Battery Acid Community Choice Awards: Best Games of 2010
Here at Battery Acid, we value our community (join now, click HERE) and their opinions! So, instead of an elaborate feature about Battery Acid’s staff’s games of the year, we have decided to turn to the community and get their best games of 2010.
Before going into the community’s best games (yes, contradicting, I know), let’s check up on the writers for Battery Acid and see what they had to say for this year in gaming!
Dustin Grissom (BigGumby): 2010 has been an exceptional year for gaming, but, surprising to most people, I’d say that the Wii had the best year compared to its two other competitors. Sure, I loved Mass Effect 2, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption, but they are nothing compared to the games that I would consider the best of the year. These games would be Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns, two of the many amazing Wii releases of the year, and also two of the best games I have ever played.
Francis Basco (Greenyz): 2010 was a solid year for each console. Anticipated titles and sequels were finally released after being moved from 2009. Move and Kinect were finally released. Despite doubts, Kinect is doing surprisingly well and hopefully in time will mature in quality and game content. Monster Hunter Tri has given me numerous hours of gaming since its release and it’s still going strong even as 2010 comes to a close. Playing the closed beta of Vindictus has been a fun ride. While the game still has its faults even after release it’s one of the few MMOs out there that I can enjoy without spending insane number of hours.
Our community had plenty to say when it came to the best games of 2010, and when it came down to the final decision, these are the games they decided to reward with the title “Best Game of the Year”:
YODAgamr, a loyal member since early August 2009, had a tough time choosing which game was his favorite of the year, but, when it came down the final decision, he chose a game that he describes as “The best game I have ever played…” He continued to praise the game, saying that “There is no comparison in games when it comes to this.” YODAgamr later points out that “The goal of this game is not to survive, it is to go for the highest score,” something he clearly adored. He ends with a strong statement, revealing his game of the year: “…Pac man CE DX is my game of this decade!” He then challenges any doubters, “If you don’t believe me, play it, and see if you can stop playing it!”
Elite777, a member since August 6, 2009, chooses a game that he believes is the obvious choice, “…I’m going for the obvious choice, Halo: Reach.” Elite is a Halo fan, what he loves about Halo Reach is that it “…took everything I loved about Halo and added more,” he continues this statement by adding “I loved all the new weapons and vehicles.” He also liked “the challenge presented by the fact that Elites have the upper hand” during online play. But the area that he went into the most detail was the new Forge World and updated forge tools. “Forge World totally kicks ass. It’s cool being able to make your own map rather than just editing an existing one, plus it’s easier to set parts down, and being able to put objects through each other and to make them stay in the air.” Overall, Elite777 ends by saying that it is “Well worth $60.”
ChickenChomper, another member from August 2009, is the only Battery Acid member to choose a handheld game for their game of the year. “My Game of the year would have to be Super Scribblenauts,” he starts off by sharing that there are plenty of new game play possibilities when compared to the first Scribblenauts with the addition of adjectives. He praises the ability to “…make almost anything…” he continues by giving examples, such as “a living, flying hotdog, or a deadly fire-breathing shoe.” ChickenChomper says that there is “…only [one] real problem…” this being that the “levels in the game are way too easy, as the game provides a hint system, and gives you way too much money per level,” but he ends the pitch by confirming that “…it still is AWESOME!”
In the end, our members had plenty of variety when it came to their lists, but also plenty of similarities. Games that appeared often on a member’s runner ups part of the list (and included in some member’s overall game of the year) were Halo Reach and Super Scribblenauts. While unique additions to a few lists were GoldenEye, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Tatsunoku vs. Capcom, Crackdown 2, and even the iPod/iPhone game, Infinity Blade. Overall, this year was great for almost any type of gamer, from shooter lovers to retro game fanatics, this year had it all.
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-Dustin Grissom (BigGumby)