Best of 2010

Marino: Best of 2010

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  • Far and away the winner as far as I'm concerned. Never before have I felt so attached to certain characters and scared to death that someone could possibly die based on my own decisions. I've completed it twice so far. Once while I was laid up after having jaw surgery. And seeing the trailer for ME3, it just makes me want to go through ME2 a third time.

  • Hey! This game has a robust single player campaign. I love AC. Yes, even the first one. The tweaks they made here were great and the utilization of your guild of assassins simply never stops being awesome.

  • I had no intention of even buying this, honestly. I completely ignored the Rockstar booth at PAX East. But as the release approached, I kept reading more and more about it. And that led to spending dozens of hours wandering aimlessly around New Austin. Well done, Rockstar Games. You got me.

  • Nearing perfection thanks to the refinements that have been made over RB2. The addition of "Pro" modes have added a new layer of difficulty and realism to the game. Passing a difficult song on Expert Pro drums never stops being satisfying. And the keys are a refreshing new challenge.

  • Okay, look. I've never played Civ before. I have no idea why. But after Ryan's review and playing the demo on Steam, I just had to pick it up. Suddenly the end of September and most of October were dominated by world domination.

  • The first time I heard about MNC was during the Gabe & Tycho Q&A session at PAX East. So we went and checked it out during the show and were immediately were hooked. You can't go wrong with bacon.

  • I hadn't played 2K since 2K5, but with the focus on Jordan's greatest moments, I had to give it a shot. This might be the best sports game ever made, not just best in basketball. Much like MLB The Show, I end up spending most of my time in the My Player mode where you play only one guy through a career. The way the game automatically integrates the real world NBA into the game is amazing. Just hopping into an "NBA Today" game is a great quick fix.

  • Still pure, raw fun like the first game. More Galaxy certainly isn't a bad thing, but I couldn't rank it higher on my list because it's basically more of what we played two years ago. Still amazing fun though.

  • No one does character animation like Ninja Theory. After Heavenly Sword and now this, I'm actually interested in the new DMC. And I've never cared about DMC at all. Enslaved isn't the greatest game ever or anything, but it should definitely be played by more people. The characters really carry the game, and you can't say that too often.

  • Visually stunning and an almost non-stop ride from beginning to end. The first game set the standard of immediately having a boss battle at the beginning of the game, but GoW3 took it about 20 levels higher with the opening battle with Poseidon.