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.

  • 30.

    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

    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. We've had games that have... more

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  • 29.

    Vanquish Review

    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 Tecmo Koei's terrible Quantum Theory. It was an example... more

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  • 28.

    Fable III Review

    Fable III

    Molyneux's fervent quest for accessibility might alienate some core gamers, but even the most cynical of critics would struggle to suppress a smile while playing Fable III. Peter Molyneux, you cruel bastard. I've scarcely been back in Albion two... more

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  • 27.

    Costume Quest Review

    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... more

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  • 26.

    NBA 2K11 Review

    NBA 2K11

    Let's face it: it's unlikely you're going to pick this up instead of FIFA 11, but as an alternative to play when football isn't on your brain, this does the job very well indeed. I'm not what you would call a fan of American sports. There's just something... more

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  • 25.

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Review

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

    Despite feeling like a fusion of Need for Speed and Burnout, Hot Pursuit is still the most exciting title the franchise has seen in a long time. It was always going to be hard for Criterion's Need for Speed to break free... more

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  • 24.

    Deadly Premonition Review

    Deadly Premonition

    You might love it, you might hate it - but I guarantee you won't forget it. Cult games, in the truest sense of the term, are comparatively rare animals... more

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  • 23.

    Bayonetta Review

    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 Cry. Many of you have said that it... more

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  • 22.

    BioShock 2 Review

    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 special as seeing... more

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  • 21.

    Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International Review

    Star Ocean: The Last Hope

    Last Hope International is the definitive Star Ocean 4 experience, and as far as we're concerned, the best next-gen RPG money can buy. Last summer, when I probably should have been frolicking on a beach... more

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  • 20.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Review

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has all the best qualities that Mario Kart initiated years ago and features controls tailored to the portable iOS devices. It's true that Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing is incredibly similar in... more

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  • 19.

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review

    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 its own Modern Warfare, but in recent years the... more

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  • 18.

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

    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: how do you... more

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  • 17.

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes Review

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

    The combat system is almost flawless. Bar the odd insane difficulty spike, even the dreaded grind is pleasurable. It attains that holy grail of game design: easy to learn, but hard to master. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, from little-known Canadian developer... more

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  • 16.

    Splinter Cell: Conviction Review

    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 a review, but... more

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  • 15.

    Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City Review

    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 monumental wait, PS3 (and PC) gamers can... more

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  • 14.

    Alan Wake Review

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake is still a superbly scripted adventure on PC. "It was Tuesday morning, my hands still slightly numb from the cold May air... more

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  • 13.

    Blur Review

    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... more

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  • 12.

    Limbo Review

    Limbo

    Limbo is a puzzle game that is littered with ideas and an artistic eye, but more importantly it understands the frustrations of repetition and makes failure enjoyable. With the influx of pretty independent games over the last ten years it's... more

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  • 11.

    Plants vs. Zombies Review

    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... more

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  • 10.

    F1 2010 Review

    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 of one... more

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  • 9.

    Civilization V Review

    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... more

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  • 8.

    FIFA 11 Review

    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. After playing this year's version of EA's... more

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  • 7.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review

    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 to time I want fantasy.... more

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  • 6.

    Fallout: New Vegas Review

    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 games have been telling us that war never changes.... more

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  • 5.

    Super Meat Boy Review

    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,... more

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  • 4.

    Football Manager 2011 Review

    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. Usually these... more

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  • 3.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Review

    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... more

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  • 2.

    Mass Effect 2 Review

    Mass Effect 2

    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. The adjective "stunning" is over-used, especially when it comes to video... more

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  • 1.

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

    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... more

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