Well guess what? GamesRadar has got this shit covered. Last year we began the tradition of preemptively handing out awards for games we mostly haven%26rsquo;t even played yet, giving you the power to make possibly informed purchases all year. These awards are entirely speculative and have no real guidelines, but they%26rsquo;re still better than reviews, which only contain neat golden ribbons when they%26rsquo;re for games that are about golden ribbons. Speaking of the ribbons%26hellip; we fully expect every game mentioned here to feature our award prominently on its box (what an honor!), so look for that when browsing the aisles this year.
Guesstimated Award Probability: 84%
Great games are only occasionally rewarded with great sales numbers. The first Beyond Good and Evil was first-rate, but it suffered from too many simultaneous big releases. And maybe the title was too cerebral. And maybe no one wanted to play as a female reporter named Jade. But that%26rsquo;s all a cryin%26rsquo; shame, because it was a great game.
This year we all get a second chance to overlook greatness with Beyond Good and Evil 2 %26ndash; a sequel Ubisoft was rightfully reluctant to invest in. It deserves to succeed, so I%26rsquo;m going to give it slightly better odds by iterating a few things which, by chance, suggest a relationship between Beyond Good and Evil and a certain game selling phenomenon: it%26rsquo;s made by Ubisoft, the main character is named Jade, and it was developed by the creator of Rayman. Woooeeeoooo%26hellip;
Other potential winners:
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising %26ndash; Ultra-serious conflict simulations tend to be a bit overlooked by the mainstream, but what we know of OF2 suggests that it%26rsquo;ll be spectacular.
Ghostbusters %26ndash; This might be a great game, but the people who are going to be really excited about it are people who remember the %26lsquo;80s, so it may be overlooked by the young crowd. Or maybe we underestimate the youths%26rsquo; ability to soak up reflected nostalgia.
Guesstimated Award Probability: 78%
Blizzard%26rsquo;s speedy development cycle is practically unmatched. Ha ha. That was sarcasm. We won%26rsquo;t be playing Diablo III for a while. Don%26rsquo;t fret - you might get Starcraft II this year! Or maybe a third of it.
The fact is that if you%26rsquo;re freaking Blizzard you can release your games whenever you damn want. We%26rsquo;re still playing and enjoying games they made 10 years ago, so why should they rush anything? Blizzard%26rsquo;s slow and steady attitude has consistently resulted in immaculate games%26hellip; which they%26rsquo;ve continued to patch for over a decade - that%26rsquo;s dedication. Thanks for staying cool Blizzard %26ndash; we%26rsquo;ll wait for you.
Other potential winners:
Duke Nukem %26ndash; Because it will never be released.
Final Fantasy XIII %26ndash;North America and Europe almost definitely won%26rsquo;t see this until 2010.