2010 videogame previews final part

by Wencke Schuncken

This is part 8 of the Gamer Girls Unite 2010 games wish list; The FINAL part! Yes, we made it although we're sure that we didn't cover each favorites for this year, although we took a look at 40 games! In this last part we're focussing on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Tron Evolution, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and ... perhaps a big surprise for our Wii fans ...

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
The Force Unleashed is a third-person action game in which the player's character's weapons are the Force and a lightsaber. Senators Organa, Mon Mothma, and Garm Bel Iblis meet to plan a rebellion against the Empire, but are interrupted when Darth Vader arrests them and Kota. Vader attacks Starkiller and reveals that Starkiller was never meant to overthrow the Emperor; from the beginning, he was the Emperor's tool to expose his enemies, and that Vader's plans to overthrow the Emperor did not include Starkiller. Surviving Vader's attack, Starkiller uses the Force to ascertain the senators' and Kota's location: the Death Star. Inside the station, Starkiller duels Darth Vader. Kota attempts to fight the Emperor, but is wounded by the Emperor's Force lightning. At this point, the player chooses to either seek revenge and kill Vader, or save Kota from the Emperor. What a choice to make in 2010 on either PS3, Xbox360 or PC.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an upcoming platforming game, which we probably are waiting for although the gameplay will be similar to the first Super Mario Galaxy, with a focus on platforming based on and around 3D planets with varying sizes and landscapes. Power-ups such as the Bee Suit will be returning, along with the Launch Star for interplanetary navigation and the Airships operated by Bowser and his son, Bowser Jr. Mario will be able to ride Yoshi, who can use his tongue to swing across gaps, as well as eat different fruits that give him different powers (similar to Super Mario Sunshine), such as the ability to inflate like a balloon, as well as speed boosts. While the player retains the ability to collect Star Bits with the blue Star Pointer from the first game, while riding Yoshi the Star Pointer is replaced by a red dot, which allows the player to also aim and control his tongue. New items and gameplay mechanics include a drill that allows Mario to dig through dirt into new areas and switches that slow time momentarily, indicated by a change to monochrome vision. Let me guess, Princess Peach needs to get rescued once again … but it’s going to be done at the end of this year.

Tron Evolution
Tron: Evolution is an upcoming action-adventure video game currently in development by Propaganda Games, to be published by Disney Interactive. It was officially announced at the Spike Video Game Awards and will be released for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms at the same time as the movie is being released. Nothing much has been made public yet, other than it is being a mix of a third-person melee combat and a light-cycle racing game.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is the third expansion set for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. It adds a substantial amount of content to the game world, including two new races (Goblins for the Horde, and Worgen for the Alliance), new race/class combinations, entirely redesigned zones, heroic modes for classic dungeons, flying mounts in Azeroth (previously flying mounts were restricted to the areas of Outland and Northrend), guild leveling and achievements and an increase of the level cap to 85. The plot of the expansion revolves around the return of the evil black dragon, Deathwing. Last seen in Warcraft II, Deathwing has spent the time that has passed since then mending his wounds in Deepholm, one of the four Elemental Planes, which are prison worlds created by the universe's creators, the titans, to forever contain the raging spirits of the elements. However, his destruction of the barriers that keep the different dimensions apart in preparation for his return to Azeroth triggers a catastrophic cataclysm that reshapes most of the surface of the world, and also leaves it open to attacks from the now freed elementals of the Elemental Planes. Get ready for a release in September / October!

And last but not least, could it be …. Could it be that the new ZELDA for Wii is being served to the hard-core Zelda fans among us? Could it be? It would be the 16th installment in The Legend of Zelda series. Although it was not announced at the E3 in 2009, limited information was given: the new Zelda game would appear in 2010 at the earliest. A new piece of concept art shows an adult Link, standing with his back to the viewer while glancing over his shoulder. He is holding his standard shield, but no sword. At his back stands a mysterious figure. We can speculate if that figure may be a personification of the sword. Recently, the title has confirmed to be using Wii MotionPlus for sword-fighting and archery, both staples of the series. In a January 5th interview, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that it is to be released sometime in 2010. So hopefully, he makes sure that there is a release this year!

If you wonder what the previous parts of our wish list include just click on these links:
2010 videogame previews part 1
2010 videogame previews part 2
2010 videogame previews part 3
2010 videogame previews part 4
2010 videogame previews part 5
2010 videogame previews part 6
2010 videogame previews part 7