If you’ve been paying attention to the internet as of late, Black Ops received a huge multiplayer reveal last week that results in a flood of news. Not only will the game have a full-on gambling component, which should create addicts early in life, it also offers up a decent amount of new game modes to enjoy. Yes, one mode is a carbon copy of a popular Counter Strike mode, but outside of that, it almost feels as though Black Ops is going to take it one step further in terms of excitement and overall experience.
It’s hard to imagine a release list without Call of Duty on it and it’s hard to discuss the Game of the Year award without making mention of it. Thus, here is it…our mentioning of it!
It’s easy to look at LittleBigPlanet 2 and automatically scream, “success!” However, it’s another thing to realize that the original installment won many Game of the Year awards and that Media Molecule is making enough changes to the sequel to warrant similar praise.
One of the key aspects that MM was able to do with LittleBigPlanet 2 was allow users full backwards compatibility with the original. That means when you pick LBP2 up at retail, you already have a game with over 3 million levels to enjoy, hundreds of dollars worth of DLC to purchase to outfit your Sackboy and tons of innovation to look forward to. While LittleBigPlanet started the Play. Create. Share. brand for Sony, LBP2 builds on that through the added ability to create different game genres outside of the standard platformer. To be honest, this is what helps separate the game from others in the industry — it’s ground breaking.
The only problem I foresee with LittleBigPlanet 2 is that it releases in the same month as Gran Turismo 5 and is one of the last releases of the Holiday season. That means by the time it hits shelves, gamers have already bankrupted themselves with the first 8 games on this list. Ah — the life of a gamer!
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
When Ubisoft originally released Assassin’s Creed, gamers were presented with a title that had a ridiculous amount of promise, but fell short in delivering it. Instead, the game was very repetitive and became bland as you progressed through it. Despite those annoyances, I persevered and finished it. Finally, Assassin’s Creed II arrived and Ubisoft had found its footing for the franchise and delivered a critically acclaimed title that succeeded on all fronts.
With the success of Assassin’s Creed II behind them, Ubisoft looks ahead to later this year with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Though it does release last on our list of potential Game of the Year thieves, it stands a good chance due to its assassin-like capabilities (cheesy, I know). For the first time, consoles players will take control once more of the same character, Ezio Auditore, and they must band together a group of assassins to go toe-to-toe with the Templars.
One of the biggest additions to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the multiplayer component that will allow gamers to create their own assassin to take out other players. At E3 2010, this mode was praised by everyone who had a chance to check it out and it’s one of the things I’m looking forward to most. It’s hard to discuss this title in full without spoiling the second, but it definitely has us anticipated for its release.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood closes out our list of upcoming titles that could steal the Game of the Year award and it seems like the most fitting title to do so.