Driv3r left off, with main character Tanner ditching Istanbul for the San Francisco streets that Bullitt made famous. Featuring a new “Shift” feature that allows the player to instantly warp into any car in the area, D:SF will certainly offer an unusual take on racing.
48 - F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
It's not every game that has the main character raped by the female villain so she can conceive a psychic super soldier, but F.E.A.R isn’t afraid to go to extremes. The paranormal horror story continues, this time focused on a now pregnant Alma and playable returning characters Paxton Fettel and the Point Man.
47 - Shadows of the Damned (PS3, 360)
This one has star power to spare, as Shadows is the work of developers like Suda51 (No More Heroes), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill). The action-horror game looks about as insane as most Suda51 titles, though we saw hints of Mikami’s third-person shooter expertise as we heard Yamaoka’s catchy music. Can it at least equal to the sum of its parts?
46 - I Am Alive (PS3, 360, PC)
Cheesy title. Awesome concept. You're not a soldier or assassin or superhero in I Am Alive… just an ordinary man caught in extraordinary circumstances. Chicago is cut off from the rest of civilization in an earthquake, and you must find your girlfriend while dealing with thirst, hunger and fellow desperate citizens. Heck, we're excited merely by the chance to talk about a survival game without having to add the word "horror"afterwards.
45 - Torchlight II (PC)
The first Torchlight was the best Diablo clone in years, though its lush art style actually owed more to World of WarCraft’s saturated color palette. The sequel offers everything that made the first great (including pets and “retirement”), with additions like a longer campaign and four new classes.
44 - Okamiden (DS)
We're going to go ahead and just take a stance on this one: if you're not looking forward to Okamiden, you're a terrible person. Unless you hate puppies and/or Zelda, Okamiden should at least be on your radar. The celestial brush mechanic from the original Okami is a perfect fit for the DS too, as the stylus and touch screen become your brush and paper.
43 - The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3, 360, PC)
After the extremely hit-and-miss history of games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy, why should we bother getting excited about War in the North? First, this RPG from Snowblind Studios is taking inspiration from BioWare's Mass Effect, most notably in its approach to dialogue, and second, the game will reportedly feature enough violence to earn the series its very first Mature rating.
42 - Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3, 360, PC)
Just as Guerrilla was a radical departure from the first two Red Faction games, Armageddon mixes it up again with intense, Dead Space-styled gameplay. Players will use some interesting and unusual weapons to fight back an unknown alien enemy that’s infected Mars and driven the Red Faction underground.
41 - Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Yeah, yeah, unnumbered handheld spin-off, throwaway cash-in, yeah? No. Because this 3DS Resident Evil looks to be the first game in years to really bring the series back to its serious survival horror roots. Sharing the new Resis’ viewpoint and the old games’ emphasis on fear and survival, this really could be the definitive Resident Evil experience. No messing. Oh, and it’s in 3D. Did you know that it’s in 3D?
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