The Best Games of 2010

The Best Games of 2010

Tallying up a year’s “best games” is a good way to get eggs lobbed at your skull. With a few exceptions, nobody can ever agree on which titles should be immortalized in an end-of-the-year top 10 list. Regardless, it’s always fun to try.

Here is a sampling of the best games we spent time with in 2010: With the holidays here, we highly recommend treating yourself by snuggling up and getting cozy with all.

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – Rockstar’s Western-themed third-person shooter has been affectionately nicknamed “Grand Theft Horse,” but its open world offers even more twists and surprises than any of the Grand Theft Auto games. You play as John Marston, a former outlaw who is corralled into working as a bounty hunter for the government in 1911, just as the sun is setting on the Wild West culture. What follows is a lot of shooting, a lot of decision-making, a lot of questionable acts, and, of course, a lot of horses.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – It’s not often that Nintendo releases a Mario game that shares a direct theme and concept with a predecessor, but the original Super Mario Galaxy had so many unused ideas that Miyamoto and his crew just couldn’t help putting another space-faring adventure together. We’re glad they did. Super Mario Galaxy 2 employs a lot of concepts that didn’t go into the first Galaxy game (Yoshi!), and it still boasts amazing aesthetics and a beautiful orchestrated soundtrack. It’s also more difficult than the first game, so pull on your Goomba-stompin’ boots.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC, Mac OS X) – StarCraft, released in 1998, has long been regarded as the best that the real-time strategy genre has to offer. So it’s no surprise that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty offers…well, more top-notch real-time strategy. Clear your schedule.

God of War III (PlayStation 3) – The Gods of Olympus are an arrogant pack of deities. That’s why Kratos and the Titans have decided they just gotta go. God of War III packs a load of brutally beautiful action-adventure gameplay into its disc, to say nothing of a shiny (and sharp) weapons arsenal. Put on your Nemean lion skin and don’t take any wooden boxes from women named Pandora.

Mass Effect 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – As it was with the first Mass Effect, you are Commander Shepard. No, really. You are Commander Shepard in the most thorough way imaginable. Once you take up the Commander’s title, you must wind your way through one of the most engaging action-RPG titles of the year and sort out some nasty business involving a group of aliens called the Collectors.

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – Winter cold got you down? Spend some time in the jungle with the industry’s favorite chest-beater. Donkey Kong Country Returns brings back the challenging 2D platforming action that enthralled Super Nintendo audiences way back in the mid ’90s, to say nothing of the rich, primal soundtrack.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS) – Everybody craves a bit of first-person shooter action once in a while, even if they’re loathe to admit it. Problem is, store shelves are groaning under the weight of all the FPS games available out there. Which one should you choose? Oh, it might be a safe bet to try out this one little outing called Call of Duty: Black Ops that sold over 5 million copies in 24 hours. It might turn out to be pretty decent.

Dragon Quest IX (Nintendo DS) – Dragon Quest games are always a trip. Literally. If you fire one up, you can count on getting lost in a world pocked with monster-infested dungeons, caverns, and castles. Dragon Quest IX offers a huge main quest, but the exploration doesn’t stop there. You can also trade treasure maps with other fans, which open up bonus dungeons without number.

Halo: Reach (Xbox 360) – Halo is one of the primary franchises that comes to mind when one thinks of quality FPS games on consoles, and Halo: Reach has been named the best in the series by several game magazines and websites. Halo: Reach is meant to be a prequel to the first Halo game, and we can determine this much: The Covenant are persistent jerks.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Xbox 360, Playstation 3) – What’s better than touring Italy? Slinking through its shadows and sinking a knife into your buddy’s back through the magic of multiplayer. Merry Christmas.

About Nadia Oxford
Nadia is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She played her first game at four, decided games were awesome, and has maintained her position since. She writes for 1UP.com, Slide to Play, GamePro and other publications, and is About.com’s Guide to the Nintendo DS.

1 Comments

  1. Black Ops?? Are you sure about this, Nadia??
    It’s fine to be a little bit out of the mass hype!
    This game was trully awful and repetitive and the mutiplayer parts were dull enough! I’m much prefer Battlefield: Bad company 2 than your Game of the year FPS choice.
    But its only your opinion ! Pardon me!

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