Dead Space 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3; Visceral Games, EA; 2011)
After the huge step forward of Resident Evil 4, the makers of that leading survival-horror franchise refused to make the controls any easier to deal with. No walking and shooting at the same time, for instance. So, Dead Space stepped in with a more science-fiction-oriented plot and the idea of shearing limbs off aliens (instead of shooting heads off zombies), gave the people the controls they wanted, and basically cleaned Resident Evil 5's clock (in this gamer's humble opinion). Can the follow-up keep up the momentum? Dead Space: Extraction, a Wii rail shooter, wasn't half-bad, which gives us hope. The Dead Space 2 story follows Isaac Clarke to a space station, where, we presume, he will continue to massacre ugly aliens that make annoying hissing sounds.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP; Ubisoft; Q1 2011)
The last installment in the Ghost Recon series, Advanced Warfighter 2, was a success, so fans of squad-based combat should be hopeful about this one. Future Soldier takes the franchise into the future (duh), focusing on some high-powered soldiers who are fighting the evildoers who captured the Russian government. Evidently, much of the technology you'll use in the game is based on research that's currently being done by the military, so that lends a sense of realism to the fiction. Will the new gadgets break the game? We can't wait to find out.
SOCOM 4 (PS3; Zipper Interactive, Sony; Fall 2010)
The SOCOM franchise is a bit off the radar for a lot of gamers, and this squad-based tactical shooter is a PS3 exclusive, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. The developers are promising 12 hours of gameplay, online multiplayer, and compatibility with the PlayStation Move controller, so there's a lot of opportunity for them to get important things right (or wrong). We want more info, and more screenshots, because the game looks pretty good so far.
Action / Adventure
The New Zelda for Wii (Wii; Nintendo; Release date unknown)
This game hasn't been officially announced for an appearance this year, but it was confirmed to be in development at the conference last year. So far, the only real pieces of information available about it are a piece of concept art, which suggests a darker game than Twilight Princess, and confirmation from series creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, that Wii MotionPlus will be a must. Needless to say, we're eager as can be for a follow-up to that classic.