Top 13 Most Anticipated Games Of 2010

Posted by Grey Friday, January 29, 2010

Sidetracking The Yearly Zombie a little, we take a look at the thirteen of the most anticipated games of 2010.

Okay, 2009 has been a bleak year in gaming, from the lackluster sales to the heartbreaking closure and merging of several former gaming giants. We saw plenty of major releases announced and delayed despite the eventual strong performance overall.

Now as we stand here at the beginning of a brand new year (and a brand new decade, at that), let's take a look at thirteen of the mostly highly hyped and anticipated games amongst the promising lineups we have of 2010. And we can already tell from the stellar list, that this year is going to be a better year in gaming than the last.

As the list are based on perceived anticipation and are in alphabetical order, we would not be able to put a sensible rating onto them and in its place, we have imposed a "Brain Licking Potential Meter" instead.

Let's roll along.


BioShock 2


Developed by: 2K Marin, 2K Australia
Published by: 2K Games
Platforms available on: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: February 9, 2010
Genre: Shooter, Survival Horror

With the sequel to the ground-breaking First Person Shooter, BioShock, the winner of Metacritic’s 2007 Game of the Year, prepared for another ride into the city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, and where the great would not be constrained by the small: Rapture, the underwater dystopian/anti-utopian city.

BioShock 2 takes players back to Rapture, 10 years after the first installment, as players take on the role of the former antagonistic Big Daddy (the first of its kind, complete with new weapons and powers), exploring the underwater city in a pressurized diving suit, allowing players to experience the city in an all new way. Little Sister, along with their new evil counterpart, Big Sister, will be joining the ride, promising another engrossing steam-punk First Person Shooter experience with an utopian/dystopian undertone.



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Dead Rising 2

Developed by: Blue Castle, Capcom
Published by: Capcom
Platforms available on: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: April, 2010
Genre: Survival Horror, Action Adventure, Sandbox, RPG

Why yes, it's the most anticipated Zombie-killing Survival Horror Action Adventure of 2010 (trust me, there's going be a lot of games falling under this genre in 2010, with iPhone churning one everyday) that will undoubtedly be one hell of a kill-fest.

The long delayed sequel to 2006’s Zombie Epic, Dead Rising, will embrace the over-the-top gore and violence of its predecessor closely as the original team return to work with Capcom. While the gameplay is likely to be in line with Dead Rising, a new protagonist has been introduced: Chuck Greene, a former national motocross champion, will be butchering hordes and hordes of zombies and psychopath alike in his quest to rescue his daughter in a new setting,the Vegas-like Fortune City.



According to media reports, the number of zombies onscreen at any one time has been dramatically increased from 800 in the original to a stellar 6,000. Player can definitely expect new, inventive, humorous and brutal way of mass murdering the undead, with human-sized hamster balls and chainsaw-equipped motorcycles being among the numerous methods announced. And for an extra bonus feature, an all new multiplayer mode with a maximum capacity of four players has been announced. The mode will reportedly take the form of a reality TV show called "Terror is Reality", in which players will act as contestants in a fictitious gameshow, utilizing their respective killing ways while competing against each other for the most kills inside an arena full of undead.

If everything else fails, you can rest assured this will definitely be an entry for "The Most Violent Game Of 2010".



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Final Fantasy XIII

Developed by: Square Enix
Published by: Square Enix
Platforms available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: March 9, 2010
Genre: RPG

For those unfamiliar with the series, Final Fantasy XIII, despite its title, is not a sequel but an entirely new game, and is in fact, the flagship title of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection of Final Fantasy games, comprising Final Fantasy Agito XIII for PSP and Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PS3. Like the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and the Ivalice Alliance, Fabula Nova Crystallis (which means "the New Tale of the Crystal" in Latin) take place in the same universe, but are not directly related to each other.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the most anticipated RPG of 2010, the thirteenth installment of the fan-favorite RPG series, Final Fantasy, which had its Japanese release late last year, has already sold in excess of one million units on its first day of sale in Japan. Given a near-perfect score 39/40 by the renowned Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Final Fantasy XIII is shaping up to be a return to its tested-and-proven elements of cyber-punk esque futuristic setting, lush and intricate character designs, and one hell of a melodramatic yet engaging storyline. The turn-based menu-driven combat has also gotten a major face-lift, which have been much-touted as the best in the series. Not to mentioned the trademark gorgeous FMV that has consistently broke new ground with each installments.

For Xbox 360 gamers in Asia who are in anticipation of the game, do note that Microsoft's deal of an Xbox 360 iteration of the game only extend to Europe and America, which is a crying shame and is somewhat telling of how Microsoft look at its Asia market. Nevertheless, the English version of FFXIII will be released in March.



