2010 brings sequels to gaming’s greatest

Software entertainment has grown from a niche in the computer industry to being a multibillion dollar corporate titan.

Games have evolved from simple pleasures of navigating through colored lines to interactive movies where the player’s choices affect the overall experience.

Here are some of 2010’s most anticipated sequels:

“God of War III”
Release Date: Mar. 16

If the recently released demo is any indication, “God of War III” will be one of this years most action-packed, fast-paced and violent games on the Playstation 3.

Taking place just after the climax of the second title, Kratos is on a warpath to the top of Mount Olympus to seek revenge on the gods.

Combining the classic button mashing gamers have grown to love from the series, and some impressive visuals, “God of War III” is guaranteed to be a must-have for PS3 owners.

“Halo: Reach”
Release Date: September (unspecified day)

Microsoft’s Halo series has been a staple in gaming’s greatest hits since its launch in 2001. It is the most sold, most played online, and one of the most recognizable first-person shooters to be released.

In “Halo: Reach,” players will be taking control of a Spartan, a futuristic super-soldier, three decades before the first title to defend the planet Reach from the Covenant.

Bungie Studios is bringing more action and chaos by increasing the number of enemies, weapons and vehicles in any given level.

“Final Fantasy XIII
Release Date: Mar. 09

When Final Fantasy developer Square Enix first announced “Final Fantasy XIII” will be on both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on the same day, gamers everywhere rejoiced.

The cinematic movies and original turn-based gameplay are taken to a new level for XIII. The Japan-exclusive demo proved, once again, the team at Square Enix knows how to make a top-tier game.

Combining frenetic action, a slew of new and interesting characters, and an outlandish style, XIII will bring gamers from all genres dishing out $60.