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Best Video Game Awards 2010

Best Video Game of 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Fallout: New Vegas, GOTY, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Heavy Rain | Mass Effect 2 | Red Dead Redemption

Best Video Game of 2010

This was a close one. To be honest any of the games below could have taken the award and we would have been pretty happy. As it was it came down to a single vote. We've been blessed in the past twelve months to have seen a marked rise in the calibre of the games released, something that we're yet to fully adjust to as critics. we've delighted in a swathe of technically brilliant games, executed impeccably and delivered with thunderclaps of publicity and huge amounts of polish as you can see below. Perhaps looking forward into 2011 we should take that as a benchmark standard and aspire to higher heights of inventiveness and innovation, the blockbusters of 2010 have certainly made that an exciting possibility.

In the meantime, though, let's look back on some of the brightest stars of 2010.

Get your vote on below...and if there's a game you loved that didn't make it here, LET US KNOW ABOUT IT!


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The Worst Games Of 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Dead or Alive: Paradise, Features, Final Fantasy XIV, Iron Man 2, Prison Break, Pure Football, Truth Or Lies, Worst Game 2010

The Worst Games Of 2010

We're currently considering a monthly little segment video where we hold a vote each month to decide on 'One Of The Worst Games Of All Time' to strap to a firework and blow into thousands of pieces. Whilst 2010 was a year filled with some cracking games, it wasn't without a few candidates for terminal explosion. From pointless party games to creepy voyeurism, there were some games out there to avoid like the plague this year.

Get your vote on below...and we'd love to hear about your nightmare titles of 2010!


Click here to see our vote for worst game of 2010....

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Driving

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Driving games, F1 2010, Features, Gran Turismo 5, ModNation Racers, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Split/Second
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Gran Turismo 5

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Driving

2010 was a year of returns for the driving genre...F1, Need For Speed, and of course Gran Turismo. But there were a number of new acolytes hoping to shake things up a bit too. From arcade motoring to hardcore racing sims, the year had petrolheads of all kinds pretty much covered.


Click here to see who we voted for in the Driving category...

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Sports

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Features, FIFA 11, Football Manager 2011, NBA 2K11, NBA Jam, NHL 11, PES 2011, Sports Champions, Sports Games
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FIFA 11

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Sports

There's often not much to choose between sports titles, such is the annual nature of the genre, but there were a few surprises in 2010 to be found. First of all, the fight between PES and FIFA proved to be much closer than that in 2008 and 2009, with Konami implementing some brilliant new features and EA reminding everyone that football is a contact sport. It's difficult to mention sports games in the past twelve months too without acknowledging motion control. Both PS Move and Kinect enjoyed popular sports collections upon release, putting a slightly new spin on things and creating new possibilities for the fitness game niche in the process.


Click here to check out who we voted for...

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Action/Adventure

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Bayonetta, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Games articles, God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, Splinter Cell Conviction
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Heavy Rain | Red Dead Redemption

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Action/Adventure

Even if it hasn't necessarily been a groundbreaking, goalpost-moving year for video gaming, the list below is enough to make any joystick fiend quiver and salivate with delight. I'm drooling as I type. The past twelve months have seen some truly phenomenal releases. There've been some happy returns returns, from Ezio to Kratos, and some new faces too such as the grizzled John Marston and the flamboyant Bayonetta. We've seen some outstanding open, expansive worlds and locales, and also been treated to taut and focused action. Again, a tough assortment to choose from, and one that was hotly contested and debated.


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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | RPG

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Dragon Quest IX, Fallout: New Vegas, GOTY, Infinite Space, Mass Effect 2, Pokémon, RPGs
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Mass Effect 2

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | RPG

RPG fans had it good this year with strong showings from Bioware and Obsidian. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep reminded us that the PSP still existed, the Pokemon franchise returned with a reboot that once again stole untold hours of our time with compulsive critter-catching, not to mention significant amounts of XP-earning walking, and the DS consolidated things with the brilliantly complex Infinite Space and Dragon Quest IX.


Check out our shortlist and winner of the RPG award after the jump...

