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The 10 Best Video Games 0f 2010

Joel and Chris run down The Cascade’s picks for the best video games of the year! The first in a series of three lists of our favourites in entertainment for 2010.

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by Joel Smart (Sports Editor)
& Chris Bonshor (Copy Editor)
Email: cascade.arts at ufv dot ca

1. Red Dead Redemption (PS3/360) – Beautiful countryside teeming with wildlife (and side-quests) envelopes numerous thriving Old West towns and hideouts. The story is distinguished and revolutionary. Game of the Year!

2. God of War III (PS3) – The ultimate action game, GOWIII is almost too fast-paced, with every level topping the absolute epic-ness of the one before it. Great puzzles too!

3. Super Meat Boy (360/PC) – Instant reloads after deaths keep this side-scrolling, wall-jumping, quirky masterpiece from becoming overly frustrating as you learn levels trial-and-error style. Must Play!

4. Minecraft (PC) – The indie smash hit of 2010, Minecraft is the greatest 3D block sandbox that you have played in since you were in diapers. Come for the free-form playing style, stay for the massive, addicting exploration and crafting.

5. Angry Birds (iPhone/Android) – Rediscover the fun of slingshots as you try to topple precarious structures and destroy the evil pigs hiding inside. Highly addictive!

6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – Building on the creativity of the first iteration, SMG2 improves on its level design for an overall superior experience. Both fun and challenging!

7. Fallout: New Vegas (PS3/360/PC) – For those of you who loved Bethesda’s awesome 2008 Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas offers more of the same crack that we all became addicted to before. Come for the show tunes and gambling, stay for the massive world and varied game play.

8. Sports Champions (PS3) – Proving motion control is relevant with the most accurate representations of ping pong, frisbee golf, volleyball, sword fighting and others. Surprisingly fun and a workout!

9. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC) – A finely-tuned, evolved real-time strategy, futuristic war game aimed at fans of the original. Incredibly deep but difficult to master.

10. Limbo (360) – Though remarkably short, this XBLA side-scrolling platformer oozes style and creativity. Dark, twisted and absolutely brilliant; don’t miss it!

Honorable Mentions: Mass Effect 2 (PS3/360/PC), Heavy Rain (PS3), Gran Turismo 5 (PS3), Bioshock 2 (PS3/360), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3/360), Napoleon: Total War (PC), VVVVVV (PC), Halo: Reach (360), Shank (PS3/360/PC), Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3/360/PC)

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  1. Jay

    January 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    This is definitely a good list. VVVVVV deserves that honourable mention for sure! Angry Meat Boy too. Some of the stuff coming from indie-level developers is pushing some serious replayability at really low cost. Sure, the graphics may not entirely push the limits of my GPU, but I’m not of the market segment that demands that the shadows always get darker, the water looks better, and the blood is shinier.

    I’ve died a thousand times in VVVVVV, and only paid a dollar.

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