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.

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Karlius@ thpcplayer

Good point PC where the hell is Gears 3 we all know it's going to be out and there's other un announced games on the list.
Posted 15:27 on 08 January 2010
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thpcplayer@ SexyJams

I dont think halo reach will be as good as heavy rain or gow 3.
I am more excited about alan wake than any other x360 game
Oh and gears 3
Posted 15:26 on 08 January 2010
SexyJams's Avatar


That split/second game looked like a Death Race 3000 game to me.
I might have to get a PS3 this year... if only for the number one most anticipated game...
Still would have liked to have seen Splinter Cell in Top 10 if not 5, but I suppose that's just me.
Yeah, this looks like a good year for PS3 exclusives then, I'll definitely have to look into it.
I'm very jealous of Heavy Rain and God of War, but I do get Halo Reach :D
Posted 15:18 on 08 January 2010
altaranga's Avatar


Good list guys. I know how much you enjoy compiling them. ;)
Posted 15:03 on 08 January 2010
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Definitely a little suprised at #1, not that its on the list, just that it's #1. My personal #1 is Heavy Rain or FF13, but I would have figured Halo Reach or SM Galaxy 2 would be #1 due to expected sales. But perhaps the market is a bit different on my side of the pond.

Good list though, and very helpful. With all the games that were delayed due to MW2, I'm bound to forget one or two that I was kind of looking to buy.
Posted 14:49 on 08 January 2010


Happier with the top then than I thought id be, not on Reach, ODST was not as good as i hoped, so im not looking forward to Reach as much. But Last Guardian and heavy rain are top of my list any day
Posted 14:23 on 08 January 2010
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a Team ICO collection is an awesome idea
Posted 13:30 on 08 January 2010
guyderman's Avatar


I had a look at the games due out in the first quater this year and I have got 14 must have games between today and mid March!
and a few more that I'm interested in having a look at!

I'm gonna end up getting divorced! :(
Posted 13:15 on 08 January 2010
thpcplayer's Avatar


Not even a mention of diablo 3 and agent
Apart from that, very good list
Posted 13:14 on 08 January 2010
dazzadavie's Avatar


Only game in that list for me, Split/Second.
Posted 13:03 on 08 January 2010
Wido's Avatar


Very nice top 10. 2010, best videogame year ever perhaps?
Posted 13:02 on 08 January 2010
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Karlius@ El-Dev

Not confirmed but should be out. Not really that enthused about most of the top 10. Last Guardian and Rage looks good.
Posted 12:53 on 08 January 2010
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Is The Last Guardian confirmed for this year?
Posted 12:48 on 08 January 2010
SirClive's Avatar


Would love to see a Last Guardian collection similar to the God of War one (with Ico and Shadow of the Collosus upscaled for PS3).

Great top 50. Surprised me how many games I am looking forward to this year.

I think Heavy Rain and Red Dead Redemption are my biggies, at least until Fable 3 anyway.
Posted 12:23 on 08 January 2010
guyderman's Avatar


I'm not that excited about Fable 2 at no. 7 - I've already played it! :)
Posted 12:22 on 08 January 2010

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