In the video game industry, some years are better than the others, but even the ones that are considered mediocre usually bring some cool stuff for players to enjoy. Was 2010 a bad or a good year for games? We can’t answer this question objectively, but we can show you some interesting titles that were released during that time.

If you’re interested in learning about some of the best 2010 video games, take a look at our list down below.

Best 2010 Video Games for PC
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition 2010-01-27 Action & Shooter BioWare 92% Read more
Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition 2010-10-21 Adventure Obsidian Entertainment 78% Read more
Sid Meiers Civilization V Complete Edition 2010-09-23 Economy Aspyr (Mac, Linux) 76% Read more
Battlefield Bad Company 2 2010-03-02 Action & Shooter DICE 61% Read more
Super Meat Boy 2010-11-30 Indie Team Meat 85% Read more
Call Of Duty Black Ops 2010-11-08 Action & Shooter Treyarch Read more
Amnesia The Dark Descent 2010-09-08 Adventure Frictional Games 89% Read more
Bioshock 2 2016-09-15 Action & Shooter 2K Australia 84% Read more
Tom Clancys Splinter Cell Conviction 2010-04-29 Adventure Ubisoft Montreal Read more
Fifa 11 Sport Read more
Football Manager 2011 54% Read more
Dragon Age Origins Awakening 2010-03-17 Adventure BioWare 62% Read more
Prince Of Persia The Forgotten Sands 2010-06-10 Fighting Ubisoft Montreal 70% Read more
Mafia Ii Definitive Edition 2020-05-19 Action Hangar 13 70% Read more
Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light 2010-09-28 Adventure Crystal Dynamics 88% Read more
Warhammer 40000 Dawn Of War Ii Chaos Rising 2010-03-11 Strategy Relic Entertainment 77% Read more
Ruse Strategy Read more
The Settlers 7 Paths To A Kingdom Deluxe Gold Edition 2010-03-24 Economy Blue Byte 63% Read more
Dead Rising 2 2010-09-27 Horror Capcom Vancouver 79% Read more
Greed Corp 2010-12-10 Arcade & Platform Vanguard Games 78% Read more
Singularity 2010-06-30 Horror Raven Software Read more
Split Second 2010-05-18 Action & Shooter Black Rock Studio 76% Read more
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam 2010-12-18 Action & Shooter DICE 53% Read more
Darksiders 2010-09-23 Adventure Vigil Games 90% Read more
Just Cause 2 2010-03-23 Adventure Avalanche Studios 90% Read more
Vvvvvv 2010-09-07 Arcade & Platform Terry Cavanagh 84% Read more
Supreme Commander 2 2010-03-01 Strategy Gas Powered Games 72% Read more
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered 2020-11-06 69% Read more
Medal Of Honor 2010-10-13 Action & Shooter Electronic Arts 72% Read more
Transformers War For Cybertron 2010-07-09 Action & Shooter High Moon Studios Read more
Sam Max The Devils Playhouse 2010-04-15 Adventure Telltale Games 88% Read more
Victoria Ii 2010-08-30 Strategy Paradox Development Studio 91% Read more

Mass Effect 2

Release: 2010-01-27
Genre: Action & Shooter
Developer: BioWare

Let’s start with Mass Effect 2 – a game that continues the story of Commander Shepard as he tries to stop the intergalactic crisis.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing game that focuses on the character of Commander Shepard – the first human member of the Spectre, special tactics agents of the Citadel Council. As it turns out, the Reapers’ threat is not yet gone, and Shepard must assemble a team of trusty companions who will follow him to the decisive battle. As opposed to its predecessor, ME2 is more shooter-oriented, and the role-playing elements were significantly simplified to make the game more accessible for those who are specifically looking for some solid action in space. The story is still on a very high level and you’ll see a lot of returning characters during the play.

Key features
  • A sci-fi action role-playing game that puts a strong emphasis on combat
  • Several unique classes to choose from, each with its own specializations to further customize gameplay
  • A morality system that allows you to role-play your character better
  • Great level design and music that create an amazing atmosphere

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Release: 2010-07-27
Genre: RTS
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

If you are even just a casual real-time strategy genre enjoyer, there is no way you didn’t hear about StarCraft before – and there’s a good reason why the sequel appears on this list.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft II is undoubtedly one of the most popular real-time strategies ever made and a vast number of people play it to this day – modern RTS games rarely come close to the level of awesomeness featured in SC2. The game allows players to pick one of the three distinctive races – Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss – and fight against the opponents. The core of gameplay is to build the base, gather resources, train units, and use micromanagement skills to command an army and outsmart the enemies. StarCraft II managed to balance the races so they’re equally powerful, yet they require different tactics – this way everyone can find a race that will suit his or her playstyle best. Although the game offers content-rich single-player campaigns, it’s the multiplayer mode that’s praised the most – a real treat for those who love some competitive action.

