Game of the Year 2010 Winner

We’ve finally arrived at our choice for Game of the Year 2010.

By fishdalf, Posted 10 Jan 2011

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NoobFeed Game of the Year 2010.

We’ve finally arrived at our choice for Game of the Year 2010. It was a taxing process, having to sum up the good and bad points of each game, what has done more for its respective genre and indeed the industry as a whole and the decision wasn’t entirely unanimous amongst the NoobFeed outfit. It isn’t entirely surprising how difficult we did find it though, with so many great titles being released in the space of the calendar year.

We have made our decision though with a majority vote and after listing the final ten nominees we can announce our winner:
Bayonetta (360, PS3)
Red Dead Redemption (360, PS3)
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Rock Band 3 (360, PS3, Wii, DS)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
GoldenEye 007 (Wii, DS) 
Super Mario Galaxy 2  (Wii) 
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (XBL, PSN)
Mass Effect 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS)
FIFA 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS)
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty  (PC)

And the winner is...

Heavy Rain

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It’s no coincidence that Heavy Rain has been met with critical acclaim across the board, because upon its completion you haven’t just played another game that is idly discarded into a pile, or traded in for a newer model. You have lived through a story along with its four leading characters and later a fifth, who we shan’t name.

It’s not all a bed of roses though, as the game has come in for criticism from a few sources, claiming the game to be “one big quick time event, with no real gameplay value,” but to those you have to smirk and shrug it off, because they clearly haven’t grasped the concept of what the game is about. It’s about the experience, rather than becoming skilled at a certain thing, or gaining any form of momentum. It’s more a part of letting the game take you as opposed to you taking it. Maybe that’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but for those who welcome such a thing and perhaps already have tried the game for themselves, it may just be a part of the future of not just adventure games, but many aspects of gaming as a whole.

Holding the characters’ fates in your own hands is a major part of the game and one of the major reasons it works so well. The decisions you make, puzzles you solve and clues you unearth will ultimately decide what the future holds and whether everyone makes it to the end of the journey, or if some check out early. As well as this and its engrossing plot, the graphical capabilities of the game are also something to behold. Forgiving a jagged edge or two, the visuals really help set the entire mood of the game, and the lighting effects in particular create a sense of urgency and suspense unlike no other.

The controls are perhaps the most controversial talking point of all, as completing the game, whilst not wholly easy, does only require a few quick button presses at certain critical points and a few tricky holds. However, many of them are set in a way that feels natural for the action you’re attempting to convey on screen. Drawing, for example, feels rather serene when conveyed through the game. The recently added Move compatibility simply expands on this; bringing the actions to life more vividly.

This is a title that has everything we feel a game of the year should: a great story, stunning visuals, originality, engaging characters and a wide accessibility. It may not have a multiplayer component, but that’s simply not what Heavy Rain is about. To end, New Line Cinema and Quantic Dream Pictures currently hold the movie rights if they ever wanted to take this to the big screen, but  there’s really no point, as here you not only get to watch the movie, but become part of it and that is priceless.

Read our full review here.

Finally, we would like to thank you all for being a part of our Game of the Year and hope you're with us sharing more great gaming memories throughout 2011.

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  • Well deserved. My heart was still beating for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty though.

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • Cant say i have played it since i dont have a now for research!


    @Sleven mine too :(

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • ... yeah, that's what I thought. And I can't say I disagree :)

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • That was kinda shock to see heavy rain chosen as the best game of 2010. Well majority said so. But for me, my favourite games of the year is still Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 and Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. 

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • It deserves the award for its unique gameplay mechanics, outstading story and many more innovations. 

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • Interesting choice, I haven't played it, so I can't say if it deserved or not

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • Good choice.

    But why wasn't Mass Effect 2 even nominated?

    Posted Jan 10, 2011

  • Heavy Rain it's a good choise, but sometimes it's good to be just like the others, and for me at least, Red Dead Redemption IS the real game of the year... 

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • I'd personally vote for a few other games over it for goty but its not my opinion so good job either way :P

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • Shocked.. not much more i can say

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • wow! it's nice to see a different pick from all the others :)

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • Good choice & well deserved.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • pretty surprised about the decision although i still have to agree. Heavy Rain was pretty different and I had a different feel when i played the demo of the game. i actually liked it.

    Hmm!! I am wondering where is Mass Effect II!!!

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • I agree Mass Effect should've gotten a nomination, especially since FIFA made the cut... But I don't make the rules.

    I also would've picked another GOTY, but I have fairly harsh standards. Heavy Rain does deserve recognition though, as there are little story driven games that come out and even less that pull off such a grand design as Heavy Rain does. Alas, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, you did well.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • wow..  ok. CHEERS bring the champagne in !!

    (have no much to say because still can't play any of the finalist.. but pleased to celebrate it..)

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • @fishdalf : You've forgotten to mention Mass Effect 2. Though it doesn't matter now.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • Good choice.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • i haven't played it yet, but even after i play it, i'm sure i won't agree with it. as a GAME, it doesn't look like it does much.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • I'm happy with the choice, it was anything but just another game.

    Posted Jan 11, 2011

  • A surprise GOTY! But that only makes things all the more interesting!

    Posted Jan 13, 2011

  • yesyesyesyesyesyes :D

    Posted Jan 15, 2011

  • Throughout these awards there were a lot I may not have agreed with (especially Sports GOTY, definitely a European bias if 2K11 didn't win. Just about every other site considers that one of the definitive sports games of all-time :P ) but this I can agree with. RDR was a great game, but repetitive after a while, Mass Effect 2 was great, but personally I didn't care much for the TPS gameplay, SMG 2 was great, but too much of the same. Heavy Rain on the other hand blew me away and remains with LBP as the most unique gaming experience I've had this gen, and maybe ever. 

    Posted Jan 16, 2011

  • I'm not sure what to think about this one... It looks very interesting and I'm sure it deserves GOTY! Good choice guys.


    I can't wait to see what 2011 holds in store for us!

    Posted Jan 17, 2011

  • I tried playing Heavy Rain, but I broke it. Remember the scene early on when the kid asks for his teddy? When I tried the game, he never did. I was stuck in limbo so I gave up.

    There are very few games I have not broken (aka gltiched). Everyday that list grows smaller.

    Posted Jan 23, 2011

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