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Letters from the Front

The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 entered the market in the middle of the 2000’s. The Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 alongside the Wii dominated the scene for a good portion of the 2010’s until the current generation released in 2013. Each console brought something new, the 360 offered games at 1080p, the Playstation 3 had a built in blu-ray player, something that was unheard of in 2006, and the Wii revolutionized gaming with motion controls.

The 2000’s was the golden age of video-games; 2007 brought games like BioShock and Modern Warfare, 2008 brought Metal Gear Solid 4 and Fallout 3, 2009 brought Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum. 2010 was a new decade that would hopefully bring the same amount of iconic games that released in the 2000’s and it didn’t take long for that to happen; the year 2010 brought Halo: Reach, Fallout: New Vegas, and Mass Effect 2 amongst other great games.

A new decade of great games had begun. Come along and reminiscence with me about the games that released in the new decade.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Black Ops was a wildly different game than Modern Warfare that released a year prior but it would go down in the annals of gaming history.

Black Ops is widely considered to be the beginning of the Black Ops franchise but World at War was the beginning. World at War was the predecessor to Black Ops and brought many of the characters over from that game, including Reznov, the famous Soviet soldier who we fought alongside with at Stalingrad and at Seelow Heights.

Although set in the height of the Cold War with American involvement in the Vietnam War, Black Ops was mainly a fictional story. The story is set between 1961 and 1968, 20 years after the end of World War II and World at War. It portrays the secret history of Black Operations teams that were sent behind enemy lines throughout the Cold War, you mainly played as Alex Mason who served in the Marine Corps in the Korean Conflict and was later enlisted in the CIA as part of the SAD / SOG program.

The legacy of Black Ops belongs in the golden era of Call of Duty where all the older games belongs. Not only is it remembered fondly but Black Ops would go on to influence the later Call of Duty games.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

A game unlike any other.

Considered to be one of the greatest multiplayer shooters of the 2010s, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a unique game unlike any other multiplayer shooter of its era. Bad Company 2 featured the best campaign in the franchise for several years with some of the very best writing and a cast of characters that was unrivaled. Bad Company 2 is a unique port of calling, a game that almost never comes. While the campaign was great, its multiplayer stole the show with the Vietnam expansion and the base game. The Vietnam expansion is considered to many as one of the best multiplayer experiences ever made, an expansion pack so criminally underrated that it’s basically a crime to humanity. The Vietnam expansion brought the Vietnam War to life that not many games can do, Bad Company 2 is Battlefield unshackled and it’s a game that we will never see again.

Red Dead Redemption

Who would’ve thought that the best game of 2010 was going to be a Western? Definitely not me.

Rockstar’s epic western game killed any misconceptions that the game would basically be Grand Theft Auto but set in the olden times, weaving a powerful narrative that would be worth the price of admission at a movie theater. The story of John Marston is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time, with an ending that would rip your heart out. Red Dead Redemption is a classic game from top to bottom, a game unlike any other.

Set in 1912 at a time and place when the West is no longer the West, John Marston must hunt down his former gang members and bring them to justice so he can see his family once again. There’s nothing quite like it, it’s a classic Western tale worthy of the most epic Western movies ever made. Red Dead Redemption is one of Rockstar’s greatest works.

Fallout: New Vegas

In 2008, Bethesda set its flag on the Wasteland with Fallout 3. Bethesda revived the once dead franchise for a new generation of gamers, one that grew up not knowing the classic over the top games of the 1990s and the early 2000s. However, it was Fallout: New Vegas that brought the franchise back to its very roots via setting the game back on the American West Coast. Obsidian Entertainment, a studio founded by the original members of the Fallout franchise, took the West Coast homecoming quite seriously, delivering plot lines and characters from the original games and places that are creepy and odd. Fallout: New Vegas is hands down the greatest modern Fallout game ever created.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 was the RPG of 2010. No doubt about it.

The Mass Effect trilogy defined RPGs in the last console generation. The trilogy showed what RPGs could be in the 2010s and what they could be in the upcoming generation and Mass Effect 2 solidified that. It set a new bar in what RPGs could become and its easy to forget that Mass Effect 2 started that.

Mass Effect 2 dropped in February of 2010 to outstanding reviews from both fans and critics alike, but there was a discussion and still is a discussion surrounding the plot of Mass Effect 2. Some argue that Mass Effect 2 lost the plot when it focused on a singular mission instead of galactic exploration but the streamlined outcome is better for its focus, losing the aimless exploration in favor of a singular mission makes the sequel have a pace and forward momentum that feels peppier and more thrilling than what RPGs that were available at the time, ten years ago. There was nothing quite like it and never will be again, Mass Effect 2 is the apex of classic BioWare.

And this concludes the first issue of 2010 and the Best Games Turning 10, come back tomorrow for the second and final issue of this ongoing yearly series. 2010 was a hoot.

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