Key features
  • One of the best and most popular RTS games up to date
  • Three different playable races to choose from – all equally powerful, but with an entirely different playstyle
  • Engaging gameplay focused on base building, resource gathering, and managing the troops
  • Addictive multiplayer mode for those who love competitive action

BioShock 2

Release: 2016-09-15
Genre: Action & Shooter
Developer: 2K Australia

BioShock received a sequel in 2010 – although it did some things differently, it’s still considered a significantly improved game that retained the spirit of the original title.

BioShock 2

BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter that will allow you to once again dive into the underwater city of Rapture – a dystopian, secluded place, ruined by a mysterious drug that gave people all kinds of superpowers, but also divided the society because of its high addictivity. This time, however, you will be able to control one of the famous Big Daddies – but don’t feel too cocky or powerful, because you’re about to face dangers, against which even your thick steel armor can prove to be rather ineffective. Explore the obscure city inspired by the architecture from the 1940s and collect powerful plasmids to get the upper hand in the upcoming encounters.

Key features
  • A first-person shooter set in the underwater dystopian city of Rapture
  • Gameplay that focuses on combat with the use of a variety of weapons and special superpowers
  • Character progression with upgradeable skills and abilities
  • Unforgettable atmosphere and memorable underwater locations

Civilization V

Release: 2010-09-23
Genre: Economy
Developer: Aspyr (Mac, Linux)

The year 2010 also gave life to a new installment in the Civilization franchise. The new game came with various changes and gameplay improvements that met with a positive response from the community.

Civilization V

Civilization V is a turn-based strategy that allows people to control one of many available civilizations, help it grow and flourish through millennia, and ultimately lead the commanded nation to a brighter future, where it becomes one of the world’s most influential powers. The game features over a dozen playable civilizations, and each has its own unique perks and bonuses that slightly alter the gameplay, which encourages players to try out different strategies. And finding alternative strategies is important because Civilization V, similarly to other Civilization games, allows players to win the game in a variety of ways – conquering the land and wiping out the opponents is not always the most efficient solution.

Key features
  • A turn-based strategy that allows players to lead their chosen civilization to glory and prosperity
  • Various playable civilizations to choose from – pick the one that will complement your playstyle
  • Different ways to win the game – conquer your enemies, build and launch a spaceship, or spread your culture and religion to other countries
  • Addictive gameplay that will easily rob you of all your free time

Super Meat Boy 

Release: 2010-11-30
Genre: Indie
Developer: Team Meat

If you didn’t hear about Super Meat Boy before, it may not look like one of the best 2010 games at first sight. But there’s a good reason why it appeared on the list.

Super Meat Boy 

Super Meat Boy is a platform game that will test your reaction time and eye-hand coordination skills to the limit. As an adorable piece of meat, you will have to complete a ton of increasingly difficult levels in order to rescue your character’s girlfriend. The game is incredibly hard and it’s not uncommon for players to repeat a certain sequence over and over again, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t pass each level on a first try. Fast hands are undoubtedly a must, especially if you want to complete the entire game and collect everything there is. Thankfully, Super Meat Boy also features some high-quality music that perfectly fits the theme, so hopefully, the pain caused by constant deaths will be slightly more bearable.

Key features
  • A surprisingly addictive platform game with a fitting, eye-catching background music
  • Gameplay that revolves around completing hundreds of short levels, where it’s expected from you to die and repeat them a lot
  • Responsive controls, smooth animations, and fluid transitions
  • Extremely difficult, especially if you want to fully complete the game and unlock everything

Mount & Blade: Warband 

Release: 2010-03-31
Genre: Adventure
Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment

If you ever wanted to become a leader of your own private medieval army and personally lead your men on the battlefield, this game is for you.

Mount & Blade: Warband 

Mount & Blade: Warband is an action role-playing game that allows players to take control over an army of men in a believable medieval setting, where they can do whatever they want due to the game’s sandbox nature. After creating your character, you will be spawned into the land of Calradia right away and your adventure will begin. Recruit people to your warband, train your character, upgrade your troops, manage your equipment, battle other armies, and siege enemy castles – you bow before no one, so take the lead and fight your way to fame and glory.

Key features
  • A great combination of an action role-playing game with a strategy game in a realistic, medieval setting
  • Sandbox, open-ended gameplay focused on recruiting troops and fighting against other armies in real time
  • Smooth combat that involves the use of both melee and distance weapons that can be used while on foot or from a horse’s back
  • Multiplayer mode for those who want some extra competition

Dead Rising 2

Release: 2010-09-27
Genre: Horror
Developer: Capcom Vancouver

2010 was also the year when Dead Rising 2 came out – a slightly humorous take on action games with a zombie apocalypse setting.

Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising 2 is an action-adventure game where your main objective is to have fun by slaughtering hordes of zombies in a number of different ways. Of course, there are missions that need to be done, and there’s even a story, but it’s all just a filler and it’s there only to justify what you’ll be doing during the game. Don’t expect too much realism from Dead Rising 2 – it’s not there. But it’s not a bad thing, as it allowed developers to go full bananas with gameplay, which is much more enjoyable this way. You can use knife gloves as a weapon, for example, making you look like a superhero taken out straight of the Marvel Comics universe. Just remember that melee weapons break easily, so don’t get too cocky or you may be left defenseless in the middle of a zombie horde.

Key features
  • A great action-adventure game that combines a zombie apocalypse setting with a rather light-hearted atmosphere
  • Gameplay focused on pure, unrestricted fun – kill as many zombies as you can, and get creative while doing so
  • Hundreds of available weapons to find, discover, and make use of, including some ridiculous ones
  • Melee combat is highly favored and encouraged

Just Cause 2

Release: 2010-03-23
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Avalanche Studios

Speaking of rather ridiculous games, one can’t forget about Just Cause 2 which adds the element of badassness to the mix.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is an action-adventure game that is played from a third-person perspective. As agent Rico Rodriguez, you will be tasked with putting an end to the dictator’s reign on the huge tropical island of Panau. The game features an open-world environment and allows players to freely explore it all at their own pace. Moving around the playable area can be done on foot, but there are also vehicles for more convenient travel. There is also a grappling hook that can be used to easily attach yourself to virtually any surface you want, including moving vehicles. You can even use the hook to tether two vehicles or people together, which opens up some interesting strategies on the battlefield.

Key features
  • An extremely fun action-adventure game with a badass protagonist
  • A huge open-world environment with a variety of landscapes and beautiful views
  • Gameplay that favors full-blown action and arcade playstyle over realism
  • A grappling hook and parachute combo that allows players to quickly travel between distant places

Assassin's Creed II

Release: 2012-11-21
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Having a list of the best 2010 PC video games without mentioning Assassin’s Creed II on it would be inappropriate – so here it is.

Assassin's Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II is a sequel to the original action-adventure game, where the descendant of one of the members of the ancient Assassin Brotherhood, Desmond Miles, tries to thwart the plans of the Templar Order. AC2 begins a well-received trilogy in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, where Desmond will go back in time and relive the past of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in order to find information that could hopefully help him gain the upper hand in the current times. Gameplay-wise it’s still a stealth-heavy title that favors a silent approach and staying low, but it also introduces a variety of ways to fight your way through to your destination. It’s also worth noting how well the game blends real-world historical characters and famous places into the fictional world – a true masterpiece.

Key features
  • An addictive action-adventure game from one of the most popular assassin-related franchises ever made
  • Smooth and satisfying combat combined with parkour and stealth tactics
  • A story that focuses on the never-ending conflict between Assassins and Templar Order
  • Beautiful open-world environment, heavily inspired by the Renaissance architecture

Fallout: New Vegas

Release: 2010-10-21
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

The final entry on the list is nothing else but Fallout: New Vegas. You didn’t think that we forgot to include something for fans of nuclear wastelands, did you?

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing game from the popular Fallout series. It is, however, slightly different from its predecessors, mainly because it’s a spin-off and not a major entry. Obsidian did a great job and managed to retain numerous qualities of Fallout 3 while adding some new gameplay mechanics and fresh elements, making it a great game not only for newcomers but also for the veterans of the franchise. Among notable improvements and changes, it’s worth mentioning overhauled combat, simplified character creation, new weapons, the larger impact of skills on conversations, many more crafting options, reintroduction of reputation, better companions, a slightly altered third-person camera, and an optional hardcore mode.

Key features
  • An amazing action role-playing game in a nuclear wasteland environment
  • A huge open world that can be roamed freely
  • Crafting, companions, character progression, satisfying combat, interesting story, and more
  • An optional hardcore mode for those who are looking for an extra challenge

The Best 2010 Video Games for PC

2010 was the year when a lot of great video games were released. There were some new series appearing on the horizon, while some others received sequels and spin-offs. Some games were successful, and some were not. But there were also some masterpieces that are worth remembering because they were often an inspiration for future generations of games. In other words – if some of these games weren’t made, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy what we have today.

If you’re looking for some of the best video games released in 2010, our list should give you all the answers you need. Take your time and appreciate all the good stuff we were given back then.