Microsoft has announced a 2010 lineup that will make even the most laid back gamer drool with excitement. With all the excitement that 2009 brought, it looks as though 2010 will be even bigger and better. Leave it to Microsoft to lay out the gauntlet early and make Sony sweat a little. Here is the list and it looks to be a heaveyweight one at that. Prerpare yourself gamers, 2010 is taking no prisoners.
“2010 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever for Xbox 360,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. “Across the portfolio, we have an unparalleled lineup of blockbuster games and exclusive experiences, the likes of which have never been seen before.” Beginning in January, Xbox 360 will deliver month after month with the most celebrated game franchises and exclusive experiences of the year, including:
2010 Announced Xbox 360 Blockbusters and Exclusives (in alphabetical order):
- Alan Wake – Nightmares come to life in this gripping psychological action thriller from Remedy Entertainment, exclusively on Xbox 360. Join writer Alan Wake as he combats dark forces to solve the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance, with light as his only ally.
- BioShock 2 – Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original “BioShock,” you are the very first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city of Rapture, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers to preserve your own survival.
- Crackdown 2 – Featuring over-the-top action, a massive living world, unprecedented online and multiplayer capabilities, and stylish graphics, “Crackdown 2” offers complete freedom to explore, destroy, and restore justice to Pacific City – by any means necessary… only on Xbox 360.
- Fable III – Return to Albion five decades after your last heroic adventure and experience an action-packed journey that will take you from revolutionary to ruler. As you ascend to the throne as king or queen, you will be called upon to make choices and sacrifices that will test your morality but can have significant impacts on your entire kingdom. Experience the next chapter in the famed “Fable” series exclusively on Xbox 360.
- Final Fantasy XIII – The latest installment in the world-renowned “Final Fantasy” series, which has shipped over 85 million units worldwide, will make its first-ever release on Xbox 360 in the U.S. and Europe.
- Game Room on Xbox LIVE – Relive the glory days of classic arcade and console games in their original forms. Your avatar will take part in the original sights, sounds and gameplay that will make these retro games come alive on your Xbox 360 and Windows-based PC in one fast, fun experience.
- Halo: Reach – Step into the boots of an elite Spartan soldier in the most prolific “Halo” game yet, exclusively on Xbox 360. Experience the blockbuster prequel to the award winning “Halo” trilogy, as mankind takes a heroic stand to defend the planet Reach, its people and secrets against the ruthless alien Covenant.
- Lips: Party Classics – Featuring 40 songs that everyone loves to sing from artists like the Spice Girls, KISS, Village People, Gloria Gaynor, The B-52’s and more, “Lips: Party Classics” will offer USB microphone compatibility for even more singing flexibility. This party can only be found on Xbox 360.
- Lost Planet 2 – The all-new sequel to the two million-plus selling action shooter will offer deeper insight into the world of E.D.N. III and the uncertain future of mankind. The extensive multiplayer campaign mode comes with the ability to form teams of up to 4 players on Xbox LIVE to clear mission objectives with friends.
- Mass Effect 2 – In this second act of BioWare’s epic space saga, players will once again step into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, commanding their crew of some of the most dangerous operatives from across the galaxy on a mission so challenging that it’s potentially suicidal.
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction – Unleash the skills of your inner renegade spy in this highly anticipated sequel to the multimillion-selling “Splinter Cell” series, one of the most critically acclaimed Xbox exclusive franchises of all time.
- Toy Soldiers – Poised to be a smash hit on Xbox LIVE Arcade, “Toy Soldiers” is an action-packed strategy-based game in which players are cast into a fantastic, miniature world where antique toy soldiers fight for survival in vintage WWI dioramas.
- Scrap Metal – Drift around corners with guns blazing and take out competitors in the fast-paced, top-down racer “Scrap Metal.” Fight your way through explosive, action-packed missions, defeat cunning bosses, or jump on Xbox LIVE to race against your friends, exclusively on Xbox 360.
- 2010 Announced Blockbuster Xbox 360 Game Add-ons:
- Forza Motorsport 3 Game Add-ons – 2009’s best racing game is getting even better! “Forza Motorsport 3” is still growing with monthly Game Add-on car packs, offering players fresh experiences and more cars to tune, paint, share and drive.
- Left 4 Dead 2 The Passing Game Add-on – The first game add-on for the co-operative zombie thriller, “Left 4 Dead 2” (“L4D2”), brings the original “Left 4 Dead” survivors down south for a meeting with the “L4D2” cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay exclusively for Xbox 360 and the PC.
- Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Map Pack* – The first content packs for this award-winning title and biggest entertainment launch ever will be available exclusively first on Xbox 360. *Timed exclusive
With all the great gaming and add ons coming our way in 2010, we may be in for one of the busiest years yet. And hopefully for the developers, alot of profit to keep the great games coming.