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Best Video Game of 2010

Matt Gardner
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
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!

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



Best Video Game of 2010

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Astoundingly, in the space of a year, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood managed to top its predecessor in virtually every way and also find space for a whole bunch of new stuff too including a cracking multiplayer mode. No, it wasn't the big leap that might accompany a ‘3′ in the title, but for any fan of the series, or sandbox games in general, it was an absolutely essential purchase.

Best Video Game of 2010

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 of 2010

Fallout: New Vegas

New Vegas didn't look or play that much differently to its critically acclaimed predecessor, and it was riddled with bugs when it first emerged. But that didn't stop it from being an absolutely fantastic game. The changed and improvements were subtle, the customisation options even greater than before, the narrative focus superb. Plus Hardcore mode provided one of the most gruellingly compelling experiences of the year.

Best Video Game of 2010

Heavy Rain

David cage and co. outdid themselves with Heavy Rain, a striking noirish piece of interactive entertainment that was unlike anything else we saw this year. Impossible to fail at, Heavy Rain set the bar for narrative exploration and player choice. Far more than just an extended tech demo, Heavy Rain was one of the bravest mainstream games of the year.

Best Video Game of 2010

Mass Effect 2

I don't think that there can be any denying that Mass Effect 2 is one of the finest games to burst forth in 2010. Bioware tuned up their space opera in almost every department to make it a truly exhilarating experience. True, we could have done without the mining game, and the big twist was quite literally telephoned in, but for spectacular = character-driven entertainment, it was hard to look beyond Bioware once more.

Best Video Game of 2010

Red Dead Redemption

One of the most finely crafted games of the year, Red Dead Redemption was a glorious paean to the Old West and in John Marston gaming had one of the most interesting protagonists in years. Aided and abetted by a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, masterful writing and a very well-thought-out multiplayer package to boot, RDR was yet another golden success for Rockstar.

Best Video Game of 2010

Super Mario Galaxy 2

We've been ragging a fair bit on Nintendo for lazily rehashing old franchises (there'll be more to come on that) but SMG2 managed to sidestep that by being really, really, REALLY good. The point's more or less moot as to whether or not the first or the second game is the better of the two, they're both brilliant, near-pearless examples of platforming at its best.

Winner: Red Dead Redemption

Best Video Game of 2010

Mass Effect 2 ran it so close when it came to the voting but, as we said before, the sheer pedigree of Red Dead Redemption was difficult to ignore. It was built on a tried and tested formula, but the expansive (mis)adventures of John Marston add up to so much more than simply GTA Cowboys. Hard-hitting, at times incredibly moving, ambitious, engrossing and, best of all, exceptionally good fun, Rockstar proved that gaming could do Western epics just as well as Tinseltown. A staggering achievement.

Add a comment6 comments
Dan  Jan. 17, 2011 at 20:04

Out of those, RDR by a wild west mile :)

Andy  Jan. 17, 2011 at 20:38

Demon's Souls.

Bob  Jan. 17, 2011 at 21:15

Galaxy 2 obviously.

Silk  Jan. 18, 2011 at 09:40

I voted WoW Cataclysm. The amount of time and effort poured into reshaping most of the world and re-writing all those quests for both factions.. and then on top of that brand new zones as well. It's just mind blowing.

Blizzard righted a lot of wrongs with this expansion, making it both accessible for newcomers and challenging for experienced players.

Peter  Jan. 18, 2011 at 17:00

I'm rooting for the boy with no skin. Never enjoyed, and indeed found so challenging, a game as much as Super Meatboy in recent years. Makes a pleasant change from hordes and hordes of first-person shooters - none of which I dislike, for the record. But yeah, for sheer retro thrills, Super Meat Boy all the way!

datdude  Jan. 18, 2011 at 17:20

Mass Effect 2. And it really is no contest. Mass Effect 2 should win any year it came out. It's a deeper, more involved experience than just about any game of the year contender in recent years, which includes Uncharted 2. Whereas Uncharted 2 really was a beautiful game, after a few playthroughs of the single player it is no longer a revelation. After 5 playthroughs of the Mass Effect single player at an average of 38 hours per playthrough, new a varied experiences still presented themselves and there was still new things to see.


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