Top 10 Games of 2010

10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit



 

Need for Speed: Most Wanted was, for me, the highlight of the Xbox 360 launch, sporting a surprisingly deep customization system and high-tension police pursuits, wrapped in a stunning presentation, bursting at the seams with slick visuals that still hold up well today.   Add to that the perversely engaging high-camp cutscenes, and you have the makings of a modern classic.  

The next few years were not kind to the series, with a number of missteps into niche gameplay that nearly derailed the series.   Last year’s Shift was a surprising but enjoyable step into detailed simulation, but it still wasn’t enough to buoy the flagging franchise.

EA was wise to hand the franchise over to the folks at Criterion, famous for the high-adrenaline Burnout series, and they have risen to the occasion, infusing the series with a long-lost sense of over-the-top arcade racing action that harkens back to the series’ golden years.

Exotic Cars and Stunning Visuals Abound

While lacking any semblance of a storyline, NFS: HP throws you right into a series of challenging race and pursuit scenarios, pitting you as either a street racer or a cop, outfitted with the latest in racing technology.   Events have you outrunning cops while deploying traps and EMPs like a classic cart racer.   Or, you’re on the other end, racing to join a pursuit in progress, or even better, taking on the racers yourself in frenzied paint-trading that recalls the best of what Burnout has to offer.

Add to this the innovative Autowall, which tracks your achievements against other racers and lets you immediately drop into contested challenges, and you have not just the best racing game of the year, but perhaps the best of the current generation  

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Posted by Zsciaeount

10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit



 

Need for Speed: Most Wanted was, for me, the highlight of the Xbox 360 launch, sporting a surprisingly deep customization system and high-tension police pursuits, wrapped in a stunning presentation, bursting at the seams with slick visuals that still hold up well today.   Add to that the perversely engaging high-camp cutscenes, and you have the makings of a modern classic.  

The next few years were not kind to the series, with a number of missteps into niche gameplay that nearly derailed the series.   Last year’s Shift was a surprising but enjoyable step into detailed simulation, but it still wasn’t enough to buoy the flagging franchise.

EA was wise to hand the franchise over to the folks at Criterion, famous for the high-adrenaline Burnout series, and they have risen to the occasion, infusing the series with a long-lost sense of over-the-top arcade racing action that harkens back to the series’ golden years.

Exotic Cars and Stunning Visuals Abound

While lacking any semblance of a storyline, NFS: HP throws you right into a series of challenging race and pursuit scenarios, pitting you as either a street racer or a cop, outfitted with the latest in racing technology.   Events have you outrunning cops while deploying traps and EMPs like a classic cart racer.   Or, you’re on the other end, racing to join a pursuit in progress, or even better, taking on the racers yourself in frenzied paint-trading that recalls the best of what Burnout has to offer.

Add to this the innovative Autowall, which tracks your achievements against other racers and lets you immediately drop into contested challenges, and you have not just the best racing game of the year, but perhaps the best of the current generation  

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

It made my top 10 of 2010 list as well, what an experience! Totally revitalized the Need for Speed brand, and it's the kind of breakneck racing experience I've been searching for since the days of Most Wanted.