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God of War III

Developed by: SCE Studios Santa Monica
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform available on: PlayStation 3
Released Date: March 2010
Genre: Hack And Slash, Action Adventure

You know exactly how this will be kicking off: Zeus, with his ensemble fellow gods Poseidon, Hades, Hermes, Helios and Apollo by his side, will finally face off with Kratos, riding atop Gaia as the Titans scale Mount Olympus. It is the end, and it has begun.

"Zeus! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!"

The adrenaline-pumping, ass-kicking cliff-hanger ending has pushed for the ultimate climax in the series, keeping fans anticipation resoundingly high even after three long years. Awarded the Most Anticipated Game of 2010 award at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, God of War III is quite likely, a sure-fire entry for the Game Of The Year 2010.

The final entry in the best-selling, critically acclaimed God of War saga, God Of War III, the first installment on a next-gen platform, promises tremendous improvement with up to fifty enemies on screen at once and more bloody gore details realized. Player can also expect new combat gameplay like fighting on the backs of giant Titans, and new alternative weapons along with more eye-popping killer graphics.

SCE Studios Santa Monica has announced the God of War III Ultimate Trilogy Edition, a package which includes a high-end sculpted replica of Pandora's Box, a limited edition God of War art book, God of War Collection, God of War postcards and exclusive digital content available via the PlayStation Network. The exclusive digital content includes all four of the premium Kratos skins, the God of War Combat Arena, God of War: Unearthing the Legend Franchise Documentary, the God of War trilogy soundtrack, and the God of War: Blood and Metal EP, which is a heavy metal homage featuring original music from bands such as Killswitch Engage and Trivium, with songs inspired by God of War.

For all PS3 owner, this is the prized possession for many reasons, and for one particular priceless one: You can always shove this in the face of your snobbish friends who owns Xbox 360! March is indeed shaping up to be one hell of a huge month in gaming as we see the releases of two of the most anticipated games in years.



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Halo: Reach

Developed by: Bungie
Published by: Microsoft Game Studios
Platforms available on: Xbox 360
Released Date: TBA 2010
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Long considered as the Microsoft Xbox's "killer app", Halo, the franchise created by Bungie and owned by Microsoft Game Studios, has come a long way since its inception on Xbox in 2001. With Microsoft officially taking over the development of the franchise, the upcoming Halo: Reach is quite possibly Bungie's last work on their creation. Ironically, this is the prequel to the main trilogy and thus will be without its signature character, the iconic Xbox mascot, Master Chief.

Taking place right before Halo: Combat Evolved, humanity's interstellar colonies have almost all but extinct with the planet Reach as one last stand under attack from the Covenant. Instead of Master Chief, player will be assuming the role of one of the latest member to the Noble Team, a UNSC special operations unit composed of elite supersoldiers known as Spartans.

Gameplay-wise, several additions will be implemented as co-op gameplay takes center-stage with the increase of co-op count to six players. A bona-fide contender to the title of First-Person Shooter Of The Year, rest assured that we can see the events of Halo: The Fall of Reach novel played out as the planet Reach goes out with a bang.



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Hokuto Musō

Developed by: Omega Force
Published by: Koei
Platforms available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: March, 2010
Genre: Action Adventure

A questionable and controversial decision, no doubt. This is one title you won't see anywhere else on other "most anticipated games of 2010" list. But here at The Daily Zombies, we dig the Three Kingdom Mythology big time, and we simply love Hack And Slash games so much. Who else but Koei and Omega Force can provide us with our regular dosage of mindless action? There's only one problem: Despite the insane body count you can easily accumulate in Koei's "Warriors" series, there's zero blood shown. The thought of that, is almost offensive by itself. It's almost like "Hell In A Cell" match with no blood. Oh wait, due to the recently implemented PG rating, WWE's "Hell In A Cell" match has been bloodless. I stand corrected.

Enter Fist of the North Star, and its annoucement of being the next spinoff series of the "Warriors" series, after the earlier collaboration between Gundam and Koei. Renowned worldwide for its ultra-violent sequences, with exploding heads and flying organs every few pages, the game will indeed be following closely to its source by featuring such stuffs.

Mindless violence has just evolved. Be prepared for the kind of ass-kicking, over-the-top action only Koei and Omega Force can provide, on this one. As with Dynasty Warriors 6, the game will be going multi-platform on both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and has been scheduled for release in March. Yes, I'm forecasting an economic crisis in March.



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Heavy Rain

Developed by: Quantic Dream
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms available on: PlayStation 3
Released Date: 23 February 2010
Genre: Interactive Drama

Remember the stylish, disturbing paranormal thriller multi-platform game in 2007, Fahrenheit(AKA Indigo Prophecy) developed by Avant-garde game developer, Quantic Dream?

