2010 in video gaming

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2010 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games, including several new titles such as Ace Attorney, Alien vs. Predator, Army of Two, Asphalt, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, BioShock, Call of Duty, Castlevania, Civilization, Crackdown, Donkey Kong, Dead Rising, Fable, Fallout, God of War, Gran Turismo, Halo, Just Cause, Kane and Lynch, Lost Planet, Mafia, Mass Effect, Medal of Honor, Mega Man, Metroid, Modern Combat, Need for Speed, Pokémon, Prince of Persia, Red Steel, Red Dead, Skate, StarCraft, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Super Mario, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Total War. In addition, it saw the release of many new intellectual properties, such as Alan Wake, Darksiders, Deadly Premonition, Heavy Rain and Metro 2033. Many awards went to games such as Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, God of War III and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Kinect from Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 was also released this year.


Month Day Event
January 7-10 International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA[1]
February 11-14 Microsoft X10 held in San Francisco[2]
24-27 Nintendo World Summit held in San Francisco[3]
March 9-13 Game Developers Conference 2010 held in San Francisco, CA[4]
26-28 First PAX East Coast at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA
April 15[5] Xbox Live for original Xbox console and games discontinued[6]
20-23 Captivate, Capcom's annual tradeshow was held in Honolulu, Hawaii[7]
May 4-7 The Humble Indie Bundle, an experiment into indie, charitable, cross-platform, DRM-free digital game distribution, is first released to great success.
June 14-17 E3 2010 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
17-19 OnLive released.
August 12-15 QuakeCon was held in the Hotel Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
16-18 Game Developers Conference was held in Europe in Cologne.
18-22 Gamescom 2010 was held at Cologne, Germany
September 3-5 Penny Arcade Expo 2010 was held at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
15-21 PlayStation Move was launched in North America, Europe and various Asian countries.
16-19 Tokyo Game Show 2010 was held at Makuhari Messe in Japan.
October 22-23 BlizzCon 2010 was held at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
November 4-7 Microsoft's Kinect launched worldwide, starting in North America.

Game releases[edit]

The list of games released in 2010 in North America.