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Platform/Puzzle

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Features, Flight Control HD, Limbo, Sonic Colours, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Meat Boy, Super Scribblenauts

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Platform/Puzzle

God it was a good year to be a platforming fan. Sonic made a stellar return, Mario...well...was Mario, Donkey Kong came back to please the retro fans and then, of course, you had smaller but equally potent titles like Super Meat Boy rivalling the big boys for sheer addictiveness. Every single game on our shortlist in this category proved to be absolutely fantastic fun....or, as a number of them were titled, absolutely 'super'.


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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Music/Rhythm

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Dance Central, Def Jam Rapstar, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Just Dance 2, Music games, Rhythm games, Rock Band 3, We Sing Encore

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Music/Rhythm

Sales suggest that the music/rhythm genre has been dying a slow and painful death over the past year or so, but that didn't stop 2010 from producing some of the finest exponents of the genre yet. Activision released arguably the best Guitar Hero since GH3, Rock Band 3 broke down the wall between gaming and being that guy at the party, and Def Jam Rapstar finally proved that it was possible to do hip-hop oriented karaoke without being a wild inaccurate pile of rubbish.

And then there was the dancing. You can refresh yourselves with one of the videos after the jump. I fear they'll be burned into my memory (and YouTube) for many many years to come.


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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Flight Control HD, Joe Danger, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Limbo, Privates, Super Meat Boy

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

The debate is still raging as to whether or not 2010 was an outstanding year for mainstream titles, with some pointing to a lack of originality in the year's roster, but such accusations can hardly be levelled at the indie crowd or indeed the arcade marketplaces, which were stuffed with outstanding games of all shapes and sizes. Jon's already given us the lowdown on his finest XBLIG titles of 2010 and rustled up five of the best that slipped under the radar, and this category pays recognition to the fact that some of the year's finest gaming experiences could be had for only a couple of quid (or free in the case of Privates). We managed to whittle down a shortlist which you can see after the jump, but for this one we've opened it up a little bit for the public vote. Smaller games sometimes don't get the recognition they deserve, so if there's a title you want to shout about that's not on the list...stick it there yourself!


Click here to vote for your favourite marketplace game of 2010 and see who topped our list!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Multiplayer

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo Reach, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, MAG
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Call of Duty: Black Ops | Halo: Reach

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Multiplayer

Let's be clear. we don't necessarily mean dedicated multiplayer games here, but rather the game that offered the best multiplayer experience this year. Unsurprisingly, a good number of nominees came from the FPS side of the room, though it should be noted that Red Dead Redemption and Kane and Lynch 2 came close to making the shortlist. Business as usual for Bungie and Activision, though Ubisoft threw us a curve ball by introducing multiplayer into Assassin's Creed....and making it awesome. Vote for your favourite below...


Click here to see our own shortlist and best multiplayer game of 2010...

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Civilization V, Napoleon: Total War, R.U.S.E, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Strategy games, Supreme Commander 2, Toy Soldiers

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Sometimes it can be good to take time out from being a lowly foot soldier and you know, pull the strings of grand virtual warfare like the sadistic puppet masters we really are. MWAHAHAHAH....ahem....or just pit one's tactical nous against that of others. It's been a relatively good year for strategy fans with releases from Creative Assembly, Blizzard, Firaxis and Square keeping tacticians on their toes. Lots of old favourites returned, and there were one or two newbies on the block to really shout about as you'll see below...

NB. Hit the thumbnail for price comps and the title for our full reviews where applicable.

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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Civilization V

Sid Meier and co. returned with another slice of Civ action this year, having streamlined an simplified things to make the game more user friendly, without dumbing it down. The result? Strategic awesomeness that everyone could enjoy!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Napoleon: Total War

Creative Assembly kicked off the year with another historical tour de force, bringing their Total War series to bear against the Napoleonic Wars. Boasting improved physics, better naval battles and the chance to get one's Hornblower on, NTW was yet another cracking addition to the Total War roster.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

R.U.S.E.

