Best of 2010
SUPERGHOST: Best of 2010
SUPERGHOST: Best of 2010
What more can you say about the best Halo game ever created? Halo has been such a dominant brand over the last decade that perhaps it gets overlooked in GotY discussion due to a certain fatigue. But don’t let that fool you, Halo: Reach is a game like no other, packing in so much variety and ways to play that it should be years before we see another core entry into this franchise. Bungie’s Halo swan-song has produced the ultimate FPS experience on consoles, and while other shooters may be more popular at this time, they are still playing catch up with this seminal title. With Alan Wake, this is my Game of the Year!
If I was pressed to choose a ‘GotY’, Alan Wake would be my likely choice. With story-telling and environments that are off the charts, Alan Wake delivers an experience like no other in 2010. The setting, characters, graphics, and gameplay really spoke to me as well, and with a game ending of Lynch-ian proportions, this is the game I most want to see given a sequel. While not a huge success in the stores, its daring should not be understated, and this game should not be overlooked by gamers.
Mass Effect 2 is an amazing RPG space opera that improves on its predecessor in nearly every away (except for planet exploration in my opinion). With a large, galaxy-spanning story, amazing cut-scenes, tonnes of DLC, and an accessibility that few RPG’s achieve, Mass Effect 2 is a game that should be at the forefront of GotY lists across the board.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories has the distinction of being the only non-Xbox 360 on my list. Originally released on the Wii in 2009, the PS2 version did not see release until early 2010. Shattered Memories blew me away when I played it, rivalling Restless Dreams (SH2) for my favourite Silent Hill of all time! Shattered Memories breaks the Silent Hill paradigm by having to combat, instead there are intense chase scenes. The game also plays you…but you really need to try the game to fully understand. A classic game and one of the best of 2010!
My favourite game of 2010. Kinect surpassed my expectations, this was due in part mostly to a very strong showing by Rare’s launch title, Kinect Sports. Kinect Sports is no slouch as it beat out very strong sports titles in Madden 11 and NHL 11, but as good as those games are they do not put you ‘in the game’ like Kinect Sports does. I am looking forward to many more game sessions over the coming months with Kinect Sports and having a sweaty good time!
The Only XBLA game to crack my ‘Best of’ list. Lara Croft took a beloved franchise and turned it on its ear and produced a fun and fast tomb raiding game and gave it some arcade flair. Couple that with character upgrades and progression and you have a game that is worthy of a disk, not just download. The negative on this game was the non-existent online co-op at launch which hamstrung its release, but it did not stop my enjoyment of the best Lara Croft game since the original Tomb Raider.
Enslaved literally came out of nowhere to be one of my top games of 2010. I loved the colourful vegetative post-apocalyptic future vision to harkens back to the motion picture Logan’s Run. What really capture my imagination though was the games character’s, Monkey and Trip, which where brought to life by the wizards at Ninja Theory. I Do not think I have ever played a game where the in-game characters were so fully realized and where their emotions were so tangible. On top of all that the game is a lot of fun as well. My surprise treat of 2010.
Fallout 3 was my most played game over the last 2 years. Bethesda and Obsidian have given us more of the same in the form of Fallout: New Vegas. And while New Vegas for me and so far does not quite match up to Fallout 3 overall, it is still the best RPG going. You really cannot have enough wasteland to explore and for that reason alone New Vegas enters into my best games of 2010.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is very much a similar situation that I recently covered with Fallout, the more Assassin’s Creed the better! I am still very early on in my latest AC adventure but from what I have heard about the game and what I have played I can already tell that this game is worthy of this list. With rumour’s of another AC in 2011, we may once again be bringing this franchise to the 2011 Ghosties.
Like Alan Wake, Conviction was caught up in a long development cycle, but also like Alan Wake, Conviction delivered with a great story and play mechanics that once again moved the stealth-action genre forward. Splinter Cell has always been one of my favourite franchise, but with its drawn out development, it has seemed to lose some of its steam as has all of the Tom Clancy games, but that does not take away from the game that Conviction was and is.
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