2010’s 5 Best Games You Don’t Own
When CODBLOPS was released it sucked up the cash from 7 million wager match-hungry fans in it’s first flippin’ day, leaving a void of both disposable income and gamers willing to leave their rooms for a bio-break, let alone to visit a retailer to buy another game. It’s a similar story for the rest of 2010, with great titles limping behind in the <500K sales bracket or simply not getting the attention they deserve.
These are the heroes of the games industry, championing brave new ideas that deserve to be lauded and require a space in your collection – because this December sucks for games. Really, there’s nothing out this month that stands a chance of tearing you away from 4-player zombie co-op. But if you need a break from your Black Ops zombification, we guarantee you there’s at least one game in this list you won’t have played and will love.
It’s sold less than 100,000 copies worldwide since October but thoroughly deserves to sell more, as the 8/10+ reviews suggest. The chances are you haven’t played this post-apocalyptic, third-person platformer and if you’re a fan of the genre, then why the hell not?
Arguably the criminal lack of marketing on this superb console World War II real-time strategy led to flagging sales. Ultimately, if you have so much as an inkling towards strategy games or you’re curious, R.U.S.E. the best opportunity yet to immerse yourself in a console RTS that works perfectly on every level.
Divinity II: Ego Draconis was buggy and poorly optimised so you’ll be forgiven for passing it by. But this compilation of the original game and 50 hours of new expansion content has been “remastered” for a far smoother and sexier visuals. Don’t lump it into the generic open-world fantasy category, give it a chance and RPG fans will discover it’s charming, rewarding and proper-hardcore.
How did Sega’s epic new science fiction shooter pass so many of you by? It has all the hallmarks of an epic shooter, but without the sales. You absolutely will need to step out of out of your first-person, modern warfare setting and when you do, Vanquish should tempt you away.
You’ve been so stuck on two-dimensional fighters and the odd stint on the Undisputed series that you’ve not given EA Sports MMA its due… and you’re missing out. From an animation point of view alone it’s the premier cage-fighting title out there and don’t be put off by the lack of UFC fighters in the roster, because the Create-a-Fighter system means you’ll be able to pick up surprisingly accurate user-made MMA stars online.