2010 has a stellar line-up of titles coming to our consoles this year. Over this week we will be bringing you a few articles covering the Games of 2010. We have broken down these soon to be releasing titles into bite-sized chunks, giving you the low-down on what to expect as well as possibly open your tired feather collecting eyes to some unknown and under the radar games of this year.

Today we bring you the some of the big games that will be sprouting their sequels in 2010. These are titles that have already been released on today’s current-gen consoles and are making their on to your console for another adventure. So grab a brew, and let us take you though our first list of titles we are looking forward to playing in this new year of gaming.

Mass Effect 2
After winning heaps of awards on its release back in 2007, Mass Effect became one of the most influential games in bridging the gap between gaming and cinema. Featuring an expansive story, a colourful array of characters and as many dialogue options as you can shake a stick at, it immersed many a player in their own world. Mass Effect 2 brings this back with even more of a punch. With an all star cast featuring Martin Sheen, Tricia Helfer and Keith David, Mass Effect 2 is set to push the boundaries of gaming even further into the realm of cinema. More ways to shape your game will make each game unique. It also has a badass frog alien assassin. If you’re not sold on the killer alien frog, then there is something wrong.

Expected release date : January 2010

Splinter Cell Conviction
Sam Fisher returns for his fifth installment in the Splinter Cell series. Fisher has gone rouge from Third Echelon to find the truth behind his daughter’s death. The game has taken a new visual direction, which looks to be a wise move in our books. Expect some new features to the series, most of which is the ‘Mark and Execute’ feature, which allows Sam to burst through and auto target enemies Jason Bourne style. Other features such as ‘Last known position’, real-time interrogation and an Assassin’s Creed-like crowd mechanic will no doubt bring new life into this game, something we think this series really needed.

Expected release date: February 2010

Bioshock 2
Set a decade after the events in the previous title, you control a Big Daddy as it re-activates with no recollection of what has happened in the past ten years. Your new nemesis in Rapture is Sofia Lamb, who you soon realise will lead the underwater city even closer to destruction, so it is your job to do anything in your control to overpower Lamb and her army of Big Sisters. Expect to be collecting precious ADAM, drilling through some unwilling Splicers as well as using your new ability to use plasmids and their upgrades. Multiplayer will be a new feature to the sequel and promises to provide a wide range of single and team based modes to its fans.

Expected release date: February 2010

Dead Rising 2
After the success of the original in 2006, Dead Rising is set to return to the gaming scene four years on with Dead Rising 2. Set in the fictional Fortune City (modelled after Las Vegas, Nevada) players take on the role of new protagonist: Chuck Greene, as they, once again, find themselves fighting off hordes of zombies using a range of weapons from the innocuous to the bizarre, from the likes of human-sized hamster balls to chainsaw-equipped motorcycles. With the addition of online multiplayer, Dead Rising 2 looks set to take the gaming world by storm.

Expected release date: February 2010

Just Cause 2
Rico Rodriguez returns this year in Just Cause 2. Expect much of the same sandbox adventures as the first title, all but with a whole new engine, a new environment and a totally rewritten AI. There will not be any multiplayer in the game, with the developers saying they wanted to concentrate on a good single player experience. With that said, the many different things you can do in the game will certainly keep you occupied for many hours. So expect this title to be a total blast – and we mean literally!

Expected release date: March 2010

Battlefield Bad Company 2
Some may have experienced the PS3 Beta, and oh boy is it a thrill! Sadly though the beta is now over for PS3 owners, but expect Betas and demos for PC and Xbox 360 to appear in early 2010 near to its release. Levels in BFBC2 will span various locations around the world, so expect snowy mountains, dense jungles, and also sandy deserts in both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. Like its predecessor, there will be more destruction this time around, where you can completely destroy an entire building – leaving gamers no where to hide now!

Expected release date: March 2010

Lost Planet 2
This third person shooter takes place ten years after the first game’s events, on the same fictional planet – E.D.N. III. The snow, as seen in the previous title, has melted to reveal lush tropical jungles. You play as several different groups of soldiers throughout the game as you battle against the Akrid, a large insect race that are native to the planet. Expect much of the same in LP2, which means large boss battles, extreme terrain and mechanical battle suits! New to the sequel will be more co-op features, deep customizable character features and a slightly new health system.

