The Best Games We Played in 2010

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Since end-of-the-year vacation time is a great opportunity to catch up on playing games, we’re behind the curve on sharing our favorite games of last year.

In the end, we played a lot of great games. Among the most popular were Red Dead Redemption (the unofficial office favorite), Mass Effect 2, StarCraft 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Super Meat Boy… just to name a few.

Check out our favorites below. In case you’re wondering, we were allowed to include games from previous years. Since we’re not giving away trophies or gold stars… what’s it matter anyway?

In the comments section, share with us your favorite games of 2010.

Daryl Brigner

10.) Super Meat Boy,  9.) Mount and Blade: Warband, 8.) Amnesia: The Dark Descent, 7.) COD: Black Ops MP, 6.) Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, 5.) Metro 2033, 4.) STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 3.) Minecraft, 2.) Mass Effect 2, and 1.) Red Dead Redemption

Harvey Smith

In terms of meaningful experiences, for me this year was all about Bioshock 2, Red Dead Redemption and Fallout New Vegas. I was captivated by the art and atmosphere in Limbo. Osmos and Germs were my favorite iPhone games.

Ashley Cheng

Carcassonne for iPhone/iPad, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands, and NCAA Football 11. And that basketball game on that website.

Kurt Kuhlmann

Red Dead Redemption

Mark Lampert

Red Dead Redemption, Minecraft, still playing Grand Theft Auto IV because it never gets old.

Matt Grandstaff

10.) Heavy Rain 9.) Super Meat Boy 8.) NCAA Football 11 7.) Pac-Man CE DX 6.) NBA 2K11, 5.) Super Mario Galaxy 4.) Halo: Reach, 3.) Borderlands DLC, 2.) Red Dead Redemption, and 1.) Mass Effect 2 Honorable Mentions: Alan Wake, God of War III, and Deadly Premonition.

Nick Breckon

1.) StarCraft 2

Jurgen Stirnweis

5.) Metroid: Other M, 4.) Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, 3.) Halo Reach, 2.) Darksiders, and 1.) World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Todd Vaughn

In no order: God of War III, Enslaved, Fallout: New Vegas, Costume Quest, Limbo, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted 2, Plants vs. Zombies (iPad), Angry Birds (iPhone), and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Brent Krische

  • Best use of a running gag involving chickens: Fable III
  • Most sequels released in a year: Robot Unicorn Attack series
  • Most likely to make me feel smarter after playing it: Trainyard
  • Best homage to the NES generation: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
  • Best “lock-on technology”-like feature since Sonic & Knuckles: Mass Effect 2
  • Best demonstration of why Halloween is an awesome holiday: Costume Quest
  • Best city-builder that most certainly does not feature bears: A World of Keflings
  • Best sequel to the best sequel to a classic arcade game: Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX
  • Most likely to taste like an awesome Time-Killers-and-Bushido-Blade-flavored smoothie: Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Best adaptation of the Japanese dating-sim genre for a western audience that was released on a platform I did not play it on: Surviving High School

Andy Chang

10.) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, 9.) Heavy Rain, 8.) Starcraft 2, 7.) Darksiders, 6.) Just Cause 2, 5.) Final Fantasy XIII, 4.) Mass Effect 2, 3.) Bayonetta, 2.) Red Dead Redemption, and 1.) Dead Rising 2.

