The year of 2010 is coming to an end and it’s time for to wrap up the year by giving a list of the top 10 games of this year. First comes the PC, PC multiplayer gaming is getting a hurt a lot due to the growing trend of no-dedicated server options for players. Still the platform had some stunning releases this year but not as many as any true PC gamer would like.
According to Game Rankings, the top 10 PC games for this year are:
- Mass Effect 2
- Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent
- BioShock 2
- Just Cause 2
- Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
- Fallout: New Vegas
I don’t follow their list, a lot of good titles that I loved playing aren’t even in the top 15 so I’m going to give you my top 10 PC games of this year. If you haven’t played any titles from my list then be sure to get them for the holiday season. It’s guaranteed to keep you entertained.
1. Mass Effect 2
After the events of the original game, Commander Shepard is killed in an ambush by a mysterious alien species called the Collectors. Shepard is revived two years after the attack by an enigmatic organization called Cerberus, and is tasked with finding out more about the Collectors and why they are abducting entire human colonies. Shepard must recruit and gain the loyalty of a diverse team in order to accomplish what seems to be a suicide mission.
2. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Set in the 26th century in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, the StarCraft II revolves around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a race of insectoid genetic assimilators; and the Protoss, a species with vast psionic power.
Wings of Liberty focuses on the Terrans, while the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively. The game is set four years after the events of StarCraft: Brood War, and follows the exploits of Jim Raynor as he leads an insurgent group against the autocratic Terran Dominion.
3. Darksiders: Wrath of War
Darksiders is a single-player action adventure in which the player takes control of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In third-person perspective, the player engages in combat, puzzles and exploration.
The world is divided into separate locations with many areas at first initially inaccessible until War regains many of his lost weapons and abilities. The center of the world, The Scalding Gallow, acts as a hub where War is given new objectives and paths to further unlock new areas.
Each contains a series of linear and non-linear paths, many of which require large sections of platforming, climbing and swimming along environment-based puzzles that impair progress that require the use of newly-gained abilities. He fights mainly against Angels and demons, and has a unique way to kill each particular type of enemy, usually tearing them apart painfully.
4. Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout New Vegas places the player in the role of The Courier. While delivering a package with a platinum poker chip to New Vegas, The Courier is ambushed by Benny, the leader of the Chairmen, who steals the package, shoots The Courier in the head, and leaves The Courier’s body in a shallow grave.
A robot named Victor eventually finds the body and brings it to Doctor Mitchell in Goodsprings. At this point, the player enters into character creation and defines The Courier’s skills, attributes, name, gender, age and appearance.
Afterwards the player begins investigating The Courier’s murder attempt, recovering the stolen package and exploring the Mojave wasteland.
5. BioShock 2
BioShock 2 is presented as a first person shooter, with the player taking on the role of Subject Delta, a prototype for the Big Daddies approximately 10 years after the events of the first game. As with BioShock, the player explores Rapture and fights off Splicers, the remaining psychotic human population of the city, using a combination of the environment, weapons, Plasmids and Tonics.
Plasmids and Tonics are special genetic re-encoding liquids that grant the user active or passive abilities, respectively, and include both those introduced in BioShock and new ones for this game.
6. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia does not give the player access to weapons, giving them no defense against the gruesome creatures that wander Brennenburg Castle. As such, the player must use their wits to escape and hide from the monsters until they lose interest in finding them. Using the shadows to hide is recommended.
Separate from the player’s health bar is an indication of the character’s sanity. Being in darkness too long, witnessing unsettling events or staring at the monsters for too long will reduce the character’s sanity.
As the sanity level decreases, visual and auditory hallucinations start to occur and the player is noticed by monsters more easily. Using tinderboxes to light candles and other light sources, as well as a lantern found near the beginning of the game, the player can stop their sanity from draining.
However, the number of tinderboxes is limited and the lantern uses up oil and cannot be used once it runs out. This forces the player to find a balance between the amount of time they spend in light and shadow. Sanity is restored to full once the player completes an objective or progresses the game’s story.
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops
In Call of Duty: Black Ops, player assumes the role of various characters during the single-player campaign, changing perspectives throughout the story. The playable characters are special forces operatives conducting black operations behind enemy lines.
In this way, the player’s characters have their own traits such as voices and shadows. Each mission features a series of objectives that are displayed on the heads-up display, which marks the direction and distance towards and from such objectives.
The player is accompanied by friendly troops who cannot be issued orders. Although primarily a first-person shooter, the player pilots a Hind helicopter and guides friendly troops from a SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.
The campaign is filled with scripted cinematic moments. One of them is a bullet time effect during the “Victor Charlie” level, activated when the player fires toward the last enemy of a Viet Cong squad.
8. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Civilization V is a turn-based strategy game, where each player represents the leader of a certain nation or ethnic group (“civilization”) and must guide its growth over the course of thousands of years.
The player starts from the founding of a small primitive settlement and achieves victory through domination–or surviving until the number of game turns end, at which point the highest-scoring civilization, based on several factors, is declared the winner.
During their turn, the player must manage units representing civilian and military forces: directing units to explore the world, founding new cities, sending units into battle to take over other civilizations, controlling production in their cities to produce new units, terraforming land improvements, handling diplomacy with other civilizations in the game, and finally directing the civilization’s growth in technology, culture, food supply, and economics.
Victory conditions can include taking over the entire world by force, convincing the other civilizations through diplomacy to acknowledge you as a leader, or winning the space race to build a colony ship to reach a nearby planet.
9. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Bad Company 2 is primarily a squad-level online first person shooter based in a contemporary modern warfare setting. Additionally, the game includes a single player campaign, where the player re-assumes the role of Preston Marlowe, the protagonist of the original game.
The game’s Frostbite 1.5 engine allows for destructible environments, and multiplayer maps contain a wide selection of vehicles, aircraft and emplacements and allow for five different game modes.
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit goes back to the Need for Speed series’ roots and takes on the gameplay style of earlier “Hot Pursuit” titles in the Need for Speed franchise with exotic cars and high-speed police chases.
Hot Pursuit lets players be either a cop or a racer and features a full career mode for both roles. The relationship between the cops and racers is described as “a dog chasing down a rabbit”, with the cops being more powerful compared to the racers. Each side has several power-ups including calling for roadblocks and radar jamming.