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.

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  • 27.

    Aliens vs. Predator

    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. Is anything scarier than a xenomorph... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 26.

    Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

    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. So here it is, the end of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Singularity

    Surprises don't come along too often in the video game industry, but Singularity definitely isn't the flop everyone expected it to be. Half-Life 2 meets BioShock sounds like a good pitch for a first-person shooter. Two of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

    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. You're running starkers through... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.

    Mafia II

    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. With Mafia 2, developer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

    H.A.W.X 2 certainly knows how to fly, but it never really gets a chance to soar. When terrorism was invented nine years ago, few would have been able to grasp the effect it was going to have on our video games. You only need... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.

    Medal of Honor

    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. Picture the scene: You're creeping through an Afghan wadi, covering... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 20.

    The Ball

    The Ball won't lure many people away from the triple-A hits of the year, but if you're in the market for a spot of first-person puzzling, it's well worth the entry fee. The Ball kicks off with one of those scenarios that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 19.

    Ninja Blade

    Ninja Blade has no right to be as entertaining as it is. It's not as accomplished as the genre's heavyweights, but anyone able to see it as the roller-coaster ride it is should have a great time. It's unlikely you'll have... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 18.

    Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

    Dragon Age enthusiasts should consider Awakening an essential purchase. It offers more of the same - no bad thing - in a great value package. In the run up to Dragon Age: Origins' 2009 release, developer BioWare banged on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 17.

    Just Cause 2

    Just Cause 2 is a game that begs to be messed around with, for you to discover new ways to use the tools at your disposal and to take it all in the light-hearted way the developer intended. Sometimes the simplest things can... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 16.

    The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

    Settlers 7 is a fabulous game. It's unique, challenging, refreshing, and all sorts of beautiful. If all-conquering internet phenomenon FarmVille is the natural evolution of anything, it is Settlers. Settlers, as any PC gamer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 15.

    Transformers: War for Cybertron

    War for Cybertron is the first Transformers game I've played that nails the personality of the bots and it genuinely delivers a solid gaming experience alongside the nostalgia. Every child of the 80s wants to play a brilliant... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 14.

    Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge

    Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge is more of an average 2-disc edition than a deluxe Criterion version. Monkey Island 2 is one of the greatest games of all time: if there were a canon for video games, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone

  • 13.

    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

  • 12.

    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

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  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising

    There's little wrong with Chaos Rising. In almost all respects, it's a better game than Chaos Rising, and from a campaign perspective, the best since Warcraft III. It is a problem that has befuddled RTS developers for years:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    Blur

    Blur is a modern take on the Mario Kart formula, done in a way that feels incredibly cool and refreshing. I didn't like the idea of Blur. Ever since I was told about Bizarre Creations' first game for Activision, I couldn't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 7.

    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

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    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

  • 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