*Glad I finally played : Uncharted 1&2

Matthew Ponton, Jr.:

I actually only played nine games that came out this year, and I’ve decided to rank them in the order of most played to least played. I added one old game that I’ve been playing just to round it out to a top ten – and it’s also my most played game this year. I think all of these games are great:

1.) Super Street Fighter II: Turbo: It’s amazing how this game is still being played competitively after twenty years.
2.) Super Street Fighter IV: The expansion to the game that helped revitalize the fighting game genre.
3.) Heavy Rain: Great game, just haven’t gone through it a second time.
4.) Red Dead Redemption: Another great game, but I just haven’t had much time to play it.
5.) Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction: I’m a huge sucker for stealth games, and even though reviews were harsh on the low amount of stealth I still tried (and succeeded) in many of the areas to stealth it out.
6.) Alan Wake: Good game, was fun to play and the initials of the character are the same initials for a fellow tester here (Alan Webb)
7.) Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands: It was great to play with the traditional Prince from the last-gen trilogy.
8.) Mass Effect 2: I just started playing this – thus it’s low placement – and I look forward to spending more time with it.
9.) Scott Pilgrim vs The World: Another great game I just haven’t had the chance to play much of – typically because I don’t get the time to have friends over to play it with. A spiritual successor to River City Ransom for sure.
10. ) BlazBlue: Continuum Shift: A fighting game that looks and plays great, but I haven’t played it since it launched.

Salinee Goldenberg

5.) Limbo, 4.) Assassins Creed: Brotherhood,  3.) Heavy Rain,  2.) Fallout New Vegas, and  1.) Mass Effect 2

Brian Watson

3.) Call of Duty: Black Ops, 2.) Fallout: New Vegas, and 1.) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Max Cameron

Limbo, Halo: Reach, Bayonetta, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Heavy Rain, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Quest IX, Monday Night Combat, and Darksiders

Michael Musick

In no particular order, my favorites of 2010 were: Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, Just Cause 2, Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, Monster Hunter Tri, Alan Wake, and Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

Alistair Hatch

10.) Alan Wake, 9.) Split/Second, 8.) Heavy Rain, 7.) Secret of Mana iPhone, 6.) Angry Birds, 5.) Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit,  4.) Red Dead Redemption 3.) Halo: Reach, 2.) Fallout: New Vegas, and  1.) Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I have never had so much fun online as I did playing this with my friends. Oh, and it made we want to play as aMedic for the first time in a game ever… Must lay health pack next to objective to collect more XP.

Scott Seidenwand

5.) Mass Effect 2, 4.) Fallout: New Vegas, 3.) Dominion, 2.) Call of Duty: Black Ops and 1.) Axis and Allies Global 1940

Raphael Colantonio

10.) Red Dead Redemption, 9.) Mass Effect 2, 8.) Borderlands, 7.) Heavy Rain, 6.) Left 4 Dead 2,  5.) Peggle, 4.)Angry Birds, 3.)Drop 7, 2.) Bioshock 2, and 1.) Fallout: New Vegas

Nick Heller

In no order: Fallout: New Vegas, F1 2010, FIFA 11,  Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Mass Effect 2, Vanquish, Gran Turismo 5, NHL 11, Red Dead Redemption, and Split/Second.

Ryan Ashford

3.) Amnesia, 2.) League of Legends, and 1.) Minecraft

Liam Wade

Top 10 Games of 2010! 1.) Modern Warfare 2 (Ties with Black Ops), 2.) Black Ops!, 3.) Halo Reach, 4.) Fallout New Vegas, 5.) Dead Rising 2, 6.) Mass Effect 2, 7.) Fable III, 8.) Just Cause 2, 9.) Borderlands, and 10.) Red Dead Redemption.

Nathan McDyer

Red Dead Redemption, Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, Mass Effect 2, Starcraft 2, Dance Central, Infinity Blade, Game Dev Story, Team Fortress 2, and Heavy Rain.

Michael Lattanzia

In no particular order: Monster Hunter Tri, Civilization 5, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Fable 3, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Red Dead Redemption, NHL 11, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, Heavy Rain, and Dead Rising 2.

Sam Papke

In no particular order: Minecraft, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Mass Effect 2, Super Meat Boy, and Red Dead Redemption.

