Games of the Year awards 2010: Best Downloadable Games
Downloadable games have been crazy this year. Really, choosing 4 winners out of all the great games that came out was a very hard thing to do. May it be throwbacks to older games, sequels to classic games, HD remakes of classic games, or just overall really good downloadable games, this was a category with a LOT of potential winners, and all of them would have fit right in for this list.
As the other posts, if one of your favorites is missing on the list, you can comment to tell us what you think deserved a spot, but, rest assured, it was most likely one of our possible winners. That, or we didn’t play it (for example, I don’t have a DSi, so I didn’t play the new Shantae… dammit). There were, after all, many fantastic downloadable games this year.
So read on and see what won over the other great downloadable games that came out this year! The are out winners for Best Downloadable Games of 2010!
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Now that was a fun game. The gameplay reminiscent of classic beat ‘em ups, with a leveling system and a stat-boosting system that’s just like in River City Ransom. 4 playable characters, each with slightly different attacks, fun enemies, fun boss battles, super moves, cheat codes (basically every cheat code here is from some classic game or another), unlockables… It was loads of fun. Add to that the great graphics and spectacular soundtrack by Anamanaguchi, and you have a really great game.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sonic 4 Episode 1 marks the possible ending of Sonic’s non-stop suckage, and it is well deserving of the 4 in the title. This goes back to the essentials: Sonic, alone, fighting Robotnik. The level design is classic and really damn fun, the music is often really good, the graphics are nice, and, most importantly, the gameplay is very much like the classic games. The addition of the homing attack actually works very well with the classic gameplay style and helps build up speed (speed build-up is one of the “problems” people have been complaining about… homing attack negates that problem altogether). There might be some minor differences in momentum needed to climb hills or go through loops, but who cares when you’ll be going at top speeds anyways? The only problem I had with the game is the rehashed bosses, and even they had some changes so it’s not too bad. Great stuff Sega, keep it up and Sonic might actually get back to his glory days (I’ll just ignore the fact that Sonic Colors sucked). Can’t wait for the next episodes!
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Who doesn’t love Pac-Man? One of the many timeless classics that’s always fun to play takes a very different turn with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. It still keeps the same “eat all the pellets” idea, but brings it in overdrive. Now you have bombs, a huge amounts of ghosts on the screen, huge potential for getting points, competitive leaderboards, it’s really pretty (as well as having multiple visual styles). Really fun game, no doubt about that.
Mega Man 10
Mega Man in the 8-bit style are awesome. Awesome in such a way that even the less-than-stellar ones are still really solid titles. Mega Man 10 is one of those less-than-stellar 8-bit Mega Man games. It’s definitely not as good as the incredible Mega Man 9, but it’s still a solid game. The level designs are fantastic, the visuals are good, there’s 2 or 3 good music tracks and a few of the bosses are quite good. It does suffer from a less good soundtrack, lamer weapons and some of the bosses just really sucked (pump man? seriously?), but, nonetheless, Mega Man 10 is a tremendous game and well worthy as one of our GotY winners in this category.
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