And my Game of the Year – 2010 is…

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Gaming year in review / Game of the Year Awards

This would normally be the time to review the best and worst of 2010’s games, except I only played a handful of the titles which came out this year. Despite being an RPG fan, I played neither Mass Effect 2 nor Fallout: New Vegas, and despite being a strategy fan, I did not play Starcraft II.


That said, I liked most of the ones I did play. Highest-profile amongst them, and the one into which I sank the most time, was Civilization V – here are my thoughts on the city-states, and on the game design as a whole. I didn’t spend a huge amount of time with Resonance of Fate, the steampunkish gun-fu JRPG from tri-Ace, or Supreme Commander 2, the RTS from Gas Powered Games, but I liked what I saw, and I know I’ll return one day to finish off Resonance of Fate.


Ultimately, though, one game this year charmed me more than all the others. It was just right for me in every way: in its length, its pacing, the feel of its world, its gameplay mechanics, and its premise. And it alone makes me think, “I wish there were more games like that!” With that, I present:


Game of the Year – 2010: Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (write-up here), developed by EasyGameStation and localised by Carpe Fulgur.


Congratulations, guys. Keep up the good work, because I’m looking forward to what you do next.


Happy new year, everyone!

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2 thoughts on “And my Game of the Year – 2010 is…”

  1. That’s a very good choice, actually. It’s definitely my “game you didn’t expect to like all that much but ended up loving it” of 2010.

    1. Thanks, Wolfox! Yeah, I wasn’t even that keen on the demo, but I’m really glad I took the plunge and bought the full game.

      Out of curiosity, you found my site via Flash of Steel, right? Do you play many other JRPGs, or are you mostly a strategy gamer?

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