Gaming Nexus - Our favorite games of 2010


posted 1/17/2011 by Charles Husemann
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Bayonetta - Sega and Platinum Games’ Bayonetta was the game to kick off the action game surge of 2010. The year was filled with action games galore including God of War 3, Darksiders, and Dante;s Inferno... but none of them impressed me as much as Bayonetta. While God of War 3 may have won out in the Best Action Game category when the dust settled, Bayonetta came from no where and was a game that I had little expectations for... what I got was a fast paced, over the top masterpiece. The title is especially cheap now days and can often be found in the range of $15-$20 new... do yourself a favor and check it out.

Metro 2033 - Talk about a game that came out of nowhere, 4A’s Metro 2033 still stands as the year’s best sci-fi shooter in my book. The Xbox 360 / PC exclusive delivered an atmosphere like no other and told told a story just as original and gripping. I reviewed the game back in the Spring and absolutely fell in love with Dmitry Glukhovsky’s post-apocalyptic Russian world. If you want to pick this one up for cheap, keep an eye on Steam as it is likely to be included in the Christmas sales at the end of the month; they have included it in a couple of sales throughout the year for insanely low prices.

Transformers: War for Cybertron - I am beginning the see a theme here: games that surprised the heck out of me. On the surface, I thought War for Cybertron was just going to be another horricble cash-in on the classic franchise... what was actually there was simply the best Transformers game to date, and one of my top games of the year. The game features a fast-paced campaign which is playable from either an Autobot or Decepticon point of view as well as deep and addicting multiplayer options in both cooperative and competitive flavors. If you act now, Gamefly is selling the game for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a mere $12.99, but who knows how long that will last...

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Who says that the beat’em up genre is dead? Ubisoft sure didn’t think so with their downloadable title based on the film and comic series of the same name. The title may have thrown a lot of people off with its chiptune soundtrack and 8-bit graphics, but the game itself was a ton of fun and provided a fast paced, and expansive action experience. I only wish more companies would release games in the beat’em up genre and bring back the good old days of the arcades. I still play this game religiously to this day...

Angry Birds - Don’t laugh... I too have caught the Angry Birds virus. Rovio’s insanely addictive puzzler is now available for both the iOs and Android platforms. Especially when it comes to the Android version, you won’t find a better game for the price. While most free games, or dollar values on the iOs, would be happy with giving you just a brief experience, Rovio has continued to support the Angry Birds with additional content to this day, bringing the total amount of available levels / puzzles into the hundreds. There is simply no reason NOT to own this game...

Charles Husemann
Singularity - I know a lot of people didn’t play the game (or even hear about it - nice work Activision marketing and PR) but this was one of the most interesting FPS games of 2010. Not only did the game have a well written plot and solid action but it had three very cool (and very different) endings.

Battlefield:Bad Company 2 - I’ve poured well over 50 hours into this game and that’s just the mutliplayer portion of the game. Sure, the single player campaign in the game isn’t as good as the original game but the multiplayer side of the house is damn near shooter perfection.

BioShock 2 - I know I’m in the minority of people who liked this sequel more than the original but like I said in my review the game peaked at the end rather than at the start of the game. Sure it didn’t have the cool twist in the middle like the original but the game felt like it had a bit more heart.

Limbo - What’s notable about Limbo isn’t how the game played (as we’ve seen some of the puzzles before) but rather how the game made you feel as you played it. The game’s never ending sense of dread and doom was created via a minimalist art style and near perfect audio palette. Sure the ending didn’t resolve anything but Limbo was one of the more unique games of the year.

Angry Birds - I’m not overly proud that there’s a casual game on my list of best games but Angry Birds became was the game I played while waiting in line, going down the elevator, and while … doing other things. The game was easy to get into and tough to master and I was especially fond of the Advent Style Angry Birds Seasons which had me playing the game before going to work every day.
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