Best of 2010
JuMP: Best of 2010
JuMP: Best of 2010
The gameplay, the scenery, the story, the characters. This game has it all.
I had just finished playing through God of War 1 and 2 for the first time prior to playing 3. I was thinking I might be tired of that style of game (and they didn’t do a ton to change the gameplay), but it turns out I was totally ready to go back in. I finished 3 quicker than either of the first 2. Kratos by this point, isn’t a very sympathetic character anymore, and the story is not so essential. But everything else about the game is so tight and the scale is so huge, the only actual appropriate word is the overused “epic”.
The movement controls were pretty awkward, it’s true. Some of the accents were not very good, it’s also true. Nevertheless, this serial killer mystery game had the most compelling narrative experience of 2010. Every action (or inaction) had actual consequences to the way the events of the story played out, taking “Choose Your Own Adventure” to a whole new level. Also, the way the game structured its controls (aside from walking around) to perform various actions gave them more weight. Any violence which in other games, would be doled out frequently and mindlessly, in here it carries much more significance.
This one is quite simple. It made significant improvements to a fighting game that revitalized the genre, and it came out brand new at only $40. What more could you ask for really?
What is better than Pacman? How about a Pacman where you get a colourful chain of 50 ghosts to follow you right up until you eat the pellet and then turn the tables as you plow through that ghost train, having the music and sound effects get louder/higher with each ghost, ending in an awesome crescendo. It hooks directly into the pleasure centre of the brain and doesn’t let go.
What do you get someone who loved Assasin’s Creed 2? More of it, that’s what. Add in a unique and unexpectedly fun multi-player component and you’ve got a gooder.
This game is just jam packed with so many different ways to make awesome things happen. Story is lacking, but otherwise an excellent sandbox experience.
A remake of one of my favourite games from my childhood, not only have they kept all the good stuff about the original game, they added an online mode (booya) and a remix tour. But really, all you needed was the first two parts and it’d be on this list.
It’s got a better soundtrack than the first game. The added freestyle sections provide actual control over the mixes. Both things make a fun game more fun.
This game is pretty much all about refinement. While I think that Rock Band 2 is pretty much the peak of the genre, it’s sequel pretty much polishes the rest of any remaining rough spots. Oh, and it adds an extra instrument and tries to teach you to play the actual instruments for real. Game, set and match.
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