The Best and Worst Video Games of 2010
Here, we will take a look at everything that went right and wrong in the video game world in 2010. Although there were numerous quality console video game releases this year, remember, only one can claim the top spot.
Best Console Downloadable Game
Super Meat Boy (Xbox Live Arcade, Windows)
Runner Up: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network)
2010 has been one of the best years for downloadable gaming on consoles. However, nothing stands out more than Super Meat Boy, a quirky platformer that is so difficult, yet you keep wanting to go back for more. The game is relatively simple--you play as a small, skinless, cube-shaped boy named Meat Boy, and you have to get to your target Bandage Girl at the end of each level. However, it's the brilliant level design of each stage that keep the game fresh and entertaining. It's also one of those rare games that is addicting for its ridiculously high difficulty. Sure, you're going to die a million times, but that's what will make that single victory so much more satisfying.
Best Multiplayer Experience
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
Runner Up: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (XBOX360, PS3)
|Never go hunting alone.|
Most Ridiculous Video Game Name of 2010
VVVVVV (Windows, Mac OS, Adobe Flash)
Runner Up: God Eater (PSP)
|Don't you just love tough as hell retro games?|
The 2010 "R.I.P." Award
Guitar-Rhythm Video Games
Runner Up: Nintendo DS/PSP Games (in favor of iOS games)
Activision's latest title, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, sold a measly 86,000 copies during its first week of retail in the United States. Compare that with Guitar Hero 5, which sold 499,000 within the same period of time.
Rock Band 3, while popular among critics for the new keytar instrument, sold a surprisingly low 7,386 copies during the first week of its release. It's no surprise then that Viacom quickly sold Rock Band developer Harmonix, which is considered by many as the nail in the coffin for guitar-rhythm games. People are just tired and done with this genre.
Best Game of 2010 That You Probably Didn't Play
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (XBOX360, PS3)
Runner Up: Alan Wake (XBOX 360)
|The lovable cast of "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West"|