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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

Matt Gardner
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!

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



Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

Flight Control HD

Simple, effective, brilliant. Flight Control HD came out of nowhere to become one of our favourite titles of the year. Effortlessly making use of the Playstation Move, but finding a home on PC too, pushing tin in bright colours turned out to be one of the best things to do in 2010. It even supported 3D if you had it. Quite quite superb.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

Joe Danger

We're not sure if we've played a game as thrillingly FUN as Joe danger this year. Hello Games set the benchmark for brilliant marketplace titles this year by proving to some degree that you didn't need big money to make fun games, but also that at times it could be a hindrance. Brendan famously compared it to waking up in hospital the day after a good kicking with Katy Perry sat by your side telling you she’s murdered Russell Brand and everything’s going to be just fine. Outstanding!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

This wasn't supposed to happen. Lara stepped out from under the Tomb raider moniuker this year to have her own adventure and, ironically, ended up tomb raiding. Sporting some gleeful combat, excellent puzzle design and choc full of replayability, Guardian of Light actually proved to be one of Lara best adventures...EVER!

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace


I've still not been quite as affected by any game this year more so than I was by Limbo. It wasn't just the shadowy, sinister, enormous arachnid that stalked my nameless avatar through the monochrome purgatory he found himself in, but all of the little details that added to the weighty atmosphere. Gorgeous to look at and challenging without ever over-staying it’s welcome, Limbo was a masterclass in moving minimalism.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace


We're quite fond of Zombie-Cow Studios here at Dealspwn, and Dan Marshall's team outdid themselves this year with an informative Channel 4 commission that saw them cross Earthworm Jim with STDs. Gloriously rude, brilliantly educational, the five levels of fully voiced wonderment showed that infogames don't have been broing or crap...they can be a barnstorming riot and side-splittingly funny too.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

Super Meat Boy

One of the finest platform titles of the year, Super Meat Boy was a throwback to punitive, punishing platforming. There was no room for simpering crybabies here, SMB took no prisoners and instead offered a simply sublime experience for the hardcore gamer. Dripping with retro charm, stuffed with some excellent level design and riddled with humour, it was utterly impossible not to love the square red fella.

Winner: Joe Danger

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Marketplace

It came down to the last vote for this one, and Super Meat Boy came achingly close, but ultimately Joe Danger backflipped his way to pole position by being the most fun game on the PSN. Astoundingly good.

Add a comment3 comments
sennasnit  Jan. 13, 2011 at 09:00

Joe Danger is without a doubt one of the best games i've played in ages.

Peter  Jan. 13, 2011 at 17:15

Super Meatboy wins hands down. I've had that game since it came out and still not finished it 100% - but that's the appeal. Its so bloody hard, yes you do want to throw the controller out of the window. But over 6,000 deaths and counting, I'm determined to get every last bandage and A+ every level in the light and dark worlds. Its a loving throwback to the days of old as well.

I can't say I've played every game in this list to be honest, just that the little skinless boy really captured my gaming heart like nothing else. But I'd really love a crack at Joe Danger in particular. It looks amazing.

PS3, but looking at it, I really fancy a crack at it. It looks amazing.

Peter  Jan. 13, 2011 at 17:17

Not sure how that last line ended up there, must've forgot to delete it!

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