For the discerning puzzle adventure fans among us, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney is a crossover that seemed too incredible to even dare to dream of – that is, until Capcom recently unveiled it out of nowhere with a mind-blowing trailer. Truly, this will be the ultimate showdown of intellectual titans, but we can't help assuming that these two will set aside their differences for truth and justice in the end.
29 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Look, we know it’s been in development forever. We know it has a 2% chance at best of telling a story as good as Knights of the Old Republic’s, and we know the art style is too kiddie. We want it anyway – there’s still a chance this is the Star Wars MMO we’ve always wanted.
28 - Crysis 2 (PS3, 360, PC)
Console owners are this close to finding out what one of the most notable PC exclusives of the last decade is all about. The gameplay carries over the FPS focus on guns and Nanosuit abilities, although this time you’ll be fighting through an altogether different jungle: New York City.
27 - Journey (PSN)
A starkly beautiful meditation on powerlessness and loneliness, set in a desert, might seem like an unappealingly artsy-fartsy idea for a game. However, Journey’s being produced by the minds behind the excellent Flower, and it looks ridiculously pretty, so we’ll be very surprised if this doesn’t end up completely amazing.
26 - Battlefield 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
It’s strange to think about it, but it’s been 6 years since Battlefield 2 arrived for the PC. While DICE has focused more on the successful Bad Company variant as of late, BF3 will bring back the huge scale and squad leader / commander rolls that made BF2 so unique. Expect a console version this time around.
25 - Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3, 360, PC)
Striking a near perfect balance between simulation and Arcade, the original Shift was the best stab we’ve seen at Gran Turismo, only with less superfluous car porn and a helluva lot more fun. Plus, adding the online Autolog, set in place by Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, to Shift’s mid-race milestones means you can continue progressing as long as long as your friend’s keep setting records.
24 - Rage (PS3, 360, PC)
When id talks, people listen (it’s hard to brush off suggestions from the unconscious mind). And when id Software makes a new game with a new engine, jaws drop. Such is the case with Rage. Is the gameplay good? Dunno. The story? Dunno. How about the graphics? They’re FANTASTONISHING. Yes, they deserve a made-up word.
23 - Killzone 3 (PS3)
Even ignoring the hype about 3D and Move support, the follow-up to 2009’s divisive Killzone 2 is already looking great, with bigger guns, more gruesome close-quarters kills and more accessible multiplayer than its predecessor. But it’s the story – which seems to involve a lot of celebrity-voiced infighting within the Helghast empire – that has us really interested this time around.
22 - Duke Nukem Forever (PS3, 360, PC)
After some 14 years of empty promises and false hopes, the internet’s longest-running fail-joke will finally become a game that can be bought and played. Will it be a revolutionary game that forever changes our idea of what an FPS can be? Almost certainly not, but it still looks like a pretty good time.
21 - LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
In just a few days this will go from “anticipated” to “available,” but that doesn’t mean we’re not looking forward to it. The follow-up to 2008’s LBP features improved (but still iffy) platforming, but more importantly, its level-creation tools put a staggering amount of potential into the hands of creative fans.
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