Wednesday, January 12, 2011
My Top 10 Games of 2010
1. Super Street Fighter IV
I haven't been able to get into a fighting game since Street Fighter III: Third Strike (and I look forward to the PSN version of that). I also had to miss out on the original Street Fighter IV due to disposable income woes. But when this came around, I was ready, especially since I had moved away from my hometown and knew this would be the one way I could steadily keep in touch with friends. I grabbed a little Bluetooth headset and my first ever fighting stick in preparation. When I finally got the game, I was blown away even after building up some hype: colourful and charming graphics, a great cast of old favourites and bizarre new faces, fun music and a fighting system that emphasises the individual style of the player. The only games with in-game clocks that I've played over one hundred hours of are this, Oblivion and the original Phantasy Star Online. It's just an absolute blast.
2. Final Fantasy XIII
I absolutely love the linearity of this game. Outside of the music (which I consider the second-best soundtrack of an FF, just below Final Fantasy VI), the linearity might be my favourite aspect. It feels and plays like an RPG intended for arcades. The story may not make much sense, and the characters may not have much character to them, but this is undoubtedly the most fun I've had with a more traditional JRPG since Persona 4.
3. Yakuza 3
4. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
5. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
6. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition
7. Super Mario Galaxy 2
9. Gran Turismo 5
10. Kirby's Epic Yarn (co-op with wife)