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GamesRadar Editors' Games of the Year: 2010 Edition

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Dance Central

Cheryll Del Rosario: When I first saw footage of this game during the Microsoft event at E3 this year I wanted to hate all over it. I was ready to turn my dance floor enthusiast’s nose up to the ceiling and come up with creative ways to say “this thing sucks” in as many ways possible. Of course, as soon as I created a list of synonyms for “asstacular” I played it and saw the light.  Now it’s safe to say that I’m one of the biggest, most unashamed Dance Central nerds ever.

From their creative, and sometimes hilarious, titles for moves to legitimate original choreography to unexpected favorites on their song list there have been more than a few nights after work where I found myself sweating up a storm perfecting my Om Nom Nom or Sexy Jerk. I love this game so much that if I could put a ring on it I would. In the meantime, I’ll just wait till Harmonix releases “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” through DLC.

Mass Effect 2

Brett Elston: Mass Effect 2 is a game about space people who save the galaxy from evil aliens. Well they’re not really evil I guess but they do want to kill us all, which sounds like evil but maybe if they have a good reason I could understand. There is a lot of talking in this game and as you talk you learn more about your friends. After you talk to them for a long time you can have sex with them. There are also better guns in this game than the first game.

Super Meat Boy

Henry Gilbert: This honor nearly belonged to Super Mario Galaxy 2, but that all changed in mid-October when I started up my review copy of Super Meat Boy. Once I began jumping over buzzsaws to save Bandage Girl from Dr. Fetus, the fragile pile of red meat was all I could think about. I’ve never been one for masochistic games that involve dying literally thousands of times to beat, but SMB’s increasingly challenging level design struck a perfect balance with the super-tight controls. I was hooked, trying over and over to beat just one more level before going to sleep.

SMB’s amazing soundtrack, humor, and retro-love were just gravy on the addicting indie title. By the time I, with very sore fingers, bested the demanding, final Light World stage, I knew I had just experienced something really extraordinary. While a few games this year may be superior in a technical sense, nothing can match Super Meat Boy’s raw heart.

Super Street Fighter IV

Michael Grimm: I know what you’re thinking: “Mike! You fool! This is just an expansion of SF4! How could you waste your coveted Game of the Year accolade on this? Surely some other game deserves it.” Not so fast, scooter. While Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain and Red Dead Redemption are all fine games, I generally only play through them once. At a couple evenings a pop I enjoy them, but I rarely go back to them once they're finished. SSFIV, despite its goofy plots and hour long "campaign," draws me back in almost every night. When I lose it’s a personal assault, unequivocal proof that I’m a scrub who’s terrible and should go back to the day care center, but when I win I’m filled with the knowledge that my superior skills have crushed my opponent; I have seen into his soul, read him like a book and reduced him to a simpering child.

So why is SSFIV my GOTY? Well at $29.99 the game has one of the best dollar to fun ratios out there, especially if you catch the bug and become hopelessly addicted to getting better like myself. And while the game’s 10 new characters may not seem like a lot, that number means there’s 600 new character match ups you’re going to have to get familiar with. Factor in the game’s balance tweaks and one of the most active and intense communities in gaming, and SSFIV is easily my personal game of the year. It may not resonate with you, but if it does be prepared for one of the purest and most gratifying competitive gaming experiences available.

Mass Effect 2

Carolyn Gudmundson: If you're into science fiction literature, it's often disappointing when your favorite science fiction games don't have the same fully-realized worlds and stories as your favorite books. Mass Effect 1 and 2 are the only games I've played with a universe, story, and characters as rich as a good novel. The feeling of actually playing an epic space opera instead of just reading it brought back a level of pure childlike excitement I haven't felt with any other games this console generation. Most importantly, there's no tradeoff between gameplay and story – both aspects of Mass Effect are equally strong.

Mass Effect 2 built upon everything I loved from the original, especially in terms of its characters. Can we talk about Garrus for a second? I felt a rush of pride whenever Garrus praised my headshot skills because he's just so intensely cool. You know a character Is fully realized when you start regarding them as if they were a real person – I respect Garrus to the point that I hesitated to read his dossier at the end of the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC because it felt like an invasion of privacy.

