Could 2010 be the best year for videogames ever? Back in June I found myself wondering that, I'd never seen a year front loaded with such amazing games. I hoped that the rest of the year would continue to deliver such strong titles. Despite a few notable disappointments like Epic Mickey (damn camera), Donkey Kong Country Returns (damn waggle) and Heavy Rain (damn X for Jason) 2010 delivered such a plethora of high quality titles I believe it could be the best year for games ever. I had a hard time narrowing this list down to 10 but I decided to go with the games I simply had the most fun playing. I invite you to read my list and share your thoughts.
1. Red Dead Redemption
There was a moment, hours into my playthrough of Red Dead Redemption where I was using the Dead-Eye targeting system to take out some enemies and I accidently targeted my own horse. I watched in horror as the yellow faded from the screen and I unloaded multiple bullets into my steed and he went down to the ground. I stood there, shocked, mourning over the corpse of the horse I had spent hours exploring the beautiful world with and I realized this was a moment that trancended games. I had become attached to a digital horse that was essentially transportation, the same thing as a car you'd drive in GTA. I hadn't even realized how much I cared for this horse until I had killed it. I actually had to stop playing for a while out of respect. This seems ridiculous but that's how amazing Red Dead Redemption is. It is by far the most convincing open-world game ever made. The citizens actually feel like they inhabit this world, whether you are there or not. Months later when I was playing the excellent Undead Nightmare expansion I had a moment where I was trying to rescue a woman from zombies but accidentally shot her in the foot. As the zombies surrounded her I jumped onto my horse and rode to safety but felt a twinge of guilt for letting her die rather than risk my own life and waste bullets trying to stop the zombie horde. I don't know what else to say about this game other than it is a masterpiece that everyone who loves videogames should play.
So there's my list of favorite games of the year. Is 2010 really the best year for games ever? It's hard to say. As much as I love these games, they'll never compare to the hours I put into Super Mario 3 as a kid or all the college classes I skipped to play Ocarina of Time. Objectively, though, 2010 had a ton of great games and something for everyone. 2011 has a lot to live up to but I can't wait. In the meantime, I'll be splattering fools in Halo: Reach
Runners Up: Kirby's Epic Yarn, Goldeneye, God of War 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Just Cause 2, Pinball FX 2
Best Downloadable Content: Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption (it completely changes the combat of the game and gives the environment a new eerie feel), The Shadow Broker for Mass Effect 2 (a fun mission that hints at what we can expect from Mass Effect 3 if they fix the wonky hover car controls), The Writer for Alan Wake (loved the surreal level design but the combat is getting stale)
Most Anticipated 2011 games: Uncharted 3, Bulletstorm, Rage, Gears of War 3. So sue me, I love shooters.
Please leave your thoughts on my list and what your favorites of the year are!
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