Matthew D Noonan

10.) Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, 9.) Plants Vs. Zombies,  8.) Risk on iPhone, 7.) Civilization V,  6.) Fable III, 5.) Fallout 3 (keep replaying), 4.) Fallout: New Vegas, 3.) Halo Reach,  2.) Angry Birds on iPhone, and  1.) Angry Birds (Seasonal) on iPhone (Three Stars on every level is my goal for 2011)

Orin Tresnjak

Wow. It has been a great year for games (and especially for arcade racers). Of the games I got around to playing: 10.) Just Cause 2, 9.) 3D Dot Game Heroes, 8.) Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, 7.) Tie between Blur, Split/Second, and NFS: Hot Pursuit, 6.) Civilization V, 5.) Assassin’s Creed II, 4.) Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, 3.) ModNation Racers, 2.) Red Dead Redemption, and  1.) Super Meat Boy. Honorable mentions: Minecraft, Gran Turismo 5, Limbo, Deathspank, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Scribblenauts, WoW: Cataclysm, and No Heroes Allowed.

Andrew Poff

10.) Blur, 9.) Halo: Reach, 8.)Fallout: New Vegas, 7.) Splinter Cell: Conviction, 6.)Super Meatboy, 5.) Limbo, 4.) Fable 3, 3.)Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, 2.) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and  1.) Mass Effect 2.

Kurtis Weaver

Mass Effect 2 because I couldn’t put it down. I had to finish that game. I also played the heck out of Oblivion but it’s just so darn huge and I am a completionist.

Erik Deitrick

My list for last year was: Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, Minecraft, and Alan Wake.

Jeremy Bryant

Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2

Tom Lassanske

Fallout: New Vegas and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Frank Matzke

In no particular order: Heavy Rain, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption: Afterburner: Climax, God of War III, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Super Street Fighter IV, Epic Mickey, Fallout: New Vegas, Epic Citadel, and Spider-Man: Total Mayhem.

James Stancil

10.) Aliens Vs. Predator, 9.) Singularity, 8.) Rock Band 3, 7.) James Bond 007: Blood Stone, 6.) Heavy Rain, 5.) Limbo, 4.) Fallout: New Vegas, 3.) Mass Effect 2, 2.) Metro 2033, and 1.) Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Cody Wharton

10.) Super Meat Boy, 9.) Mafia II, 8.) BioShock 2, 7.) Metro 2033, 6.) Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, 5.) NBA 2K11, 4.) Dead Rising 2, 3.) Mass Effect 2, 2.) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and 1.) Red Dead Redemption

Eric Correll

10.) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, 9.) Tiger Woods Online, 8.) NCAA Football 11, 7.) Medal of Honor (multiplayer), 6.) Fragger (iPhone), 5.) RAGE HD (iPhone), 4.)Call of Duty: Black Ops, 3.) Dead Rising: Case Zero, 2.) Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and 1.) Read Dead Redemption.

Dan Lee

10.) 3D Dot Game Heroes, 9.) Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, 8.) Deathsmiles, 7.) Super Street Fighter IV, 6.) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising, 5.) Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, 4.) Super Meat Boy, 3.) Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver, 2.) Mass Effect 2, and 1.) Bayonetta

Jon DeVriendt

5.) Bayonetta, 4.) Mass Effect 2, 3.) Read Dead Redemption, 2.) Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and 1.) StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Matt Daniels

In no order: Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Civilization V, Minecraft, Limbo, and Star Trek Online.

Henry Mobley

3.) NBA 2K11, 2.) God of War III, and 1.) StarCraft 2.

Matt Dickenson

5.) Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, 4.) Mass Effect 2,  3.) Alan Wake,  2.) God of War 3, and 1.) Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Shane Liesegang

10.) Medal of Honor, 9.) Epic Mickey, 8.) God of War III, 7.) Star Trek Online, 6.) 3D Dot Game Heroes, 5.) Sly Collection, 4.) Heavy Rain, 3.) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, 2.) Civilization V, and 1.) Red Dead Redemption.

