Best of 2010
dezvous: Best of 2010
dezvous: Best of 2010
There's a reason this was the first game I sought out to add to my best of 2010.
What a bizarre game. But the fun to be had here with a best friend in co-op makes it a thousand times better. So many great laughs were shared in the playing of this one. Easily one of the best games of 2010.
This unique experience stands out as one of my favorites of 2010. Limbo is beautiful.
Another game that wholly through it's excellent story and unique experience snags a spot on my top of 2010 list. Heavy Rain was an incredible ride to me. No other game has had me put as much thought and care into my decisions as this game. As a huge lover of movies in general, Heavy Rain fulfills two areas of enjoyment for me.
MGS is my favorite game series of all time. Peace Walker is very nearly perfect and could have easily been my number one game of the year. It's because of my expected love for this game that I chose not to make it my game of the year, not because it isn't, just because it's too much of a given for myself and I would rather let another game shine in it's place. I cannot believe how addicting the RPG elements are in this game. It is out of control. Hideo Kojima can do no wrong. Owning a PSP is worth it for this title alone.
This is an incredible game on it's own right. But compared to the first one, it really struggles to come close in terms of sheer enjoyment. It might be because Mass Effect 1 was my first trip into this whole universe, but Mass Effect 2's many differences like the almost complete absence of meaningful interaction with certain characters really left me wanting more. Hopefully the third makes both the events in the first and second worth it.
Not a lot changed in this gorgeous next-gen installment but that's fine by me. God of War 3 delivered some of the most incredible spectacles of the year. The boss battles in this game were jaw dropping and the gameplay is night perfect for this kind of game. I enjoy a variety and that's why this game deserves as much to be on my best of 2010 list as the likes of Limbo or Heavy Rain.
Final Fantasy XIII was a very strange change of pace. A really great game overall, but it serves as an indicator that most of us FF fans do not enjoy change. There's a reason we kept buying each subsequent entry in the series, even if it was mostly a story/character/world change. Seeing FF13's battle system change so dramatically was a bit of a downer, if it was more Crisis Core like I would have been fine, but it ended up just feeling like I wasn't really playing a game as much as I would have liked. Also the pacing is what ruined it the most for me, which had more to do with my expectations than actual bad game design. Almost any FF game starts off with a linear path and then opens up into this huge world only to get you back on a linear path somewhere and lead you towards the end. FFXIII has you on a linear path all the way up until nearly the very end. Then you have this MASSIVE world in front of you and by that time you're kind of done with it. You just want it to be over and see how everything ties up. The story, world, and characters (for the most part) were all excellent, but the strange pacing and my expectations for that pacing are what led to some disappointment. With a few changes this game could have been so much more. Hopefully versus will fill that void. If it ever comes out.
Star Craft 2 will probably end up being my 2011 2010 game of the year. I love Star Craft now, and up until about 2 months before SC2 came out I had never even played an RTS before in my life. Because of Giant Bomb and all the coverage they had leading up to it, I caught the SC virus and picked up the StarCraft 1 BattleChest. This lead to some of the most fun times I've had with friends this year. Playing StarCraft 1 on a Lan. Learning the tricks of the trade. Can't wait to sink some more time into this beast next year.
Is it perfect? No way. Is it one of my favorites of 2010? Without a doubt.
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