Best Games of 2010, Special Awards

 Continuing with the best of 2010 theme, here are some of my picks for best games of 2010 in several special categories. I already listed my top ten favorite games in the list I created so here I'll list the games that excel in a particular category. Let's get started . . . 
 

Best Technical Graphics  

 
 PC Version
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Metro 2033 (PC)
Runners up: Lost Planet 2 (PC), God of War III (PS3), Heavy Rain (PS3), S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pyriat (PC)
 

Best Artistic Graphics  

 
NA Box Art
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winner: Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
Runners up: LIMBO (XBLA/PSN), Super Mario Brothers II (Wii), Alan Wake (X360), Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) 
 

Best Sound Design 

 
 Wake Up, Alan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake
Runners up: Vanquish, Red Dead Redemption, LIMBO, Call of Duty: Black Ops 
 

Best Music 

 Hair Outfit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Bayonetta
Runners up: Final Fantasy XIII, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Bioshock 2, Halo: Reach
 

Best Story  

 
 Shepard...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runners up: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavy Rain
 

Best Writing  

 
 Shepard...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runners up: Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavy Rain, Fallout: New Vegas
 

Best Character  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) 
Runners up: Francis York Morgan (Dead Premonition), Eleanor Lamb (Bioshock 2), Mordin Solus (Mass Effect 2), Bayonetta (Bayonetta)

Best Voice Acting 

 
Read Dead Redemption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Red Dead Redemption
Runners up: Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, Alan Wake, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
 

Best Single Player Campaign  

  
 This is Jimmy...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Runners up: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Red Dead Redemption
 

Best Multiplayer Game  

  
Zerg rush... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Runners up: Halo: Reach, Battlefield: Bad Company II, Monday Night Combat, Call of Duty: Black Ops
 

Best Atmosphere  

  
 Alan Wake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake
Runners up: Metro 2033, LIMBO, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain 
 

Best DLC  

  
grrrr raor roar grrow...  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Undead Nightmare (Red Dead Redemption)
Runners up: Minerva's Den (Bioshock 2), The Secret Armory of General Knoxx (Borderlands), Lair of the Shadow Broker (Mass Effect 2), The Signal (Alan Wake)
 

Best Zombie Game 

 
 Paddlesaw...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Dead Rising 2
Runners up: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Zombies, Dead Nation

Most Disappointing Game  

  
 FFXIV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Final Fantasy XIV
Runners up: APB, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Alpha Protocol, Disney's Epic Mickey 
 

Best Game That Nobody Played/Bought  

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Runners up: Resonance of Fate, Vanquish, Amnesia: Dark Descent, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
  

Special Award: So Bad, It's Good 

  
Amazing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Deadly Premonition

Special Award: Best(Worst?) Use of In-Game Advertising

  
 Energizer bunny...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake 
 

Special Award: Best Game to Do an Endurance Run On 

  
Not sure how long this would last though...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Resonance of Fate 
 

Special Award: Why Did They Make Another One? 

  
I guess the board peripheral needs more use?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winner: Tony Hawk: Shred
 

Special Award: Best Implementation of Baby-Shaking Technology  

 
Also, a definite candidate for GOTY...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Babysitting Mama
  

Special Award: Oh Shit, They're Still Making This? 

  
Original Box art.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Duke Nukem Forever 
 

Special Award: The Greatest, Most Influential Figure in the Video Game Industry of 2010 

 
" Great people don't really want to work at EA..." 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Robert A. Kotick

So there you have it, some special awards for best of 2010, video games edition. Seven hours and counting before I head off on vacation . . .    
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Posted by spazmaster666

 Continuing with the best of 2010 theme, here are some of my picks for best games of 2010 in several special categories. I already listed my top ten favorite games in the list I created so here I'll list the games that excel in a particular category. Let's get started . . . 
 

Best Technical Graphics  

 
 PC Version
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Metro 2033 (PC)
Runners up: Lost Planet 2 (PC), God of War III (PS3), Heavy Rain (PS3), S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pyriat (PC)
 

Best Artistic Graphics  

 
NA Box Art
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winner: Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
Runners up: LIMBO (XBLA/PSN), Super Mario Brothers II (Wii), Alan Wake (X360), Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) 
 

Best Sound Design 

 
 Wake Up, Alan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake
Runners up: Vanquish, Red Dead Redemption, LIMBO, Call of Duty: Black Ops 
 

Best Music 

 Hair Outfit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Bayonetta
Runners up: Final Fantasy XIII, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Bioshock 2, Halo: Reach
 

Best Story  

 
 Shepard...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runners up: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavy Rain
 

Best Writing  

 
 Shepard...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runners up: Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavy Rain, Fallout: New Vegas
 

