Best of 2010
papercut: Best of 2010
papercut: Best of 2010
The #1 spot for me has to go to the sequel of one of my favorite games of all time, Mass Effect 2. It wasn't easy deciding between this Meat Boy and RDR but when it comes down to it, This game has the greatest video game world I have ever experienced. The characters are unmatched, the level of detail is astonishing, the gameplay was improved in every way to fit how i wanted to play the game, and Bioware's story telling is so good that I made 3 different Shepards and got all the DLC just so I could squeeze every last drop of entertainment out of it. It says something that Lair of the Shadow Broker was more anticipated for me than some games that came out this year. So there is no other way any other game could be my game of the year.
No game affected me this year quite like Super Meat Boy. This game either had to be way atop my to ten list or not on it at all in a ditch somewhere on fire with hobos peeing the fire out over time. This game hates you, but you can't help but love it. It's beautiful, fast, tight, addictive, hilarious and the worst thing that ever happened to me. I thought I got over my self-hate gaming after I beat N on the PC, but I was wrong. It can't properly be explained why I love this game, but if I spent 8 hours just getting the Kid, this game has to be doing something right.
GTA4 was my game of 2008 and when I heard that they were bringing back Red Dead in the GTA4 engine, I has stoked, and Rockstar didn't disappoint. The atmosphere in the game was executed so well, that just living my life as John Marston, playing liars dice, hunting and skinning, and just exploring the amazing landscape was a viable way to play that game. And when you are bored of that, the main story line and strangers are some of Rockstars finest. All this kept me coming back until the games fucking amazing late title card.
It's amazing how much I didn't give a shit about this game. It wasn't until Ryan's Quick Look that I realized "hey this game has a important single player for the AC universe, I guess I should pick it up..." It was like it was a required reading just so I wouldn't be lost when AC3 eventually comes out, but Oh My God is this game good. It further refined the AC2 gameplay and added such instant classics as whistle-to-kill-guy. On top of that, The multiplayer was amazing to me. I didn't even play anything else online this year, and I'll probably keep with it into the new year.
A lot of people harped GOW3 for being more of the same, but for me it had been so long since 2 that It was still wildly entertaining and one of the best looking games on the PS3 this year. On top of that the battles with the Titans were some of the most impressive things I've seen this year. Despite a lack luster ending and a couple of moments where I wanted to smash my controller on the ground, this game had me hooked and made me beat it in a day.
I had played bits and pieces of the previous Skate games, but this is the be all end all of skateboarding games. The controls were prefect and the Own It vs. Kill it challenges from Skate 2 had been improved to make me madly flipping my right stick around for days. I do think that the world seems more closed off than in previous games, and that the new camera guy is a punk, but hey did you see that intro video? CRAZY.
Going to an art school has made me kind of hate art in general. It's kinda like how the last thing a chef wants to do when they get home is cook. Which is why I am shocked by how much I liked this game. By now everything has been said about this game. It's pretty, great atmosphere etc. but the kicker for me was that at no point did this game feel like a rip off to me. A lot of people feel the 15 dollar price point was too steep for such a short game, but I feel that the amount of investment it draws out of players who really love the game makes good on every penny, or what ever your smallest measurement of currency is. Like a pents or something? I dunno, forgive me, I'm American.
I loved the first Trauma Center game on the DS... until the aliens showed up. So thats why this game is on my list manly. It's a Trauma Center game that focuses on more realistic illness and disease. The new practices were also a load of fun for the most part and added a little more variety. The story was interesting, the characters are ridiculous in a way I can get behind, The Co-Op surgeries are a must experience...experience, and also Nolan North.
I may of not loved Bayonetta as much as some of you out there, but I get it. I got this game pretty late in the year and didn't get to finish it, but from what I've played I know I'll be putting more time in come 2011. Everything about this game from the gameplay to the cut scenes are insane in a good way. This game is the Japanese game for the Western audience. It makes me want to see a sequel and I wanna keep mashing those buttons to see more, uh, awesome finishes. Yeah.
Heavy Rain was a great game. It was a milestone for story telling in games, and after staying up for six hours to finish it with my dorm mate at the time, I had a lot of good memories and things to converse about with other players. It's too bad that this euphoria only lasted for about a week, and then it turned into "WHAT THE FUCKS UP WITH THE BLACK OUTS" and "HOW DOES MADISON KNOW JADEN" and "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH?" Still, I had a ton of fun and it deserves a mention for what it does right.
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