Thanks to the economic downturn, studio closures and layoffs, and a plethora of delayed and bumped releases, 2009 wasn't a year that many game companies will look back on warmly.
But with the new year comes new hope for the industry. 2010 appears to be stacked with significant games. And, unlike most years in which the majority of triple-A titles are released in the space of a few months during the fall, it's doubtful that even a month will go by without at least a couple of noteworthy games being released.
Here is a list of 40 games worth getting excited about this year.