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The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

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By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2010

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DEATHSPANK: Packing even more punchlines than punches, Hothead’s action RPG was the year’s best bargain.

The most frustrating thing about being a gamer is trying to keep up with the hype train. Every week or two, it seems, we're treated to another round of breathless encomiums for a game that reviewers assure us is the best or, God help us, the most important one ever made. Then we forget all about it when the next big thing comes along. And it happens every time.

As I looked back over the year in games, what struck me wasn't the quality of the offerings that came out — rather, it was how I had forgotten that most of them came out this year! Did you remember that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a 2010 release? God of War III? Mass Effect 2? All were canonized when they appeared, but what's the last time you heard anyone talk about them?

On the other hand, it's clear that top-quality games are now a year-round phenomenon and not just a seasonal blip. Of my top 10 games of the year, three came out before March. If you'd already forgotten that any of them existed, now's your chance to catch up.

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