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).

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  • 30.

    Helsing's Fire

    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. Dracula's never been one to have a large amount of light in his dastardly castle, and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 29.

    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

  • 28.

    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

  • 27.

    Plants vs. Zombies

    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. PopCap Games should be a household name for gamers. If you haven't played Peggle... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 26.

    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

  • 25.

    F1 2010

    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. The roar of an engine and the smell of petrol will forever remind me... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    Civilization V

    Civilization V is the most playable Civilization game to date. Yesterday it got so bad I played Civilization V while eating breakfast and dinner; I swapped lunch for a few snacks so I could spend more time defending my western... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    FIFA 11

    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. FIFA 11. It's FIFA 10, but better.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 22.

    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

  • 21.

    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

  • 20.

    Fallout: New Vegas

    Despite the numerous bugs, New Vegas is a magnificent RPG, one that stands head and shoulders above its predecessor. More importantly, it's also the game that Fallout fans have been waiting for. For years now the Fallout... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Game Dev Story

    Soon all you'll care about is getting Game of the Year over those damned Circle Enix guys and spending five consecutive hours trying to get a decent score. That guy who runs the game studio that specialises in golf RPGs?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 18.

    Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy is bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. Super Meat Boy is one of the reasons I play video games. It's bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. This retro-revival darling immediately... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii

  • 17.

    DJ Hero 2

    DJ Hero 2 is happy with the beautiful, simple thrill of flashy, lightning-fast button presses in time with some fantastic music. Rhythm games are older than most people seem to think. I've had a love affair with hitting notes... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 16.

    The Sims 3

    It represents one of the best aspects of gaming – the ability to push a game to its creative limit just to see what will happen. It's a beautiful day over at the VideoGamer.com office. The sun is shining, the birds are singing.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    Rock Band 3

    If you've still got a passion for the genre Rock Band 3 might just be the most important rhythm game to date. One of my main goals with Rock Band 2 was for Goretopsy, my Rock Band band, to complete the Endless Setlist II... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 13.

    Football Manager 2011

    This year Sports Interactive has made a game that feels like the most essential for a very long time. Being a manager has never been so realistic or as much fun. It's time for another entry in the Football Manager series.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    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

  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

    If you enjoy rich worlds, interesting stories and endearing characters, I implore you: don't let this pass you by. I have weak tear ducts; it's one of my very few flaws in life. I cried the other week during Mrs Doubtfire,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 8.

    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

    Namco Bandai has once again intelligently built upon - and suitably drop-kicked into 2010 - one of the most famous arcade games of all time. Wakka wakka wakka wakka wakka. WAKKA. Okay, I've got it out of my system: Pac-Man... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 7.

    Sly Collection

    The Sly Collection is a top-notch compilation of some of the most beautiful platformers ever made. Would somebody in the UK please buy it? Sony's attempts to include PS2 compatibility with the PS3 might have been an unmitigated... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 6.

    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

    BlazBlue will teach you things, broaden your horizons, and give you a damn good time; think of it as the Mrs Robinson to your brawling Benjamin Braddock. "Boing! Boing! Boing! Your boobies are still the best!" she trills,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 5.

    Mass Effect 2

    Mass Effect 2 is the perfect fusion of the shooter and RPG genres. When you're not playing it, you wish you were. When you are playing it, you can't imagine doing anything else. Engrossing. Stunning. The adjective "stunning"... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    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. Can a direct sequel to one of the best... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 1.

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

    StarCraft II can be daunting, distressing and demanding but it's one of the richest and most expertly produced video games of recent years. When we left off, in 1998, the insectoid Zerg had just betrayed the technologically-advanced... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC