Microsoft Xbox 360
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty has become -the- shooter series on the market and each iteration has been better than the last. With Call of Duty: Black Ops, Treyarch's showed that they are not ones to just ride on the heels of Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2. The mind-bending singleplayer mode oozed so much originality that the game kept players guessing what would happen next throughout. The multiplayer suite is more robust this time around, sporting enjoyable maps, weapons and tools to ensure variety. We doubt there was ever a more valid entry point for those wanting to experience first-hand why the Call of Duty franchise is always on everybody's tongue.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Assassin's Creed II was one of our favorite games of last year and Ubisoft's decision to release a semi-sequel came as no surprise. Whether you want to continue Ezio's story and learn more about the mysterious order of assassins or would rather blend in with the crowd and stab fellow players in one of the game's fabulous new multiplayer modes, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood offers more than enough game for everyone.
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.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect was an exceptional RPG experience from Bioware, but Mass Effect 2 simply blew us away! With so many fixes, changes, and enhancements to the experience, it almost felt like an entirely different game. A tremendous story was brought to the table with the game’s release at the beginning of the year. A cast of both new and old characters and a choice driven narrative held our interest from the start and never let go. Coupled with an exceptional amount of downloadable content and the promise of your decisions impacting the story in Mass Effect 3, it is hard to imagine a game of this quality not being one of the best of 2010.
Bungie's final Halo title feels more epic than any other title in the series and is quite possibly the finest swan song for any series in the history of video games. The brand new engine produces an almost startlingly different take on the legendary "30 second of fun repeated" formula without losing sight of what made the franchise so successful. Players loved the return of the Elites who, in their new form, are arguably the most formidable foes in the series. Bungie didn't stop at the singleplayer campaign though: the multiplayer received the same overhaul and feels even more robust than Halo 3's suite. Halo: Reach stands unrivaled in our top Xbox 360 games of 2010.
Alan WakeAlan Wake's gripping narrative provides gamers with eight to twelve hours of thrilling gameplay. The often creepy and surprising scenes will keep you entertained throughout.
Fallout: New VegasFallout: New Vegas deliveres a very compelling experience and offers many refinements to the formula that we all enjoyed two years ago.
Splinter Cell ConvictionNot quite what gamers suspected, Splinter Cell Conviction was a very succesful departure from the original concept, one we'd like to see more of.
BayonnetaBayonneta is a wild ride of a game that offers deep, enjoyable fighting scenes that make you feel like a gaming badass.
SingularitySingularity is old-school monsters and shooting mixed with new-school story, abilities, and customization. Fun!