KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 VIDEO GAMES OF 2010 NSFW

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Well this is sad, we say goodbye to the yearly gaming lists but fear not as we are going out with a bang. Some incredible games coming up.

 

 

35.Pac-Man Championship Edition DX-Playstation 3

An updated, hd version of the all time classic arcade game from 1980. It’s incredibly addictive with loads of levels and bright neon graphics that take you back to the arcade days of a wonderful cacophony of noise, hustle and bustle.

 

34. Toy Story 3-Playstation 3

Well the playstation version of Toy Story 2 from way back in the day was a blast so I thought I’d give it a go and I ended having a really good time with it. I often talk about the quality of 90s Disney games and although the consistency started to fade away over the years, every so often a gem like this one will pop up. Colourful, fun and varied in it’s gameplay.

 

33. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11-Playstation 3

When I was between flats around this time I went back to live with my dad for a while and managed to get him into gaming with this game. He’s a big golf fan and it took a bit of convincing but we would stay up way late at night bonding and having a laugh playing golf.

 

32. Dante’s Inferno-Playstation 3

Often referred to as a God Of War clone which isn’t entirely unfair as it is essentially true, it’s still a good game despite falling short of it’s contemporary. Based on the first part of Dante Alighien’s poem Divine Comedy. Fun fact, for a while in high school I was called Divine because I looked like the singer from the band of the same name…..so….that’s a thing. Anyway this hack and slash game sees you descend into the deepest parts of hell to save his love.

 

31. EA Sports MMA-Playstation 3

A nice alternative to the Undisputed mma UFC series with fighters from around the world in other organizations. The only real problem I had with it was I found it pretty difficult to fight standing up but I could easily win with a submission within a minute of every single fight. I don’t know if I’m alone there and just bizarrely good at it but I found it too easy. The roster includes Fedor, Ken Shamrock, Yoshida, Arlovski, Barnett and loads more.

 

30. Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4-Playstaion 3

Another quality, family friendly, fun lego game that’s a blast to play in co op. My ex got me watching the Potter movies so I actually got the references which obviously helped the enjoyment factor. From Daigon battle to the troll fight and unlocking all the characters it’s a load of fun.

 

29. Deadly Premonition-Xbox 360

I believe this is genuinely in the Guinness book of world records for being officially the most critically polarising game of all time. Some looked at it’s bizarre, last gen graphics, nonsensical plot and quirks and throw it away thinking it was a load of nonsense. Others saw the quirks, the Twin Peaks influence and the charming nature of the game and fell in love with it. Solving crimes by talking to your coffee must have been the killer for some people.

 

28. Split/Second-Xbox 360

I’m ashamed that until I was researching this year’s games that I had kind of forgotten about this wee gem. I played this loads and it’s such an over the top, arcade style action racer in which you take part in a reality tv show with explosions and buildings falling down on you as you drive through the city tracks. It’s almost like a kart racer but with a realistic aesthetic.

 

27. Splatterhouse-Playstation 3

The mask is back!. A reboot of the cult splatterpunk beat em up that was met with mild critical reaction but fans of the series were much more appreciative. I’t clumsy, it’s repetitive and the critics were completely in the right to express that but the old games we loved were clumsy and repetitive too!. It’s definitely made with love and respect to the series with the story coming straight from a grindhouse movie and the soundtrack comprising of metal bands like Goatwhore, Municipal Waste, The Accused, Terrorizer and more. Let’s be honest, ripping a demon’s organs out through it’s arse will never not be fun.

 

26. Sam And Max: The Devil’s Playhouse-PC/Playstation 3

Telltale Games continue with their series of Sam And Max games and this one made it onto modern consoles rather than just PC like most of the games. The graphic adventure has a Twilight Zone vibe with a creepy narrator and sci fi aesthetic. The writing is sharp as usual and the voice acting is punchy and funny. I’ve always loved the dynamic between the laid back gumshoe Sam and the maniacal sociopathic Max.

 

25. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle-Wii

Travis Touchdown is back for this hack and slash, pop culture extravaganza from the mind of Suda 51 although he’s only a producer/designer this time. Travis sets off to take on a series of wacky and insane villains like Skelter Helter, Nathan Copeland and the awesomely named Destroyman!.The wii motion controls are put to decent use again especially with the infamous charging up of your beam katana. 