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124 comments

  • Azure98 - February 6, 2011 7:10 a.m.

    I agree with you Tyler, Civ 5 is AMAZING! It is so addictive. I would turn off the computer to go do something else, and then find myself 5 minutes later back on, cos i need to take Berlin! HAHAHA!
  • jesusfrk15 - January 12, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    wooooot mass II and red dead were freaking amazing games! and way to go brett elston. champ!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 7, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    I loved Red Dead Redemption the best, although I agree with Lizzie that Halo 2 is the best game ever.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 19, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Henry had the right idea.
  • noune - December 18, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    It would be good to see FIFA 11 in there because I myself am a major FIFA supporter, it would be good to see games other than shooting games, because they are starting to get old for me, the same story most of the time but sporting games don't have a story, you pick them up score goals or whatever do a victory lap then get your ass handed to you.
  • inSovietRussiaDatesRecallBrettElston - December 15, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    but what was buttercup's game of the year? and leopold margarine? and lando lakes?
  • MrSigint - December 14, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    I think my game of the year has to go to the Dawn of War 2 expansion "Chaos Rising". I have no idea why, but I cannot stop playing it. Truely a great game.
  • TENAXIS - December 14, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    still TF2, loving everymoment of it with more maps and more weapons and more.. HATZZZ its getting fun and fun-er evryday
  • Samael - December 14, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Brett your Mass Effect 2 entry is pure perfection. SEX FRIENDS FOREVER! And I'm glad to know Carolyn is a huge Garrus fan. CALIBRATIONS FOREVER! MASS EFFECT 2 FOR-ok I'll stop now.
  • skyline19 - December 13, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    For me it's out of RDR and ME2, but if I had a gun to my head I'd say ME2. I've hammered both games since release, beaten ME2 7 times, and RDR almost 3 times. Both games are an absolute marvel, they make games that are very good indeed such as black ops, reach or Assassins Creed Brotherhood look like rents at best. RDR and ME2 are master of their craft, those games are a piece of art.
  • TJP75 - December 13, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    Literally just completed Singularity and loved every second of it. Especially enjoyed the 3 different endings. Activision have really screwed over Raven Software by letting Singularity die on its release.(same goes for Bizarre Creations).
  • foxyexplosion - December 13, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    wow im so glad someone agrees that the best halo was halo 2. Lockout, headlong and zanzibar were the coolest levels and I have way too many awesome memories playing that game with friends
  • yangsin20000 - December 13, 2010 5:28 a.m.

    Hmmm My GOTY was Medal of Honor (please no flame about it bieng a "CoD rip off MoH Was First 1999 B#tches!) it had a Compelling story great Gameplay and Awesome MP!
  • kachigop - December 13, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    RDR had me when I entered Mexico. Coming over the cliff, staring into the glistening sunrise, all with a perfect musical touch. I got chills. *nerdgasm*
  • K9unittp - December 13, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    I have to agree with the two tylers, mainly because of my strategy game fetish...
  • humpiedumpie - December 12, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Mass Effect 2 for sure :)
  • BK-201 - December 12, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    Singularity was an incredible game, freaked the hell out of me during parts of it though, it had that over Halo's flood missions honestly. It's one of the few games that makes me jump out of my seat while playing it at times, in fact, I don't think any other game has been able to do that. SCII...I love it, it's fun, addicting, and super hard for someone that only recently got into playing RTS's online.
  • spartann30 - December 12, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    glad that Super meat boy is in this GoTY list. still waiting for it on wii. personal game of the year has to go to halo reach. because im not conected to Live (Yet), i got to judge on single player and it reminded me of games that didn't rely on multiplayer
  • Zepaw - December 12, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    As I expected none have knocked off ME2 for my game of the year. Some wonderfully strong competitors though. I wish Fallout: New Vegas had not been so broken. I loved it so much I played for around 150 hours, but about 50 of those must have been surfing the internet during a load screen.
  • Cheech360 - December 12, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Great article guys! Love the picks. Will probably pick up Super Meat Boy just because of this.

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