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.
|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||73%||Read more|
|Sid Meiers Civilization V Complete Edition||2010-09-23||Economy||Aspyr (Mac, Linux)||74%||Read more|
|Battlefield Bad Company 2||2010-03-02||Action & Shooter||DICE||61%||Read more|
|Super Meat Boy||2010-11-30||Indie||Team Meat||89%||Read more|
|Call Of Duty Black Ops||2010-11-08||Action & Shooter||Treyarch||0%||Read more|
|Amnesia The Dark Descent||2010-09-08||Adventure||Frictional Games||87%||Read more|
|Bioshock 2||2016-09-15||Action & Shooter||2K Australia||83%||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||67%||Read more|
|Mafia Ii Definitive Edition||2020-05-19||Action||Hangar 13||54%||Read more|
|Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light||2010-09-28||Adventure||Crystal Dynamics||84%||Read more|
|Warhammer 40000 Dawn Of War Ii Chaos Rising||2010-03-11||Strategy||Relic Entertainment||78%||Read more|
|The Settlers 7 Paths To A Kingdom Deluxe Gold Edition||2010-03-24||Economy||Blue Byte||66%||Read more|
|Dead Rising 2||2010-09-27||Horror||Capcom Vancouver||77%||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||79%||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||87%||Read more|
|Vvvvvv||2010-09-07||Arcade & Platform||Terry Cavanagh||84%||Read more|
|Supreme Commander 2||2010-03-01||Strategy||Gas Powered Games||66%||Read more|
|Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered||2020-11-06||70%||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||80%||Read more|
|Victoria Ii||2010-08-30||Strategy||Paradox Development Studio||92%||Read more|
Mass Effect 2
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
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 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.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
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 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.
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
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 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.
|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 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.
Super Meat Boy
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 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.
Mount & Blade: Warband
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 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.
Dead Rising 2
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 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.
Just Cause 2
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 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.
Assassin's Creed II
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 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.
Fallout: New Vegas
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 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.
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.