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#10


Platform(s): Wii

Developer: Junction Point Studios

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Release Date: September 16, 2010

What’s the Big Deal?: It’s a darker Mickey Mouse game that looks like to be the most interesting thing that is coming out of Disney Interactive since who knows when. It’s also probably the most interesting thing ever done with the Mickey character in a long time. With Warren Spector at the helm of this platformer (Developer of Deus Ex and Thief) and introducing an interesting painting mechanic that enables you to create and manipulate the world around you, Epic Mickey is set to be one of the biggest games of next year.

#9

Platform(s): DS

Developer: Camelot Software Planning

Publisher: Nintendo

Release Date: TBA 2010

What’s the Big Deal?: I still consider the Golden Sun games as some of the best RPG games ever made, with the series creating some of the best stories ever in JRPG history. For a long time us Golden Sun fans have been waiting and pleading for a sequel to Golden Sun: The Lost Age, with no success. Then suddenly Nintendo announced Golden Sun DS at their 2009 E3 press conference. It almost seemed too good to be true. With almost no details, we now wait for what we hope is a worthy game to the Golden Sun name.

#8


Platform(s): PS3

Developer: Quantic Dream

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Release Date: February 28, 2010

What’s the Big Deal?: As someone who wishes to one day become a video game writer, Heavy Rain intrigues me to no end. For what seems like the next big step in video game narrative development, I’m worried that its own ambition will be its end. I played the game at PAX ’09, and was impressed with the visuals of the game, the great voice acting, and the impressive digital actors. But as soon as the game gave control to me I felt it became awkward and clunky to the point that it was hindering my experience rather than enhancing it. This adventure/quick time action game has a lot to prove, but I’m very interested in seeing how it turns out.

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VGA’s Exclusive Premieres Roundup

The VGA’s are nearly upon us, and have a great deal of world exclusives to deal out to us. I collected all of them that I could find, and now present them. Take note, these are not all of them and the VGA’ s still have a bunch of secret stuff to show off. Tune in tomorrow at 8:00 on Spike to get your mind blown with all of the world premieres.

The Titans of the Industry

(Those giant franchises that’ll knock down mountains)

Why Should I Care?: It’s a new Halo game, need I say more? The supposedly last Bungie developed Halo game, being developed with a completely different engine and telling one of the darkest stories in the Halo universe, the Fall of Reach.

What Do We Know?: Some supposedly leaked screenshots have come out showing us a more squad central Halo multiplayer, with some new Covenant weapons and some objects that look a lot like perks. Also the return of both the Health system in multiplayer and Elites as enemies.

What’s the Hype?: Geoff Keighley (Also known as ‘Lord EXCLUSIVE!’) claims that:

I think it’s going to be the biggest game of next year by far. Folks loved ODST and thought it was great, but when people see the huge leap forward Bungie is taking with Reach… Everyone that I’ve talked to that’s been on the team and seen it is incredibly excited about that game.

Also Microsoft’s Aaron Greenburg said that:

I feel confident that there’s nothing that will compare in size. Halo: Reach will be the biggest game of 2010.

Link to Teaser Trailer

Why Should I Care?: Medal of Honor used to be one of the biggest video game franchises of all time, but crappy game after crappy game later the series has fallen. But with the reboot of the franchise in the hands of DICE and EA LA and a new serious gritty look on modern warfare, this new Medal of Honor has set its sights on dominating the modern warfare FPS genre.

What Do We Know?: Not much really, EA claims that the game will be the “The Most Authentic Modern War Experience” with Battlefield developers DICE  taking over development of the multiplayer, while EA LA takes over the single-player.

What’s the Hype?: EA CEO John Riccitiello has stepped up and issued a challenge to the juggernaut known as Modern Warfare 2:

I’m not saying it’s going to happen tomorrow, but in the way that Activision sort of alternates sequels of Modern Warfare and Call of Duty and owns the leadership position in FPS [first-person-shooter], between Medal of Honor and Battlefield, I want it back. And we’re going to get there with innovation and quality.

Link to Teaser Trailer

The Super-Secret-Squirrel Stuff

(Those secret games which will be revealed)


What Could it Be?: The official word is that it’s a new shooter from 2K Games. The underground digging has unearthed a great deal about this mysterious game, claiming it to be a reboot of the Spec Ops franchise and discovering the supposed full trailer of the game that contains a little of the teaser trailer.

Why Should I Care?: Spec Ops games are TERRIBLE, all of them. So this game must be something special for the VGA’s to premiere it, and to have 2K bring it back to life.

Link to Teaser Trailer

What Could it Be?: Its been rumored that it’s the United Front Games “action-based game set in Hong Kong” called Black Lotus to be published by Activision, but not really sure on this one.

Why Should I Care?: The trailer reveals some interesting plot points, a under-cover cop going real deep. And gameplay will be shown.

Link to Teaser Trailer

What Could it Be?: According to the Australian Classification Board this could be a new series called Star Wars: Legends, whatever that is. There’s also a good chance it’s the supposedly dead Star Wars: Battlefront III that was being developed by Free Radical Design until they bit the dust.  And if we can include dreams here, I REALLY hope it’s Republic Commando 2.

Why Should I Care?: Its Star Wars, you probably already care a lot. If not then I don’t really know if I can convince you too care. Oh I know, it could be Republic Commando 2!

Link to Teaser Trailer

What Could it Be?: No idea folks. If I would take a wild guess, it would be that it’s the Jason Bourne game being developed by Starbreeze and being published by EA. But I can only hope. Also it seemed very similar to the other game totally set in Hong Kong, so I could also say that its just a second trailer for that game.

Why Should I Care?: It seems like the guy in the trailer looks like an acrobatic kind of dude. That could be neat I guess.

Link to Teaser Trailer

The Known Factors

(Those games that we know which are showing much more)

Why Should I Care?: The first Crackdown was a cult classic, and after a great deal of dreaming 360 fans wishes came true. Crackdown 2 was announced and will be premiering “official” gameplay at the VGA’s, even though you can find some TGS gameplay footage. Be prepared to experience tons of sandbox crazy in the sequel.

Link to Teaser Trailer

Why Should I Care?: The small bit of gameplay in the trailer was interesting, and the trailer for the movie looks good. A lot of folks love Tron, and hopefully this game can rise above the movie license video game curse.

Link to Teaser Trailer

Why Should I Care?: UFC 2009 received great reviews, and a lot of people really enjoyed the first game. With a deep fighting system, and engaging gameplay the first game succeeded in many aspects and sold very well. This leaves a lot of room for the sequel to improve further.

Link to Teaser Trailer

Why Should I Care?: The series is returning to the Sands of Time timeline, which I still consider better overall than the recent reboot of Prince of Persia. I’m interested in seeing if this is just a game to follow the movie, or a completely new game. We shall see.