So yes, the action rocks bells. But I still can't help but feel that for me, it's the less familiar elements that help to make Red Dead Redemption the best game of 2010 thus far.
Even though this is a direct sequel, Nintendo has once again made Mario's planetoid adventures feel remarkably fresh and, somehow, even more entertaining than those in the original.
StarCraft II can be daunting, distressing and demanding but it's one of the richest and most expertly produced video games of recent years.
It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: Western RPGs will never be the same again, such is the impact of BioWare's work here.
I think you knew all along this was going to be great. Fantastic, even. All the same, I don't think you'll be prepared for it being this good.
We've had games that let us play cop before, of course, but it's hard to remember anything that's ever come this close to making us feel like we're actually doing the job.
We knew then that Miyamoto and co had made a classic, but it's only now that we can see just how revolutionary Ocarina of Time actually was.
Invest in each world - in the castle and Yorda, and the Forbidden Lands and Agro - and you'll be rewarded with an experience that will stay with you for a very long time.
Aside from some visual cutbacks this PlayStation 2 version has it all: Extended content, smooth controls, proper widescreen support and superb audio. Everyone should experience Resident Evil 4.
It doesn't take the world's greatest detective to spot that this is an expertly crafted adventure, one that maintains a breathtaking pace and invigorating rhythm from beginning to end.
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