Top Action Games of 2010

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top action games of 2010, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

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  • 30.

    Dead Rising 2: Case Zero

    Perhaps the most impressive thing about Case Zero is the fact that it plays out almost exactly like a miniature version of the Dead Rising experience. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... unless, of course, you're talking... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 29.

    Metroid: Other M

    Metroid Other M is one of the most accomplished action games on the Wii, but it's let down slightly by some clumsy controls and awkward storytelling. Metroid Other M is one of the best Wii games I've ever played, easily bettering... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 28.

    Mass Effect 2 - Lair of the Shadow Broker

    Lair of the Shadow Broker is an exciting and cinematic ride that leaves you wanting more. BioWare was always going to return to the Shadow Broker; the mysterious information trader's existence has been dangled in front of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 27.

    Darksiders

    Darksiders deserves attention. It's a highly entertaining adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action. Fingers crossed the sequel will build on this impressive debut. It's Zelda meets God of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 26.

    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

    There are certainly better hack 'n' slash games on the market, built around deeper combat, but few games can match Enslaved's excellent fusion of gameplay and storytelling. Movies and games are increasingly crossing paths.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 25.

    Vanquish

    If you enjoy shooters then you absolutely must experience Vanquish; just know that you're not going to be getting much more than a weekend's play unless you get addicted to high scores and challenges. I recently reviewed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 24.

    Costume Quest

    A game that even a self-confessed turn-based hater had a great time with. I don't like turn-based RPGs. They bore me, with their stilted combat and repetitive encounters. But I like Costume Quest... a turn-based RPG. This... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 23.

    Sonic Colours

    Without the distractions of combat, hub worlds and pointless Wii-mote waggling, Sonic Team has been able to put all its efforts into creating a platformer Sonic fans can be proud of. Sonic Unleashed did a remarkable job of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 22.

    Halo: Reach - Noble Map Pack

    The Noble Map Pack allows Halo: Reach players a bit of a fresh frolic in some fancy new surroundings. A few months on, and I still stand by my opinion that Halo: Reach is the best multiplayer Halo to date - though I still... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 21.

    Sonic Colours

    Tight controls and incredibly well designed levels make Colours one of the best handheld Sonic games out there. Reviews of recent Sonic games always open with the writer celebrating Sonic's 16-bit history and then complaining... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 20.

    Eat Them

    Eat Them! taps in to what makes mindless destruction addictively fun. Eat who? Them. Oh right, fair enough. The Bristolians of FluffyLogic, the little dev team who last year brought you the tower defence-based Savage Moon,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 19.

    Infinity Blade

    Buy it safe in the knowledge that you're not only getting the best looking game on the App Store, but a fantastic little action RPG in its own right. I remember moaning about how dull Infinity Blade seemed after seeing it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 18.

    Bayonetta

    It's fast, thrilling, gorgeous, punishing, rewarding and tremendous fun. It's an old-fashioned game at heart, will test your skills to their limit, and more than lives up to its billing. "Seven years ago I created Devil May... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 17.

    BioShock 2

    In many ways BioShock 2 is a game about refinements, rather than wholesale changes. Combat is better, but the game's story doesn't match that found in the original. There's no doubt that revisiting Rapture isn't quite as... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 16.

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    Do you like first-person shooters? If the answer is yes, buy Battlefield: Bad Company 2. EA might be looking at Medal of Honor to get a Modern Warfare sized hit, but BC2 deserves good things too. It's no secret that EA wants... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 15.

    Yakuza 3

    Yakuza 3 combines visual splendour with superb sound design to create an unparalleled atmosphere. Yakuza's first outing on the PlayStation 3 feels suitably next generation. The Far East has an undeniably huge influence on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 14.

    Splinter Cell: Conviction

    Conviction manages to tweak the tried and tested formula without ruining the stealth gameplay, delivering some of the best action gaming I've played this year. It's hard to put it into words, which is a rather big flaw for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 13.

    Final Fight: Double Impact

    Final Fight: Double Impact is the perfect port of a retro classic; the original game buckles under the pressure of the fan service that's been added to it. If you're a Capcom fan, insta-buy. Final Fight: Double Impact's release... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 12.

    Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City

    PS3 owners can finally get their hands on what is the finest example of DLC we've seen to date. The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony would be worth buying as standalone games. After what must have seemed like a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 11.

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

    Guardian of Light is one of the most expertly-crafted downloadable titles to grace Xbox LIVE Arcade, and an absolute steal at 1200 Microsoft Points. It's quite remarkable that Crystal Dynamics has been able to create a game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 10.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection

    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. Sometimes the unlikeliest success... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 9.

    Halo: Reach

    With Halo: Reach, Bungie has exited its most precious series with one almighty, planet-shattering bang. If ODST showed the Halo series could survive without Master Chief taking centre stage, Reach shows that planetary defence... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 8.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    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. I'm all for a bit of realism in games, but from time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 7.

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

    Guardian of Light is one of the most expertly-crafted downloadable titles to grace PSN, and an absolute steal at £9.99. It's quite remarkable that Crystal Dynamics has been able to create a game that feels designed for solo... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 6.

    Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

    This is a gold standard expansion, one that's briefer than the GTA IV add-ons, but otherwise just as good. Undead Nightmare is one of those games that, when played in a busy office, can act as a Weapon of Mass Disruption.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 5.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    Call of Duty: Black Ops is a far more accomplished experience than Treyarch's previous efforts. Call of Duty is obsessed with fear. But while Modern Warfare and its sequel exist as a paean to America's current socio-political... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 4.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

    Brotherhood's success lies in taking what made Assassin's Creed 2 work and simultaneously making it more coherent and more cinematic. There was a brief period back in 2007 when the marketing of Assassin's Creed was pretty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 3.

    Prince of Persia Trilogy

    If you've never played the PS2 Prince of Persia trilogy before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you have, play it again. Even after seven years, running along walls has lost none of its charm. Nor has leaping... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 2.

    God of War III

    God of War 3 is a hack 'n' slash video game developed at the very highest level and takes what I thought was possible to new heights. It sits comfortably as one of my favourite games of all time. Let's get this out of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 1.

    Red Dead Redemption

    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. For years it seemed as if no-one in Hollywood... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3