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Letters from the Front

2010 was a big year for the gaming world. From an explosion of social games and the beginning of mobile gaming to the rise of motion controls, 2010 was a surprise in store. Between the launch of BioShock 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops and the return of NBA Jam alongside a remake of a classic James Bond game from the late 1990s, the year was nothing but absolute bangers.

In an exciting year that was filled to the brim with absolute bangers and major heat, here are some of the best games of the year that will remain forever in my heart and memories has having defined a new decade and showed what the new decade could become, I’m excited to present to you the final issue of this ongoing series and present to you the best games of the 2010 year. I shall see you again next year when 2011 rolls around.

BioShock 2

Back in 2007, BioShock was a watershed moment in gaming and gaming history. Nothing was ever the same after the release of BioShock. BioShock ended up being the most significant game of the new generation and of the late 2000s so a sequel to this groundbreaking game would find itself in a hard spot. In 2010, BioShock 2 was released to the world and was a sequel to one of the most important games of the 360 lifecycle and so the objective was that it would redefine gaming yet again as the original did in 2007 and it never did.

10 years after its release, BioShock 2 is a forgotten gem of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 era. It’s wedged between the original game and BioShock Infinite, Ken Levine’s last BioShock game, and what it is regarded as a classic game. BioShock 2 is the overlooked child and it’s a shame that it is as time has been kind to the game and it’s a really good game at that with a very good ending.

BioShock 2 begins eight years after the ending of the original game and you step into the boots of Subject Delta, the first ever Big Daddy and a disregarded prototype for what would be the iconic Big Daddies that you see that are so synonymous with the original game. He is in search of Eleanor Lamb, the little sister he was bonded too in the 1950s and along the way, he is taunted by her mother, Sophia Lamb, who believes Subject Delta is a danger to what she’s trying to build in the ruins of Rapture. BioShock 2 is a familiar game from top to bottom but the improved mechanics makes the game a really good sequel to the original and a game that is easier to play, while the mystery of Rapture is lost, it is a well-crafted sequel.

Minecraft Alpha ( PC )

While an early version of Minecraft was released in 2009 after a week of development, the alpha and beta versions of Minecraft that released in 2010 made Minecraft explode in popularity. There was nothing quite like it. Minecraft captivated players and the world in general with its odd combination of clunky graphics, quite impossible difficulty-wise and opportunities for creative expressions, something that was unheard of ten years ago. The danger to Triple A developers was clear at the time: a free game that happens to be an indie game that’s addictive can take players’ limited time away from your games with a snap of a finger.

Heavy Rain

Whenever I think of Heavy Rain, I remember the great characters and the scenes and the mood that transpired throughout the entire game. I remember Heavy Rain like how I remember watching The Dark Knight in 2008 at the movie theater for the first time, it played like a movie that you could interact with, which is something way too common now in modern day gaming, but at the time, this was unheard of. It was a thrilling mystery story ripped out of a book or a movie that had you at the edge of your seat, it had great characters, and a very unique control scheme that made Heavy Rain a standout.

Halo: Reach

Without a doubt, Halo: Reach is one of the great Halo games of the decade and of the franchise. It’s only fitting that Halo: Reach takes place before the events of 2001’s breakthrough game, Halo: Combat Evolved, as the game is a fitting send off for fans of the franchise. I loved everything about Halo: Reach, it was a great title to play with friends and on random nights. I hope the Halo series returns to this level of not only popularity but this level of greatness.

Limbo

Back in the Summer of 2010, I was getting ready for another year at my local High School and I was playing a lot of Modern Warfare 2 with my friends and I saw this game called “Limbo” on the store and I was curious about it after reading about it in the latest issue of Game Informer and I picked it up. And it shocked me. It shocked me with its intoxicating noir art style and unflinching delivery, it kept me on the edge of my seat with this gloomy sense of doom. When it came to the end, I was fully addicted and I wanted more but it was a shame that the game ended way too soon. I believe that Limbo was 2010’s download-only breakout hit which is a shining example of the success indie games can garner when given a chance at life.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

To round it all up, Super Mario Galaxy 2 seemed like a no-brainer after the success of the original in 2007. Although, I never owned a Wii or any Nintendo product and only got to experience the Nintendo games at friends’ houses, Galaxy 2 was an intriguing game for me. It was quite fun for any age, it featured some of the most creative boss fights I have ever seen in gaming in a very long time.

Last but not least, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was one of the most unique titles I ever seen during my gaming career. Developed by the same studio who did Heavenly Sword in 2007, Enslaved had a gripping story that had me at the edge of my seat and gripped me until the very end. Enslaved was really the sleeper hit of 2010 and it’s a shame that we’ll never get a sequel to this magnificent game, a unique gem of the Xbox 360 era.

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