VANQUISH (October 19)
What you were probably playing instead: Fallout: New Vegas
No game this year will get your pulse racing as fast as Vanquish. The third-person over-the-shoulder shooter fires on all cylinders from the very start and doesn't let up ’til the last shell casing hits the floor. Sure, it's short and has a forgettable story (the bad guys are...Russian robots?), but where else can you use a rocket booster to powerslide across a battlefield, flip yourself over a barricade, pop into bullet-time slow motion, shoot the heads off some robots [Ed.—Russian robots], land behind cover, and take a victory drag on your cigarette before doing it all over again? Nowhere. When it comes to video games, Vanquish redefines the word frenetic.