Video Games 2010: From Best to Worst

A ranking of the best video games I played that came out in 2010 (by U.S. release date).
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Mario goes back in the galaxy to save the princess Peach from the evil king Bowser.
“ Platforming perfection. The difficulty ramps up expertly, there are always new things to do, and magic to be discovered. ” - spencergrande6
Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang, the men he used to call friends, in order to reclaim his home and family.
“ A beautiful open-world western. The story starts as typical revenge stuff but ends as a tragic and touching examination of life. The gameplay is varied and kept fresh, although the controls can't quite keep up with the amount of actions you can take (especially when spurring a horse while engaged in a firefight). ” - spencergrande6
Alan Wake (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While on vacation in the small town of Bright Falls, a struggling writer must investigate the mysterious disappearance of his wife while events from his latest manuscript, which he can't remember writing, begin to come true.
“ What sets this game apart is the fact that you play as a writer in a small town not some action hero fighting a big bad war. Ostensibly a survival horror game, but much more plot driven and less about fighting baddies than just uncovering the secrets of a complicated mystery. No it's not perfect (sometimes the script pages are weakly written and the action can be a little simple) but there isn't any other game quite like it. ” - spencergrande6
BioShock 2 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In 1968, the first successfully-bonded Big Daddy is reawakened to save his Little Sister from the clutches of Rapture's new leader, Sofia Lamb.
Director: Jordan Thomas
“ Nowhere near as perfect as the original, but the sequel still provides a great setting, a good story, and rock solid action (you get to play as a big daddy!). ” - spencergrande6
Dead Rising 2 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the rise of a new zombie outbreak, the new hero Chuck Greene has to help his daughter survive this zombie nightmare.
“ I can't help myself from falling in love with these games. The zombies are slow and easy pickings (but a bitch in big groups) and the game wears it's B-movie aspirations on its sleeve proudly. It mixes old-school game sensibilities with new school open worldness. The story isn't as fun as the first, but dual weapons and the setting are hella awesome. ” - spencergrande6
Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Donkey kong and Diddy kong is back on an new adventure. A evil gaurd tries to steal their bananas while their inside their house. Donkey Kong must defeat the evil puppet villian.
“ Excellent 2D platforming action, with a ridiculous amount of challenge (too much on some of those rocket levels), fun level design, but boring boss battles. ” - spencergrande6
Limbo (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A boy finds himself in a shadowy netherworld teeming with booby traps, savages, monsters and a thousand other perils and has naught but his wits to survive.
Director: Arnt Jensen
“ A unique and visually unique platformer that's all about physics and less about action. ” - spencergrande6
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A reboot of the legendary Castlevania franchise of video games by Konami. Follow Gabriel Belmont , a warrior for good, battle against the creatures of the night in an attempt to stop the end of the world as we know it!
“ It's a little bit God of War, Assassin's Creed, and even Shadow of the Colossus but all Castlevania. It gets away with it because this is how 3D Castlevania always should have been. The game's levels are gorgeous, the story interesting (it's basically comprehensible) and the boss battles tons of fun. It's the totality of effect that sets this one apart, not just one great element. ” - spencergrande6
God of War III (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Armed with his deadly double-chained blades, Kratos will take on mythology's darkest creatures to destroy Olympus and the mighty Zeus himself.
Director: Stig Asmussen
“ Bigger, bloodier, and prettier than the first two but also a bit complacent. Yeah Kratos is angsty, and yeah he kills real good, but the story is just God-killing filler by this point. Not enough risks, but the action is damn good and the boss battles spectacular. ” - spencergrande6
Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
“ An exhilarating take on an old classic. ” - spencergrande6
Mega Man 10 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Ryota Ito
“ Another fun and solid old school Mega Man game. The level, enemies, bosses and weapons lack the magic and overall feeling of perfection that define the best Mega Man games, and the challenge is a bit wonkier (feels cheap, as opposed to to pattern based). ” - spencergrande6
Halo: Reach (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A highly-trained branch of the UNSC known as the Noble Team must defend the planet of Reach from a massive Covenant invasion.
Director: Marcus Lehto
“ More of the same, which is both good and slightly boring. ” - spencergrande6
Mass Effect 2 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
After being revived from death and having to join a pro-human organization without a choice, Commander Shepard must assemble a team, battle a new threat, and make tough choices in order to save the galaxy from total annihilation once more.
Director: Casey Hudson
“ A prettier game than the first, but seems to lack purpose. You spend the entire game recruiting another crew, and finding out their stories. Cue 3rd game. Also the game lacks wonder and magic. I'm exploring space but it feels perfunctory. ” - spencergrande6
Metroid: Other M (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
“ An interesting attempt at 2.5D Metroid. The action works well but the story is a bit weak and the levels lack wonder--the need for exploration that is the core of Metroid. ” - spencergrande6
Dead Nation (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a deadly virus is once again sweeping the globe, infecting everyone...
Director: Mark Estdale
“ A top-down zombie blaster where you blast zombies...and blast zombies...and so on and so forth ad nauseum. ” - spencergrande6
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Experience the first half of Harry Potter's school life in Lego form.
“ You know what you are getting here. Fairly decent platforming and tons of stuff to collect. ” - spencergrande6