2010 videogame previews part 1

by Wencke Schuncken

2010. A new year with new expectations. Of course the marketing machine of many publishers already revealed what we, gamers, can expect this year … and it’s going to be another good year with lots of quality games coming your way!

We at Gamer Girls Unite have our favorites already on our wishlist, and want to share them with you. The list grew and grew and contains about 40 games. Yes, FOURTY games! Just to spread the curiosity and to trigger your patience, we do not confirm any exact release date. On top of that we’re going to split up the list in multiple articles, so stay tunes if you want to find out what FOURTY games we’re looking forward to! The games mentioned are in alphabetically order with little clues and information of what the game is about, but more details will be mentioned in our news section on the front page as more information becomes available.

The first 5 games are Alan Wake, Arcania: A Gothic Tale, Bayonetta, Bioshock 2, and Brink. Here we go!

Alan Wake
Alan Wake is a "psychological action thriller" inspired by Twin Peaks, Lost and also the works of Stephen King. Players take the role of Alan Wake, a bestselling writer, who hasn't managed to write anything in over two years. Now his wife, Alice, brings him to the idyllic small town of Bright Falls to recover his creative flow. But when she vanishes without a trace, Wake finds himself trapped in a nightmare. Word by word, his latest work, a thriller he can't even remember writing, is coming true before his eyes. He somehow knows it's his story without any memory of writing it. The game will be released in varied episodes, starting in the first quarter of 2010 on the Xbox360.

Arcania: A Gothic Tale
Arcania: A Gothic Tale is the fourth installment of the Gothic series. The protagonist of Arcania - A Gothic Tale returns from an adventure to find his home town pillaged and looted. The aggressors’ ships escape over the horizon. Seeking revenge, the hero leaves the destroyed city behind and soon realizes that this cowardly attack did not just happen on a reckless mercenary's whim. An evil power lays waiting at the threshold of this world, and our hero will need to face this nameless evil. Yet the hero is not alone - his fate is linked to that of a beautiful, mysterious lady as well as a powerful artifact from the long-forgotten distant past, which plays a major role in the grandiose new role playing game. The game will be released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

One of the most interesting new female protagonists is without a doubt Bayonetta. She’s a wicked and dangerous witch with spectacular moves in every fight. The combat system is similar to that of director Hideki Kamiya's previous title, Devil May Cry and therefore we can call it the female version of Devil May Cry, and perhaps even better? Bayonetta is a single-player, third-person 3D action game and the first game in 2010 which will be a treat for every action loving gamer. The game will be released in January on PS3 and Xbox360..

Bioshock 2
BioShock 2 is a survival horror first-person shooter and it’s the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2007 video game BioShock. The game is set in fictional dystopian city Rapture, a decade after the events of BioShock in alternative history 1970. The protagonist and player-controlled character is a Big Daddy, a being who has had its organs and skin grafted into an atmospheric diving suit. The player-controlled Big Daddy reactivates with no recollection of the past decade's events, and scours the city in a vain attempt to relocate the Little Sister that he was paired with. When it becomes obvious that Rapture's leader Sofia Lamb will become responsible for the city's destruction, the Big Daddy attempts to overthrow Ms Lamb and her army of Big Sisters. The game will be released in March PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Brink is an upcoming first-person shooter which offers up to eight players team-based multiplayer missions with authored narratives, persistent player characters and an approachable nature.It features the SMART (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain) Freerunning System. In a similar manner to Mirror’s Edge, SMART lets players maneuver around environments in dynamic and unique ways all based on player position and immediate need. The game will be released in March on PC and PS3. Xbox360 gamers have to wait until quarter four.

Stay tuned ... in the next couple of days, we'll reveal more games to be released in 2010!