Allowing you to wave your arms and literally conduct a theatre of war, R.U.S.E. proved to be a very capable RTS, well worthy of standing alongside the old stalwarts that made their return this year. Superlative on the touch screen PCs for which it was made, but if you bought it on the X360 you were an idiot.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Well this one needs no real introduction. Finally, the follow-up to Blizzard's RTS-extravaganza arrived in 2010. With its improved narrative structure, honed RTS gameplay and fantastic matchmaking mechanics, it was certainly worth the wait, even if LAN had been removed.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Supreme Commander II

SC2 is an example of a game that, much like a fine wine, got better with age. Though perhaps a little too simple - though very well worked for console release - tweaks and updates honed the experience into a truly fantastic game. Plus who didn't get a kick out of seeing an enormous robot dinosaur stomping its way across the battlefield and handling sh*t.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Strategy Games

Toy Soliders

A bunch of us here at the Dealspwn office simply fell in love with Toy Soldiers this year, a little action-strategy game that really stood up to the big boys and showed you didn't need all of themoney in the world to create an engrossing, tactical experience. Breathing fresh life into the defence genre with its interactive diorama and hands-on aspects, Toy Soldiers was the little game that could. And it really did.

Click here to vote for your strategy game of 2010 and see who topped our list!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops, FPS games, Goldeneye 007, Halo Reach, Medal Of Honor, Metro 2033, Singularity
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Call of Duty: Black Ops | Halo: Reach | Singularity

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Once again we've been rather spoiled for choice when it's come to FPS titles this year. EA kicked things off with a slightly belated attempted at stealing away Modern Warfare 2's crown with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and most months of the year saw at least one cracking shooter find its way onto the shelves. This was the year of Bungie's Halo swansong, the year that Treyarch stepped out of Infinity Ward's shadow, the year that saw the Medal of Honor and GoldenEye franchises return too. We had a hard time narrowing down our shortlist - and we've expanded the list slightly for your votes - but really when it came down to it, this one was decided after the first couple of rounds of voting.

NB. Hit the thumbnail for price comps and the title for our full reviews where applicable.

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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Busting out with Frostbite 2.0 and offering a more team-oriented experience than some of the other shooters this year, it was arguably BBC2, more than Medal of Honor, that really challenged Call of Duty's dominance in 2010.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Bioshock 2

Perhaps not quite and groundbreaking and spellbinding as its progenitor, Bioshock 2 was nevertheless a much better FPS, with some fantastic action and a multiplayer that proved more than a mere afterthought.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Call of Duty: Black Ops

After the onset of the Infinity Ward soap opera, all eyes were on underdogs Treyarch to produce something magnificent. Black Ops was certainly that - making tonnes of noise, refusing to take itself too seriously, and mopping up a number of sales records in the process.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Halo: Reach

Bungie's farewell to the Halo franchise was certainly a Noble effort indeed. As absorbing for five hours as it was for five minutes, Reach came stuffed with something for all comers, delighting fans and newbies alike.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Metro 2033

Brooding, atmospheric and idiosyncratic, Metro 2033 impressed many of our writers simply by having the balls to do something a little different. Offering one of the finest FPS experiences of the year it more than made up for its technical shortcomings with an abundance of character.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | First Person Shooters

Singularity

The little game that no-one saw coming, Singularity essentially took all of the best bits from the best FPS titles of the last ten years and stuck them all into one game. The result was sheer enjoyment for fans of the genre. Derivative? Sure. Fun? Undoubtedly.

Click here to see who won our Best FPS award and VOTE YOURSELVES!!!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | The Timetable

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Features, GOTY

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Well, we've had our fun. Over the last week we've all shared with you our thoughts, our high and low points of the last twelve months, and now it's time for some democracy in action. Over the next few days we'll be dishing out some genre awards and playing titles off against each other. There've been some fierce arguments in the Dealspwn office over some of these, and our own internal voting was often interrupted by desperate 999 calls after a few buts got a little too heated. Carl even lost an ear.

But that's what this period is all about: sounding off against your fellow man, hotly debating whether or not Prison Break really did suck more than Pure Football, championing your virtual investments and grinding your opponents' faces into the dust made by their games as you blow them up with your explosive opinions and nuclear rhetoric.

And now we want to know what YOU think!

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As with last year, we've managed to amass a shortlist for each category and we've already determined our winners through a fair and dictatorial democratic process. we will of course be inviting you to do the same. And please don't hesitate to let us know why you voted. Get stuck in. If you agree with our results, let us know. If you don't , even more reason to let us know!

