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The Best Games in 2010

Finally came out with the list of 10 most played and the best games in 2010 in terms of packaging, engineering, graphics and design. This gaming technology is so fast changing that a superb game does not last much as theres always it new and advanced version on its way to launch.

Heavy Rain – Sony Playstation 3

How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love? This is the central question of Heavy Rain and one that the protagonist, Ethan Mars, is compelled to answer.

After Ethan’s son goes missing and is presumed to be the latest victim of the mysterious Origami Killer, he vows to do whatever it takes to rescue his boy. Besides Ethan, you also take control of three other seemingly unrelated individuals that have been drawn into the case: private investigator Scott Shelby, FBI criminal profiler Norman Jayden, and insomniac Madison Paige.

There is plenty of action to be found in the form of brutal and violent brawls, heart-pounding chases, and deadly gunfights, but even such mundane tasks as brushing your teeth or rocking a baby to sleep are surprisingly engaging, and help to strengthen your bond with the characters.

Red Dead Redemption by Rockstar Games – PlayStation 3/Xbox 360

Red Dead Redemption is an open world action adventure western video game. It was released for the PS3 and Xbox360 on May 18, 2010. It is a spiritual successor to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver.

Most of the game’s story takes place in the year 1911, during the decline of the American old West. The game follows John Marston, a former outlaw, while he sets out to hunt down his former gang members. Marston’s wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a bounty hunter.  Having no other choice, he sets out to bring his three former gang members to justice.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Nintendo, Wii

In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy took the world of video games by storm. Now this first true Mario sequel in years re-energizes the franchise with new levels and new power-ups. Plus this time Mario gets to team up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi, who adds new possibilities to the gravity-defying game play. It’s everything you love about the first game and more.

Mass Effect 2 by Electronic Arts – PC, Xbox 360

Mass Effect 2 is one of the most highly decorated games of all time, earning over 90 perfect scores and over 150 awards. This includes over 20 “Game of the Year” honors, ranging from individual media outlets around the world such as IGN, Eurogamer, G4, MSNBC.com and GameTrailers.com, to top honors from prestigious industry awards, including the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science’s Interactive Achievement Awards, and the Golden Joysticks.

In Mass Effect: Arrival, Commander Shepard is sent to the edge of the galaxy to rescue an undercover operative who may have evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion that has been looming since the very beginning of the series. Returning and playing a prominent role in Mass Effect: Arrival is fan favourite Admiral Hackett, who is voiced by legendary science-fiction actor Lance Henriksen (AlienTerminator)

Rock Band 3 by MTV Games – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii

If you enjoy music games; you’re just shooting yourself in the foot by not picking this little beauty up. Not only is it the best Rock Band game, it’s one of the best music games released to date, I’m now stuck between this and DJ Hero 2 being my favourite music titles so far, I would not be able to pick between the two. If it wasn’t for the sometimes-bewildering and incredibly over the top background visuals, it probably would have been the better of the two.

Call of Duty: Black Ops by Activision – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii

Hollywood-style campaign that we know today. Call of duty: Black Ops takes much of what made Modern Warfare 2 great and slightly expands and modifies it. You begin the game as Alex Mason, a soldier being interrogated for information that he can’t remember. You play through Mason’s memories in search for information.

Sam Worthington, Ed Harris, and Gary Oldman deliver expert performances and really nail their respective characters. There are twists, some of which work better than others, and the plot seems to get bogged down and slightly disjointed towards the middle. But unlike Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops does a wonderful job of cleaning everything up for the finale.

FIFA 11 by EA Sports – PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation3, PSP, Xbox 360

The FIFA Soccer 11 is the 18th game in the FIFA football simulator series and it comes with multiple improvements and new features that should make FIFA enthusiasts happy.

In FIFA Soccer 11 you can play as the Goalkeeper, this is a first one and it means that in FIFA 11 multiplayer mode the teams can be fully human-controlled. FIFA Soccer 11 is the first game in the FIFA series that uses the same game engine for PC, as for the PS3 and Xbox 360, this means that if you’re a PC user you’ll in for a threat as the gaming engine developed for consoles is far superior than the one that EA used for the previous FIFA PC editions.

God of War 3 by Sony – PlayStation 3

God of War and Kratos is synonymous with the PlayStation system, one of those games that almost every PlayStation owner has at least heard of, if not owns.  God of War 3 picks up at the end of the second game. Kratos is continuing his revenge against Zeus and he is yet again stripped of all his power.

That’s right, yet again you have to start from scratch and build Kratos as a killing machine which is somewhat of a disappointment. The story itself is not all that great. Kratos wants to find Zeus and kill him and to do so he needs to solve a number of puzzles, beat a number of bosses and chat to a few people. Really, the story is not where this game shines.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty by Blizzard – PC

After Blizzard Introduced StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty it has become the fastest-selling game of 2010 up to this day and one of the fastest-selling PC games of all time. Breaking down the 1.9 million sales in the Americas and Europe.

It is estimates that around 30% or 560,000 units were sold digitally via Battle.net and this was obtained via a study of order numbers during the first day of sale with the remainder coming from physical retail sales and 58% of total sales coming from the Americas with the remainder from Europe.

Halo: Reach – Microsoft, Xbox 360

Microsoft Game Studios and Certain Affinity have released two new multiplayer maps and a firefight map in the new Defiant Map Pack for Halo Reach.

For those of you who are deeply familiar with the lore of the Halo Universe beyond the games, there are some familiarity within two of the three maps. Certain Affinity has done a pretty decent job of these three maps overall.  Although they don’t quite have the ebb and flow that the wizards at Bungie have graced us with in the map packs of yore, the maps are laid out in a way to give you a solid, action packed experience.  Considering the price that DLC map packs are going for nowadays, 800 Microsoft Points doesn’t seem like a bad price to pay.  However, it would have been nice if they added a couple of Forge World creations to sweeten the pot.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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