Posted by: adrianwerner | March 8, 2010

Update (8th march 2010)

2010 GAMES

Sid Meier’s Civilization V
New entry in one of the greatest franchises gaming has ever seen.

Tropico 3: Absolute Power
First add-on to a city builder which scored 8.4 at IGN

Virtual Villagers 4: The Tree of Life
To say that Virtual Villagers 4: The Tree of Life is just more of the same is both accurate and an over simplification. To be sure, returning players will instantly recognize its design, interface, and play style (and lament deficiencies shared by its predecessors—we still can’t scroll out to view the entire village, alas). But the simple truth is that this game, like its forerunners, is an undeniably fun and long-lasting play bursting with clever new environmental conundrums. Put more simply, if there’s something wrong with Virtual Villagers’ formula, then I don’t want Last Day of Work to make it right.9.0 from Gamezebo

Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera has a dark sense of humor, wonderful hand-drawn art, mind-bending puzzles, and good solid object hunts. It’s not the longest or most difficult HOG you’re ever going to encounter, but its polished presentation and amusing characters more than make up for its shortcoming8.0 from Gamezebo

The Clumsys 2: Butterfly Effect
Overall, however, these are minor quibbles that shouldn’t distract from the fact that The Clumsys 2 is a very good game. There’s even a slight educational benefit to be found, as each level includes small tidbits of information about where and when each invention was made, and with 30 of the world’s most famous inventions waiting to be completed, it’s not something most people are likely to finish up very quickly8.0 from Gamezebo

Big City Adventure: Vancouver
Its art is pleasant and its searches are solid, but what Big City Adventure: Vancouver really has going for it is sheer size. Even if you’re a speed demon, it’s going to take you quite a while to burn through all 69 levels, especially if you stop to read the informative post cards that pop up when you’ve finished a scene. It’s not going to blow you away with its story (it doesn’t really have one), or its gameplay (you’ve done all of this before), but if you’re in the mood for a HOG, or the Winter Olympics, or both, a trip to Vancouver would be time well spent.8.0 from Gamezebo

Mole Control
Minor complaints aside, Mole Control takes an old formula and makes it new again. The style, originality and simple fun were absolutely top notch. The presentation made this feel like a strong PopCap release, but this isn’t even a PopCap game! No matter how tired you think you are of Minesweeper, Mole Control will make you fall in love with its gameplay all over again.8.0 from Gamezebo

Settlement: Colossus
While the end result of Settlement: Colossus isn’t quite as interesting as the core idea it presents, the game is still solid and enjoyable. The gameplay, while a bit on the repetitive side, is unique and refreshing and the visuals are absolutely wonderful. The game also provides a very lengthy adventure that is sure to keep would-be settlers busy for quite some time.8.0 from IGN

Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret
mpress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret is one of the most entertaining hidden object games I’ve played in a long time. With a fantastic setting, engaging environments, fun puzzles and a dark twist, it’s a great choice for gamers looking for a relaxed experience with a bit of an edge to it.8.0 from Gamezebo

The Tarot’s Misfortune
These are minor quibbles about what is otherwise a beautiful and refreshingly different HOG. The mechanic of having to peek around objects in the foreground should be more than enough to attract fans of the genre, but the gorgeous visuals are the icing on the cake8.0 from Gamezebo

Black Sails
Pirate themed adventure game from Deck 13, makers of Ankh series and Jack Keane.

Jolly Rover
“First full-length commercial adventure from Brawsome, the small indie studio whose previous credits include the freeware title Just Another Point n Click Adventure, plus work on Emerald City Confidential and Avenue Flo.”

Boryokudan Rue
SF adventure game that’s one of the student prize winners at the 2010 Independent Games Festival

Perpetuum Online
EVE Online-inspired mech sim MMO.

Monaco
Indie heist game that’s nominated for 2010 IGFSeumas McNally Grand Prize, developed by Pocketwatch games, makers of Wildlife Tycoon(IGF finalist) and Venture Arctic (Gametunnel’s sim game of the year)

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
If you enjoyed Borderlands and still wanted more, then definitely download The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. The main story line is still a blast even if you go it alone and some of the side quests will challenge the most hardened team of Boarderlands veterans. This is by far the best of the three add-ons for the core game, and the most fun I had since I completed the main game last year.8.8 from IGN

Dragon Age: Origins – Return to Ostagar
Return to Ostagar doesn’t add anything revolutionary to the Dragon Age experience. You’ll know exactly what you’re in for from the moment you load it up. With that said, it’s every bit as good as the content that came with the original game, and it gives the Warden a chance to tie up one of the campaign’s loose ends. Throw in a fair bit of impressive loot, some of which will actually stay useful through the end of the main story, and there’s no reason to avoid returning to Ostagar.8.5 from IGN

Major League Baseball 2K10
he PC version doesn’t try to fix or correct any of the gameplay failings that I found in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but its increased technical proficiency makes it the version to buy this year. You get the same exact functionality and feature set that’s present in other versions, but for $30 less and you get to enjoy a much nicer visual presentation if your computer has the muscle. This year’s MLB 2K10 is far from perfect, but the PC version – for a change when it comes to sports games – is the best version currently on the market.7.3 from IGN

Test Drive Unlimited 2

Fallout: New Vegas

MODS

Project Reality 0.9 for Battlefield 2
Massive update (new factions, maps, weapons, mods, tweaks etc) to one of best tactical mods around.