Here's a little list of what's happening and when:

  • 11th January – Best Shooter | Best Strategy
  • 12th January – Best Multiplayer | Best Marketplace
  • 13th January – Best Music/Rhythm | Best Platform/Puzzle
  • 14th January – Best RPG | Best Action-Adventure
  • 15th January – Best Sports | Best Driving
  • 16th January – Worst Game of the Year
  • 17th January – Game of the Year 2010

It's on like Donkey Kong! I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

Best Video Games 2010 | Matt Gardner

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Bioshock Infinite, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Duke Nukem Forever, Fable 3, Fable III, Final Fantasy XIII, GOTY, Heavy Rain, L.A. Noire, Mass Effect 2
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Bioshock Infinite | Duke Nukem Forever | Fable III | Heavy Rain | L.A. Noire | Mass Effect 2

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2010 has been an odd year. It's been positively stuffed with action, brimming with blockbusters, with video games making a hell of a lot of noise, attempting to capitalise upon the enormous successes of 2009. We've seen some truly staggering achievements this year, games exhibiting such developmental technical brilliance that have dazzled our eyes , forced our mouths agape and, particularly now with everyone vying for a slice of MoCon pie, caused us to look very silly indeed.

There's been plenty of behind the scenes drama going on this year, as I mentioned in my retrospective glance at a few of this past year's highlights. But when it comes down to it, the games are what we have left upon which to judge the last twelve months. No one can deny it's been a pretty solid year in terms of the games themselves. Everywhere you looked there was another extremely polished would-be moneymaker preparing to ship. Gamers, in many ways, have been completely spoilt for choice this year. Throw Move and Kinect into the mix too and there really has been something for everyone - from basement dwellers to their grandmothers, from those with 5 minutes to spare to those with 5 days.

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But for all of its pomp and circumstance, for all of the boisterous hyperbole, the PR stunts, swathes of adverts and headline-grabbing spats, speeches and slip-ups, 2010 has lacked something.

That something is soul.

Dave already alluded to this in his GOTY introduction when he said that we hadn't seen any goalpost movers this year, and I'm rather inclined to agree. There were plenty of fun titles and enjoyable experiences to be had but few, if any that blew my mind. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood earned its full marks for having the audacity to be released a mere year after ACII and not only top it but also wangle in some incredibly well-thought-out multiplayer too. But if you hadn't played any of the others it would have stumped you completely. It didn't really break new ground as much as perfect the old. Limbo, the other game I gave a ten to this year, is the only game I've ever played to really chill me to the bone. But it couldn't keep it up beyond a couple of hours and, whilst the second half of the game produced some excellent puzzles, it felt like the fireworks had passed.

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The blockbusters this year have nearly all been sequels - louder, shinier and slicker: Mass Effect 2, God of War 3, ACB, Bioshock 2. The latter is a perfect example to encompass the year: better shooter, poorer game. Few, if any, of the mainstream studios this year (thank god for the indies!) have been prepared - except perhaps for SEGA (and I'm thinking here of the sheer lunacy that was Bayonetta) - to really be brave, to strive for the unique, the adventurous and the risky, and to truly push what it means to design video games. Not just building upon existing procedure, but shaking things up completely.

Except, perhaps for Quantic Dream...

Click here to see Matt's picks of the year...

Best Video Games 2010 | Tom Silkstone

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Tom Silkstone
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Dead Rising 2, Features, Red Dead Redemption, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Test Drive Unlimited 2
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Red Dead Redemption

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Game Of The Year: Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption

Years ago I sat down in front of my Xbox and slotted Red Dead Revolver into the disc tray and spent many an hour romping around the various Old West environments that the game offered, so it was a great day when I discovered a sequel was in the works, however it was also extremely frustrating as I knew it'd be a while until I finally got my hands on it, but boy was it worth the wait!

Red Dead Revolver blew me away with its gritty unconventional characters, masterfully woven plot, and a massive landscape to roam around in where things could unexpectedly jump out at any moment to test your skills as a gunslinger.

The sheer number of things that you can do in the game is definitely one of the major strings to its bow and means that you can hop in for whatever you're in the mood for, whether that's a few hands of poker, or a quick horseback ride into the desert to rope yourself a couple of outlaws to name but a few of the activities on offer.

