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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tech Beever's Games of 2010

2010 is almost over, but it's been a great year for gaming, so, here is a rundown of Tech Beever's Top Games of 2010!

Alan Wake- Xbox 360
After a long delay, Alan Wake finally came to Xbox this year, but was it worth the wait? A somewhat controversial title, means it sits firmly in the middle. It's by no means a bad game, far from it; an engrossing, beautifully presented game that genuinely makes you want to finish it, collect all the manuscript pieces. And that's where the problem lies, clocking in at around 14 hours, it's not a long game, and considering how long this was in production for, it really should've been better. But everything it does, it does well, and with the last lot of DLC now available, who knows what's in store for Mr Alan Wake.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days- PS3, Xbox 360, PC
The first Kane and Lynch was, well, pretty cack. The ideas were there, but the awkward controls and linear missions all made for nothing but a frustrating game. The sequel does fix that (the controls are still a tad clunky mind), and the new "Youtube" perspective is genuinely unique, and makes Dog Days a violent, funny and gripping game. 

Splinter Cell: Conviction- Xbox 360 
When Conviction was first announced, the idea that it would take a different direction to previous Splinter Cell games, made fans both excited and sceptical. The finished product, however, made everyone weep. It was brilliant. A new, older, more grizzly Sam Fisher meant that sneaking around in the dark was just for safety measures, because in Conviction; Take downs are just as important as stealth. A fine new direction from Ubisoft, meant that Conviction takes the Splinter Cell series to a new, exciting direction. And all the better for it.

Halo Reach- Xbox 360
The swan song on the worldwide loved Halo Franchise, is both glorious, and appalling all in one. The latter being that it's the last one.
Reach takes us back before the events of Combat Evolved, to the planet (you guessed it) Reach. A stunning environment and genius made AI, makes Reach a compelling and action packed First Person Shooter.

Super Mario Galaxy 2- Wii
First and foremost, the second outing of Super Mario Galaxy, includes Yoshi. That itself earns the title in the Top Games of 2010. The other reasons being that the game is also awesome. Instantly playable, Nintendo has recaptured it's masterful control of the platform genre; lovingly crafted, brilliantly presented and a real joy to play. Alongside the ingenious ideas and well crafted music, Super Mario Galaxy is pure unadulterated fun.

Fallout: New Vegas- PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Bethesda's Apocalyptic wasteland takes us to New Vegas; a place that was only "just" touched by the nuclear out pour. What this means, is that instead of the dreary wastelands of Fallout 3, you get 'not so dreary' wastelands, with various plant life and water that isn't highly radiated. The game itself is marvelous, well acted, with literally hundreds of missions you can take on, without even delving into the main story. When you actually reach New Vegas (you start a long way from it) it is filled with lights, casinos and busy folk, and after traveling the wastelands, it's something you crave. Although buggy, New Vegas is a wonderful game, that will keep you entertained for quite some time.

Mafia 2- PS3,  Xbox 360, PC
After the appalling Mafia game 8 years ago, many people wondered why a sequel was rearing it's gangster head. Those people, were fools.
Mafia 2 is, to put it simply, in GTA territory, a well made sandbox world, with fantastic cut scenes, and characters you genuinely care about. The longevity of the game is pretty short, even with the free DLC you get if you brought the PS3 version. But nonetheless, Mafia 2 is a fine game.

Red Dead Redemption- Xbox 360, PS3
The wild west. Who would have thought it would pose as the setting for a game? Redemption is a sequel of sorts to Red Dead Revolver (Xbox, PS2). Players take on the role of James Marston as they battle their way through lucious outbacks, thriving cities and dangerous mountains, all in the name of revenge.
Many people will sumerise this as "GTA with horses", and their is some truth to that. However, there's so much more to Red Dead Redemption. Want to find out? Go buy it! 

Heavy Rain- PS3

WOW! That is one of the words we shouted when we first laid our eyes on Heavy Rain. Awesome! Quickly followed.
We could fill this entire summary with those types of words, for Heavy Rain really is groundbreaking achievement.
Made by Quantic Dream, known (or unknown) for their fantastic Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy), Heavy Rain takes you on a dramatic and thrilling adventure, tracking down the mysterious Origami Killer.
The game plays out using four characters, who's story all entwines with one another. If you make a mistake, the story will take a different course, meaning you'll get a different outcome on every play. Amazing photo realistic graphics, fantastic acting, this really is the game of 2010

Other games that really need mentioning:

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Fable 3
Xbox 360

Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS

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