Mass Effect 2 took almost every negative from Mass Effect 1 and turned it into a positive. Bioware created a fully realized sci fi universe here that’s as deep and interesting as any universe before it.
Best PS3 Game
God of War III sports one of the most amazing openings to any game I’ve played. Although the ending left fans polarized, the brutal gameplay, visual fidelity, and cool boss battles make this one of my favorites from last year.
Best Downloadable Game
This was a tough choice for me because to be honest, I didn’t play a whole lot of downloadable games, but Guardian of Light’s fun coop really helped it edge it out over Shank.
Best Wii Game
This was a toss up for me. You can pretty much flip a coin as to which game was my favorite. Ultimately, it’s amazing what Super Mario Galaxy 2 does in a 3D space, so that nudges it over Donkey Kong Country. Between SMG2, Kirby, and DK, 2010 was an awesome year for Nintendo platformers and I couldn’t be happier about that.
Best PSP Game
Honorable Mention: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Easily the best PSP MGS game to date, Peace Walker looked and played more like a full blown console release than a limited portable game.
Best DS Game
Adjectives, that’s all you need to know. Super Scribblenauts also added an actual face button control scheme and more of a puzzle oriented gameplay structure. All of these improvements basically took away most complaints gamers had about the first game.
2010 Game of the Year
Honorable Mention: Mass Effect 2
It was hard to choose between ME2 and RDR, but ultimate I chose RDR because it went from a game I only got because I was talked into it (for the multiplayer), to being one of the best experiences I had with a game last year. The characters, gameplay, and awesome ending really set it apart from most games of 2010.
Other fun choices:
Best Graphics: God of War 3
Best Artistic Design: Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Best Action Game: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Best Fighting Game: Super Street Fighter IV
Best Adventure Game: Back To The Future Episode 1
Best Music Game: Rockband 3
Best Platforming Game: Donkey Kong Country Returns
Best Racing Game: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Best RPG: Fallout: New Vegas
Best Shooter: N/A
Best Sports: NBA 2K11
Best Score: Red Dead Redemption
Best Voice Acting: Mass Effect 2
Best Story: Red Dead Redemption
Best Online Multiplayer Game: NHL 11