First things first, apologies if you were disappointed, having read our Eurogamer Expo preview on Monday, to discover that the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift vehicle outside the Expo entrance was a monster truck instead of a Humvee. We are also sorry that so many of you missed the chance to touch Bertie's moustache, which endures even now atop the sweater-clad granite torso and arms of news-typing sultriness.
One thing we are happy about is that loads of you filled out our Eurogamer Expo exit poll form thing, which gives us all sorts of useful feedback to plug into our thoughts for next year's show, assuming we do one. And we are assuming we do one, since over 90 per cent of respondents said they'd come again. That's not why we're happy though; we're happy because we can present your Eurogamer Expo Top 10 based on the time you spent playing the games on display. You.
One day we'll write the whole site in italics. Until that day, let's do the top ten in reverse order starting with...
10. Prince of Persia
Ubisoft's decision to reboot the Prince of Persia series with stylised visuals, an elegant (if slightly controversial) new combat system and a new female counterpart, Elika, went down well with a good number of you at the Expo. Building on the running and jumping mechanics fine-tuned in the Sands of Time trilogy, the new Prince bounces around with typical deftness at the behest of simplified controls, as he and Elika pursue the naughty old god of darkness, Ahriman, in an attempt to cleanse his corruption and save the poor old Tree of Life from certain wilting. A fate, to judge by your enthusiasm, unlikely to befall one of Ubisoft's oldest and grandest properties.
9. Fallout 3
Having gone up on the first day of the Expo, Kristan's towering 10/10 for Bethesda's own series reboot was the topic of a lot of conversation, and came up during both of our Ask Eurogamer panels. Over a shorter distance than the 60 hours Kristan travelled touring the world outside the Vault, though, you were able to appreciate the VATS combat system, and Bethesda's imperious wasteland, before voting the game among your favourites of the whole show. It's out today in Europe on all three formats, and if you can't make up your mind about which format to buy it on, look out for a special Face-Off Bonus Round next week taking in all three platforms, along with another Fallout-related live treat.
8. Gears of War 2
- Xbox 360
- Out on 7th November
In a sea of new IP and fascinating overhauls, it's almost boring to be excited about Gears of War 2, but enough of you were undeterred by the shiny new things sitting a few metres to either side to propel it this far into the top ten. As covered extensively over the last few months, Gears 2 is a self-conscious sequel that aims to do everything the first game did with greater aplomb, throwing a few addictive new modes like Horde onto the disc to bolster the feature-set. With the game out on 7th November, we won't have to wait long to find out if Marcus and Dom finally kiss, and you won't have to wait long for our verdict, either, as the review embargo lifts on Monday afternoon...