My 25 Best Games of 2010

I'll be blunt and simple:  I'm not a huge fan of GOTY awards.  You have to try and narrow down all these lists to about five nominees or so, then try to narrow those down for each category until you end up with the Highlander scenario of "there will be only one".  That pisses me off.  How is anyone supposed to genuinely create those things?  Have they literally played EVERY SINGLE GAME that came out in a year?  Probably not.  Most likely not.  Fuck, I hope not! 
In turn, I decided to wrangle up the 25 games that defined 2010 for me, package them up in a nice little list (courtesy of Giant Bomb's great list feature), and give a little flavor text to each.  Will you guys agree?  Oh, I mostly certainly guarantee you won't (especially when you see how low Mass Effect 2 is on the list).  Will people call me a Wii hater because there are a total of zero Wii games on this list?  Probably...but as someone who no longer owns a Wii, I can't say that I would feel right throwing any of them in when I haven't played them. 
This is a list of games that I personally played in 2010 that I feel are the most exceptional of the exceptional. 
Therefore, may I present to you (and yes, they are in order)...... 

jakob187's Pretentious-As-All-Hell-Because-I-Think-My-Opinion-Matters GOTY 2010 Stuffthings

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Posted by sarahsdad

That's cool. I've been keeping, and re-shuffling my list for a bit over here. Obviously we've got some different taste in games, but I think it's interesting that we've both put Alan Wake pretty high on the list. I'm waiting to get Blur in the mail from Gamefly, but I'm curious, did you specifically not play split/second, or was it just that there always seemed to be something more interesting instead? 
Also, I didn't even remember the Sonic game coming out, thanks for the reminder, I'll have to add that to my list to check out.

Posted by jakob187
@sarahsdad: I played some of Split/Second when a customer brought it up.  It was cool, but it was pretty shallow in comparison to what I was hoping for.  Blur is an incredibly robust racing game, and it's only real drawback is the rubberbanding A.I. in the single player that creates far too many unnecessary challenges and frustrating "throw my controller across the room because that was massive bullshit" moments.  The online, however, is fucking killer! 
I can see that we definitely do have different tastes in games when it comes to the top ones of the year.  I thought Conviction was pretty meh, and I definitely wouldn't have Dark Void on my list.  I need to pay Singularity, though.