Games of 2010 is a sneak peak at some of the titles The Black Panel is likely to cover over the next 12 months.
Fresh from the blood soaked success of Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware is set to deliver a more family-friendly take on the action adventure genre. Some have described 3D DOT GAME HEROES as a shameless clone of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Given the game’s western publisher recently issued a press statement entitled ‘Atlus Links to Legends Past’, this is probably an understatement. An Australian release is yet to be confirmed for this cheeky PS3 exclusive.
While Remedy Entertainment hasn’t released a game in more than six years, the Finnish developer remains front and centre thanks to its work on the perennially delayed survival horror ALAN WAKE. As the eponymous bestselling author, you decide to relocate to small town America, a fatal error if ever there was one, and you chance upon portentous and disturbing pages from a novel that you have no recollection of writing. While a PC version has previously been mooted by publisher Microsoft, Alan Wake remains, at least for the moment, an Xbox 360 exclusive. Look for it in autumn 2010.
After years of toiling away on well received sequels to BioWare’s Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons RPGs, Obsidian Entertainment is about to release its first entirely original creation. ALPHA PROTOCOL is an ambitious near future RPG set in the world of international espionage. As secret agent Michael Thorton, it will be your job to prove the USA was not responsible for a major terrorist attack in Eastern Europe. Publisher SEGA has alluded to an autumn 2010 release window for this long delayed PC, 360 and PS3 title.
Upon announcement, BAYONETTA drew immediate comparisons with that other roaming third person combat title, Devil May Cry. While both games are directed by Hideki Kamiya, only Bayonetta features a heroin that can flatten her opponents using a giant stiletto crafted from her own supernatural hair. The latest game to emerge from the alliance between SEGA and Platinum Games is due for release on 360 and PS3 on Thursday 7 January 2010.
Bizarre Creations, best known for the stylish Project Gotham Racing series, is about to wrap its first game since being acquired by Activision. BLUR is a neon-drenched arcade street racer in which victory will depend not only on hitting the optimum racing line but also on the judicious use Mario Kart style power-ups. Originally scheduled for a November 2009 release, the game will now arrive on PC, 360 and PS3 in Q1 2010.