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Fallout: New Vegas
When Bethesda released Fallout 3 in 2008, few could have imagined how successful it was going to become. As Bethesda was hard at work on another unannounced title, they asked for a follow up from another well-known RPG developer, Obsidian Entertainment. Keeping the radioactive franchise alive, Obsidian took us to the bright lights of a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. The result was a similar experience as our last trip to the nuclear wastelands, but that does not mean that it felt stale; far from it. Despite experiencing some growing pains, Obsidian delivered a very compelling experience this past October with many refinements to the formula that we all enjoyed two years ago. With a large amount of downloadable story driven content coming down the pipe, your invitation to the radioactive Mojave Desert is exceptionally alluring.
Gran Turismo 5
After six years in the making, Gran Turismo 5 is finally here and Polyphony Digital has delivered no less than the absolute best simulation racing game of the year. Featuring over a 1000 cars, a ton of tracks, a pair of in-depth driving and career managing modes, a track editor, and more options than you can shake a stick at, Gran Turismo 5 has everything a driving fan could want and then some. Of course all those options would mean squat if the driving isn't up to scratch and this is where Gran Turismo 5 shines with the absolute best driving around.
Red Dead Redemption
Being the masters of the free roaming sandbox experience, Rockstar returned this year with Red Dead Redemption. Exploring the often-neglected Wild West, we experienced John Marston's epic tale that had us adventuring across miles of open terrain and meeting a cast of unique characters that we will not be forgetting anytime soon. The game amazed us with the most believable and interesting characters that Rockstar has ever brought to the table, and we almost never found ourselves without something to do or explore. The game has received a generous amount of downloadable content to support it, and the Undead Nightmare expansion delivers one of the best zombie survival experiences to be found in gaming. When all is said and done Red Dead Redemption is a groundbreaker and an exceptional example of singleplayer storytelling.
Quantic Dream amazed everyone several years ago with Indigo Prophecy, a title that brought a new experience that to the oft-discussed dying adventure genre. This year, Heavy Rain takes the genre to a whole new level, presenting us with a cast and plot that could be mistaken for those of a Holywood production. The story is infinitely replayable as a character's death does not mean 'game over' but simply diverts the story in a new direction. Heavy Rain deliveres a gripping, nightmarish tale of a child being kidnapped and a desperate parent trying to get her back. For its amazing story and innovative gameplay, Heavy Rain takes second place in our list of best PS3 titles of 2010.
God of War III
Arguably the most anticipated Playstation 3 title of the year, God of War III turned out to be everything that fans were expecting and more. Kratos travels from the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of Hades as he exacts vengeance on his father and uncles while leaving a wake of destruction behind him. Beautiful visuals and brutally violent combat headline Kratos' latest adventure in which players are tasked with destroying the upper echelon of the Greek Pantheon once and for all. The fluid controls ultimately steal the show, demonstrating once again that God of War is the franchise to beat in the character action genre.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the WestEnslaved: Odyssey to the West barely missed our top 5. This refreshing Action Adventure features a rich storyline, stunning visuals and intense boss battles.
Call of Duty: Black OpsAn absolutely fantastic game and superb cinematic experience, Call of Duty: Black Ops fell out of our top 5 only because the PS3 had so many other great titles this year.
Castlevania: Lords of ShadowCastlevania: Lords of Shadow shines through its amazingly detailed storyline, feeding players just enough information to keep them guessing all the way to the end. Good visuals and excellent gameplay complete the picture.
MAG128 versus 128 players on a single map without lag. Need we say more?
Assassin's Creed BrotherhoodAssassin's Creed Brotherhood deliveres one of the best single player experiences of the year and adds in some unique multiplayer modes to boot.