Top 15 Most Anticipated Games of 2010

  by Kate Spalla.

BioShock 2

BioShock 2

2009 was a good year for games, but it seemed like it was only a precursor the greatness to come in 2010. There’s a host of games currently slated for release sometime over the course of the year, and it looks like some of them are going to go down as true classics. Below, we’ve gone and collected 15 games that have serious potential to put a damper on your studies throughout the year. It may seem like a lot of games, but choose wisely, and you’re in for what could be the best year in gaming ever.

God of War III

God of War 3Release Date: March 2010 Platform: PS3
The first entry of the “God of War” series on the PS3, and it’s the end of Kratos’ long journey. In his final showdown with the Gods, Kratos will take on Olympus and finally exact revenge for all the suffering they have put him through. You can pretty much guarantee that this will be one of the most epic releases of the year.


BayonettaRelease Date: January 5, 2010 Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
A hot witch with magical hair that covers her body in a leather-esque suit, with guns attached to the heels of her shoes. Need I say more? “Bayonetta” has the potential to be the craziest game of the year, and that’s just based on the main character. It’s birthed by the same minds that brought the world “Viewtiful Joe,” “Okami,” and “Devil May Cry” and is being developed by Platinum Games, the same studio that brought you 2009’s “MadWorld,” so, there’s a good chance that “Bayonetta” is going to rock.

BioShock 2

BioShock 2Release Date: February 9, 2010 Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
The follow up to the best game of 2007 is nearly upon us. Head back to Rapture as a Big Daddy with an all new story, weapons, and an arm that’s a giant, upgradable drill. And, if that’s not enough for you, this time around, there’s multiplayer.

Metroid: Other M

Metroid: Other MRelease Date: T.B.D. Platform: Wii
An unlikely collaboration between Nintendo and Team Ninja, “Other M” is the next step in the Metroid universe. Little is known about the game so far, except that it looks like it will reinvent the series, and give Wii owners a truly unique experience starring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Samus Aran.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2Release Date: T.B.D. Platform: Wii
It will be the first time a Mario game gets a true sequel on the same console that its predecessor was released on. “Super Mario Galaxy 2” will follow up 2007’s “Super Mario Galaxy” by sending our plumber friend back into space for more gravity defying 3D platforming craziness.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-StarsRelease Date: January 26, 2010 Platform: Wii2009 was a great year for 2D fighting games, but it was missing one thing, a new entry into Capcom’s VS. series. “Tatusnoko vs. Capcom” is the first new game in the series in years, and will be the first fighting game from Capcom (A.K.A. the masters of fighting) that will be specifically tailored to the Wii’s capabilities and controls.

Dark Void

Dark VoidRelease Date: January 12, 2010 Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Capcom is taking this action adventure game into a new direction – up. “Dark Void” follows the travels of William Augustus Grey after he crashes in the Bermuda Triangle where he is teleported to a parallel universe. While it sounds a bit out there, there’s only one thing you need to know about the key features of this game: jet packs.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

No More Heroes 2: Desperate StruggleRelease Date: January 26, 2010 Platform: Wii
It’s been three years since the events of “No More Heroes,” and Travis Touchdown has fallen from his top spot of the United Assasins Association. And he intends to reclaim it to avenge the death of his friend Bishop. The over-the-top gameplay, characters, and humor have all returned, making “No More Heroes” one of the most potentially entertaining games of the year.

Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIIIRelease Date: March 9, 2010 Platform: PS3
When a “Final Fantasy” game gets released, it’s like the RPG world comes to a grinding halt, and “FFXIII” looks like it’s going to be Square Enix’s crowing achievement. With an updated battle system, a wildly in-depth story, and a whole new world to explore, “FFXIII” will have you racking up XP for months to come.

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge

Shantae: Risky's RevengeRelease Date: Q1 2010 Platform: DSi
“Risky’s Revenge” is a little different than all the other games on this list; it’s the follow-up to a Gameboy Color game that you’ve most likely never played, that came out seven years ago, and stars a half-genie with magic hair. While it seems like a sequel has been perpetually in development for all these years, it looks like it is finally going to be released as an episodic game for the DSi, and it’s looking like it’s going to be just as good as its predecessor.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: ConvictionRelease Date: February 23, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360
Take everything you know about “Spinter Cell” and throw it out the window. In his 2010 adventure Sam Fischer has gone rogue and is looking for information about the death of his daughter. New gameplay elements, update graphics, and a deep storyline are sure to make “Conviction” completely unlike any of the previous games in the series.

Dante’s Inferno

Dante's InfernoRelease Date: February 9, 2010 Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
While it may be a bit different than the book you had to read for your theology class, “Dante’s Inferno” loosely follows the same story of Dante as he works his way through the circles of Hell. On the plus side, as disturbing as the book is, developer Visceral Games looks like they’re upping the ante, making it even more graphic and twisted.

Sin & Punishment 2

Sin & Punishment 2Release Date: Q1 2010 Platform: Wii
The U.S. missed out on the original N64 release of “Sin & Punishment,” but Nintendo is making up for that oversight, ten years later, with the release of the sequel. Bringing a unique style, and on-rails gameplay, Treasure has taken the “Punishment” experience to the next level, and created one of the most exciting, and potentially frustrating games of the year.

3D Dot Game Heroes

3D Dot Game HeroesRelease Date: May 11, 2010 Platform: PS3
While it will look unlike anything you’ve ever played before, “3D Dot Heroes”‘s story, setting, and gameplay will all feel very familiar to anyone that’s a fan of the Zelda series. It’s an entirely new take on a classic genre that will take you by surprise.

Heavy Rain

Heavy RainRelease Date: February 16, 2010 Platform: PS3
There’s a line between video games and cinema that “Heavy Rain” is about to blur. You take the role of four different characters that are all in search of “The Origami Killer” and the choices that each one makes drastically affect each other. It’s a safe bet that “Heavy Rain” will be unlike any other video game you’ve ever experienced.