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Poll Best game of 2010 (83 votes)

Mass Effect 2 22%
Red Dead Redemption 17%
Fallout: New Vegas 16%
Limbo 0%
StarCraft 2 8%
Super Meat Boy 0%
Pac-man Championship Edition DX 0%
Rock Band 3 0%
Bayonetta 8%
Civilization 5 4%
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 0%
Halo: Reach 4%
God of War 3 8%
MLB 10: The Show 0%
Other 13%

Let's celebrate the end of the decade by picking the best game in their respective year, starting with 2010.

Note: I decided to only add the top 14 games according to Metacritic for the sake of not making a massive poll - unless the user score is below 70, but you're free to mark the, "other" option and say your reasoning here. Also, excluding ports or an updated version, example Super Street Fighter 4.

My personal pick is Mass Effect 2. The way the game highly improved from the first was stunning, especially the story and presentation.

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#1 Ghosts4ever
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Easy.

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#2 warmblur
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Mass Effect 2 for me.

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#3 Telekill  Online
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Another great one was NFS Hot Pursuit. Last in the series that was really good.

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#4  Edited By ConanTheStoner
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Hmm. Super Mario Galaxy 2 seems like a glaring omission lol. Even going by your Metacritic approach, pretty sure it was a crazy high scoring game? Could be wrong.

Edit: Ha, yeah. It's their #1 for 2010 and #7 all time.

Voted Bayo tho.

It's a tossup for me. I feel SMG2 is one of the most well made games I've ever played. But Bayo is top notch in its own right and has insane replay value. One of those games I'll replay periodically for the rest of my gaming days.

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#5 Mozelleple112
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1. Mass Effect 2 - One of the best stories in gaming, some of the best writing and voice acting in gaming too. top 10 best RPG ever

2. Red Dead Redemption

3. Super Mario Galaxy 2

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#6 Archangel3371  Online
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Tough choice but I think I’ll go with Bayonetta.

Honourable mentions to:

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
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#7 Ghosts4ever
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OP didnot add Metro 2033 which was best game of 2010, neither add Mafia 2 which was second best game.

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#8  Edited By lundy86_4
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@ghosts4ever said:

OP didnot add Metro 2033 which was best game of 2010, neither add Mafia 2 which was second best game.

Well... There's an "Other" option for a reason.

OT: I have probably spent the most time enjoying ME2. At that time, I played through on the 360 and bought as well as played, on the PC.

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#9 ConanTheStoner
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@ghosts4ever said:

OP didnot add Metro 2033 which was best game of 2010, neither add Mafia 2 which was second best game.

Well, not like Metacritic is the end all factor. Mediocre titles can get crazy high scores, great games can fall short. But for the sake of making a poll, better that than just picking favs. Omitting the highest of the bunch is kinda weird, but whatevs.

Luckily Metro 2033 and Mafia 2 are mediocre games my friend. In that respect, OP did a great job and nothing of value was lost.

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#10  Edited By Maroxad
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Bayonetta > SMG2 > Fallout New Vegas

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#11  Edited By hrt_rulz01
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Man 2010 was a great year... it's so hard to pick just one.

I'd put Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2 & Red Dead in a hat and whatever I pull out, wins.

Honourable mentions to Vanquish, Bayonetta, Halo Reach, Limbo & Bioshock 2.

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#12  Edited By Yams1980
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Civilization 5, I didn't even have to look at the other games. I play this thing several times a year.

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#13 Ghosts4ever
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@hrt_rulz01: I found 2010 terrible year as majority of titles were too overrated (mass effect).

2011 was better year that offer masterpiece that Deus Ex HR was.

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Vanquish

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Oh wow. I totally forgot about Vanquish. Definitely another excellent game that year.

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#16 I_P_Daily
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Blur.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns (oh what a return)

Goldeneye 007 Wii

Tatsunoko vs Capcom

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#18 warmblur
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@i_p_daily said:

Blur.

I always wanted to play that game it's a shame it's not available on Steam anymore.

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#19 onesiphorus
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Is this thread more appropriate for the Legacy Systems forum as it discusses last-generation games?

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#20 jg4xchamp  Online
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  • Bayonetta
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Street Fighter 4

Anything outside of those games was a shit pick.

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I picked RDR but also enjoyed Halo Reach and Assassin's Creed.

@onesiphorus I would say it is, yes.

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#22  Edited By ConanTheStoner
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@onesiphorus said:

Is this thread more appropriate for the Legacy Systems forum as it discusses last-generation games?

Yeah, technically sure.

But I think we should stop trying to pretend this is a healthy active website. It's really not. It's almost dead.

Make this topic on that forum, then wait until next week to maybe get a response. What's the point?

System Wars naturally evolved into general games discussion with a side of fanboy hostility. Might as well let it run its course.

Denying this board a range of discussion only to send threads off to die in forums with no traffic doesn't make much sense. No need to be so rigid with rules that were made for a much different time.

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#23  Edited By with_teeth26
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Really tough. Id say RDR slightly over New Vegas and ME2

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#24 BenjaminBanklin
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Out of these I'm gonna choose Mass Effect 2. Good times.

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I'd personally say Halo: Reach and Gran Turismo 5.

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#26 hrt_rulz01
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@ghosts4ever said:

@hrt_rulz01: I found 2010 terrible year as majority of titles were too overrated (mass effect).

2011 was better year that offer masterpiece that Deus Ex HR was.

Go away.

