Choosing our favourite games of 2010 was no easy task, with arguments, witchcraft and mathematical equations all being used to take hundreds of games and whittle them down to just 20. Read on for our thoughts on the games that just missed out on the Top 10 and head to our Game of the Year 2010 hub from Monday December 20 for the start of our video countdown from 10-1, as well as access to loads of other content.
20: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ezio's back, look at that. This sequel-to-a-sequel is quite possibly the best title in the series so far. Brotherhood has learned its lessons from the previous two games: it's changed its combat to be faster, maintained the charming personality of AC2 and chucked out the tedious visual puzzles that littered the last game. The overarching storyline might continue to slowly unfold at the usual glacial pace, but Ezio's Renaissance tale is still teeming with life.