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2010 Sucked: It Was Not a Leap Year


Let's say a guy walks up to you at a bar and randomly show you a 2010 video game that you never played.
He asks, “Hey, does this game rocks or sucks?”
If you don’t get creeped out and say, “I haven’t played it yet.”
Congratulations, you passed the test!

I always wonder how people can judge a whole year in video games by playing only a small sample of games that have been released in that year. Some may argue that they played the “standout” video games of that year and can tell by those games alone if the year was a golden time for video games. I am of two minds here. While I agree that these universally-acclaimed games represent the year’s best of the best, I think we need to remember what other games have been released during that year to determine if that year in video games rocked or sucked.

Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption are arguably the best games that were released in 2010. I say arguably because I believe that people reading this right now will argue against it. This is actually what I want to see from gamers. I especially want people to argue that these two games weren't as good as their favorite 2010 game. It gives me a satisfaction that some gamers haven't forgotten that there were other amazing games that came out in 2010. Now let’s look at those other great, but not perfect, 2010 games that an average gamer may have been forgotten.

Bayonetta (360, PS3)
Released: January

What is it?
It is a stylish and crazy action game made by Platinum Games.
Why is it great?
It has a female action protagonist that can wear shotgun boots. Eat your heart out, Samus.
Why it may have been forgotten?
This game came out so early in the year and then it was blocked out of our memories once Mass Effect 2 came out.

Bioshock 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Released: February

What is it?
It is a sequel to 2007's Bioshock that gives you a view of Rapture in the eyes of a Big Daddy.
Why is it great?
We get to revisit the great city Rapture again. Some problems of the combat have been fixed and it added a satisfying multiplayer component.
Why it may have been forgotten?
Did Bioshock really need a sequel? Some even felt that it wasn’t awesome as the first one.

Mega Man 10 (Wiiware, PSN, XBLA)
Released: March

What is it?
It is another 8-bit addition to the Mega Man franchise.
Why is it great?
It delivered more of what was great about Mega Man 9 and it has SHEEP MAN.
Why it may have been forgotten?
It delivered more of what we already had in Mega Man 9.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (360, PC)
Released: April

What is it?
It is another installment to the fantastic stealth-action Splinter Cell franchise.
Why is it great?
Great gameplay. Great Co-op. Great online. Fantastic presentation.
Why it may have been forgotten?
This really came out this year? Yes, I’m pretty sure everyone forgot this game exists and that it came out this year. I honestly have no idea why.

3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
Released: May

What is it?
A 3D retro styled Action-Adventure game that is reminiscent of Legend of Zelda games.
Why is it great?
Like January’s Darksiders, it gives a warm, fuzzy feeling of a Zelda game on an HD console.
Why it may have been forgotten?
I’m sorry what? I’m playing RDR. I may play it after I play Alan Wake though. *continues playing RDR*

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)
Released: June

What is it?
A long awaited sequel to a cult favorite N64 game.
Why is it great?
Nintendo cares enough to bring this Treasure-developed game to the West.
Why it may have been forgotten?
It’s a cult franchise for a reason.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (NDS)
Released: July

What is it?
A new installment in the beloved Dragon Quest Franchise.
Why is it great?
One of the most addicting JRPGs with interesting multiplayer and customizable options.
Why it may have been forgotten?
You probably have a copy of it and erased all the memories you have of it sucking your summer up.

Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP)
Released: August

What is it?
A sequel to a great PS3 Tactical RPG.
Why is it great?
Now only did it improve on the ideas of its predecessor. It now can be played anywhere you like.
Why it may have been forgotten?
It also improved on the idea of not being appealing to the average gamer by being on the PSP.

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (NDS)
Released: September

What is it?
An adventure puzzle game that was finally translated for the Western audience.
Why is it great?
More mind twisting puzzles with TIME TRAVEL introduced in the plot.
Why it may have been forgotten?
Halo: Reach and Dead Rising 2 is out! *throws DS in trash*

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3)
Released: October

What is it?
An action adventure game that retells the story of Journey to the West.
Why is it great?
This is probably one of the most surprising games to come out last year.
Why it may have been forgotten?
The response of the average gamer: This game can’t be that good… right? Why should I even try a demo of it?

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (NDS)
Released: November

What is it?
A third title in the Golden Sun franchise.
Why is it great?
It exists.
Why it may have been forgotten?
Wait, it’s out? NOW!?

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam (PC, 360, PS3)
Released: December

What is it?
An expansion to the great Battlefield: Bad Company 2 that was also released in 2010.
Why is it great?
It gives players another reason to revisit the fun of Bad Company 2's multiplayer.
Why you may been forgotten?

Now these aren’t the only 2010 games that people forgot exist. Read the following list:
Darksiders, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Global Agenda, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep, Dante’s Inferno, MLB 10: The Show, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Infinte Space, Bit.Trip Runner, Red Steel 2, Just Cause 2, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Warioware D.I.Y., Monster Hunter Tri, Trauma Team, Alan Wake, Blur, ModNation Racers, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Toy Story 3: The Video Game, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Singularity, Persona 3 Portable, DeathSpank, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Ivy the Kiwi?, Mafia II, Samurai Warriors 3, Dead Rising 2, NBA Jam, Super Scribblenauts, Bit.Trip Fate, Rock Band 3, GoldenEye 007, Def Jam Rapstar, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, The Sly Collection, Gran Turismo 5

And there is much more. But whose fault is it that people overlook how many decent titles that were released in 2010? Time. There is only 365 days in a year, 366 in a leap year. The year 2010 was not fortunate to give us an extra day to maybe play game we may have overlooked. Even if there was a leap year, no one can play all these games in a year. I’m estimating there were over 500 games released this year and that isn’t counting the number of games that have been released in the mobile phone market.

However, that is the beauty of time. The amount of time to the number of great 2010 video games ratio gives us that feeling of overwhelming. In my opinion, if I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of great games that came in a year that makes me forget the greatness of Enslaved, Singularity, and Valkyria Chronicles II as well as the abominations of Kane & Lynch 2 and Naughty Bear, I say it was an outstanding year in video games. Furthermore, I am glad to know that time is on my side to make these overlooked games cheaper and maybe available on other platforms.

Now did 2010 rocked or sucked in video games? I would say that the year sucked in giving us too many great games with so little time to play it. But, overall, 2010 rocked because of the large number of great games it gave us.
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About Shadowstewone of us since 3:25 PM on 12.26.2006


Let's make it simple, I like games. You probably like games too. Then, we're good. I been playing game since I don't even remember when. So let's say Year 0.

Hi. I'm Shadowstew, a currently unemployed engineer. I recently graduated at the University of Maryland, College Park, with some BS in Computer Engineering. Soon to be out in the real world workplace. Somewhere... One of these days...

A Potpourri of my favorite games:
Gitaroo Man
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Super Mario World
Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
Persona 3
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
De La Jet Set Radio
WWF No Mercy
Megaman X

Borderlands 2
Lollipop Chainsaw
The Last of Us
Bioshock Infinite
Guild Wars 2

Persona 3 Portable
NBA 2K12
Super Mario 3D Land
Mutant Mudds
Alan Wake

Incomplete First Playthroughs Backlog
Fallout New Vegas
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Ico HD
Shadow of the Colossus HD
Skate 3
Rhythm Heaven Fever
Mass Effect 3

Completed Games 2012
Mass Effect 2
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (Third Time!)
L.A. Noire
Portal 2

Completed Games 2011
Ghost Trick
The Last Window
Photo Dojo
Fallout 3
Stanley Parable
Uncharted 3
WWE 12
Saints Row 3

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