 

24. UFC Undisputed 2010- Playstation 3

The follow up to the surprise smash the year previous, this game modifies and improves on the innovative game mechanics that made the first game such a welcome one into the sports game genre. The roster includes cover star Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Dan Severn, Jon Jones and loads more.

 

23. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game-Playstation 3

My wee brother must be sick of me talking about the golden age of beat em ups and what they mean to me etc so when a game based on a movie he really liked came out in the style of my childhood era of gaming it was a marriage of young and old. We had a lot of fun playing through the cute, old school style beat em up with the excellent chip tune music from Anamanaguchi.As you’d expect from the source material it is choc full of pop culture references, mainly from the 80s and 90s so it’s appealing to me. 

 

22. Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom-Playstation 3

A stunningly beautiful fantasy action puzzle game in which a colourful kingdom is compromised by a strange darkness sweeping the lands and leading to inhabitants disappearing. A young man frees the gentle giant beast known as the Majin and hopes he will help figure out what is going on and stop the darkness. You help each other navigate the land and use the Majin in several ways to solve puzzles.

 

21. God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta-PSP

The second release for the Sony handheld sees Kratos explore his origins as he meets his mother and teams up with his brother Deimos to take on the god of death Thanatos. It’s similar to all the original games in the series in particular the previous PSP game with visceral, bloody, violent hack and slash action based on Greek mythology.

 

20.Epic Mickey-Wii

What a beautiful and creative looking game. Out of nowhere (let’s face it when was the last time Mickey Mouse was actually popular in any way) this action adventure game saw Mickey sucked into a world for forgotten characters where he uses a magic paintbrush to fix the land while fighting scary demons. Disney were keen to promote the fact the game featured Oswald The Lucky Rabbit who had been one of Walt’s first successful characters after they won the rights to him after not having them for years.

 

19. Bioshock 2-Playstation 3

It doesn’t have the stunning and shock filled story of the first game but the gameplay magic is still there and such was the popularity of the big daddy’s you actually play as one in this game. That’s right, you are a hulking, drill armed protector of the little sisters and you mash your way through splicers and humans lost to madness.

 

18. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker-PSP

The hugely popular Hideo Kojima stealth series makes it’s way to Sony’s portable console and the results are pretty damn good. Obviously it doesn’t have the depth of the console games the series released at the time. The game sees Snake (Big Boss) in Costa Rica running a mercenary unit in 1974 and features all the crazy plot nonsense and excellent stealth gameplay it’s known for. 

 

17. The King Of Fighters XIII-Playstation 3

A real return to form for a series that saw loads of action on my 90s lists but fell away as the 00s came around. This felt like a blast from the part only with HD visuals that really help that classic art style pop even more. Cracking backgrounds and a big roster of classic characters like Terry Bogard, Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Raiden and loads more.

 

16. Xenoblades Chronicles-Wii

A huge, sprawling fantasy sci fi JRPG that takes place on two worlds, both on the back od giant titans. The main protagonist is Shulk who discovers he has the ability to wield a mythical sword which he uses to protect his land and get revenge so he sets out on a massive quest with his pals. The open world is a joy to navigate and it’s one of the best looking games on the Wii with a well realised world.

 

15. Dead Rising 2-Playstation 3

The follow up to the early Xbox 360 hit is more of the same splatterpunk, zombie squelching fun but without Frank West this time. Here we have a new protagonist, former motocross competitor Chuck Greene who isn’t nearly as interesting as old Westy but the action, which takes place in a casino resort during a zombie outbreak is still loads of fun.

 

14.Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions-Playstation 3

I remember when I first saw the trailer for this I was incredibly hyped. I was deep into a massive Spider-Man comics binge at the time and was well up for a good Spidey game. This one especially appealed to me as it promised levels based on four different versions of the character from alternative universes in the comic world. The Amazing Spider-Man (your standard Spidey everyone knows), Spider-Man 2099 (a futuristic, cyberpunk style version), Ultimate Spider-Man from the brilliant Ultimate series and Spider-Man Noir from the short lived but enjoyable Marvel Noir series. Each characters play a little differently and so the levels offer a little variety. Bosses include Hammerhead, Mysterio, Kraven, Sandman, Deadpool, Carnage and more. Probably my favourite Spidey game. 

