Best of 2010

So here it is, my best of 2010 list, naturally constricted to just the game's I've played throughtout the year.
 
NOTES:

  • For an explanation on why Amnesia: the Dark Descent is my GOTY, please refer to this little review I wrote about it, right... here.

List items

  • This was, without a doubt, the most immersive and unparalleled gaming experience I've EVER had!

    If that doesn't make Amnesia GOTY material, then I don't know what would.

  • I don't care if people call it the "Dark Zelda". This is an awesome game with clever puzzles and engaging combat-- Darksiders is definitely worthy of a podium position.

  • The story is a lot worse than the one found on first ME game, but lets face it, it would be very hard to top the epicness of the franchise's previous chapter. On the other hand, everything else is probably better and the characters are top notch.

  • The best gaming surprise I've had this year-- this game finally made me "love" Lara Croft's platforming adventures. Just throw in some looting and some RPG elements into an hypothetical sequel and I'll faint with joy, lol.

  • A lot of people complain about the game's gunplay, but this is a stealth RPG, not a shooter-- also, everything is stats derived, aiming included.

    Besides, the solid narrative, the amazing dialogue system, the relevance of your decisions throughout the game and the great ensemble of characters greatly make up for any of the downsides, making this one of the most underrated games I've ever played!

  • I'll admit it, I hadn't played any of the previous Civs, but Ryan's quick look made me give it a go. I tried the demo and bought the game 2 days later. I'm not at all a fan of strategy games, but this is freaking addictive!

  • I'm a huge fan of the STALKER series-- these immersive and atmospheric first person role playing games always get under my skin and this one was no exception. Also, this is the most stable of the 3.

  • The Mojave Wasteland isn't anywhere near as interesting as the Capital Wasteland, but it was still captivating enough for me to spend over 40h exploring it. Mandatory for any RPG fan.

  • Great and lush destructive environments allied to some really cool characters and great dialogue make this the best pure FPS of the year.