Game of the Year 2010
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Why?: Because I put over 100 hours the first month this game came out. Addictive gameplay, fast and furious. Oh, and I’m not even good at it. It infuriated friends and myself to no end to see myself get beat down every match, but we kept going back to it. Single player was awesome and one of the few RTS games that had a story worth unfolding.
Runner-ups: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Minecraft
Red Dead Redemption
Why?: The wild west is amazing in it’s own right, and RDR brought this into full scale. The land was wonderful to explore and felt more alive than any game. With every DLC addon too, the game just got better and better. When my PlayStation 3 died this year, it somehow gave me another excuse to restart the story again. Oh, and the multiplayer. The glorious multiplayer which turned out to be more fun than the single player. Rockstar rocked this title.
Runner-ups: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, God of War III
Why?: I really didn’t play much of my Xbox 360 this year, but Halo Reach ended up being the best game I did play that brought back a very familiar feel. Halo 3 didn’t impress me one bit, and Reach technically shouldn’t either, but it did. It added to multiplayer what needed to be added. The single player was alright, nothing to write home about, but Reach somehow managed to feel like Halo: Combat Evolved rather than the dreadful ODST expansion pack Bungie put out.
Runner-ups: Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black OPs
Donkey Kong Country 4
Why?: Nintendo got this title 100% correct. It’s insanely difficult (not New Super Mario Bros. Wii difficult, because that game was easy). It’s punishing to an extent. The best time I’ve had on the Wii in a very long time. So I have to give props to this title. Multiplayer is fun, and even though my wife and I discovered half way through that the title she was barely needed, we still had fun trying to rush through levels together. But this is what Nintendo needs to focus on. Just old fun games, minimum story, and arcade actiony goodness.
Runner-ups: Goldeneye 007, Super Mario Galaxy 2
That’s it. I also want to throw in a list of random awards to just general areas that didn’t fit anywhere else. I used to do this back in the early 2000s, so here it is. Random award time!
Most Use of Game References in a Video Game:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
Most Frustrating Game of the Year:
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Most Crashing in a Video Game:
Fallout: New Vegas
Bloodiest Game of the Year:
Splatterhouse (too bad it sucked).
Most Laggy Multiplayer Game of the Year:
Call of Duty: Black OPs for anything other than Xbox 360.
Most Hilarious Gaming Moment:
Red Dead Redemption, tying a woman to the tracks and watching the fireworks of blood. Runner-up is NBA Jam with it’s Republican vs. Democrat all-star team.
Most Use of Profanity:
Kane & Lynch 2 with runner-up, Mafia II. These games dropped a nuclear amount of F-bombs.
Most Nudity in a Game:
Mafia II with all the well-endowed granny Playboy images you can stare at.
Most Annoying Industry Fad:
DLC before game is released.
Least Used System of the Year (for me):
Xbox 360 and closely followed by the PSP.
Tin-Foil Hat Award:
Sony for firmware breaking their own system by removing features to stop piracy. I’d say downloading a 30GB game would be enough to stop it, but Sony didn’t think so.
Video Game Played to End 2010:
Jeopardy Deluxe on SNES (seriously, and I ended up with -$1,600).
Questions? I know one may pop up. “Why didn’t you GOTY titles on the PSP or DS or iPhone?“. Simple reason: I rarely use handhelds unless going out of town. If I were going to use one at home, I’d use my PSP more than anything since I can hook that up to my TV. But if I had to give an overall GOTY for any title on handheld, it goes to Pokémon, and whichever version cameo out this year. Those are my favorite handhelds.