Directed by Quantic Dream's founder and CEO David Cage, who also wrote and directed the studio's two previous games, Omikron: The Nomad Soul and Fahrenheit, Quantic Dream presents yet another dark film-noir style crime thriller with mature themes, Heavy Rain. Blending Action Adventure, Interactive Drama, playable cut-scenes with a cinema-quality storyline, Heavy Rain has gotten many attention for simply being, different.

While the specific plot details are as yet unknown, we do know that it is going to be a hard-hitting story set firmly in reality as the four playable characters: an FBI profiler named Norman Jayden, a retired private detective named Scott Shelby, an architect named Ethan Mars, and a photo journalist named Madison Paige, set their respective course in pursue of a serial killer known as "The Origami Killer". Promising real-life character emotions, the title will be dealing in mature issues as the characters move on with their daily lives. An interesting twist, would be the fact that if your character die, the gameplay continues with you switching gameplay as one of the other characters, with the events of the previous character's death affecting the story. And in the event that all four characters die, there is yet another proper conclusion to the story. Reportedly, even the identity of "The Origami Killer" will be different, depending on the respective decision taken by the palyer's decision.

The idea of an Interactive Drama might not be as receptive to many gamers, but for PS3 owners keen on an unique gaming experience, this might just be the one to look out for.



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The Last Guardian
Developed by: Team Ico
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms available on: PlayStation 3
Released Date: TBA 2010
Genre: Action Adventure, Puzzle

Fumito Ueda and Team Ico, renowned for making innovative games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, may just hold the ace in the hole in 2010.

Talks of their next project had already raised hype since it was first announced with no known date of release. Last May, the leaked trailer which was eventually revealed at E3, escalated the hype to an all new fever pitch, with its gorgeous graphics and moving scores.

Known in Japan as Hitokui no Ōwashi Trico​ (人喰いの大鷲トリコ, Hitokui no Ōwashi Toriko, and literally, "Trico, the Man-Eating Sea Eagle"), The Last Guardian thrusts players into a landscape not unlike those of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, with the protagonist being an unnamed boy, who befriends a gigantic, part-dog, part-griffin creature who plays an integral part in the boy's quest.

Fan anticipation has been wild, with many speculating on the game's connection to Team Ico's former works, and the unique presentation and gameplay that is promised in all Team Ico's works. Another PS3 exclusive that promises an exhilarating gaming experience.



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The Legend Of Zelda

Developed by: Nintendo EAD
Published by: Nintendo
Platforms available on: Wii
Released Date: Late 2010
Genre: Action Adventure

The sixteenth installment in The Legend of Zelda series, has been confirmed for a 2010 release on January 6th, 2010. Without any gameplay videos or even trailer released, what's all this hype, and what's in the name?

Before any Nintendo fans snap into berzerker mode, this title is indeed hype-bound. For one, there's the much-speculated industry secret that this game has possibly been under development for five fucking years.

While an official title for the new game has not been announced yet, what we do know is the game has been confirmed to be utilizing Wii MotionPlus for its sword-fighting and archery sequence, both signature abilities of the main protagonist, Link. Other than that fact, all we have is a piece of concept art showcasing an adult Link, equipped with his standard shield, but no Master Sword in his other hand, a point which have created speculations from online communities if the mysterious figure standing behind Link is a personification of the sword.

Regardless, the sheer existence of a new Zelda game warrants a place on any "Most Anticipated Games" list. Watch out for this one.

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Mass Effect 2

Developed by: BioWare
Published by: Electronic Arts
Platforms available on: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Released Date: January 26, 2010
Genre: Action RPG

Released in North America on January 26th, this title is easily the first to be released on this list and quite possibly, one of the year's first Game Of The Year contender.

Bioware must be currently in a hyper mode, considering the fact that Dragon Age: Origins was just released in November, 2009. With Mass Effect 2, the second installment in a planned Sci-fi action RPG trilogy, player gets another one-way ticket as the protagonist, Commander Shepard, in a intergalactic fight-to-the-finish with a mysterious aliens forces in the 22nd century.

With the reputation built from the first Mass Effect for its compelling gameplay and engaging storyline, this is the only RPG game that can face off the killing competition from FFXIII. Expect optimized graphics and improved gameplay in this follow-up to the award-winning original.



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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Developed by: Kojima Productions
Published by: Konami
Platforms available on: PlayStation Portable
Released Date: May 25, 2010
Genre: Stealth Action, Action Adventure

Undoubtedly the single most anticipated game in the year 2010 on the PSP, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a full-fledged direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.

