Happy New Year 2011, readers of HCGamingNews! 2010 was an amalgam of good and bad. The year saw some great releases such as: Battlefield: Bad Company 2; Heavy Rain; God of War III; Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood; Gran Turismo 5. There are obviously a few other great games I’ve not mentioned… but hey! You know them, right?

Well then, let’s have a recap on all the wonderful and not-so wonderful things that happened in 2010:

February – Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain was one of the most exceptional titles the gaming industry has ever seen, let alone seen in 2010. It pushed the boundaries of story-telling hard enough to burst its seams. The emotional thriller aimed at adults won a lot of accolades from the crowd. The atmospheric Β and mesmerizing background music ( BGM ) made the player all the more interested in the game. The graphics were never before seen in any game – truly amazing. Hence, Heavy Rain deserves a special mention.

March – Battlefield: Bad Company 2

On March 3, 2010 , DICE and EA released Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – the FPS that many gamers all over the world consider as the best multiplayer FPS ever created. You can’t disagree really. Since March 3, the game has come a long way. Notably, the game hit the 5 million sales mark in the first 3 months it released! Secondly, the intense Onslaught 4 player co-op DLC released in June. And finally, the highly anticipated DLC – Vietnam released just a while ago on December 14, 2010.

March – God Of War III

After God Of War II, Sony’s Santa Monica studio set out to make another epic title for the PS3, which was released in March, 2010. The hack ‘n slash game which had deep references to the Greek mythology sold 2 million units in just a “couple of days”. The game exceeded all our expectations with Santa Monica’s flair for epic scenes and set pieces being abundant throughout the game.

May – Red Dead Redemption

To those who thought Take Two Interactive is able to survive as a company only because of its million-dollar GTA franchise – here is something for you: 2010 was Take Two’s first profitable year without the release of a major GTA game. Thanks to Red Dead Redemption. The game sold more than 5 million units just after a few weeks of its release.

June – E3 2010

After a few dull E3 events these past years, E3 2010 turned out to be a surprise! With over 46,000 people attending the event from over 90 countries, it was buzzing with activity. Microsoft announced that their hands-free gaming device Project Natal was going to be called “Kinect”. Nintendo revealed the 3DS ( note the ‘3D’ in ‘3DS’ ). Sony, not wanting to be left behind in the motion-gaming race, entered the arena with their wand-like device – PlayStation Move. So by the time E3 happened, all the juggernauts of the gaming industry had a motion control device of their own.

Then there was a flood of information about games such as: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood; Killzone 3; Gran Turismo 5; Call of Duty: Black Ops; Fable III; Fallout: New Vegas.

November – Call of Duty: Black Ops; Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit; Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood; Gran Turismo 5

Fast-forward a few months since June to November and you have a slew of AAA hotly anticipated ( touted “system selling” ) titles releasing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – the game that enjoyed the title of being the entertainment industry’s biggest launch ever just recently crossed the $1 billion mark in terms of sales. Although – to many gamers dismay – the game underperformed in more than a few critical areas, it still continues to sell like hot cakes, thanks to the brand image of the Call of Duty franchise. The game released on November 9, 2010.

On November 16, 2010, two blockbuster titles released – Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and the latest instalment from Ubisoft’s new highly successful franchise – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit ( developed by makers of the Burnout series: Criterion Games ) was well received and was praised for the innovative ways in which it tightly knitted the social gaming experience with the racing genre. With the introduction of multiplayer game modes in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the game set sales record in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Ubisoft even mentioned that it was their new profitable franchise ( so you can expect a lot of milking of the franchise ).

After a few days since November 9 and November 16, people were finally settling down with their loved games… and then Polyphony Digital dropped the bomb. They released Gran Turismo 5 –Β the most successful racing game ever. Featuring over 1031 cars from a mind-numbing number of car makers, the game even holds a Guinness Record for the most number of cars ever included in a game! Gran Turismo 5 is the most realistic driving simulator the world has seen. yet. Heck, there’s even a $500 Thrustmaster gaming wheel designed especially for the game. It just takes realism to a whole new level – allowing you to precisely control cars. A pretty huge investment for a single game ( that may change ).

So yeah, that was it; that was 2010 – The Year That Was. But before you go, you might want to download a collage of the top games released in 2010 ( in no particular order ). See you soon in 2011!

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