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As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the events that rocked the gaming world in 2010

January

The year started off with the International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Industry giants gathered together and promoted great new titles for the audience present at the first technology show of the year. Garners were treated to two of the biggest action titles of the year – the stunning Bayonetta and the powerful saga Mass Effect 2. Other January releases included notable titles such as Darksiders, Army of Two: The 40 th Day, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars, MAG, and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

February

Microsoft took the lead with the Microsoft X10 conference held in San Francisco in early February, showcasing upcoming titles such as Alan Wake, Fable III and Halo: Reach for their consoles.
   
 

Later that month, the Nintendo World Summit 2010 was also held in the same city, and media briefings regarding Nintendo’s new handheld, the DSi XL, and titles such as Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid:

Other M were held. Games released in February were White Knight Chronicles, BioShock 2, Dante’s Inferno, Tropico 3 (for Xbox 360), Heavy Rain, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Napoleon: Total War.

March

Once again, San Francisco played host to another convention, the Games Developer Conference 2010, where upcoming, highly – anticipated titles such as Medal of Honor and Crysis 2 were showcased. The first East Coast Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) was held in Boston, with avid fans flocking to witness the first ever PAX held outside of Washington, and also to see musical performances by Anamanaguchi, the Video Game Orchestra and others. On a different note, P53 owners were hit with the troublesome

ApocalyPS3 bug that rendered their systems frozen for a good 24 hours. Games that made their way to stores included Mega Man 10, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Supreme

   
 

Commander & Final Fantasy XIII, God of War III, Metro 2033, Resonance of Fate, Red Steel 2 and Just Cause 2.

April

Capcom held its media show, Captivate ‘10, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and finally announced the release of the long-awaited sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City which was previously available only for Xbox 360, made its way to the PlayStation 3 and PC platforms. Other titles released included Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, Monster Hunter Tri, Dead to Rights: Retribution, Nier and Super Street Fighter IV.

May

With the growing popularity of Indie games in the market, Humble Indie Bundle, a collection of independently developed video games, was released to much critical acclamation.

The collection initially consisted of five distinct games, namely World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru and Penumbra: Overture – with Samorost 2 later added to the collection. Developers 3DRealms and publishers Take Two Interactive settled their long-standing breach-of-contract suits on the Duke Nukem Forever title, with both sides agreeing to pay their own legal costs.News about England based developer, Ninja Theory, being tied to a new Devil May Cry project also began circulating. 3D Dot Game Heroes, Skate 3, Lost Planet 2, Rocket Knight, Split Second: Velocity Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Trauma Team, Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Blur and ModNation Racers were among the titles released this month.

June

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 took place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre from June 14 to June 17. Media briefings from the top three console manufacturers – Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony – along with powerhouse developers were the highlight of the show. Microsoft announced their upcoming motion-sensing peripheral, ‘Kinect’ (originally known by the code name Project Natal) and introduced a new, slimmer version of the Xbox 360. Nintendo unveiled its amazing new handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, alongside a slew of new titles such as Kid lcarus: Uprising, Donkey Kong Country Returns and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Sony gave audience members a demo of the new PlayStation Move controller, and also launched two new titles for their console – Twisted Metal and Portal 2. The revolutionary cloud gaming service OnLive was also released on June 17. Games released among all the frenzy included Backbreaker, Alpha Protocol, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Singularity.

July

The month of July saw the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Selling more than one million units within 24 hours of its release, Wings of Liberty went on to become the biggest selling title for any system. Also, in July, the Comic Con International 2010 held, was host to some of the biggest names in the industry. It was here that both Capcom and Namco announced their work on a pair of crossover fighting games built off the Tekken 6 and Street Fighter IV engine. Also announced was the sequel to the popular role-playing game (RPG) created by BioWare, Dragon Age II. Other noteworthy titles released include Tournament of Legends, Crackdown 2, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, DeathSpank, Limbo, Need For Speed: World, Arc Rise Fantasia and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.

August

Texas was host to the annual QuakeCon event held for avid convention goers in August. Aside from the usual tournaments held, the highlight of the show was the upcoming title, Rage. Game designer John Carmack announced that work was being done on bringing a mobile version of the game to the Apple iOS. The Games Developers Conference Europe 2010 held, on again, in Cologne, Germany and touched on new games, new technologies and keynote speeches from distinguished creators who talked about the social aspect of games in modern times. Finally, Gamescom 2010, also held in Cologne, featured demos of titles such as Dungeon Siege III, Sorcery, The Witcher2, Brink, Inversion and the new Mortal Kombat. Titles up for grabs included Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light, Elemental: War of Magic, Mafia II, Metroid: Other M and Valkyria Chrondes II.

September

The Penny Arcade Expo 2010 held in Seattle, showcased titles such as Guild Wars 2, T.E.R.A., Heroes on the Move, Darkspore and F.E.A.R. 3. One of the biggest surprises of the year was delivered to gamers when the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever was finally showcased and billed for a release date under the banner of 2K Games and Gearbox Software. Also, the PlayStation Move controller was released for the PlayStaion 3 console, and received positive reviews. In Japan, the Tokyo Game Show 2010 hosted a whopping two million attendees and showcased upcoming games such as The 3 rd Birthday, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Shadows of the Damned and a new entry in the Devil May Cry saga called DmC. Games released included Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Halo: Reach, Dead Rising 2, Front Mission Evolved, Quantum Theory, and Guitar Heroes: Warriors of Rock.

October

The annual BlizzCon 2010 held in California gave Blizzard fans a taste of the new World of WarCraft: Cataclysm and discussed the next big project from the studio, Diablo III. Fans were also treated to live performances by Tenacious D and Dave Grohi at the farewell concert and dance party. Gamers found themselves being treated to some great titles released that month which included Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Arcania: Gothic 4, Medal of Honor, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Vanquish, Fable III, Rock of The Dead, Lego Universe, Splatterhouse and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011.

November

Microsoft’s highly-anticipated peripheral, the Kinect, was released on November 4. Reviews for the product were generally positive, though certain launch titles such as Kinect Joy Ride were heavily criticised for their lack of refined controls and overall design. One of the most classic console games ever, GoldenEye 007, was revived by Activision and released on the Nintendo Wii, amidst positive reviews. Games that made their way to stores included Sonic Free Riders, Call of Duty: Black Ops, The Sly Collection, Assassin’s Creed:

Brotherhood, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Sonic Colours, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Epic Mickey.

December

As the year rounds off to a close, gamers will be able to relive one of Disney’s cult classics with Tron: Evolution due for release on multiple platforms. The game features third-person action gameplay with RPG elements and the iconic light-cycle races from the series. Also being released is the much-awaited World of War Craft: Cataclysm, which seeks to expand the phenomenal online game with new features, races, and various enhancements in gameplay. Gamers will also witness the release of Sony’s answer to Team Fortress 2 with the launch of The Agency, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) shooter that combines first – and third-person shooter elements with RPG mechanics and mini-games. Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, the title is set to release on the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows platforms, and features 30 frames- per-second visuals and voice communication among other features.

The future

The year 2010 has seen the release of great new titles, powerful franchises and revolutionary technologies that will certainly pave the way for exciting new directions. The battle for motion-controlled gaming has just begun and is expected to produce some stellar titles in the k future. Games that are set to release in the future, such as Dead Space 2, Killzone 3, Patapon 3, BioShock Infinite, Devil’s Third, Batman: Arkham City Infamous 2, L.A. Noire, Resistance 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, SOCOM 4, Driver: San Francisco, Duke Nukem Forever and Gears of War 3, all foretell another excellent year in gaming.


 
 
 
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