Expected release date: April 2010

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Looking back through gaming’s Hall of Fame for brilliant protagonists, we can’t help but be tempted to step into the sand-filled shoes of our friend, The Prince. In each of his various iterations throughout the long and growing span of the Prince of Persia series he has truly wowed with his agility and his steely lack of nerves when holding onto a twig on the side of a cliff…with a small corner of ear lobe. Following the series’ revival, complete with an all new cel-shaded visage, in 2008, Ubisoft are ready to throw the analog sticks back to the Prince of the last generation, pitching The Forgotten Sands in between the classics, The Sands of Time and Warrior Within.
With release set for this May, get ready to wreak havoc and evade the consequences with an athletic and acrobatic cocktail of jumps, dives, dashes and darts, as the Prince will surely be raring to reclaim his freeclimbing crown from his suave Italian counterpart, Ezio.

Expected release date: May 2010

Skate 3
Skate has been a success for EA, and their third title proves to build on this successes. With Activision’s Tony Hawks: Ride taking a heavy face-plant with user ratings, this leaves the skate park door wide open for EA to claim another success with gamers. Very little is known about Skate 3, their tag line is ‘Team Up. Throw Down’, so expect some form of collective based chow downs at the skate park. There is a chance that difficulties will come to the franchise, with hardcore appealing to the more realistic style of play instead of the more magnetized feel found in its previous titles.

Expected release date: May 2010

Crackdown 2
Have you just got over collecting all those orbs? Well prepare to do it all over again with the release of Crackdown 2 this year! This Xbox 360 exclusive is modelled similarly to the original, where you play the Agent – a super-human officer for the Agency. Expect much of the same rooftop jumping, car exploding, mutant killing and orb collecting action in this sequel, with expanded and enhanced powers at your disposal. Co-op makes for a welcoming return to the game with support for up to four players as well as competitive multiplayer modes for up to sixteen players. We can already hear the orb chimes ringing in our ears.

Expected release date: Q2 2010

Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix and its unstoppable juggernaut of a franchise, Final Fantasy, returns to the PlayStation 3 in an MMO guise, as previously seen in Final Fantasy XI. The game will take place in a land called Hydaelyn, mainly in a region named Eorzea, which will have an aesthetic blend of sci-fi and classic fantasy elements. Expect much the same gameplay seen in FFXI apart from a different battle and job system. Character races and monsters are expected to mirror FFXI, which will allow players to create avatars similar to the previous game. This is one to watch for Final Fantasy fans, and there are a lot of you out there!

Expected release date: Q4 2010

Fable 3
Third in the award-winning series for this action role-playing game, Fable 3 takes place 50 years after the events in Fable 2, where the continent of Albion is under control of a tyrant king. Players will be able to migrate their saved game from Fable 2 into Fable 3 and bring with it their past actions and decisions, thus creating a unique experience from the start. The game’s visionary, Peter Molyneux, plans to bring new mechanics to the game that will no doubt keep players thinking and planning throughout their adventure.

Expected release date: Q4 2010

Test Drive Unlimited 2
Although this game has not been officially announced, we have seen some conceptual artwork and renders leak out for the game. Expect the same challenges found in its previous title, where you can buy up houses and garages, and purchase exotic cars from a vast collection of dealers. New features to the game may consist of further interaction with your car’s controls such as being able to select dipped and full beam lights, wipers, pop the roof, as well as the usual indicators, radio/music and GPS. There appears to be some heavy concept art for offroad vehicles, so expect to rip through the island’s jungle with some offroad buggy challenges. With very little detail on the game, expect a late 2010 release with possibly more info announced at this year’s E3 Expo, yet if we don’t hear anything then assume a 2011 release.

Expected release date: Q4 2010 / 2011

Dead Space 2
Survival Horror – Dead Space – was a great success for EA and broke the mould from their yearly sport title updates. Dead Space 2 sees your character, Isaac Clarke, escape the nightmares of the USG Ishimura. Taking place three years after the first title, you find yourself onboard the highly populated space station ‘Sprawl’, as you battle against the infection that continues to spread throughout space. Expect plot twists that will surprise you and a huge cast of twisted, disgusting monsters that are sure to scare the daylights out of you – We can’t wait!

Expected release date: Q4 2010 / 2011

So these are just a few of the 2010 sequels we are looking forward to playing this year. Stay tuned this week for more upcoming games of 2010, where we look at the revived franchises that will be making their return in 2010. Until then let us know your views on the games we’ve mentioned above and any other current-gen sequels that may have slipped under our radar that you are looking forward to playing.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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