Mike Dulany

4.) Red Dead Redemption, 3.) Super Mario Galaxy 2, 2.) Mass Effect 2, and 1.) Pac Man Championship DX.

Marcel Jung

5.) Call of Duty: Black Ops, 4.) Fable 3, 3.) Civ 5, 2.) Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and 1.) Read Dead Redemption.

Michael Wagner

My top 3 games for 2010: Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2, and Halo: Reach.

Dan Teitel

4.) Wii Sports Resort, 3.) Civilization V, 2.) NCAA Football 11, and 1.) Red Dead Redemption

Andrew Boswell

Call of Duty: Black Ops,Madden 11, NBA 2K11, Skate 3, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 + Battlefield Vietnam (expansion).

Jason Bergman

In no particular order: Mass Effect 2, Civ V, Enslaved, Rock Band 3, Heavy Rain, Lara Croft: Temple of Light, Epic Mickey, and Costume Quest.

Reader Comments

  1. Supreme Commander 2- just keeps getting better and better with each patch.
    Fallout 3- A sci-fi rpg unmatched by anything i have yet to play.
    Daggerfall- the free full version given away to us by generous Bethesda which actually plays better on Dosbox then the original version i still have the cd of in near mint condition.

    and many more…

  2. Red Dead Redemption despite some flaws which basically mainly is Rockstar San Diego not trying to revitalize the mission system that carries over from other Rockstar games, is unanomously my favorite game of the year.

    Reminded by this list I enjoyed Mass Effect 2 aswell. I forgot about it after I bought it and finished. Have to do an evil runthrough…maybe today xD

    Played some FO3 this last too, have yet to finish many things in the wasteland let alone Point Lookouts locations. Finished Black Ops a few weeks back along with some MW2 multiplayer(Borrowed the black ops copy) Nice spin on the story, still meh on the russians and nuclear holocaust on every title since the first MW although this time it fit the bill.

    Still playing my first runthrough of New Vegas. Haven’t got the time to “finish” exploring and the main quest. Funny thing is I bought Dead Money too and haven’t gotten to it.

    Brotherhood was nice but still not in scope of AC2. Hope Ubi doesn’t go Activision.

    Looking forward to L.A. Noire, Mass Effect 3, Gears of War 3, of coarse Skyrim which will be my first TES game, and some others I can’t think of

    Oh right.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Word.

  3. MY TOP 3 i would have to say…and my ratings from 1-7
    3.)call of duty modern warfare 2 (5)
    2.)call of duty black ops (5)
    1.)fall out new vegas (7)

  4. ME2 (obvs)

    Halo Reach – Swansong from the developers of my all-time favourite FPS. Can’t wait to see what Bungie’s doing next…

    RDR – I actually didn’t fall in love with it though. I think it’s just cause of the supreme lack of cinematic pacing, ie mexico was fun but by the time you got out (12 hours later) you’d advanced about an inch of the overall plot. I lost interest, but Undead Nightmare was better.

    Minecraft – Genius. Can’t wait to see what Notch is cooking up next, now he’s got a budget and a couple of buddies. They should put Minecraft on XBLA when it’s done

    AC:B – Awesome but not as special as the last two, I hate yearly models. Regardless of the quality of the game, if I don’t miss it I don’t want it, if you see what I mean.

    I’ve also been playing Oblivion again and still finding stuff I’ve never seen, and not just crappy fetchquests but actual giant awesome ones. I like the daedra quest where you fight through the guy’s twisted dreams, and I’d love to see an extended detective quest like the one you do for Lady Chorrol in Skyrim.

    Worst game I bought: Alan Wake. Dear god, that was awful.

  5. Amnesia definetly takes the spotlight for me, what an spetacular survival horror game. Other nominees were pretty much mass effect 2, just cause 2, super meat boy, fallout new vegas and metro 2033

  6. For my best games of 2010 Red Dead Redemption was definitely the king for me. Followed by,
    Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach, and finally Dragon age Origins: Ultimate edition. I know that’s kind of cheating because Dragon age came out November 09. But all that DLC didn’t come out until this year an that’s when I actually got to play it.

