The Best of 2010

Jan 2, 2011

2010 was another great year in the video games industry. Matt, Josh and I had two heated debates over the following awards, but we do believe we have a good summary that represents the best of 2010. We want you to walk away from this thinking the GOTY is the one game you have to play overall, and per platform. Feel free to post your personal favorites in the comments section. Enjoy!

Game of the year: Red Dead Redemption

This one was unanimous. We all dove head first into John Marston’s world and walked away with a variety of positive opinions. This was easily the GOTY and we can’t wait for the inevitable sequel.

Platform GOTY Awards

360: Halo: Reach – Why is this important? Because after 10 years of Halo, the boys still know how to get it done. While Alan Wake put up a strong fight, it wasn’t enough to dethrone Microsoft’s FPS champ.

PS3: God of War 3 – The epic conclusion to Sony’s must-play series continued its pacing and straight-forward combat mechanics, while adjusting the series to the current-generation of gaming. No series had larger shoes to fill, and still GOW 3 found a way.

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Wii: Mario Galaxy 2 – Iteration after iteration, and Nintendo still has the same old formula. MG 2 is not only the best game for the Wii in 2010, but arguably the best game on the Wii, period. This year’s runner up: Goldeneye 007. We had to give this game recognition as they had a huge fanbase to answer to. You won’t go wrong if you’re an old-school Godleneye 64 fan.

PC: Starcraft 2 – Well, why not? Blizzard took Starcraft to the next level and didn’t disappoint. While their big game earned a substantial add-on (World of Warcraft), nothing is year could compare to the excellent precision of Starcraft 2. I do want to mention Metro 2033 as another outstanding title this year. If you aren’t into the RTS genre, head over to Steam and grab Metro. It’s great.

Mobile: Infinity Blade – We had our biggest debate over this category. In the end, we felt that for the price you wont find better quality. Not only is this our vote for best portable game, it’s also an example of what is to come in 2011 for the iOS platform. Infinity Blade turned your iPhone into a fun, deep portable gaming platform and none of us saw it coming. Runner up this year is God of War: Ghost of Sparta. We continue to be amazed at what is possible on the PSP. And this title shows us that the platform still has life and can also lead when it comes to what we all expect out of portable gaming: taking a great, existing franchise in the road, and not losing gameplay.

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Here’s to 2011!

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2 Comments

  1. Mario Galaxy 2, Goldeneye, Kirby, and Donkey Kong. How do you guys think the Wii lineup last year stood up to the PS3 with God of War, Gran Turismo 5, etc?

  2. Hey Cameron,

    The Wii had a great year from the financial perspective. Yes, a handful of solid games were released which appealed to the system’s core audience. From my perspective, the 360 and PS3 had better years because they offered more to me. And in terms of moving the industry forward, there were more notable titles from those consoles rather than the Wii. One tng Nintendo is second to none at, it’s making money. Even during the heyday of the PS2, the Gamecube was providing more revenue. The same holds true today. Nintendo understands how to market their products and they know to stagger the release of core games.

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