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Top Games for 2010

We take a look at the top games heading our way in 2010. Now Mass Effect 2 has been released which games can challenge for top spot?

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Mass Effect 2 has hit retail and digital stores across the Globe, so what Top 10 games remain for 2010? We take a quick look at the potential candidates that could make 2010 one of the best years yet.

Metro 2033

Survivors have taken shelter in the Moscow subway following a post apocalyptic event in the near future. Metro 2033 is based on a Novel and created by a team that broke off from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers (GSC) and it’s not hard to see the resemblance in the design. The game will feature more mutants, more underground sections, more scares and more supernatural elements to keep us interested.
 
When:  March 16, 2010

Mafia II

2K Games is employing the services of various studios around the world to get this one done. A highly anticipated follow-up to the original Mafia, the sequel looks to improve on the original in every way. Could this be this year's GTA4?
 
When:  July 31, 2010 (TBC)  

Splinter Cell: Conviction

After a very disappointing Double Agent, Ubisoft was hoping to re-invent the series with Conviction. However, allot of the early work was met with a lot of criticism from the community. Following an out lash, the game fell off the radar until it appeared at E3 2009 with a new style, much more reminiscent of the early Splinter Cell games. After being delayed a few times, it looks like Ubisoft is really putting in an effort and from what we've seen - it will pay off.
 
When:  April 30, 2010

Max Payne 3

A surprise announcement, a new developer and publisher, and a new Max. It seems part 3 is set to reboot the franchise rather than conclude or continue it as a service to the fans. Much like Splinter cell, Max Payne 3's style and initial previews caused much concern within the gaming community. A new Max did not sit well with the fans, and the game has now been postponed deep into 2010. Will we see the return of Payne this year, or will Rockstar need to re-invent their ideas for this reboot?
 
When:  August 31, 2010 (TBC)
 

Alan Wake

It has been many years since the initial announcement of this ambitious title from Remedy. Originally pitched as a PC exclusive game, its visuals were a selling point for both Windows and quad-core CPUs. However, many months of silence caused many to consider the game vaporware - until it's re-emergence at E3 2009. Alan Wake was back, but not quite the same ambitious title as it once was. Now a more linear, action-focused Xbox 360 exclusive the game follows the narrative of the main character as he tries to survive the darkness every night. Was the wait worth it? Will the PC version be resurrected? 2010 will hold the answers.
 
When:   July 1, 2010 (TBC)
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#6 Feb 2, 2010 01:16:56 (Feb 2, 2010 01:16)

kamikaziechameleon
 Nice article though, I'm pretty pumped for each of these games
 
#5 Feb 2, 2010 01:01:48 (Feb 2, 2010 01:01)

sirdesmond
As much as I love the classic style RPG, I don't think we'll be seeing a lot from that in the future beyond the Dragon Age series and a few tries here and there from companies with a heritage in the genre. If Mass Effect 2 is any indication, it seems like the genre is becoming more about actual "role playing" and less about complex inventory management, stat-crunching, etc.
#4 Feb 2, 2010 00:53:38 (Feb 2, 2010 00:53)

kamikaziechameleon
 The way valve is not talking at all about episode 3 and how each episode has taken longer to make is a little sad and scary.  Will they make it the new benchmark for their engine, will half life resurface with a TF2 motif, no  one knows.
 
Shooters are meant for multiplayer and BC2 is gonna deliver like no game has in the last 3 years.  I'm sad to not see a single RTS in here.  not to mention RPGs lacking.  Same for racing games, and fighting games, mostly FPS and third person action/adventure games.
#3 Jan 28, 2010 13:17:11 (Jan 28, 2010 13:17)

SpectralShock
+1
February and March will be huge
#2 Jan 27, 2010 14:02:03 (Jan 27, 2010 14:02)

with_teeth26
+1
 Man, so many great titles this year. I'm going to be getting at least 6 of those. 
#1 Jan 27, 2010 03:58:47 (Jan 27, 2010 03:58)

sirdesmond
I'm very intrigued by Metro 2033, but I wonder how it will differentiate itself enough from Stalker and Fallout to make it feel like something I should play. Plus, Stalker was great, but it was very buggy and problematic with that type of thing so I'm hoping it'll avoid that (since it's coming from part of the same team).
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