Jumper and the City for Crysis
A mix of Mirror’s Edge and Prototype.

Open Outcast for Crysis Wars Trial
Demo of a fan made successor to classic action-adventure title.

Exterminatus for Half-Life 2
Multiplayer mod based on Warhammer 40K universe.

Human Error for Half-Life 2
SP mod where you play as part of Combine forces.

Outpost 16 for Half-Life 2
Polished long SP level.

WWI Source for Half-Life 2

Escape The Room for Half-Life 2
Adventure mod that takes a popular flash game concept and turns it into full 3D HL2 mod.

Naruto: Naiteki Kensei for Half-Life
Mod based on popular anime series.

Dark Blood for Left 4 Dead
“The survivors drifted at sea and a tankership seems deserted. But it’s filled with infected. The survivors must try to restart the tankership motor, if they want to join the oil plateform where a helicopter was heading.”

DeadCity II for Left 4 Dead 2
“Kill plenty of zombies starting in RiverSide (city) then battling through the Back Alleys, over a Draw Bridge, at a Water Plant and during the escape at the Subway Station.”

Freezer Burn for Left 4 Dead 2
6 maps long campaign set in frozen skyscrapper.

Stalker CS Reloaded for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
Megamod that tweaks gameplay, balance and graphics of original game, turning it into something much more polished and fun to play.

Wanderers Edition for Fallout 3
“A major overhaul mod for Fallout 3 that changes underlying game mechanics and adds new features to the game. The aim of the mod is to improving the challenge, sense of immersion, depth of gameplay, and range of options compared the vanilla game. Generally, you’ll find the wasteland to be a more dynamic but far less forgiving place.”

Porsche Supercup for GTR Evolution

WTCC 2009 for RACE On
This mod adds all cars from the most recent season of the World Touring Car Championship.

FREEWARE

Attack of the Paper Zombies
Top down arena shooter,

Balloon in a Wasteland
Defense centered action game.

Cactus Block
You play as an unnamed blue character who has to find his or her way home on a snowy winter day. Some cliffs might seem to high to climb at first, but you can place a random tile on screen as a platform to stand on or jump off. The problem with this ability is that there’s an equal chance of getting a cactus instead of a brown block, which hurts the player should they come in contact with the prickly plant. – Indiegames

Darkfate
Minimalistic exploration platformer.

Dinosaurs Didn’t Have Keyboards, But If They Did, They Would Break
A short arcade game created by Sophie Houlden in under forty-eight hours for a mini-Ludum Dare competition. In it, you have to tap the number keys as fast as you can to help the dinosaur leap over lava pits and reach the finish line in the quickest time possible. – Indiegames

Girlfriend vs Boyfriend
In Girlfriend vs Boyfriend you play as the guilty partner who had just been caught ogling at another woman, and as a result of this your other half will try to chase you down and punish you for committing the act of unfaithfulness in her presence. Objects on the roadside will be thrown at you to hamper your escape, but you can knock these things away at the cost of stopping for a short moment for your girlfriend to catch up with you. – Indiegames

Houkaimura
Ghnost ‘n Goblins inspired action platformer

Paper Dreams
Beautiful shump.

Sennyuu
Action platformer.

Uchuusen (Spaceship)
An arcade game that puts you in control of a ship with two rockets attached to each side, and by selectively activating the thrusters you can navigate around tight corridors and obstacles in this twenty-level challenge. – Indiegames

Wavespark
One button action game

Eon
Unique take on music genre inspired by Auditorium

Prose and Motion
A physics-based word game

Sushi Cat
Unique take on Peggle mechanics

High Speed Chase 2

The Spirit Engine 2
This great indie RPG was released freeware!

Pax Britannica
Hot seat multiplayer RTS

Escape from 5th Door
Hard escape the room game.

No Name Room Escape
Basic room escape game

Primary
Puzzle platformer.

Cubor
3D puzzler.

Mogo Mogo
Charming adventure game

Hoosegow
Wild West-themed interactive fiction.

Wake the Royalty
Physics centered puzzler.

Diver 2
Quirky puzzler about cliff diving.

4 Differences
Good “spot the difference” puzzler.

Space Oddity 2
Sci fi adventure game.

M-Bot: The Game
Gorgeous 2.5D shooter

Mechanical Commando 2
Top down shooter

One Button Bob
Quirky retro platformer controlled just by one button.

NASA Station Spacewalk Game
Astronaut sim.

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