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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.

DS Awards


Winner - Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Professor Layton's third DS outing (in America) was his most successful yet. Summoned to travel through time, Layton and his trusty apprentice Luke go to London ten years into the future at the request of a future version of Luke. While there, players will solve the mystery of the future deranged Professor Layton by switching back and forth between the present and past.

The biggest improvement this Layton title has seen is the stronger correlation of the puzzles to the professor's current scenario. Additionally, players perform far less screen scanning to accomplish the game's various goals. The three sub-challenges contained in the game are a real joy to complete, particularly the toy car, as is the excellently done in-game animation and voice acting.

Whether you're young or old, Professor Layton is going to challenge your mind in new ways and that makes it the best DS game of 2010.


Runner-Up - Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies goes to a place where the main-line Dragon Quest titles have never gone before: Co-op multiplayer. The game has enough content to last hundreds of hours, and rarely becomes dull; a surprising quality for a handheld RPG.

Lone players or groups of friends can make their way through the land as a party full of customized characters of many classes. In the post-game, they can develop their characters to the fullest in order to take on a multitude of bosses hailing from prior Dragon Quest titles. While Dragon Quest IX lacks a bit in character development, the gameplay, class options, and post-game are considered among the best in the Dragon Quest series, making Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies PixlBit's DS Game of the Year Runner-up.

Honorable Mentions

Mario vs. DK Mini Land Mayhem, Picross 3D, Sonic Colors, WarioWare DIY, Final Fantasy 4 Warriors of Light

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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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