Hey everyone, guess what? I've finished every game I played from 2010! That means it's finally time to boil down the way too many games I played this year down to only ten games. I'm currently out of a job at the moment so I don't know if I'm going to get to buy as many games as i did in 2010, so I might not get to do this for 2011. But let's not worry about that right now, lets celebrate 2010! I spent a good few hours last night choosing what games should be on this list, whichone should be my number one,and a few other awards that i came up with. And before I get to my top ten list, I want to say if this list went to twelve I would of included Deadly Premonition, and then ether Splinter Cell: Conviction, or Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Lets get to the list!
10: Alan Wake
Alan Wake was one of my most anticipated games of 2010. While I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the last level, for the most part I really enjoyed Alan Wake. The atmosphere in that game was amazing, the lighting and the sound created an incredibly intense environment, even when the actual scares themselves weren't that impressive. The story had enough twist to keep you interested throughout. The solid gunplay didn't evolve much over its unique premise, for the majority of the game it was really fun.
9: God of War III
God of War II was one of my favorite games of the last generation, so I had my hopes up pretty high for this one. While I still think God of War II is a better game, God of War III did not disappoint. The game was a blast from beginning. The slight improvements to the combat are noteworthy, and can make things more fun at times. While for the story for the most part wasn't that great, I thought the last couple hours of the game had a really impressive narrative, along with a pretty strong ending. And don't forget the boss fights, some of the best boss fights of this generation are in this game.
8: Dead Rising 2
After four years of waiting we finally got a sequel to Dead Rising, and man was it awesome. I know people who weren't fond of the original didn't care much for this game, but I'm not here to say it's perfect. I absolutely loved the weapon combos, and had a ton of fun playing co-op mode. Killing zombies with a friend never got old. I put in over sixty hours of this game, and I can easily see myself going back for more.
Limbo is just a special game. It's a puzzle platformer that's built around immersion and atmosphere. Limbo had me sucked in from the moment I started playing it. Limbo is a mystery that really challenges the player to decide the meaning of everything going on around them. It was hard not to feel like you're a part of this dark land from the impressive sound design, to the stunning artof the graphics.The puzzles were not impossible, but that were some pretty challenging puzzles that really required you to step back and think for a bit. Figuring out how to solve these puzzles and finally finishing one is really satisfying. And while the ending came a bit too soon, the ending itself really makes you take a step back, and really think about what's going on.
6: Halo: Reach
Ah Halo, how this series has stolen many hours of my life. Halo: Reach is no different. With many improvements to agreat formula, Bungie has really outdone themselves. It really takes a lot of skill and practice to finally be good at this game, but even when you're still taking steps to get to that level, it's still really fun. Adding armor abilities changes things up so much, adding more tactics to a game that while is really skill based, but still doesn't make it impossible for new players to join. Firefight mode returned in all its glory and even better than it was in ODST. Having multiple modes in Firefight really changes things up, and being able to customize this mode is really awesome. Oh, and the campaign was pretty awesome too. I really liked the ending.
5: Red Dead Redemption
Unlike many other people this year, this game really wasn't on my radar. So it goes almost without saying that I was pretty surprised once I finally got my hands on Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar San Diego made an incredible game here. Playing this game really made me feel like I was in the grandest scale of western movies. The characters were all really believable, and John Marston is one of the best main characters in a game this year. The story is really well told and really interesting, which all ends up coming to what is probably the best ending in a game I've ever seen. The action is the best it's ever been in a Rockstar game. I still find it amazing that they managed to make old guns feel as impactful as they do in this game. I could not have been more invested in this single player. The game also had a really fun multiplayer mode, while it may not be Halo: Reach, but it's still a ton fun. I mean, what other game allows you to run into woods full of bears while other players are trying to kill you?
4: Mass Effect 2
I've spent way too many hours of this game, but I do it's a game that totally worthy putting that many hours into. The rich, engaging universe never becomes boring. The game has one of the most wide cast of characters, all whom are very deep and interesting. I loved the fact that I could carry over every choice I made from the first game. That made the experience that much more personal for me. On top of that I still had many different choices I could make, some had little impact, and some had a major impact. The RPG elements were streamlined, which made them much less of a hassle than they were in the first game, but still present enough that this didn't become a shooter. But the shooting also felt better, not quite up to say like Gears of War, but still pretty good shooting for an RPG. Being able to map your commands for your party, and whatever powers you may have onto the D-Pad also make things go a lot faster. This is just about everything you could have asked for in a sequel to Mass Effect. I can't wait for Mass Effect 3.
