While still short of eclipsing Modern Warfare, Black Ops was at least MW2's equal, proving Treyarch capable of filling the assault boots of the all-but-defunct Infinity Ward. Halo Reach, on the other hand, was both beautiful masterpiece and poignant swansong to Bungie's ten-year-long saga.
But will I remember either as I drunkenly belt out Auld Lang Syne? No. I'll be remembering an entirely different game, one which finally saw its European release in June of this year. I'll be reminiscing about an RPG that breathed new life into death. I'll be recalling a game that came closer than any before in realising the peril and adventure of pen-and-paper RPGs.
And I'll be recounting every weapon, every ring combination, every warning message and every last run to harvest souls. The 2010 game I'll be going all gooey-eyed about as that clock strikes midnight and we say goodbye to 2010 is the seminal Demon's Souls. ®
The Year's Best... PC Games
Halo Reach 100%
Alan Wake 80%
The year's best... console games
No Duke Nukem Forever?
"To the dismay of many, 2010 saw the life-expectancies of the 360 and PS3 extended with the introduction of motion-controlled gaming. "
Who was dismayed?
Come on, sure Battlefield Bad Company 2 should be here?
Walks all over Call of duty and sets the scene for next level (console) FPS development.
Helicopter because you can fly them.
No mention of Fallout: New Vegas, it was the only game I made time to actually finish this year. Proved to be richer and more involved than Fallout 3. I loved it and can't wait for the DLC.
What no Fallout NV?
I will never forgive you...