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2010 Game of the Year Awards

With 2011 in full swing, the staff has reflected on the past year and highlighted the absolute best on each system.

Multiplatform Awards


Winner - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the premier first person shooter experience on any console this year. Coming hot off the heels of last year's Modern Warfare 2, many did not expect Black Ops to perform as well as the previous title. Not only did it perform to standard, but it surpassed all others. Breaking sales records, the latest in the long-running Call of Duty series takes players to the era of the Cold War with a bang. Boasting refined and improved gameplay, Black Ops is set apart from the crowded pack of would-be shooter greats, without feeling stale.

Expanded customization in the online multiplayer makes for a more personal and engrossing experience as players are able to choose what they unlock as they rank up and how to appear in the game. All-new zombie modes including a couple presidential scale surprises spice up the game and prolong replayability long after other games demand your purchase of DLC or a hastily constructed expansion. This game truly is a bang for a gamer's buck.

An energetic single player campaign nicely rounds out this quality title with an exciting new era and setting for players to enjoy. No matter the system, Black Ops gives gamers more action and entertainment for dozens if not hundreds of hours of play in a time where 5-7 hours is the acceptable norm. This is the quintessential game for the first person shooter fanatic.


Runner-Up - Red Dead Redemption

Lost in a tiebreaker vote to Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption is unquestionably game of the year quality. Players take the role of ex-outlaw, John Marston, who is working as a bounty hunter trying to capture his old posse, go straight, and provide a new life for his wife and son. With Grand Theft Auto style gameplay, players will work through a variety of tasks in a Wild West landscape. All facets of the game embrace this setting, providing for a genuinely engaging and intriguing quest that immerses players from beginning to end.

Honorable Mentions

Dead Rising 2, Bayonetta, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Vanquish, Super Street Fighter IV, Final Fantasy XIII, Darksiders, Rock Band 3

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Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 08:27 PM

*its own right

*tower defense

*a children's book

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 09:05 PM

Good effort and nice clean format. Needs one more page at the end. Maybe a short chat log about award debates, favorite game moments or the year in general.

Chuck Jose Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 10:57 PM

Black Ops over Red Dead? John Marston would not take a liking to this.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 11:28 PM

Somewhere out there, there's a "_____ of the Year" article brewing. Something with zany categories and meaningless victories. It's just not in here. But it's in development.

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

01/24/2011 at 02:31 PM

Mind if I gave you a hand with that article, thatguy? ;)

(if school work permits it anyway)

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/24/2011 at 06:18 PM

Potentially yes, but probably not. It depends on something behind-the-scenes that I might push to move forward within the next week. If it goes through, you wouldn't want to help out with the article. If it doesn't get off the ground, though, then I'll see what I can do.

Nick DiMola Director

01/25/2011 at 06:01 PM

I haven't had the chance to say it, but a big thanks to the whole PixlBit staff in producing these awards. I sprung it on everyone that we were going to be doing them, and everyone voted and produced their write-ups ridiculously fast.

It took me a while to get everything together due to some stuff going on currently in my personal life, so sorry about that. I'll be making an announcement pretty soon letting everyone know exactly what was holding things up on my end.

Also, if anyone has any input for changes for next year's awards, feel free to let us know here or shoot us an email.


03/03/2011 at 07:28 AM

I know it is kinda late but I wanted to chime in on the awards.

First of all. Nice format with the color coding the systems at the top of the page. Maybe have a number one for each genre as well as the systems top 2 games like you have here. Like have the last page have Best RPG for all the systems. As well as all the other genres.

On to the awards. There were alot of good games that came out on the Wii this past year. Money was tight for me so I didn't get all the ones I wanted but I did get a few that were listed namely, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes:Desperate Struggle. Got the first two relatively close to the launch of the respective launches while I got the last two about a week ago. Overall very fun games in their own way.

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