Top PC Games of 2010
2010 was a big year for gaming, but perhaps a bigger year for the world of advertising men's toiletries in a towel. Old Spice hit viral gold with its Old Spice Guy campaign, generating 23.5 million YouTube views. "Hello ladies" will forever be etched into our memories, as will the handsome star of the ad wearing only a towel. The ad proved so popular that even Sesame Street produced a spoof.
While you were working on your physique to match up to Old Spice Man, or playing with your fancy new iPad and watching horrifying footage of a lady throwing a cat into a bin, you may have missed some of the year's best PC games, which included indie hits Limbo and Super Meat Boy, two titles which couldn't have been any further apart in their gameplay. Also making waves was Blizzard's long-overdue return to its StarCraft franchise, with the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
To find out what other must-play games you may have missed read on for our Top PC Games of 2010.
Plain Sight is a fantastic concept that is ultimately let down in its execution. Still, it's a steal at £7.99, and is well worth checking out simply for the bizarre awesomeness of it all.
Ultimately, Front Mission Evolved is another case of needless westernisation, something that Square Enix is becoming increasingly guilty of.
The Force Unleashed II isn't a bad game by a long stretch - just a game that's over in a flash and almost entirely devoid of any memorable moments.
Nail'd impresses in its opening moments and is fun to hop into for a quick burst, but once you've seen a few of the sights you're left with a game that struggles to excite where it really matters.
Aliens Vs Predator is a great deal of fun, but there's no getting away from the fact that it feels somewhat dated and that the marine campaign is head and shoulders above the other two.
C&C4 is a curiosity, one that succeeds in moving the RTS genre forward and is at times brilliant fun, but it fails as a fitting finale to one of the most loved science fiction tales in gaming.
Surprises don't come along too often in the video game industry, but Singularity definitely isn't the flop everyone expected it to be.
The deranged duo's return is worth experiencing and is far more accomplished than its predecessor, but the gameplay on offer still doesn't match the quality of the characters IO has created.
Mafia 2 feels like a game that could have been great. Vito's rise might not be as littered with flashy set-pieces as I'd have liked, but by the end it's a journey most people won't begrudge making.
Neither Danger Close nor DICE are working to their full potential here, but underneath the hype and controversy there's a video game that's still worth a look.