Top 10 Games of the Year - 2010
1) 007 Blood Stone
If you're playing this game as just another cover shooter you're playing it wrong. The best feature of the game is the melee attacks: you can take down any enemy with a single button press. I always like effective melee attacks in shooters and this is the absolute best implementation. When this is combined with the sprinting and focus shots (which you earn with melee) the game becomes a very active and fast-paced shooter, bested only by Uncharted. If you spend the game hiding behind cover you may die less but you won't have much fun either.
2) Rock Band 3
I don't really have a lot to say about this one. I continue to be a big fan of the Rock Band games. With each iteration the mechanics are slightly improved and the set list gets worse. I didn't really care much for the keyboard but that has more to do with the instrument than the game. Regardless since each Rock Band game can import almost all the songs of the previous titles Rock Band 3 is the best one by default.
2) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction
A big change from previous games, which may or may not be a good thing. This game is much faster paced and has much more fluid animation than the previous games. I try to play the game as stealthily as I can, but it often isn't really made for it. I still had great fun with this game and have beaten it 3 times so far. It has great level design and great atmosphere and those have always been some of the most important things for the series.
8) Alan Wake
Check out my review here: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/blog.php?b=16074
3) Red Dead Redemption
Not as good as I expected, but still quite good. The game has too many slow-paced missions with too much slowly riding from one place to another with company. But the similarities to Grand Theft Auto IV (one of my absolute favorite games) make the game very fun. The atmosphere is typical Rockstar which is very good, and the shooting engine from GTA4 returns, it's a bit downgraded because you can't zoom in and there are no automatic weapons but it still remains one of the best shooting engines.
6) Super Mario Galaxy 2
Very similar to Super Mario Galaxy but much better level design. While too much of Super Mario Galaxy relied on the gravity gimmick (which I never cared for), Galaxy 2 returns to form and just delivers great 3D platforming. I don't think the game is quite as good as Super Mario 64, but easily trumps Galaxy and Sunshine.
5) Donkey Kong Country Returns
This almost captures the greatness of the original trilogy (which I have played recently, I'm not relying on nostalgia). The controls are worse due to having to shake the wiimote to roll, some of the new gimmicks are a pain in the ass, and the co-op is horrible and needlessly difficult, but the level design is almost as good as the original. I'm glad to finally see a return of 2D platformers, this and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are the only great 2D platformers since the Super Nintendo and I just hope there are more to come.
10) Mass Effect 2
I don't play a lot of RPGs, but Mass Effect 2 is the best western RPG there is. The game plays similarly to the first one but with a vastly improved shooting engine that still can't compete with Uncharted, GTA4, or Gears of War. Excellent dialogue and characters.
9) Heavy Rain
Great story, excellent atmosphere, and fantastic graphics. I've been a fan of adventure games since the early 90s and there just haven't been many lately. This is certainly the best serious adventure game I've played and the story, while a tad predictable, will keep you hooked. Unfortunately trophies have ruined the replay value. I feel like I want to get the ones that require multiple specific choices throughout the game so I have to focus on specific actions while playing... it takes away from both choice and narrative.
10) Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
If you liked Sands of Time and Two Thrones, you'll like this. Apparently every other Prince of Persia game will be a rehash of Sands of Time. The atmosphere is pretty much just like Sands of Time and Two Thrones and the level designs pretty much the same too. The combat has gotten worse, dealing with hordes of enemies now, but I never played any of these games for the combat anyway. The platforming is improved due to being faster and more fluid.
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Updated 12-07-2012 at 11:28 PM by PenguinMaster
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