 

13. Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing-Playstation 3

A surprisingly awesome kart racer in an era when the only big hitter in the genre was Mario Kart. Out of nowhere comes this brilliant celebration of Sega with the ability to choose from characters like Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Joe Musashi of SHinobi, Akira and Jacky from Virtua Fighter and more. Power sliding round tracks based on levels from The House Of The Dead, Sonic Heroes, Jet Set Radio Future and so on is a great homage to all things Sega.

 

12. Metro 2033-Xbox 360

A first person horror shooter based on the Dmitry Glukhovsky novel of the same name set in a post apocalyptic Moscow where humans have settlements underground in the metro tunnels, only venturing above ground with gas masks to scavenge. The monsters above ground are dangerous but factions bellow those horrors are more manipulative and scheming than any mutated monster. The controls were clunky but it was a fantastic looking game with a great story and some braw enemy design. Scary stuff at times too.

 

11. Limbo-PC/Playstation 3

An incredibly atmospheric and artistically minimalist piece of gaming art. It’s a puzzle platformer that sees you run through a foggy, black and white nightmare filled environment filled with monsters and puzzles to solve, most of which can kill you in brutal ways. Not a game for arachnophobes as the giant spider is still stuck in the back of my head somewhere and comes forward when I’m trying to sleep. The story is one of those that has people on forums giving their interpretations of what it meant. Was his sister dead all along?. Was he dead?. Is he deemed to repeat the journey forever?.

 

10. Alan Wake-Xbox 360

A psychological thriller third person adventure heavily influenced by Twin Peaks and Stephen King. It plays out like a tv show with “previously on” segments at the start of chapters…..it wasn’t a stylistic choice I was a fan of but most of the story, the atmosphere and the overall presentation was. It was trying a little too hard to be Twin Peaks though. David Lynch gets away with important plot points making absolute no sense but not these guys….the ending was a stinker. A great game overall though.

 

 

9. Amnesia: The Dark Descent-PC/Playstation 4

One of those rare horror games that gets crazy hyped by word of mouth about how scary it is. For the most part it actually lives up to the hype with an incredibly scary and atmospheric first person survival horror. You can’t fight the demons you encounter so you have to hide (that concept became a real trend in horror gaming) so you really have to be concerned with your surroundings at all times. One problem I had with it was the narrative unfolded through letters you found in drawers which you could miss. That’s another gaming trend that picked up and does my head in. The story itself is actually interesting too with you suffering from amnesia and waking up in a seemingly empty castle. You slowly discover your past and why you are in the castle. Intense stuff.

 

8 (Tied). Kirby’s Epic Yarn-Wii

Kirby is as adorable as usual…maybe even more so in this case as he has been turned into a little yarn ball and sent to Patch Land……hey I didn’t write the story. With a graphical style based on wool where things unravel and you use the knitted world to your advantage, it’s inventive and incredible charming fun. Of course Kirby is also ADORABLE!.

 

8 (Tied). Donkey Kong Country Returns-Wii

One of my favourite series of the 16 bit era returns with an absolute bang. It was exactly what I wanted it be, an updated version of the classic trilogy. Similar aesthetics but updated to fit the generation and great music that remixes the old songs. Collecting bananas, navigating crazy platform levels and bouncing on bad guys heads tugs at the old nostalgia and I love it. It looks amazing too. 

 

7. Vanquish-Playstation 3

Surely one of the most underrated games of the last generation. The slide mechanic alone puts it on the elite level!. Skidding around in your power suit while shooting the enemy is one of the great joys of gaming. Everything just clicked and the nonsense B movie plot whizzes along at breakneck speed going from one set piece to the next. A real gem of a game that goes back to basics of just fast paced, fun shooting.

