Our hottest picks for the year ahead.
2009 is done and dusted, but there's an awful lot to look forward to in 2010. Over the next week we'll bring you our 50 most anticipated games of the year. It's fair to say that gamers appear to be in for quite a treat in 2010, should most of these titles make their expected release dates and deliver on their early promise. The year will bring everything from MMOs and single-player JRPGs to mature adventure games and visceral first-person shooters. Read on for games 10-1. Missed the earlier entries in our Top 50 countdown? You'll find 50-41 here, 40-31 here, 30-21 here and 20-11 here.
10. Split/Second - PS3, Xbox 360, PC, May
Forget about Deal or No Deal - here's a game show we'd really like to watch: A futuristic competition in which drivers race around enormous soundstages, triggering virtual hazards to knock their competitors off course. It's not coming to your TV set any time soon, sadly, but thanks to Black Rock Studios you'll able to play it for yourself, later this year. We've already tried it out a couple of times, and its shaping up rather well: it's fast, the graphics ooze style, and the PowerPlay attacks are highly satisfying. A racing game where you can cause a jet plane to come crashing down the track - right into the car behind you? Yes please!
9. Rage - Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Rage has an awful lot going for it. For a start, it's the first new IP we’ve had from id Software in 10 years, and given that this is the company that brought us Doom and Quake, that’s a pretty big reason to get excited. Then there are the insanely detailed graphics – they’re slick enough to compare with the visuals in Killzone 2, but the game itself seems to be operating on a much larger, semi-open-world scale. And finally, there’s the post-apocalyptic-style setting. Sure, we’ve had a few games do the Mad Max thing lately, but id is the kind of developer that does a great line in horrifying, puke-in-yer-gob mutants. Surely it won’t be long before we get our first hands-on time with the game. Here’s hoping.