You'll now have to excuse me for turning a bit soppy at this point because whilst the game portrays the Old West in a light similar to Deadwood, which is pretty much how I imagine it would have been rather than the tamer, politer imaginings of old John Wayne movies, it also captures the romance of that period in America's history allowing you to ride off into the sunset and putting you in the shoes of a character who simply wants to settle down with his family and earn an honest living.

Ok back to guns and explosions and the like, grrr! The multiplayer is infuriatingly addictive, especially if you form a posy with a couple of friends, pile into a fort, man the guns and cannons, and then see how long you can hold up for before getting yourself into a Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid moment.

Also, seeing as I'm quite a big fan of horror movies and the zombie genre, one small criticism that's always in the back of my mind when playing games is 'Yeah this is good, but there aren't enough reanimated corpses roaming around for my liking!' Luckily, The Undead Nightmare expansion pack ticked that particular box and didn't disappoint in any way in my opinion.

All in all, it's the sum of its parts that makes Red Dead Redemption the best game I played in 2010 and once again I find myself crossing my fingers and toes in hope of sequel.

Personal Favourite Game of 2010: Dead Rising 2

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This is a particularly difficult decision for me and as I'm writing this I've got all the games I bought and more importantly kept hold of over the course of 2010 sitting on my desk. So, do I go with the deliciously gory co-op experience of joyously decapitating zombies with friends that Dead Rising 2 offered; the cut throat worlds of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Call Of Duty: Black Ops; the continuation of a truly marvellous story in Mass Effect 2; the chance to dive back into the terrifying yet also wondrous city of Rapture in Bioshock 2; the fantastic multiplayer mayhem featured in Halo: Reach and UFC Undisputed 2010; or the chance to settle any lonely adventurer's curiosity of another wasteland in Fallout: New Vegas? Hmmmmm.

Well you've all seen the title and picture for this section! The winner is of course, Dead Rising 2, simply because it's the game that's led to some of the funniest things I've seen in a video game this year; jumping around with a friend throwing traffic cones on zombies so that we could turn around to see a sea of confused undead corpses blindly bumping into one another left me in stitches of laughter. The Gladiator / Running Man style format of the multiplayer was something a little bit different that was good fun if you became bored of the main game. Finally, whilst it certainly wasn't one of the best games to grace our screens last year, I could jump into it for a quick bit of zombie killing if I was in a rush, or I could settle in to try and discover what caused the outbreak this time around if I had enough time to discover the illusive truth.

Biggest Disappointment of 2010: Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2

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I don't really want to spend much time talking about this useless addition to the Star Wars games franchise because the trailers, TV spots, and even the demo had me jumping for joy at the prospect of wielding the force as Darth Vader's apprentice once more. Sadly, the game itself fell way way WAY too short of the mark, and for me it's not only one of the most disappointing games of 2010, it's also one of the most disappointing games I've ever played, and the fact that I had to pay £40.00 for this abomination left me filled with enough rage and hatred to give even The Dark Lord of the Sith a run for his money.

Favourite Gaming Moment of 2010

Kinect

This is an easy one! Imagine if you will, it's Christmas day, there's a present shaped like an Xbox accessory sitting under the immaculately decorated tree, you rip it open to discover that you've been given Kinect for Christmas! For me that initial joy was just the beginning of one of the funniest experiences I had during 2010. There's nothing quite like watching your family immerse themselves quite so deeply in the new gaming technology that Microsoft've given us, especially when you've got a living room with low ceilings which led to mild concussions being inflicted whilst playing Kinect Adventures. However, the comedy piece de resistance came on Boxing Day when my Brother and I finally managed to get my Mum to give Dance Central a whirl! As you can imagine her performance led to everybody else in the room falling off their chairs in stitches of laughter, whilst Lady Gaga's Poker Face blasted out of the TV's speakers.

Lets not forget that Kinect, whilst also serving as a though roughly enjoyable comedy tool not only for the above reasons but also for the photos and video footage that it captures of you playing, is also a remarkably clever bit of kit that allows you to throw your controller away and shed the pounds instead of piling them on during extended video games sessions. Having now tried it out, I'd also go so far as saying, I think that it marks a dark time for the Wii and could even lead to the beginning of the little white box's eventual demise, but that's just me.

