2010 Honorable Mentions: Doug's List
While we've our 2010 Games of the Year top 10, that doesn't mean those were the only games we loved this year. Far from it! When you get five gamers together, there's bound to be varying tastes; the Silicon Sasquatch crew is no exception.
That's why we have our Honorable Mention lists. This year, there are many games worthy of mention for various reasons — from personal favorites, to titles that would have made our GOTY list had it been extended to 15 or 20 games. Through the rest of the week, we'll be showcasing our personal favorites and explaining why these games stole our time away last year.
Without further ado, here are my honorable mentions.
Angry Birds – iOS, Android – Technically this was released in December 2009, but if we can vote Minecraft as no. 2 on our full Game of the Year list, then I can spare Angry Birds a couple weeks and allow it in. More than any other game this year, Angry Birds tapped the zeitgeist of the times, and became the first smartphone game to become a breakout hit. And it earns its praise by being fun, well designed, and interesting to play.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 – Xbox 360, PS3 – Another game from 2009, but as I bought it just after Christmas last year and proceeded to play it for more than 160 hours in 2010, I think I can justify it being on the list. It’s my favorite soccer game since Winning Eleven 9 on the PS2 because it’s fast, fun, and allows such creativity on the field. I don’t know if it’s the best soccer game ever released, but it’s everything I need it to be on the pitch.
Formula 1 2010 – Xbox 360, PC, PS3 – It’s not perfect (see my review for details) but considering there hadn’t been a Formula 1 racing game on consoles since 2006, it will do. That I can compete with McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull for the F1 World Championship on all the circuits I know may not mean much to most Americans, but it means a hell of a lot to me. Winning the F1 World Driver’s Championship is probably my favorite achievement.
Game Dev Story – iOS, Android – Digital crack cocaine in the form of a Tycoon game with well-done inside jokes for hardcore gamers. Go read my review if you don’t know about this game.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies – Nintendo DS – I need to play this game far, far more than I do. It may be simple to play and have a fairly straightforward storyline, but that’s exactly what I want from this DS JRPG. Really glad I didn’t buy it in Japanese, though I might have to pick it up if I return to Japan this year.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network – It took me a while to warm up to the game because it’s old-school in many ways. Difficult at times early on, and without a real explicit roadmap explaining how to improve your characters, it takes time to unlock its secrets. But the graphics, music and charm are overwhelming.
Bayonetta – Xbox 360, PS3 – Sure, it’s Japanese as hell and SHE’S ALMOST NAKED LAWL. But it’s also an amazingly well-designed action game with incredibly tight controls and one hell of a sense of style.