MMORPG Info Logo Best Games of 2010 including Special Achievements and Cheap Thrills

We’ve come to the end of the first year of Wukung’s Reviews with an amazing 43 popular games considered and rated. To wrap it all up, here is Wukung’s choices for the most interesting games so you know how to spend your Christmas bonus.

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Best of the Year

Red Dead Redemption

Two games really stood out for me, Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. As I have to pick one then it has to be Red Dead Redemption. Gorgeous visuals, hours of fun, great gameplay, excellent multilayer, Red Dead Redemption has it all.

Yes, it may just be Grand Theft Auto on horses but it’s better at being GTA than GTA has ever managed.

Honourable mentions

Mass Effect 2

As mentioned above, this game is a very close runner-up and a really exceptional game. Mass Effect 2 is Bioware at their best. It has an engrossing story and the space opera setting is a joy. The gameplay is engaging, challenging and varied for each class. Any other year in the last half-a-decade and a game this good would easily be my top pick.

God of War 3

Great visuals and well paced, incredibly polished campaign solid and satisfying combat. God of War 3 makes very few missteps. The combat may be lacking a bit in finesse but it’s solid and the Nemean Cestus are just too much fun for that to be a problem.

Bayonetta

Simply the best gameplay of its genre. In terms of combat, for depth and flow, Bayonetta makes a mockery of all its competitors. God of War always felt clunky compared to Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden. Bayonetta is a step up from both. Hideki Kamiya, often credited with creating the extreme action genre with Devil May Cry, shows everyone just how it’s done once again.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

It’s easy to forget about Battlefield with Call of Duty but Bad Company 2 is on par with any of the recent CoD games. It also takes itself less seriously.

The multiplayer is much less streak heavy but the levels are a bit more open so you miss out on the faster pace of action in CoD multiplayer.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain quite simply blows everything out of the water in terms of digital acting and interactive story telling. It may be kind of light on gameplay but it manages to make Quick Time Events engaging. Setting aside the technology it is not that far from Quantic Dream’s previous game Fahrenheit, though the story is much better. Like Fahrenheit expect to see some of Heavy Rain‘s best ideas and innovations slowly becoming mainstream. In the mean time you should check out one the years most memorable games.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

The presentation of Super Mario Galaxy 2 makes it feel a lot like a new level rather than a full-blown sequel. But Super Mario Galaxy was a game for which I would truly welcome more levels. With a slightly pumped up difficulty, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is stealth hardcore game dressed in bright colors.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

I might love this game a bit disproportionately … but it’s still great: quick-paced action and some excellent boss fights. I know that some of the bosses are not as memorable as the first game’s roster game play tweaks; however Classic Controller support and the dual wielded beam katana (*cough* Light Sabers) make No More Heroes 2 a much better game. Some surprisingly fun 8-Bit mini games are a neat touch, though if you want to buy everything available you will end up grinding a few of them to death.

Demon’s Souls

I didn’t think I would like Demon’s Souls because of its renowned difficulty. The thing is, a lot of Demon’s Souls difficulty stems from it being unhelpful, giving little clue in what order to play through the game or how. If you accept some help from a guide then it becomes manageable. In fact, you can beat the difficulty curve to the point of being easy if you know the game well enough.

At a time when Japanese RPGs are getting a lot of flak for all being the same, Demon’s Souls is something very different and put many of the Western RPG-makers to shame while having been made on a tight budget. Great game play and great atmosphere. You will have to invest some effort in this game but it is worth it.

Special Achievement

Yakuza 3

Most graphically violent use of a dog kennel this year has to go to Yakuza 3. Sadly though, it doesn’t live up to Yakuza 2′s record of most tigers punched out of the air mid-pounce.

In all seriousness I love this series in spite of, or perhaps because of, its silly excesses. I pretty much spent a month of gaming playing through Yakuza 2 and 3. My PS2 died halfway through Yakuza 2 the first time around so I shelved it but played it in preparation of Yakuza 3.

While it perhaps isn’t up there with the best games of the year, Yakuza 3 is not a bad game and if you want something a bit different you could do much worse than its unique beat’m up RPG hybrid game play.

Cheap Thrills

If you are looking for some good value then there are some solid bargains about. First of all Mass Effect 2 has been heavily discounted, maybe in the hopes of selling more DLC. If you haven’t played it now is a great time to pick it up though I would warn that there is some talk of an “Ultimate Edition” with all the DLC in the new year, similar to the content of the upcoming PS3 version. Even without DLC, Mass Effect 2 is a great game.

On the topic of collected DLC editions, Assassin’s Creed 2 has a budget edition on both consoles with the content of the complete edition. At the time of writing, the Fallout 3 Game of the Year edition is a great bargain. On a ratio of cost-vs-playtime, it’s incredible value. I’ve just picked up Forza 3 Ultimate edition which is great value and I’m having a blast with it. Also available in a budget editions are Uncharted 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum.


Happy New Year from all of us here at MMORPG-Info and we hope to see much more of you in 2011!

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