Most Anticipated Game Of 2011: Test Drive Unlimited 2

Test Drive Unlimited 2

For me this is another pretty close call between a couple of worthy sequels including Test Drive Unlimited 2, Batman Arkham City, Crysis 2, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

In the end though I have to go for Test Drive Unlimited 2 though because whilst Skyrim is the sequel to one of my favourite games EVER, Crysis 2 is the follow up to one of the most visually beautiful games I've ever seen on the PC, and Arkham City looks quite frankly like ass kickingly good fun, I know that at any point I can drift into TDU2 fire up the engine to a Pagani Zonda R, Ferrari 458 Italia, or Aston Martin DBS, and let go of all my worldly worries as I cruise along listening to the car purr, or call up a couple of friends for a quick drag race.

Click here to see the rest of Tom's highlights for 2010...

Best Video Games 2010 | Neil Davey

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Neil Davey
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops, GOTY, LEGO Harry Potter, Lego Star Wars, PES 2011, Red Dead Redemption
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Call of Duty: Black Ops | Red Dead Redemption

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Game of the Year

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Red Dead Redemption - It may have been a derivative experience - Grand Theft Horses anyone? - but RDR, plus its add-ons and zombie-themed downloads, brought great voicework and genuine humour to the mix. And, if you were brought up on Westerns, the chance to be a cowboy and sort out the bad guys (should you choose that route) is too irresistible to describe. Smart, seductive, grown-up and, thanks to the period weaponry, a challenge. While I agree it's lovely to wield a virtual modern gun in many a FPS, there's something about conserving your limited bullets that appeals, bringing a little more strategy to the mayhem, particularly given the general inefficiency of a Wild West bullet. Mostly though, it's the cowboy thing - ah, sweet memories of a 1970s childhood - and the occasional laugh-out-loud moments that kept me coming back til it was done.

LEGO Harry Potter very different but a very close second!

Favourite Game of 2010

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PES 11. Yes, I know, FIFA makes people that look more like the real players and it's all slick and shiny and stuff. But when PES is on form - and 2011's incarnation is, for my money, the best yet - it's unbeatable. Football isn't always about glory goals, sometimes it's about grinding out a 1-1 draw against inferior opposition in the mud and the rain. PES gives you that. You can assemble incredible teams - and this year's Master League transfer market angle makes it a little too easy to my mind - but they won't always gel and might take a few weeks to get used to each other. That aspect comes across brilliantly. You can almost feel your squad's shoulders slump as your opponent gets a lucky break and scores with their one, single minute shot of the game after their keeper's kept you at bay for 89 minutes. It's also capable of teeth-grindingly annoying refereeing decisions, as an innocuous tackle gets punished or, worse, a player you're not even controlling gives away a penalty or scores an own goal. I have woken my wife up twice arguing with the ref. Ahem.

Best of all though is the tactical aspect, with the drag and drop system that's so painfully bloody obvious it's a wonder it's taken this long to appear.

Favourite Gaming Moment of 2010

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My, what a question. From a gobsmacking moment, it might have to be bringing the rocket down early in Black-Ops. Or possibly The Best Ever Goal I Have Ever Scored in PES: goalkeeper rolls out, two passes across midfield, perfect lobbed through ball catching out the United defence, striker runs by, beats offside trap, volleys ball into top right corner from 35 yards. In terms of giggles though, it would have to be a two player Free For All Modern Warfare 2 sesh. Three seconds to go, I'm ahead on points, lining up the match-winning head shot through my sniper rifle. As I go to take the shot, mate in building opposite fires RPG into my man's delicates. Game winning, side-splitting and making sure my avatar never reproduces. Rocket Propelled Grenade in the nackers. Really not a good way to go, is it?

Most Anticipated Title of 2011

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If anyone can make sense of Clone Wars and hack it down to size then it's the LEGO team. I'm a huge fan of LEGO (more of that 70's childhood thing / in-game comedy) and their games have been amazing in terms of complexity, challenge, unlockable content and good nature. The observations are super too, given the brick-y nature of its characters and the complete absence of dialogue. In terms of Clone Wars this means no Hayden 'wood boy' Christensen and, one assumes, a quiet Jar Jar Binks so that has to be a VERY GOOD THING. From a completist point of view the arenas look enormous too.