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@Archangel3371 said:

Oh wow. I totally forgot about Vanquish. Definitely another excellent game that year.

I was trying to make a rule because I was objective. But Vanquish was in my top 10 of all time. :(

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#28 VirusVaccine21
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@ConanTheStoner said:
@onesiphorus said:

Is this thread more appropriate for the Legacy Systems forum as it discusses last-generation games?

Yeah, technically sure.

But I think we should stop trying to pretend this is a healthy active website. It's really not. It's almost dead.

Make this topic on that forum, then wait until next week to maybe get a response. What's the point?

System Wars naturally evolved into general games discussion with a side of fanboy hostility. Might as well let it run its course.

Denying this board a range of discussion only to send threads off to die in forums with no traffic doesn't make much sense. No need to be so rigid with rules that were made for a much different time.

Thank you Conan. We disagree most of the time, but you understand me.

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  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  2. Bayonetta

Those 2 games stood out for me the most.

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@warmblur said:
@i_p_daily said:

Blur.

I always wanted to play that game it's a shame it's not available on Steam anymore.

Its an awesome racing game, and one that was dismissed by most because some idiot started calling it a Mario Kart clone when having powerups was the only real thing they had in common.

The game had fully licensed cars and that's why i'd say its no longer available for download. Digital is shit for that because if you miss a game and then the licenses runout and it gets taken down you're screwed, just another reason why physical is still king.

I think I have my 360 copy on the bookshelf somewhere :)

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#31 Sushiglutton  Online
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Wow time flys... 2010 was a very good year.

I picked GoW3. Was the game I had the most fun with. The very definition of Epic. The intro. The Cronos fight. No other game has really beaten it since in its domain. Nemean cestus is the best feeling weapon of all times.

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#32 Howmakewood
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tough pick between Bayo, SMG2 and SC2

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#33 lamprey263
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Lots of good games that year. I had a stronger appreciation for the games that flew under people's radars at the time like Bayonetta, Metro 2033, Vanqish, Metroid Other M, Deadly Premonition, Split/Second, Lost Planet 2.

Both Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2 are probably top candidates, in a traditional sense.

We also got BFBC2 that year, best BF game for its online for me. Dante's Inferno was a better God of War clone than God of War 3. FFXIII released but didn't meet hype, I think getting an Xbox 360 release sucked the 11/10 hype potential away from it with Sony fans. Bioshock 2 released, which at time I liked less than first, but in later years have come to like more.

Funny, the wealth of games goes back to 2008's holiday quarter where a bunch of good games under-performed and everyone blamed Call of Duty. As 2009's holiday quarter approach most other publishers delayed release until early 2010, to avoid COD, but they pretty much just jammed first few months up pitted against each other instead.

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#34 R4gn4r0k
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Alan Wake

Bought a 360 for that game, it was worth it.

Quantum Break was also very story driven and I loved that game, but I dunno what's going on with Control. The story is just all over the place and not that straightforward to follow.

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#35 Litchie
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That list is pretty boring.

"Other" is my vote.

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#36 Ghosts4ever
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@Litchie said:

That list is pretty boring.

"Other" is my vote.

thats 7th gen in nutshell. lot of shitty mainstream game back than praised like best thing ever.

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#37 VFighter
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God of War 3

Super Street Fighter 4

Bayonetta

RDR

Vanquish

Super Meat Boy

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It's a toss-up for me between SC2 and Civ 5. I have no idea how people keep track of this stuff or if something "better" came out that year though - I just started playing Myst 3 the other day, lol. What century is it? Who am I!?!?!

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Mario Galaxy 2

Starcraft 2

Mass Effect 2

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#40 DocSanchez
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Good year for games. Going to say from that list always going to choose Red Dead. I did play Civ V more than any other game though at the time. Pisses all over Civ 6.

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#41 Basinboy
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SC2 or Civ V, personally.

I’ve not played New Vegas or RDR and only about a quarter of ME2.

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RDR fur chur.

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#43 the_master_race
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Fallout: New Vegas

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#44 dimebag667
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@Jag85: this. I picked rdr, but vanquish was awesome as well.

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#45  Edited By WitIsWisdom
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I'd say personally Bad Company 2, Mario Galaxy 2, Dragon Age Origins, Mount and Blade, Two Worlds 2, White Knight Chronicles 2, MAG, and Trackmania Turbo ranked at or near the top, but of the ones listed I liked Mass Effect, Fallout, and AC the most. I'm sure there are others I couldn't find.. Most of the time blockbuster AAA games and multiplats don't wind up being my favorite games unless something goes terrible wrong... or right.

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Gears of War 3 or Skate 3, I am not certain if they were released in 2010 though, may have been earlier.

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#47 Shmiity
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The game I remember the most was Deadly Premonition. I liked ME2, Reach, Red Dead, Metro, Brotherhood... but Deadly Premonition, man- that story was what I remember from that year of games

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#48  Edited By SOedipus
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StarCraft II

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@Shmiity said:

The game I remember the most was Deadly Premonition. I liked ME2, Reach, Red Dead, Metro, Brotherhood... but Deadly Premonition, man- that story was what I remember from that year of games

That was certainly a memorable experience, that's for sure. My wife still gets quotes from that game mixed up with quotes from Lynch's Twin Peaks which goes a long way toward illustrating what a unique game it is.

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#50 Assassin_87
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God of War 3 for me, with Halo: Reach coming in close second. Both fantastic experiences, and for me the most memorable of that year. Bayonetta was great, too.