Best Character  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) 
Runners up: Francis York Morgan (Dead Premonition), Eleanor Lamb (Bioshock 2), Mordin Solus (Mass Effect 2), Bayonetta (Bayonetta)

Best Voice Acting 

 
Read Dead Redemption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Red Dead Redemption
Runners up: Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, Alan Wake, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
 

Best Single Player Campaign  

  
 This is Jimmy...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Runners up: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Red Dead Redemption
 

Best Multiplayer Game  

  
Zerg rush... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Runners up: Halo: Reach, Battlefield: Bad Company II, Monday Night Combat, Call of Duty: Black Ops
 

Best Atmosphere  

  
 Alan Wake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake
Runners up: Metro 2033, LIMBO, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain 
 

Best DLC  

  
grrrr raor roar grrow...  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Undead Nightmare (Red Dead Redemption)
Runners up: Minerva's Den (Bioshock 2), The Secret Armory of General Knoxx (Borderlands), Lair of the Shadow Broker (Mass Effect 2), The Signal (Alan Wake)
 

Best Zombie Game 

 
 Paddlesaw...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Dead Rising 2
Runners up: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Zombies, Dead Nation

Most Disappointing Game  

  
 FFXIV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Final Fantasy XIV
Runners up: APB, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Alpha Protocol, Disney's Epic Mickey 
 

Best Game That Nobody Played/Bought  

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Winner: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Runners up: Resonance of Fate, Vanquish, Amnesia: Dark Descent, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
  

Special Award: So Bad, It's Good 

  
Amazing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Deadly Premonition

Special Award: Best(Worst?) Use of In-Game Advertising

  
 Energizer bunny...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Alan Wake 
 

Special Award: Best Game to Do an Endurance Run On 

  
Not sure how long this would last though...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Resonance of Fate 
 

Special Award: Why Did They Make Another One? 

  
I guess the board peripheral needs more use?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winner: Tony Hawk: Shred
 

Special Award: Best Implementation of Baby-Shaking Technology  

 
Also, a definite candidate for GOTY...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Babysitting Mama
  

Special Award: Oh Shit, They're Still Making This? 

  
Original Box art.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Duke Nukem Forever 
 

Special Award: The Greatest, Most Influential Figure in the Video Game Industry of 2010 

 
" Great people don't really want to work at EA..." 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winner: Robert A. Kotick

So there you have it, some special awards for best of 2010, video games edition. Seven hours and counting before I head off on vacation . . .    
Posted by ThatFrood

I dunno about that "best/worst use of in game advertising award". Shaun White Skateboarding's Stride gum adds that were "against the man" were preeeeeeeeeeeeeety good.

Posted by spazmaster666
@ThatFrood said:
" I dunno about that "best/worst use of in game advertising award". Shaun White Skateboarding's Stride gum adds that were "against the man" were preeeeeeeeeeeeeety good. "
Well, the list is mainly limited to games I've played or games I've seen significant amounts of. :P
Posted by dietmango

I haven't purchased Resonance of Fate because of the steep learning curve and the story not picking up until later on.  Should I still get it anyway, why or why not?

Posted by spazmaster666
@asian_pride said:
" I haven't purchased Resonance of Fate because of the steep learning curve and the story not picking up until later on.  Should I still get it anyway, why or why not? "
It's already bargain-bin priced at this point so it's definitely worth it. You do need to grind a bit though. Also, it's a tough game, but also fair (i.e. mobs are just as likely to kill you as bosses are), not to mention it has some pretty crazy moments.
Posted by dietmango
@spazmaster666 said:
" @asian_pride said:
" I haven't purchased Resonance of Fate because of the steep learning curve and the story not picking up until later on.  Should I still get it anyway, why or why not? "
It's already bargain-bin priced at this point so it's definitely worth it. You do need to grind a bit though. Also, it's a tough game, but also fair (i.e. mobs are just as likely to kill you as bosses are), not to mention it has some pretty crazy moments. "
Well, crazy moments sound great to me. I'll think about it some more but I'll probably pick it up around Christmas time. Thanks.
Posted by Hizang

Don't shake the baby!

Posted by BeachThunder

Did you even play/buy Amnesia? =/

Surely it deserves even a mention in best atmosphere or sound design.

Edited by spazmaster666
@BeachThunder said:

" Did you even play/buy Amnesia? =/ Surely it deserves even a mention in best atmosphere or sound design. "

No, I haven't played it, but I've watched others play it and I would have probably put it on the list if I was listing more runner ups (I was trying to limit it to four per category, otherwise, for instance, games like STALKER: COP, Bioshock 2, Enslaved would have also made it in that category). I did list it in the "Best game that nobody played/bought" category though.