Having had a sneak preview of two levels, this is shaping up to be a fine and enormous experience. The first sees you in a ship taking on a mahoosive Imperial destroyer as well as assorted minions on flight decks and in landing bays. The second requires team work as you bring the ship down from within, via light saber wielding, Force powers and, er, R2D2-lifting and puzzle solving, as action shifts between two Jedi teams. In two player, these can, apparently, be done separately and simultaneously via split screen.

I'm also very excited about Test Drive Unlimited 2 with its detail, ease of interactivity, daftly enjoyable online stuff - come to Ibiza, let's hang in my apartment - tand, particularly for taking a standard aspect of gaming - remodelling your avatar - and giving it the humorous twist of having to visit a plastic surgeon to make it happen. Oh, and then being forced to drive around in bandages for the next hour til it heals. For the record, the driving experience is pretty good too.

The sweary, gory, very silly Bulletstorm looks like killer fun too

Best Video Games 2010 | David Brown

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David Brown
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Civilization V, GOTY, Metro 2033, NBA 2K11, PC Zone, The Witcher 2

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I hate Game of the Year things, in general. There are rarely any surprises and it's a cheap way of getting people to shower hits on your website or buy copies of your magazine by recycling old content and writing, essentially, the same thing you wrote a few months before. It's also very easy to forget great titles that appeared towards the beginning of the year because you've been involved so much in what's coming in the future or has just appeared in the very recent past.

Having said that, there's something compelling about the human need to list, to compile and to reminisce on a yearly basis. It would be a lie to say I didn't look at shortlists when presented with them in an RSS feed, for example. It's human nature to compare one's own opinions with that of others, often just to allow yourself a few moments of petty anger as your unjustified favourite didn't make it to number one. You might even post bile in the comments below said list saying “I can't believe you didn't vote The UnderGarden as the best shooter of the year!” or words to that effect.

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So, the question has been asked of me. What's your Game of the Year? Loathe as I am to have to make such a decision, there are a few games that have come out that could potentially make this list. However, a quick note: personally, 2010 hasn't been a year of any genuinely stand-out game that's broken new ground or made this decision easy at all. Forget the hype, there's not been a single goalpost mover.

That said, hit the link to see some of Dave's highlights from the past year...

Best Video Games 2010 | Lydia Low

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Lydia Low
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, BioWare, Final Fantasy XIII, GOTY, Mass Effect 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, The Last Guardian
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Mass Effect 2

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Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy 2

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With Nintendo releasing a title of this quality, were you really expecting anything else from me? But you don't have to be a Ninty fangirl to see that yet again, Mario has managed to get himself into a spot of trouble that is really something special.

It may be a direct sequel with an almost indentikit format and gameplay to the original but it is perfectly polished and absolutely bursting with innovation and fresh Mario magic. Of course, in this instalment, Yoshi comes along for the interplanetary ride but thankfully he never feels over used or shoe-horned in, and, while the little green guy has sometimes made me want to tear out my toenails in frustration, this time gallivanting around on his back feels largely intuitive and you'll usually find yourself glad to see him.

The game impresses from start to finish with its fantastic presentation, superb level design, precise controls, perfectly balanced difficulty curve and, most of all, incredible fun factor. Despit how huge it is (with an awesome surprise longevity booster revealed to you once you have collected 120 stars) it never feels like it loses focus, no level is built from filler material.

True, I didn't love it quite as much as Mario's original topsy-turvy planet hopping adventure, but that is testament only to how incredible its predecessor was, rather than an indictment of Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's big, bold, beautiful, bright and brilliant, and, despite some strong competition, I can think of no other game that has flown so close to flawless this year.

Favourite Game of 2010:  Mass Effect 2

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When the first Tomb Raider title came out, I thought I might die of cringing at all the attention that its nubile heroine received from lonely gamers, so it is sheepishly that I admit that even though it is months since I completed Mass Effect 2, I still cannot think of Thane Krios, the sensitive Drell assassin, without sighing wistfully. What human could possibly live up to this fascinating and mysterious fictional alien? It is this sort of emotional reaction that is key to my love for this Bioware epic. Because Krios is not an anomaly; Mass Effect 2 is populated by a cast of characters that I truly wish were my friends (but thank god are not my enemies!) and, for me, this is what truly makes the game shine.

