As 2010 rolls in, many gamers look forward to this year’s game releases. But before we get too excited over Mass Effect 2 or Halo: Reach, let’s take a moment to reflect on the best games of the past 12 months.
Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands is a science fiction-based role-playing/first person shooter game that was released in October. Players earn experience by destroying enemies and solving puzzles. They also gain levels from experience growth and can distribute skill points among three different specializations. Set on the planet of Pandora, gamers can choose one of four players to control. For players who are new to Borderlands, be patient. Though you begin your quest with somewhat weak weapons, you’ll eventually obtain a slew of more damaging shotguns, machine guns and rifles.
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Relatively easy to master and always a challenge, Modern Warfare 2 was one of the best-selling games of 2009. Players take on the roles of several different characters with different missions. The weapons are realistic, the assignments are formidable and the cooperative modes are entertaining. Modern Warfare 2 experienced the biggest entertainment launch in history. Can over 6 million players be wrong?
3. Demon’s Souls
Created for the Playstation 3 by From Software and published by Sony Computer Entertainment and Atlus, Demon’s Souls was awarded “game of the year” by popular gaming site Gamespot. Often pegged as one of the most difficult games of its generation, players choose their own characters and battle a plethora of soul-stealing beasts and demons. An exclusive strategy guide was released to aid stuggling gamers in their quests.
2. Left 4 Dead 2
The plot of L4D2 isn’t groundbreaking or especially original. Created and developed by the Valve Corporation, it’s just really, really fun. The game was released in November for the PC and Xbox 360, but many eager PS3 players are hoping that a Playstation version is in development. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, four survivors must destroy thousands of infected zombies. Rochelle, Nick, Coach and Ellis are four average citizens who are forced to face a daunting task – kill hordes of the undead. There was some contraversy that surrounded the game’s release – a boycott, accused racist undertones and many who were angered by the game’s setting. Critics stated that L4D2‘s scenes of dead bodies floating were shown too soon after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
1. Shadow Complex
A platform adventure game developed for Xbox Live Arcade, Shadow Complex was developed by Chair Entertainment with Epic Games and released in August. The script was written by Stark Trek novelist Peter David. The game tells the story of Jason Flemming and his girlfriend Claire, whom he eventaully discovers is an NSA agent. Flemming must stop the Progressive Restoration, an organization that wishes to launch attacks across the United States. IGN.com, a popular media Web site, gave the game a 9.4 out of 10 and stated that it was one of the best games of the year. Shadow Complex was the best-selling XBLA game for a week after its release and one of the highest-played games on the XBLA of all time.