Ladies and dudes, the time is here: the fall season of gaming is officially upon us, and all we can do now is paddle as hard we can to keep up with the avalanche of titles falling to our TVs and monitors. Sure, I’m mixing metaphors here a little bit, but the point here is the same: lots of games are coming out, and you no doubt want to play a large share of them. Yes, even though Little Big Planet 2 has been delayed.
Since we’re so nice, we’ve put together an epic list of our 30 most anticipated upcoming games of 2010. You’ll be surprised at just how much is waiting for you. We’ve got everything from RPGs to zombies, DS exclusives and sprawling PC MMOs. Check it out!
Fall Releases of 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Treyarch studios are back on the docket for 2010, trading off with CoD mainstay Infinity Ward once again. This time around they aim to make Call of Duty even crazier with a Cold War setting, multiplayer replays, wager matches and the return of Nazi Zombies. It wouldn’t be a surprise if this game set some sort of sales record.
Fallout: New Vegas
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Bethesda steps aside and allows Obsidian to venture forth into the Wasteland in the follow-up (but not sequel) to 2008’s epic RPG, Fallout 3. Players take the role of a courier, shot and left for dead in Nevada, as he tries to unravel the mystery of why he was almost murdered. Expect lots of casino mini-games and a less desolate landscape to explore.
In the third entry to Lionhead’s anticipated but up-and-down 360 franchise, players will finally see what it’s like to play the hero and also the ruler of Albion. Your decisions not only affect the story but the fate of the entire kingdom as well. Expect Fable’s unique atmosphere, more powers, better combat and perhaps even some “god” type gameplay as you run your kingdom. Third time’s the charm?
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Jokingly called AC: ODST by some (us), there is more to Brotherhood than first impressions. While Ezio is back, modern day sequences of Desmond as an assassin have also been confirmed. Add into that the rebuilding of Rome as your own city, and that it’s the first AC game to have multiplayer, and you’ve got a full quality release on your hands. Assassino!
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Hideo Kojima supervised this 3D reboot of the classic vampire slaying series from Konami. Eschewing the typical Metroidvania formula of the 2D games, Lords of Shadow is a more linear action game, having more in common with God of War than Symphony of the Night, but the graphics look top-knotch and early reviews are full of praise, so get your whips ready. For the game, not for anything else, you kinky monsters.
The Force Unleashed 2
LucasArts is bringing back Galen Marek, aka Starkiller, for a tale of lost loves, betrayal and revenge. We know that the Starkiller in this game is a clone, made to serve Darth Vader, but he breaks free to forge his own destiny. Fan favorite Boba Fett also makes an appearance in a game that promises to build on the foundation of the first.
Gran Turismo 5
The most recognized name in video game racing returns with enough features to make even the most uncaring PS3 fan excited. Online? Check. External damage? Check. With more than 950 cars to choose from, including NASCAR licenses, GT 5 hopes to make up for the long delay since GT 4 way back in 2005.
Bad Company 2: Vietnam
If you loved the multiplayer component of Bad Company 2, then the “Vietnam” DLC add-on is going to be just what you’re looking for. With 4 new maps plus different vehicle and weapon settings, this isn’t just a run-of-the-mill update to a game many know and love. There is a ton of new content to experience, as well as new places to blow up and see crumble in the Frostbite engine. What’s not to love?
Costume Quest just screams that it’s the kind of game that makes you feel like a kid again. Taking control of a party of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, you and your companions are out to save a girl from being mistaken for candy and devoured by real monsters. Your costumes form your battle arrangements, from giant robots to rainbow unicorns. Hardest part of all? Getting in by curfew.
Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light
From the makers of the remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV, this side story in the Final Fantasy series has a stellar pedigree to fall back on. Streamlining the usual JRPG mechanics, replacing MP with Action Points and reviving the ever-popular Job System, this DS entry shows great promise for those hankering for some old-school JRPG goodness, but in a modern aesthetic.