 

6. Heavy Rain-Playstation 3

An incredibly divisive game which is the norm when it comes to David Cage releases. The “press X to Jason” memes were overdone nearly as soon as they started and the complaints of it being and interactive movie were pretty silly as it advertised itself as such. Playing as four different protagonists in a very intriguing story in which they all interconnect is pretty clever but with hindsight there were plot holes but meh….I don’t care too much. I enjoyed it so much and the big twist will stick with me forever….I was absolutely heartbroken. Also any one of your characters could die and story would just keep going on and change without them. Everyone I know who played it got a different outcome to their story and I love stuff like that. 

 

5. God Of War 3-Playstation 3

The excellent Greek Mythology hack and slash epic action series hits the HD world and hooo boy does it look incredible. The series has some of the best battles of all time and some of them are in this game. Taking on Cronos when you are smaller than his fingernails was one of the most exhilarating things I had ever done in a game at the time and the opening level where you fight Poseidon on top of the Titan Gaia is one of the best opening levels in gaming history. A lot of people are not a fan of the story and feel that Kratos was softened somewhat but I didn’t mind it. He was still incredibly brutal but there was more flexibility to his character. Finally getting your hands on daddy Zeus after three games was immensely satisfying. One of the most epic games of all time.

 

4. Super Mario Galaxy 2-Wii

Well here we are again with a top few games that could easily top most other lists. Another incredible year for gaming. This sequel to the amazing first game does things in a pretty similar manner but adds fan favourite dinosaur thingybob Yoshi to the action which changes up the gameplay somewhat when you have him. Once again the level design is immaculate, the visuals are absolutely stunning and for a game like this not to be in HD is a crime. Utterly charming and an artistic achievement that puts a lot of games to shame.

 

3. Fallout: New Vegas-Playstation 3

Another epic open world adventure in the Fallout series and one that many like better than Fallout 3. Not me….as much as I love New Vegas it just didn’t have the shock factor of 3 as I had never played a game like that before so I knew what to expect more this time round. As before it’s a monstrously huge game with thousands of side quests and quirky encounters. It has a lot more of a focus on the quirkiness and comic moments which leads to some hilarious interactions. Finally making your way to the New Vegas strip was an absolute trip and the world building was insanely meticulous. A joy to explore and again the several large dlc releases were fantastic. 

 

2. Yakuza 4-Playstation 3

Probably my favourite entry into possibly my favourite series deviates from the Yakuza norm by having four playable characters instead of just series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu it adds three other characters in a huge twisting plot that brings all of them together. New to the franchise is the loveable loan shark who went from being homeless to rich after the Millenium Tower explosion. Next we have Taiga Saejima who has sat on death row for years for the murder of opposing Yakuza clan members. Finally, Masayoshi Tanamura is a cop who believes his father’s death has something to do with corruption within the police force. As usual there is a brilliant mix of serious plotline with crazy, wacky sidequests and you can go fishing, play table tennis, meet hostesses, sing karaoke and all sorts of fun things. It’s a wonderful game.

 

1. (Tied). Red Dead Redemption-Xbox 360/Playstation 3

I’ve said before that I hate having a draw at the top of the list but it was impossible in this case. The quality was just way too good and here we have Rockstar Games’ greatest achievement in my opinion. Better than any Grand Theft Auto game, better than all of their fantastic work it’s a wonderful ode to the Western. Firstly we have an amazing protagonist in John Marsden, a former outlaw during the American Frontier when the cowboy lifestyle was dying out and the country was expanding with more towns and technology was evolving. The story was by far the developer’s most mature and has a lot more heart than a lot of their stuff where they often just go for shock value. It’s emotional, it’s epic and it plays brilliantly. Riding horseback throughout Western America and Mexico is an absolute joy and when it was all done I was left breathless after a completely unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

1 (Tied).Mass Effect 2-Playstation 3

 

Oh for fu….. For those that caught the last list I mistakenly put this on there when it was first released in January 2010…..woops. Oh well here we are. . Bioware’s space opera is back for a sequel that improves on the first game in almost every way. The plot is excellent, the crew members and interactions are wonderful, the combat is much tighter and the exploration is great. Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man is a great addition to the series. One of those games that mean so much to me I could go on about it forever and since I know you’re desperate to know my romance as a male was with Jack and my female run was with Garrus.

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