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Game of the Year 2010: Jeff's Top 10

Journey joyously with Jeff through his jaunty list of enjoyables.

Discover the best and worst games of the year with your friends from Giant Bomb.

Dec. 31 2010

Posted by: Drew

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Finally got that damn quest!

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 Given Jeff's love for Picross 3d, I'm surprised it didn't make it onto the list.

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great choices
what no Red Dead Jeff?  heh

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good on ye cowburn ... it's the hardest thing anyone will ever do. 

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Does Jeff have some kind of beef with Brad? I can't listen to the deliberation podcasts because they are constantly barking at each other.

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no surprises in this one.

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@zombie2011 said:
" no surprises in this one. "
Some of the placement is a little surprising but I mostly agree.
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Edited By Mikewrestler5

Vinny's list is still the best one so far.

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Edited By fastkilr

Good list, well thought out. Might have sold me on Darksiders. Need to look into that a bit. I'm not totally sure I want a "dark Zelda" (I liked the earlier, light-hearted ones best) but I could see that being a good premise for a game.
 
Thanks for all the Holiday content, GB.

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I am surprised that Super Street Fighter IV didn't place.

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@fastkilr said:
" Good list, well thought out. Might have sold me on Darksiders. Need to look into that a bit. I'm not totally sure I want a "dark Zelda" (I liked the earlier, light-hearted ones best) but I could see that being a good premise for a game. Thanks for all the Holiday content, GB. "
To be fair, simply calling Darksiders a dark Zelda is selling is incredibly short. The game combines elements from God of War, Devil May Cry, Zelda, and even Portal to create it's own original game.
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@dsd21 said:
" Does Jeff have some kind of beef with Brad? I can't listen to the deliberation podcasts because they are constantly barking at each other. "
And that's why it's so great about these things, they aren't going to have the same opinion about games all the time.
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Edited By lemon360

Nice list. 

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Edited By Ravenousrattler

another 2 outta 10, its very clear now that mass effect 2 will get goty, and will be the shortest deliberation ever.

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*slow clap*

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guess he really never like red dead at all.  i can see not being number 1.  but not even in the top ten? wow

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Don't know why but having Black Ops in this list feels unGerstman like.

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Glad Darksiders isn't being completely overlooked 

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Edited By MeatSim

No surprise that Mass Effect 2 is number 1 on Jeff's list.

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Edited By pweidman

What no vvvvvvvv, or whatever? I thought Jeff was in love w/that game. And no fighting game...hhmmmm...still love his comments on ME2.
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Jeff, you have good taste in games.

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Some great picks Jeff!

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Edited By Mezmero  Online

Somewhat surprised that you didn't pick Super Street Fighter IV on this list but I think I understand why.  It may not have raised the bar of its amazing predecessor it took up most of my time this year.  Great list with a lot of stuff reflecting my personal favorites this year.  There's no slowing down giantbomb now.  Keep doing what you do to make this website great.

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@Branthog:  Unfortunately it will always be this way, people love animosity and take full advantage of it. I would say find a good group of friends that play and pretty much play exclusively with them and it will be much more enjoyable. Usually if you have a like four friends you can always either gang up on the racist little kid, sometimes fun, or if everyone mutes him he'll quit in the next round.   
I have yet to play black ops but It is my experience that latter in a games life it gets a lot better, which yes defeats the purpose of getting it on day one but i'd say just jump back in in a month and maybe things would have simmered down and then you get to enjoy what is a good game.
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Thank you, Mr Gerstmann.  You are one of the few bright sparks in this year's otherwise depressing Giantbomb's GOTY coverage.  While other people on this website feel the need to trash talk a certain game that they had previously given 5 stars to, you can cut through the BS and tell it like it is.  
 
Have a happy new year, Duder.

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Edited By ch3burashka

Solid list, solid delivery. I'm a bit disappointed in the overall structure of the videos, that there is no special intro to the #1 game.

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The fact that something like darksiders is called "mature" is just so incredibly fucking sad. Please grow up, videogames.

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Meh Effect 2.

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Edited By Claude

Nice list, Mass Effect 2 was my favorite game too. I liked it so much I played it on my 360 and PC.

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I approve

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@Branthog: You can turn off voice.
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@Meowayne said:
" The fact that something like darksiders is called "mature" is just so incredibly fucking sad. Please grow up, videogames. "
Mature as in rated M, not mature as in deep and complex.  Everyone knows what it means in the context.  The fact that people still want to play this game of semantics is rather dumb.
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The number one is pretty obvious 2010, nothing has beaten mass effect 2 and isn´t even close this year and I think the only one that can beat it next year is the sequel mass effect 3, gears of war 3 or perhaps uncharted 3. One of these three will win next year if none of them flops, and I don´t think anyone of them will. Only time will tell which one it´s going to be.

Mark my words lads!    

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No RDR?! AHHH

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@DrLove said:
" guess he really never like red dead at all.  i can see not being number 1.  but not even in the top ten? wow "
Game was mad boring to me!
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VANQUISH ????
CASTLEVANIA:LORDS OF SHADOW ??

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Man, I really need to play Bayonetta with all this praise. 
That, Enslaved, and Darksiders are the trifecta of games I'm most disappointed in missing this year. 
And all these lists have been great.  Although there are a few repeats here and there, it's good that there's such a breadth of different games on everybody's lists.

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WOW!  No VVVVVV?  I'm kinda shocked by that. 
 
That said, I can't argue with the list...aside from the fact that I never played DJ Hero 2.  If it's like the first game but better, then I can totally understand. 
 
@Branthog: The game barely got advertised until about two weeks before its release.

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Very good list. 
 
But where is vvvvvv? 
 
Oh, and Happy New Year!
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I'm pretty surprised that Picross 3D isn't anywhere on this list.

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considering how much these guys say that the rythm genre is OVER they dont alf like them

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Well done, Jeff.  Mass Effect 2 is indeed the game of the year. 
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I'd take Reach before Black Ops, and would give Cataclysm a mention.

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No surprises? Meh, I'm surprised that SSFIV nor Picross 3D made Jeff's list.

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Can't take this list serious without Red Dead on it.

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Nice!  Darksiders gettin' even more love from GB!  If there was an award for most underrated game of 2010, Darksiders would go unchallenged.  

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A lot of stupid: "No Red Dead? raaaahhh!!!" comments, obviously he never finished or cared for it. stop asking.
 
A real concern is why Picross 3D and SSFIV did not place, but the #1 spot was too predictable...
 
Ryan and Vinny have the coolest lists, with Ryan blowing my mind!

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Edited By asdfghasdf

Good list, though the exclusion of SSF4 was a little surprising. Glad I'm not the only one who didn't rate RDR highly.