My Top 10 Games of 2010

 So, more than a year has passed since I made my 2009 list of favorite games. And what a year it has been. I've played way too many games this year, and yet some of the better ones I have still not yet got the chance to try out, for example, Civilization V, Super Meat Boy, Blur, F1 2010, Rock Band 3, Gran Turismo 5 or Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but I'll try and get my hands on them before the year ends, and then I might actually update the list. So, without any further nonsense, here's the list:
 
10. Alan Wake (X360)  
 
This was originally my most anticipated game of of 2010. I have to say, I was a little disappointed in Alan Wake when it first came out, but as a played it more and more I realized that it's very, very good. The lighting in this game is like in no other, and it has some pretty unique game mechanics up it's sleeves. Alan Wake might not have been what i expected it to be, but it's a damn fine thriller game with an intriguing storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. 
 
9. Heavy Rain (PS3) 
 
I know, Heavy Rain wasn't much of a game, was it now? But it was a very interesting, innovative way to tell a story, and that's why it belongs on this list. Sure, there were some quirks along the way, but Heavy Rain was an atmospheric and thrilling experience, unlike any other I've experienced on a video games console this year. I still haven't played Farenheit, but after playing Heavy Rain, I might give that game a try.
 
8. Halo: Reach (X360)
 
It's Bungie's swan song to the Halo franchise, and it's such an awesome shooter. Seriously, it would've been much higher on my list if it hadn't been such an excellent year for gaming overall. I was very pleased with everything Halo: Reach had to offer - a great single player campaign, exciting multiplayer modes and even more customization options than before. Also, it looks quite nice, unlike the outdated Halo 3: ODST.
 
7. Limbo (X360)
 
This year had some truly great indie and downloadable titles on offer, but Limbo is surely one of the uniquest. It's artistically the most beautiful game of the year, and it's also very, very atmospheric. Limbo could be compared to Braid, as both are very challenging puzzle games, but I think Limbo is much more unique. It may be short, but the three or so hours you'll spend playing Limbo will be exciting, fun, scary and challenging. It's a quiet little indie masterpiece.
 
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
 
It's a Mario game, how could it not be on my list? Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a great example on how you should make games. It's very good looking on the Wii, it has perfect controls, and brilliant level design and game mechanics. And when I say brilliant, I'm not kidding - Mario Galaxy 2 takes the basics of the first Mario Galaxy game, and improves upon them in every possible way. Plus, there's Yoshi in this game. Yoshi.
 
5. Deadly Premonition (X360/PS3)
 
This game is genius. I waited for this game to come out in Europe since March, and once I finally got it in this October, I was very excited to play it. And it didn't let me down. Sure, you might argue that the game's technical side is awful, and yes, it is awful, but somehow that fits the game perfectly. I don't think I have to say anything about the game's outstandingly ridiculous storytelling, which is some of the best I've had to experience in video games...ever. The quirky characters, genius soundtrack and storytelling define this game, which is the uniquest of the year by far.
 
4. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (X360/PS3)
 
Ezio's welcome back once more for this thrilling and long adventure. Brotherhood might not have a new protagonist or be set in a different time period, however, it's much more polished than the previous game and offers tons of new content, so it's very much worth the price tag. There is also a multiplayer component to AC: Brotherhood, but that's not to my tastes. It's by far the best game in the series, but it's not the best place to start if you haven't played any Assassin's Creed game.
 
3. Fallout: New Vegas (X360/PS3/PC)
 
I absolutely loved Fallout 3, though I only started playing it early last year. I was absolutely stoked to hear that the New Vegas was to come out this autumn, and it surely did not disappoint. Sure, it may have some bugs in there, but none of the one's i encountered would mess up my gaming experience in any way. The storyline, characters, voice acting and gameplay are still all of high quality. The graphics may be outdated a bit, but there's a huge game world to explore, quest and play around in for many, many hours.
 
2. Mass Effect 2 (X360/PC)
 
If you're looking for the perfect RPG, you might want to take a look at Mass Effect 2. If it isn't perfect, it sure comes mighty close to that. The universe is huge, the characters are deep and interesting, the storytelling is excellent and the graphics also look very good. I love that the game is more of a shooter than Mass Effect was, I prefer the balance between shooting and RPG elements in Mass Effect 2. This game is a must-buy for anybody who likes to call himself a gamer, then again, anybody who likes to call himself a gamer should already own Mass Effect 2.
 
1. Red Dead Redemption (X360/PS3)
 
Red Dead Redemption is many things. It's the best western game ever made. It's an outstanding work of a very talented studio. It's a masterfully told story full of humor, emotion, violence, terror, love and grit. It's an approachable game that I would recommend to everyone. It's quite simply amazing, and it's my favorite game of the year. I love the western thematic, and I have to say, that's the only reason why this game came out on top of Mass Effect 2 on my list. Those games are about equal in quality, but when it comes to personal choice, Red Dead Redemption is my game of the year for 2010.
 
Of course, there were other great games that came out this year, which for some reason didn't quite make it into my Top 10, but are still very good games - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, NHL 11, FIFA 11, Vanquish, Mafia II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and perhaps some more games that I've forgotten to list on this evening.
 
