Best of 2010
sixpin: Best of 2010
sixpin: Best of 2010
I love westerns. I grew up watching them with my dad and to this day think that John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are masters of a fading genre. It is no surprise that I would fall head-over-heals for a well made modern western tale. From the game design, music, art style, and narrative there is very little to complain about. One of the best endings I've ever seen. Remember, you haven't seen the true ending until the credits roll.
I had originally written this game off when Ubisoft first started showing it as an online multiplayer murder simulator. I loved AC and AC2, but I'm not a big multiplayer guy. Imagine my surprise when AC: Brotherhood packed in a compelling and complete single-player campaign. I feel like this was a great conclusion to Ezio's story and as much as I adore the setting, I feel like it is time to move on to a new setting for the series. I can't wait to see what Assassin's Creed 4 has in store for us.
If you had asked me what my absolute number one pick was going to be for 2010's game of the year, I would have said Mass Effect 2 hands down. Just because ME2 ranked at number three in my final list doesn't mean that it turned out to be any less than I had hoped for. Actually ME2 turned out to be more than I had hoped for. The final boss might be a little lackluster, but the universe that BioWare has crafted for the crew of the Normandy is second to none. Now if you will excuse me I need get back to slamming my head into insanity difficulty.
I'm a big fan of Fallout 3. I knew I'd like New Vegas when they said it was more Fallout 3, but with a new story and location. I would love to list this game as my number one game this year. It says a lot for the games of 2010 when I can say that I wish I could list all of my top five as game of the year. With the recent release of DLC and more coming I don't plan on leaving the Mojave Wasteland anytime soon.
Oh, man it is 11pm. I better get to bed soon.
Hmm, 2AM... just one more turn.
My alarm is going off down the hall and the sun is peaking through the window shade. Time to call in sick to work.
I have never cared for a Need for Speed game, ever. I do, however, love the Burnout series. When Criterion took the reins for the newest Need for Speed title all preconceived notions went right out the window. I didn't get to spend as much time in 2010 with this title as I wanted, but that is something I'll be rectifying soon. What else can be said about a slick, beautiful arcade-style racer? No matter which side you are on - Cop or Racer - this action packed crash course in mayhem can take me for a ride anytime.
Don't call it derivative. Darkstalkers is a love letter to The Legend of Zelda series in so many ways. This game starts with an abilitease of epic proportions and leaves you with a character that levels up in the fashion of items and equipment. War has a hookshot! Of course there is some God of War inspiration to be found here as well. Much like Kratos, War can grab his enemies after beating them into a weakened state and finish them off in all manner of cruel ways. Every inch of this game feels like it was made by people that really enjoy games in general and I can't help but like this one.
It is Halo. Bungie is leaving the series behind and moving to new adventures. It is no surprise that they would want to send the series off on such a grand note. Reach really returns to what made Halo great way back on the original Xbox and reinvents itself with all of the lessons learned in previous entries. And that's not even getting into some of the best Co-Op and multiplayer available.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It brings back some fun childhood memories. Double Fine did a great job of capturing what Halloween felt like as a child and then set it to some fantastic adventure. Sadly the combat is rather repetitive at times, but the charm shines so that I can't help but include it in my top ten.
I hated this game when it was Devil May Cry. I'm not sure what the magic spell was that took the beat-em-up formula and bent it into the visual insanity that is Bayonetta, but it works. Bayonetta is eccentric, tacky, insane, totally self aware, and fun. A great entry in a crowded year of great titles.
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