DARKSIDERS (January 5)
What you were probably playing instead: God of War 3
Darksiders was the other January surprise in 2010. Featuring a hulking anti-hero with a gigantic sword and a brooding countenance, it seemed like the perfect recipe for a mediocre God of War rip off. But like the man said, never judge a book by its cover. Darksiders may not win any awards for innovation and certainly has its share of corny stage dressing, but the game itself is well-realized blend of fighting, exploration, and puzzles that wind up being far more inspired by Link than by Kratos.