Special Nominations
 
Most Innovative Game - Heavy Rain 
Best Soundtrack - Red Dead Redemption
Best Game Character - Agent York ( Deadly Premonition)
Funniest Game - Deadly Premonition
Letdown of the Year (LOTY) - Alpha Protocol
2010's Game of the Year 2009 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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My Top 10 Games of 2009

This has been a very good year for gaming, certainly more quality games than last year have come out, and some have been absolutely superb. It was kind of hard for me to make a Top 10, I was planning on doing a Top 15, but I think I've done the right thing and instead made a Top 10. I also decided to do a blog post (I know, I know, nobody read I still haven't played some games which were regarded as being good, but there's always the edit button, right? The games I haven't played include Killzone 2, Red Faction: Guerilla, Forza Motorsport 3, Guitar Hero 5, Scribblenauts and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. And now I present to you my Top 10 Games of 2009, I might later do a Top 10 of the Decade, but that one will be real hard to do:
 
10. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (X360)
 
It's a great value for money, and if you haven't stepped into Liberty City just yet, and you own an Xbox 360 - go for it. Two great new protagonists, and tons of new stuff to do. There's about 15 hours of gameplay in this collection, and even though the storyline in The Lost and Damned was much better than in Gay Tony, I liked the second DLC add-on a little better because of the crazy stuff you could do. 
 
9. Tropico 3 (X360/PC)
 
The box art of this game is priceless, and tells you all you need to know about it. It's a very addictive strategy/city building/being a communist experience, and since I do have some nostalgia for the first Tropico, and this is pretty much that game just with new, great looking graphics. It has the feel and vibe of the series, and for that it deserves the ninth place on my list. Oh, and the music! 
 
8. Borderlands 
(X360/PS3/PC)
 
It has that cel-shaded look to it, and you shoot people in the face most of the time, so what else do you need? Although there's no real ''storyline'' to Borderlands, it's a great RPG shooter to play in co-op. It's a very long game, so if you want value for money - Borderlands is the way to go. It also has some great leveling-up mechanics and bazzilions of guns!
 
7. Shadow Complex (X360)
 
Beautifully designed levels, and very fun metroid-style gameplay. It might not look that amazing at first, but there's some good storyline elements to it and even though the controls felt a bit clunky to me at first, I got used to them and everything after was just fantastic. Best XBL arcade game of the year.
 
6. Batman: Arkham Asylum (X360/PS3/PC)
 
Finally, a comic book game done right. Batman: Arkham Asylum has everything going for it - it's a good brawler, it has smart puzzles and great steath elements, the voice acting is some of the best this year. I also really liked the art-style of Arkham Asylum, it looks a lot more like The Dark Night and Batman: Begins than the comic books. It's not the lengthiest game ever made, but there is a challenge mode to play after you're finished with the storyline. Rocksteady, we await a sequel!
 
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (X360/PC)
 
What I awaited was merely a full-priced add-on to Left 4 Dead. What I got was a much improved Left 4 Dead. With five new campaigns, new and awesome charecters, the melee weapons, and the highly addicting and possibly my favorite game mode yet - Scavenge Mode. If you like shooting zombies in the face like I do, then Left 4 Dead 2 is for you.  
 
4. inFamous (PS3)
 
May/June was all about these superhero themed games. First, there was Bionic Commando, then there was inFamous, and lastly there was Prototype. At first I thought that these games would be similar in quality, but I was wrong. Both Bionic Commando and Prototype didn't come close to the awesomeness of inFamous. It has a great morale system, a good storyline, and zapping people has never been so much fun. You can also traverse rooftops, fly around and kill some more people, and make some interesting choices throughout the game. The city is nicely structured, and the game overall is highly reccomendable.
 
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
(X360/PS3/PC)
 
Sure, everyone's in it for the multiplayer, which still is the best on the Xbox 360, with all the new killstreak rewards, maps and refinements they have made, it couldn't have been better. Then there's also Spec-ops, which is a nice bonus and fun to play with another dude. The campaign was kind of a letdown this year, it was way too over the top. If it hadn't been for that, Modern Warfare 2 might have ranked up higher on my list, but it is as it is
 
2. Assassin's Creed II (X360/PS3)

Ezio's story is much bigger, better and more beautiful than Altair's. There's a lot more stuff to do even after you complete the game, traversing the huge new cities is still very fun, and the new weapons (and there's many of them) are all very lethal and satisfying at the same time. As it is a sandbox experience, you can play it any way you want, be the stealthy guy or just run around like a crazy person. No more repetition, way more entertainment value.
 
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
(PS3)

 I know, it's kind of the obvious choice. Naughty Dog's masterpiece, the follow-up to 2007's Uncharted (which was just OK) exceeds my expectations in every way possible - it is beautiful, it has a great storyline (for a videogame), amazing gameplay that has variety and some dazzling set-piece moments. If you like videogames, chances are you will love Uncharted 2 just as much as I did. 
 
 
Sometime, perhaps if it was a different year, the following games could have made it into my list - Halo 3: ODST,  Battlefield 1943, 'Splosion Man, The Beatles: Rock Band, Wii Sports Resort, Skate 2, The Sims 3 and maybe The Godfather II, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.
 
Special Nominations
 
Most Innovative Game -  'Splosion Man
Best Soundtrack - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Best Game Character -  Ellis (Left 4 Dead 2)
Funniest Game -  50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
Letdown of the Year (LOTY) - Prototype
2009's Game of the Year 2008 - Fallout 3

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Mac, here I come!

My PC sucks. Not technically, it has OK specs, but it crashes all the time, when I'm trying to play some newer, more graphically advanced games. I tryed playing The Sims 3 for a while, and it kept freezing. Anyway, I'm gonna get a Mac this August, I've heard Mac is better and easier to use, more reliable. I haven't figured out which one I will get though. So, which Mac would you reccomend for a guy who likes to play some games (well, there aren't that many on the Mac, but there's some), has to make some video reviews for a website, and does other basic stuff.

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