Top Games of 2010
Where to begin? 2010 was a hell of a year for games, with some of the best releases of a generation arriving over the course of the 12 months.
Many of the games in this list will easily slot into many people’s all-time favourites. The Wii enjoyed one of its highlight years, with the releases of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Red Dead: Redemption and Mass Effect 2 also arrived, while the controller-chewing Super Meat Boy and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX arrived on digital stores.
Gamers who like to shoot stuff were spoiled with the releases of Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops, the latter introducing some of the most innovative new multiplayer modes in recent memory.
But, all other games pale in comparison to the sublime, the majestic, the simply spectacular DJ Hero 2. No spoilers for the list, of course, but any ranking system which doesn't have DJ Hero 2 at the very top is a travesty, a sham, an outrage and demands a recount.
(aka, I think you should go back and play DJ Hero 2).
Limbo is a puzzle game that is littered with ideas and an artistic eye, but more importantly it understands the frustrations of repetition and makes failure enjoyable.
Helsing's Fire has inventive levels and immediate charm, making it an instant iPhone classic you'd be a fool not to pick up post haste.
It might be ten times more expensive than the average App Store game, but it's also a shining example of what a good developer and Apple's shiny iDevices can achieve if they work together.
The basic gameplay isn't exactly original, but it's been executed so well on the Xbox 360 that it absolutely needs to be in your collection.
With Halo: Reach, Bungie has exited its most precious series with one almighty, planet-shattering bang.
F1 2010 is one of the most comprehensive and complete Formula 1 offerings to date, and has everything we’ve come to expect from the genre over the years.
Civilization V is the most playable Civilization game to date.
Lords of Shadow is exactly what the Castlevania franchise needed to find popularity with a new generation of gamers - and us oldies too. One of the best games of 2010.
FIFA 11 feels far more realistic than its predecessor, and packs in new features. You could get by with last year's game, but you will be missing out on one of the best sports games of 2010.
Guardian of Light is one of the most expertly-crafted downloadable titles to grace PSN, and an absolute steal at £9.99.