That's not to say that these beautifully drawn characters (dull as ditchwater Jacob and moany Miranda aside) are lonely sailors adrift in a sea of mediocrity; this second outing for Shepard and co is a lesson in deft and elegant story-telling and a highly effective third person shooter, complemented by streamlined RPG elements. I loved the narrative and the beautifully presented cinematic style which somehow manages to avoid feeling like an interactive movie.

The combat is much improved from the first game with battles now feeling meatier and more realistic but mostly I got a kick out of hurling enemies around with the boosted biotic powers.

It's not perfect; the mind-numbingly moronic mining mini game which replaces the much maligned Mako is a disaster that plays like a recipe for RSI and I really missed idly exploring uncharted planets but such things are just tiny blemishes on the glorious face of all that Mass Effect 2 has to offer.

Click here to find out more about Lydia's best and worst of 2010...

Best Video Games 2010 | Carl Phillips

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Carl Phillips
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APB: All Points Bulletin, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Duke Nukem Forever, Game of the Year, GOTY, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
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Duke Nukem Forever | L.A. Noire | Red Dead Redemption

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Yes, that’s right. They even let the Dealspwn newbie have a say on the gaming highs and lows of the past year. So grab a drink, sit back and take a look at my ramblings through the year that was 2010; a year filled with zombies, cowboys, very angry spartans, never-ending waves of Zerg, more zombies, meat-shaped cubes, Illusive Men, racing simulators, motion-control shenanigans, even more zombies, roof-leaping assassins, golden guns, ninjas, terrible MMO’s and mutants called Lily.

Oh, and zombies.

Game Of The Year

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Red Dead Redemption, Fallout: New Vegas and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood nearly won out here, but in the end I felt the nod should go to Blizzard’s return to the real time strategy genre with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Overall the gameplay from the original had been left unchanged with only a few tweaks here and there, and yet it still played like one of the best and well balanced games in years. It was a smooth gameplay experience from start to finish, providing you could survive the Zerg rushes every other minute.

The storyline was incredibly well done, providing you could stomach the tongue-in-cheek macho nature of it all, detailing the continuing struggle of Jim Raynor as he fights against the Terran Dominion and hunts for his lost love Sarah Kerrigan, now the Queen of Blades for the Zerg. When the epic single-player was done, the monstrous online mode was waiting along with online leagues and serious competitive business for those brave enough to throw their hat into the virtual ring. With further developer and community support for varying game modes announced this year there is more than enough content to keep purchasers happy in the first of three releases for Starcraft II. Sure, £35 is pricey for a PC release these days (and it would sadly mean you were funding the evil that is Bobby Kotick) but those that took the plunge will tell you it is worth every penny, and for that reason is my pick for GOTY.

Click here to see what else caught Carl's eye in 2010...

Best Video Games 2010 | Felix Kemp

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Felix Kemp
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Fallout: New Vegas, Features, Game of the Year, GOTY, Halo R, Mass Effect 2, PS3 games, Red Dead Redemption, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360 games
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Mass Effect 2 | Red Dead Redemption | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

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For me, 2010 hasn't quite been a landmark year we all expected, but a thoroughly consistent one. Almost every month, we've seen top-tier titles hit the shelves at such a rate it's reduced our financial ability to do something other than place yourself in front of the television and grab the controller. It hasn't always been great, and I believe we've seen far too many identikit challengers and recycled concepts for my liking, but I can't argue with the quality I have enjoyed that's made 2010 quite special, indeed.

Game of the Year - Mass Effect 2

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I was torn between this and Red Dead Redemption, but ultimately it was the quality of Bioware's characterization, even against Rockstar's brilliant attempt, that swayed my hand. I loved Mass Effect 2, having found the first a flawed classic to endure rather than enjoy. It stepped up in every department, from the astonishing visuals, the pitch-perfect writing, pacing and plot-points, the visceral combat system and truly wonderful cast of companions. I was honestly distraught on the last mission when first one, then two, then three of my crew fell to the Collectors. And it was all my fault.

Read on to see why Mass Effect 2 won my vote, and what other titles deserve a mention