I have to admit, I've never played a Devil May Cry game before. So it may be odd to put a game that is the evolution of that series so high on my list, but I'm doing it anyway! Every minute of this game was insane, over the top and just plain fun. The combat in this game is just so smooth. The fact that this is a character action game where I rarely ever felt like I was button mashing is an achievement in of itself. There's nothing quite like fighting a dragon whose head has gone through a church, then flew up in the air and taken the church with it , while you're still inside it. And that's an example of one of the early bosses. The bosses in this game are all fantastic. Probably the best boss fights in any game this generation. This game gave me such a rush all the way through its long story that its easily one of my favorite games of the year.
2: Super Meat Boy
This game came out of nowhere for me. I had heard its name mentioned here and there, but I never really knew what the big deal was. It wasn't until I finally played it that I understood. This game took 2D platforming and practically perfected it. The movement is so precise, the levels are so well designed that it's incredible that this game was made by such a small development team. This game may be hard as nails, but it's hard to pull yourself away once you start to play. While I died over and over again, I never felt cheated, not once. It doesn't hurt that the soundtrack of this game is better than the soundtrack of any other game released the same year.
1: Super Mario Galaxy 2
I'm going to admit this right off the bat, even if this game was just more of the same it still probably would of made my top ten list. The first Super Mario Galaxy was my favorite game of 2007, and had remained my favorite Wii game up until now. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a masterpiece of a platformer. The levels are so well designed, that every one of them is just a delight to play. The variety in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in amazing, the game never repeats itself more than once. And considering how many levels there are, that couldn't have been easy to come up with all the ideas. Not only is the variety great, but everything the game has you is extremely fun. The game also is pretty hard at times. It may not be as hard as Super Meat Boy, but it's challenging enough to make it satisfying to get through levels without ever feeling too hard. The camera views rarely cause any problems at all, which for a 3D platformer is rare. The music is also a delight to listen to. There are plenty of new songs created just for this game, along withoriginal Mario songs redone to sound brand new. When you boil down everything this game has into one package, this game is just pure fun. This is not only the best game for the Wii, it's one of the top games of this generation and the new standard for 3D platforming, and my favorite game of 2010.
Now for some awards that I made up!
Favorite Game I Played for the First Time in 2010 that didn't come out in 2010: Dead Space Extraction
Yes, I know I played both the first Mass Effect and LittleBigPlanet for the first time in 2010 and yes those games are both awesome. But, I don't think ether of those games surprised me as much as Dead Space Extraction. The atmosphere was awesome; the controls work incredibly well, and its way more fun than just about any other shooter that's on the Wii.
Note: Just for the record, yes I played Metal Gear Solid 4 this year, but I actually got to play a good chunk of that game back in 2008, so I'm leaving it out of this award.
Best Character: Francis York Morgan from Deadly Premonition
Deadly Premonition is a game that surprised me in a lot of ways. But one of its best surprises is how good the main character Francis York Morgan. With all the Twin Peaks inspired things in Deadly Premonition, it's amazing that Agent York manages to be an original character. He's an extremely likable and funny character, and the character arc he ends up going through by the end of the game is incredible.
Game I wanted to Love, but just couldn't get into: Just Cause 2
Looking at this game, I get why people love this game so much. But playing it was a different story for me. I'll say that the gameplay is fine. Its fun to blow stuff up, and run around and just mess around, but like the Grand Theft Auto game before GTA IV it felt really unfocused, and I started to loss interest after a couple of hours. The story really got on my nerves, and I could not stand the voice acting. It just drove me insane! I'm not saying this isn't a good game; it's just not for me.
Games from 2010 that I didn't get to play that I wish I could of: Vanquish, Fallout: New Vegas, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Civilization V, Rock Band 3
2010 was a great year for games, let's hope for the best in 2011! Thanks for reading!