The 5 best games of 2009 vs. The best of 2010 so far

Metacritic has published a feature listing the best reviewed games of 2010 so far. There are some pretty impressive titles on the list, and there is no denying that 2010 has been a great year for gamers so far, especially compared to early 2009 which I found just a little dry in comparison.

The 5 best games of 2009 (First 6 months)

1. Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360 & PS3) 93%

2. Killzone 2 (PS3) 91%

3. Empire: Total War (PC) 90%

    Plants Vs Zombies (PC) 90%

    MLB: The Show (PS3) 90%

Average: 90.8%

The 5 best games of 2010 (First 6 months) 

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) 98%

2. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PC) 95%

3. Red Dead Redemption (PS3, Xbox 360) 95%

4. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3, Xbox 360) 92%

5. God of War III (PS3) 92%

Average: 94.4%

If we look at just the top 5 games this year, the combined average is higher than the best scoring game over the same period in 2009. Of course the top 5 does not even tell the full story, and titles like Bad Company 2, Bioshock 2, Alan Wake and Heavy Rain have also been excellent, if perhaps not as well received by critics at large. 

2009 however finished very well, with Modern Warfare 2, Forza 3, Dragon Age, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2,  Assassin’s Creed 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 all bringing up the rear. Will 2010’s second half be as good? Well, we have a lot to look forward to, including StarCraft II, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Medal of Honor, Crysis 2, The Last Guardian, Mafia 2, and my personal favourite, Civilization V.

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  • gerard

    Hey Nic,

    "2010 however finished very well" I think you meant 2009 at the begining of the last paragrapgh.

    Also the title reads wrong.

    "The 5 best games of 2010 vs. The best of 2010 so far"

    Maybe should be be

    "The 5 best games of 2009 vs. The best of 2010 so far"

  • gerard

    Embarrassing. here I am pointing out mistakes and I make a whole bunch of my own :) Irony actually burns.

  • Nic Simmonds

    Thanks Gerard, all fixed :)

  • Magnarmalok

    Give Tinny a break man…he's making sweet sweet love to his new xbox that he picked up in LA recently…you know "reviewing" and all 😉

  • Solidus

    Nic, Mass Effect 2 was PC and 360 only.

  • Matt

    I see the little start on the bottom of the letters on the super mario logo still spell out: U R MR GAY.

    Classic :)

  • Potedude

    I cannot wait for Civ 5. That game is gonna waste my whole life…