1. Red Dead Redemption
This open world game ("sandbox") takes place in the wild west and is one of the finest multiplatform experiences of this year. Featuring the rough but likable antihero John Marston, you can do almost anything in this game. Follow the main story and see how Marston has to deal with the members of his former criminal gang, or just go and travel around the wild, wild west.
The great thing about this game is that you can do almost anything you want: explore the vast world with your horse, kill bandits (or become a criminal yourself!), play poker, compete in horse races, hunt for animals and much more.
The environments are superbly realistic and well thought out, which contributes to the enjoyment of the game. No wonder this won GotY in several reputable publications.
2. Mass Effect 2
This is one of the most astounding games of this generation. The characters seem almost "real" (with human responses like fear, love, loyalty, betrayal, and much more) and the gameplay mixes "third person shooter" action with RPG elements. You must shoot your way through hordes of different alien species, while improving your stats like in a role-playing game.
This type of gameplay, mixed with a great story and excellent graphics, makes the game very addictive and satisfying and elevates it to the category of masterpiece and a prime candidate for the award.
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2
Don't be fooled by its "childish" appearance. This platformer features the eternal Mario jumping all over the place and exploring lots of exotic and varied worlds in an attempt to stop Bowser from dominating the entire galaxy. In fact, the story is just an excuse to enjoy some of the finest and most fun gameplay available on the Wii. Each level presents you with a different challenge so you are always surprised and eager to see what the game has to offer you.
The game can be very challenging (especially at the later stages) so it's perfect for seasoned players who want to prove their skills but also for "casual" players who just want to have a good time.
4. Halo Reach
The latest entry of one of the best FPS franchises of all time didn't disappoint in the least. Although the graphics are quite similar to Halo ODST, the gameplay is also as good and addicting as ever, you can spend hundreds of hours with the multiplayer and you still won't be bored.
Indeed, the online multiplayer is the game's main feature, a fast paced, strategical, balanced, and very fun experience, and for that reason alone Halo Reach had a great chance of winning the coveted trophy.
5. God of War III
God of War III was a strong contender for the 2010 game of the year award. This masterpiece has some of the best graphics seen in a console and the gameplay is also very entertaining. It's a third-person action game in which you have to kill all the Gods who betrayed Kratos with you mystical Blades of Exile. The game is very gory but also very satisfying, and it even has some "puzzles" which will test your cleverness.
The awards are over for this year, but all these titles are worth buying and playing. Have fun!
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