With Christmas just around the bend, it’s probably time to start thinking about what the kids expect beneath that tree. If, like many a busy parent, you haven’t been dutifully keeping track of the top 5 games of 2010, you may be in trouble. In order to avoid a grumpy gamer this holiday season, check out the hottest top 5 games of 2010, and see what might be worth stocking beneath your Christmas tree.
Top 5 Games 2010 #5: Final Fantasy XIII
This long developed Final Fantasy installment is sure to be one of the top 5 games of 2010. For the first time since the early days of the Final Fantasy genre, Final Fantasy XIII is breaking it’s steadfast commitment to the PS 3 console, and making itself available on X-Box 360 as well.
As per usual for the Final Fantasy series, this addition to the top 5 games of 2010 has a dense and complicated plot. Focused on NORA, a resistance group crusading against the floating city of Cocoon’s malevolent government, Final Fantasy XIII offers some unique possibilities. With tensions existing between the floating city and the mysterious, earth-bound world below, along with political intrigue and a colorful cast of characters, this Final Fantasy stands to carry the series banner to the PS 3 with flying colors.
Top 5 Games 2010 #4: Final Fantasy XIV
2010 is an incredibly lucky year, with two of its top 5 games being brand-new installments in the Final Fantasy genre. Final Fantasy XIV will compliment 2010’s Final Fantasy fanatics by offering an MMORPG experience (an online, multiplayer RPG for those non-geeks among us) available for both PC and PS 3.
Top 5 Games 2010 #3: Halo: Reach
This installment in the top 5 games 2010 lineup takes us back in time, to the days before master chief’s fateful landing on the Halo ring-world. Halo: Reach is a prequel to the original Halo series, taking the adventure to it’s source: Planet Reach, the original training ground of the Spartans, and the beginning of master chief’s inter-stellar saga. Equipped to handle multi-player melees on X-Box live, X-Box’s multiplayer flagship is back, and ready to give Halo fans another year of this top game of 2010.
Top 5 Games 2010 #2: Metriod: Other M
Enough of PS 3 and X-Box, the Nintendo Wii has just as much to offer to the top 5 games of 2010 roster. Take Metriod: Other M, for example. The second installment in the Metroid saga, this top 5 game follows the adventures Samus Aran. A rare find within the video gaming world, Aran is a female protagonist. But, ready to blast through the glass ceiling with a variety of futuristic weapons, Samus’s femininity in no way dampens her kick-ass heroism. With sprawling, otherworldly maps, and the opportunity to overcome evil in both third and first person, Samus will have plenty of opportunity to prove that she can be just as badass as the next action-hero in Metriod: Other M.
Top 5 Games 2010 #1: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
The final expose in out top 5 games of 2010 showcase, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm offers a much awaited installment in the World of Warcraft genre. Unlike previous Warcraft expansions, which merely added new continents to the pre-existing platform, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm stands to change the Warcraft experience forever, offering new level caps, new race/class combinations, 3 new battlegrounds, and the ability to fly anywhere. So, just in case you were getting tired of one of the most re-playable series in video-game history, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm promises thousands more hours of fantastical fun.
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