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 30-21. Missed the earlier entries in our Top 50 countdown? You'll find 50-41 here and 40-31 here
30. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS, PSP, May
We liked the last Prince of Persia game. Sure, it wasn't for everyone, but for us it was a beautifully animated forward roll through pixel perfect platforming goodness. It seems however, that Ubisoft Montreal would prefer to start again… again, and rekindle the Sands story arc. What do we know? Ubi says: "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the next chapter in the fan-favourite Sands of Time universe. Visiting his brother’s kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction." It'll "feature many of the fan-favourite elements from the original series as well as new gameplay innovations". Yeah, yeah, but will it be any good?
29. Medal of Honor - Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Autumn
EA doesn't like Call of Duty. It's jealous, understandably, of its ridiculous success. It wants to kill it. Kill it good. It wants to kill it, eat it, throw it up, and then kill it again. And its weapon in this very modern video game war will be Medal of Honor. The recently released trailer knocked our socks off (it was, apparently, "100% in-game footage"), and the game's cover star, a "Tier One Operator" soldier working under the National Command Authority, has a wicked beard, but the multiplayer excites us most. Why? It's being developed by Battlefield kings DICE. Will MoH kick CoD's arse? Will Batman escape the rubber shark? Fall 2010 will tell us.