  7. Nobody played Demon’s Souls? Nobody? Seriously?!? It’s just about the best fantasy RPG out there right now, and the only game that can help tide me over until Skyrim finally comes out…

  8. Suprised that nobody had Vanquish on their list, easily one of the best and most entertaining games of 2010 and probably the most overlooked…. Its a shame, buy it now on play.com for a cheap price.

  9. Suprised that nobody had Vanquish on their list, easily one of the best and most entertaining games of 2010 and probably the most overlooked…. Its a shame, buy it now on play.com for a cheap price.

  10. @gstaff, all is well, then. :) Here’s to hoping it influenced Skyrim’s design a little bit. Demon’s Souls combat system + Bethesda scale and role-playing depth = magic! One can dream.

  11. 1) fallout new vegas
    2) halo reach
    3) ac brotherhood
    4) cod: black ops (good game, old engine, to much hackers)
    5) star wars force unleashed 2 (to short imo)
    6) splinter cell conviction (gotto love sam his sarcasm)

    as hellbishop said, i have yet to see a game being better then this as a rpg.

  12. - FO3: Brotherhood of Steel: really, the best DLC (Point Lookout would be second). cranks up the stakes of FO3′s main plot and really drives home the notion that all these people’s fates hang on your actions. plus it overshadows any memory of the aimless Mothership Zeta or halfassed-feeling The Pitt.

    - Fallout: New Vegas: bugs be damned, it was good. stellar writing and voice cast plus lots of game mechanic changes push aside the aging engine and hair-pulling lack of QA. i’m still not sure if it’s better than FO3, though…

    - Mass Effect 2: holy crap, did they actually outdo Mass Effect? yes. yes they freakin’ did! they actually blew ME out of the freakin’ water: every part of the game felt more streamlined, more dramatic, fuller, with higher stakes and serious choices. and no damn driving.

    - Battlefield: Bad Company 2: the single player was a decent little romp with the right dash of comedy. of course, it’s all about the multiplayer: good maps, fun vehicles, and true squad-based action. if you’ve tried a Battlefield MP game and found it too hectic, go back to your glorified CounterStrike clone, because that’s what BF games are about: effin’ chaos that you’ve got to fight your way through.

    - Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam: The Reckoning: Shadow of Kissinger: Part 1: Pho Ga for the Soul: long name notwithstanding, it’s faster-playing, more raw, more lethal… it feels like war! it really suits my style of tactical FPS play – my KDR has shot up since ‘Nam. the guns handle like guns should, the maps are hard and intensely tactical (where you either go cover-to-cover, or to the grave), and the music and VO and fun and don’t feel halfassed. i’m actually impressed: it doesn’t feel like EA polished a turd to get $15 out of my wallet.

    - Carcassonne for iOS: it’s Carc! and it’s really well done!

    - Shadowrun 3rd Ed.: you just said “games”, right, not “video games”? i started my first pen & paper RPG character in an ongoing SR3 game, and not long after our crew basically became a sovereign island nation. now i’ve got another, proper “up from the bootstraps” crew going on and i’m seeing the fun in low-level missions, building vehicles, making contacts, etc.

    - dishonorable mention: Angry Birds: i don’t hate the game, but once you’ve played it long enough it starts to fall apart. noticeably inconsistent physics (or control, hard to tell), un-amusingly sneaky level design (invisible blocks, hidden pigs), obscure star point levels (do i need 10,000 more or 10 more?), and the cardinal sin of puzzle games: the need for lots of trial and error. yeah, it’s cute… but that only gets you so far.

  13. 1.Darksiders 2.Battlefield: Bad Company 2 . and Red Dead Redemption. 3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent 4.Fifa 11 and Nba2k11 =)