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Gaming year in review

December 31st, 2010 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS2, Wii, Xbox 360

It’s that time of the year again! I thought I’d list my favorite games of 2010.

Favorite single player: Mass Effect 2
I really liked the first Mass Effect, and I felt the 2nd was even better. I love the characters, the story, and how my decisions actually matter. I felt the combat was improved, and I like how it’s a mix of shooter and RPG. One of my favorite games, not just of this year, but ever!

Favorite multiplayer: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Buckley and I are always looking for good co-ops and were pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s the most cooperative game we’ve played, such that every level depends on both players working together. The achievements also added a nice challenge.

I had a LJ entry about all the games I played in 2010, but it seems to have magically disappeared. So… I’m writing it here again.

(* = beat/finished the game)


Alien Swarm – a free game and well… you get what you paid for. A top down shooter type game, but I really didn’t care for it.

Assassin’s Creed – not really my type of game. I’m not the sneaking around type and it seemed repetitive.

* Bioshock – I really like the story and feel of this game – a fallen utopia. It was creepy but not really scary. The mix of plasmids and shooting weapons was interesting.

* Borderlands – like a mix of shooter and MMO/Diablo. The combat is FPS, yet you pick up quests, get drops, and have talent trees like Diablo. The story is lacking, but it’s really fun to play with other people.

* Braid – I’m late to the party on this game, but I thought it was really creative and awesome. A puzzle platformer, where you can turn back time to undo mistakes or solve puzzles.

Chime – an Indie puzzle game with Tetris-like shapes that awards points for quads, multipliers, and coverage. I have fun with it.

Diablo II – an oldie but a goodie. We went through normal and are almost done with Nightmare. Will do Hell next.

* Left 4 Dead – super zombie shooting fun. I appreciate the simplicity of little story, campaign modes, and just running around shooting stuff. Really fun to play with friends.

Left 4 Dead 2 – introduced new items and new special zombies. Melee weapons are fun, but I could do without the other extra stuff. Still a fun game, though I don’t really like the characters.

* Mass Effect – the start of the awesome Mass Effect series. What I said about 2 pretty much sums up 1 as well.

* Mass Effect 2 – (read above)

* Portal – Another one I was late to the party on. It really is a solid game that just stands out and has some of the best and memorable lines. The portal system opens up awesome things to do.

World of Warcraft – I hate to say it… but this is probably the best MMO I’ve played. I did quit this year though. Even though they’re good about adding new things often, I still eventually got bored.


Donkey Kong Country Returns – a platformer that has an old school feel but with new things. I’m having fun with it, but it’s definitely harder than I expected.

* Kirby’s Epic Yarn – This game is seriously… so cute. It’s not really difficult except for some of the later levels and mini games (if you’re going for completion), but it was still a lot of fun and very creative.

* Mario Galaxy – a solid Wii game, though some parts were too gimicky for me. It has some Mario 64 feel to it, but the use of gravity and powers are more creative.

* Okami – started this a few years ago, but finally beat it this year. It’s a beautiful game, both art and music. It’s very Zelda-like, and the Wiimote is a nice way to do the paint strokes. I put in a lot of hours and enjoyed every bit of it.


Henry Hatsworth – Platformer on the top screen, puzzle on the bottom. I had fun at first, but then it got… really hard. That’s fine except that it was more frustrating than a fun challenge.

* Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – A definite improvement from Phantom Hourglass. Though traveling with the train is boring and annoying, I felt the dungeons were more clever and the ending interesting.

* Picross 3D – a fun change on normal 2D Picross. It added extra difficulty this way, but it was harder to view as the puzzles got larger. I really liked this game, but I might like the 2D one better.

Pokemon HeartGold – unfortunately, most of the Pokemon games feel the same, which is a fun formula, but I got bored quickly. Didn’t get very far.

* Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – Probably the easiest of the Layton games, but the story was much better than 2, maybe better than 1. The ending was pretty epic though.

Xbox 360

Bayonetta – a ridiculous game, but I think in a good way. I haven’t played much, but I do plan on playing more.

* Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – (read above)

* Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – All of the Activision Marvel action RGPs are solid. They do get more and more dumbed down though. This being the 4th game… the leveling system is pretty dumbed down. Still very fun though with a “civil war” type story.

Perfect Dark – This is the remake of the N64 game, and I loved how it was mostly the same but with improved graphics.


Shadow Hearts Covenant – also started a while ago, but I went back to it this year. I liked the game, but towards the end, the story didn’t fully make sense, so I stopped caring and also stopped playing. The ring system for combat is interesting though.

3 Responses to “Gaming year in review”

  • Mars says:

    Im a lot into post-apocalyptic games. I think Borderlands was a great and fun FPS/RPG/Looting game.
    I still don’t own any Bioshock, but Ill buy all this next year, it is set in the 50’s I think.
    My girlfriend wants me to play Mass Effect and Assassins Creed Series, I guess ill give them a try too.
    What? No Fallout? How come! Not even New Vegas?
    Layton Games are Epic, Im halfway the 2nd now <3…

    • Cat says:

      I LOVE the Mass Effect series! Bioshock is also a fun one.

      Your comment reminds me that I also played Assassin’s Creed this year. I wasn’t a big fan unfortunately, but maybe I’ll like 2 and Brotherhood more.

      Yeah, I never got around to the Fallout games XD;; Maybe this year…

  • Mars says:

    If you have the patience I would recommend you Fallout Series.
    My girlfriend says AC:2 and AC:B are a great improvement after AC, she even went as far as telling me “It sucks in comparison, watch Assassins Creed in 5 minutes on YouTube”.