While the fact that Hideo Kojima actually decided to have his latest magnum opus exclusively on a handheld game has been puzzling for some, that does not mean that all this sequel does is treading its old path. Featuring a heavy emphasis on co-operative gameplay, with two players in main missions and up to four players in boss missions, players can choose one of four different Snakes with different layouts. Other intriguing co-operative actions include holding up closing doors, performing CPR on fallen comrades, sharing items, and acting as a spotter for other players whose vision is obscured. The CQC system gets a heavy update while the good old cardboard trick used to hide from enemy soldiers also evolved as players get different variations of it, with different effects and usages.

Focusing on the final chapter of the origin of Big Boss (AKA Naked Snake), the latest installment will detail the transformation of Militaires Sans Frontières (Soldiers without Borders) mercenary group to the infamous mercenary nation, Outer Heaven.

With a gripping storyline filled with daft characterization, long-time fans of the franchise can look forward to one hell of a chapter in the rip-roaring classic series.



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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
Published by: Activision Blizzard
Platforms available on: Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Released Date: TBA 2010
Genre: Action Adventure

One for the WoW-aholic. The most popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) around gets another shot in the arm with the release of another major expansion set since the release of Wrath of the Lich King, in November, 2008.

With the return of the evil black dragon, Deathwing (that was last seen in Warcraft II) and the destruction of the barriers that keep the different dimensions apart, a catastrophic cataclysm has reshaped the surface of the world, promising entirely new gaming experience for all recovering WoW-aholic.

Introducing two new races (Goblins for the Horde, and Worgen for the Alliance) along with significant amount of new contents like the increase of the level cap to 85, new race/class combinations, entirely redesigned zones, heroic modes for classic dungeons, and more, the upcoming expansion might just be the largest yet.



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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
Published by: Ubisoft
Platforms available on: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360
Released Date: April 2010
Genre: Stealth Action

Sam Fisher is back, with a vengeance as the mission gets all too personal.

The fifth installment in the Splinter Cell video game series, Splinter Cell: Conviction takes place two years after the events of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Sam Fisher, who has turned rogue from Third Echelon since the ending of Double Agent, has found out that the death of his daughter, Sarah, was not an accident, but a part of a conspiracy that is more entangled than he thought. Persistent in finding the mastermind, Sam will pit himself against new enemies and former allies like Third Echelon, who have set themselves on a collision course with Sam. And like all Tom Clancy's novels, the plot is always more than meets the eyes as more conspiracies reveal themselves.

With this breakthrough chapter in the saga of Sam Fisher, players can expect more tweaks to the tried-and-true co-op mode, that was much praised in the predecessor, Double Agent.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal and is currently scheduled for release in April for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 systems.



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For whoever harboring the thought that we already have an easier job compiling this Top Thirteen list as compared to the conventional Top Ten list you find out there, we can assured you, that this is not the case here. With 2010's stellar line-up, there are just too many promising games, from innovative concept game from niche developer to big budget blockbuster from major studio. Which is why we will conclude this list with a "Lucky Seven To-Watch-For List" to round up the angle. While it is a matter of fact that we are not bearing as much anticipation in the below games as compared to the thirteen listed above, they sure as hell have the potential to outdo those above.


Dante's Inferno
Developed by: Visceral Games, Artificial Mind and Movement (PSP)
Published by: Electronic Arts
Platforms available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Released Date: February 9, 2010
Genre: Action Adventure, Hack And Slash


Epic Mickey
Developed by: Junction Point Studios
Published by: Disney Interactive Studios
Platforms available on: Nintendo Wii
Released Date: September 16, 2010
Genre: Platformer


Just Cause 2
Developed by: Avalanche Studios, Eidos Interactive
Published by: Square Enix
Platforms available on: Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: March 23, 2010
Genre: Action Adventure, Sandbox


MAG (Massive Action Game)
Developed by: Zipper Interactive
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Platforms available on: Playstation 3
Released Date: January 29, 2010
Genre: MMOFPS

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Developed by: Grasshopper Manufacture
Published by: Ubisoft
Platforms available on: Nintendo Wii
Released Date: January 26, 2010
Genre: Action Adventure

Star Trek Online
Developed by: Cryptic Studios
Published by: Atari
Platforms available on: Windows
Released Date: February 2, 2010
Genre: MMORPG

Red Dead Redemption
Developed by: Rockstar San Diego
Published by: Rockstar Games
Platforms available on: Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Released Date: April 27, 2010
Genre: Action Adventure, Sandbox

A recap of the list:


BioShock 2


Dead Rising 2

Final Fantasy XIII

God of War III

Halo: Reach

Hokuto Musō

Heavy Rain

The Last Guardian

The Legend Of Zelda

Mass Effect 2

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

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