The Extent Of The Problem, Part 2

Normally it wouldn’t be a big problem, you’ve got a few months at the start of the year to go through a few of the games in your backlog. Not so with 2010. On the face of it the publishers claimed that they were pushing games back because having everything release in the autumn was losing them money. Unfortunately they pushed everything back to the same time. In short, it hasn’t helped. Here are a few of the games either coming out in the next couple of months or already released in the last month. Note that this is just the games that I will almost definitely be buying, by no means all of the games that are actually coming out.

VVVVVV – Indie platformer that plays like a cross between Portal and Jet Set Willy. Instead of jumping you flip gravity, but can’t do so when mid-air. It’s hard, to be sure, but, importantly, never seems unfair with it. Demo here.

Bayonetta – I’ve played the demo to this and it was such an unrelenting assault of tongue-in-cheek visual flourishes and over-the-top action that I decided I must have it. A bit like Devil May Cry, but infinitely more mental.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – This is almost certain to be my Modern Warfare 2. I’ve already played the beta far more than I have MW2’s online mode, and that only had one map.

Final Fantasy XIII – Strange rumourings from Japan have been emerging that this might not actually be any good. I’m in the strange position of hoping this is true because, frankly, I don’t need another massive RPG to deal with right now. Looks pretty though.

Bioshock 2 – The original Bioshock was responsible for one of my favourite moments in gaming (not the moment you think). Supposedly the sequel increases the tactical options going into fights, which may persuade me to move off the trusty electric bolt/spanner combo.

Heavy Rain – Of course there’s a chance, however small, that this will disappoint. To be honest it’s hard to see how this could possibly live up to my expectations. One thing’s for sure though, with David Cage at the helm it will at least be interesting.

Just Cause 2 – Looks set to become my new favourite dumb open world game. Parachutes and grappling hooks mean unlimited stupid fun. That’s like science or something.

Mass Effect 2 – The RPG that is likely to overthrow all others for my attention. The first Mass Effect became something of a slog through generic planets towards the end but the main character reamains one of my favourite game characters for a long while.


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