Video game platforms
Lin Linux
Mac Mac OS / OS X
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSN PlayStation Network (PS3)
PSP PlayStation Portable
Wii Wii
WiiWare WiiWare
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
XBLA Xbox Live Arcade (X360)
Month Day Title Platform(s)
5 Divinity II: Ego Draconis Win, X360
Bayonetta PS3, X360
Darksiders Win, PS3, X360
6 Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond XBLA
12 Vancouver 2010 Win, X360, PS3
Army of Two: The 40th Day PS3, X360, PSP
The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Wii
Sands of Destruction NDS
15 Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis Win
18 Glory of Heracles NDS
Chronos Twins NDS
19 Dark Void Win, X360, PS3
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories PS2, PSP
26 Mass Effect 2 Win, X360
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Wii
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Wii
Shadow of Destiny PSP
1 Global Agenda Win
2 White Knight Chronicles PS3
Star Trek Online Win
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Win
The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff Win, Mac
4 Silent Line: Armored Core PSP
8 Blaster Master: Overdrive Wii
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International PS3
9 BioShock 2 Win, X360, PS3
Dante's Inferno PS3, X360
Shiren the Wanderer Wii
Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll Wii
Scene It? Twilight NDS
World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars X360, PS3, Win
10 Stargate Resistance Win
11 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief NDS
Dragon Ball: Origins 2 NDS
12 World Cup of Pool NDS
16 Tropico 3 X360
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 PSP
Aliens vs. Predator Win, X360, PS3
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth NDS
Crime Scene NDS
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce X360, PS3, PSP
Ragnarok DS NDS
17 Deadly Premonition X360
19 Data East Arcade Classics Wii
22 Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep Wii
Risen X360
23 Arsenal of Democracy Win
Heavy Rain PS3
Last Rebellion PS3
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing PS3, X360, NDS, Wii, Win
Napoleon: Total War Win
M.U.D. TV Win
Metal Slug XX PSP
24 Greed Corp XBLA, PSN
echoshift PSP
1 Dante's Inferno PSP
Mega Man 10 Wii
2 Silent Hunter V: Battle of the Atlantic Win
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Win, X360, PS3
Supreme Commander 2 Win
MLB 10: The Show PS2, PS3, PSP
MLB 2K10 Win, X360, PS2, PS3, Wii, PSP
SpongeBob's Boating Bash NDS, Wii
Sonic Classic Collection NDS
Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects NDS
Rayman 2 iOS
Alice in Wonderland NDS, Wii
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony PSP
Lips: Party Classics X360
Deca Sports DS NDS
9 Assassin's Creed II Win
Final Fantasy XIII PS3, X360
Yakuza 3 PS3
Rise of Prussia Win
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition PS3
Calling Wii
11 Mega Man 10 PSN
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising Win
14 Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver NDS
16 God of War III PS3
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Win
Metro 2033 Win, X360
Supreme Commander 2 X360
Resonance of Fate X360, PS3
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Win, X360, PS3
Infinite Space NDS
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Wii
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Wii
Sonny with a Chance NDS
17 Perfect Dark XBLA
21 Zhu Zhu Pets NDS
23 The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom Win
Red Steel 2 Wii
Just Cause 2 Win, X360, PS3
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey NDS
How to Train Your Dragon X360, NDS, PS3, Wii
Rooms: The Main Building Wii
Disney Stitch Jam NDS
MotoGP 09/10 X360, PS3
25 Section 8 PS3
28 WarioWare D.I.Y. NDS
30 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Win, X360, PS3
Dead or Alive Paradise PSP
Mimana Iyar Chronicle PSP
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love PS2, Wii
31 Mega Man 10 XBLA
2 Again NDS
8 Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West Win, X360, PS3
13 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction X360
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City PS3, Win
15 Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Episode 1: The Penal Zone Win, Mac, PS3
20 Monster Hunter Tri Wii
Record of Agarest War X360
23 Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper X360
26 Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley PSP
27 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction Win
Dead to Rights: Retribution X360, PS3
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, iOS
Nier X360, PS3
Super Street Fighter IV PS3, X360
28 Tecmo Bowl Throwback XBLA
4 What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord? 2 PSP
Iron Man 2 PS3, PSP, X360, Wii, NDS
Dementium II NDS
11 3D Dot Game Heroes PS3
Skate 3 PS3, X360
Lost Planet 2 X360, PS3
12 Rocket Knight Win, XBLA
Eschalon: Book II Win
Things on Wheels XBLA
Heroes of Newerth Win, Mac, Lin
17 Bit.Trip Runner WiiWare
18 Rocket Knight PSN
Split Second: Velocity Win, X360, PS3
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands NDS, Wii, PSP PS3, X360
Trauma Team Wii
Alan Wake X360
Red Dead Redemption X360, PS3
Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow NDS
19 Aqua - Naval Warfare XBLA
21 Gray Matter Win
23 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii
24 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney WiiWare
25 Blur Win, X360, PS3
ModNation Racers PS3, PSP
UFC 2010 X360, PS3
Tetris Party Deluxe Wii
26 Eschalon: Book II Mac, Lin
Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex XBLA
31 Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Wii
1 Backbreaker X360, PS3
The Sims 3: Ambitions Win
Alpha Protocol Win, X360, PS3
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow PS2
Tecmo Bowl Throwback PSN
Planet Minigolf PSN
2 Hexyz Force PSP
4 FIFA Online Win
8 Green Day: Rock Band X360, PS3, Wii
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP
Mega Man Zero Collection NDS
Disgaea Infinite PSP
12 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Win
15 Toy Story 3: The Video Game PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, DS, Win
22 Transformers: War for Cybertron Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
24 Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air Win
27 Sin and Punishment: Star Successor Wii
29 APB All Points Bulletin Win
Deathsmiles X360
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Win, PS3, Wii, PSP, X360, NDS
Naughty Bear X360, PS3
Ninety-Nine Nights II X360
Singularity Win, X360, PS3
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Win, X360
Trinity Universe PS3
6 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PSP
Tournament of Legends Wii
Crackdown 2 X360
11 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies NDS
13 DeathSpank PSN
NCAA Football 11 PS2, PS3, X360
14 Deadliest Warrior: The Game XBLA
DeathSpank XBLA
19 Furry Legends WiiWare
21 Limbo XBLA
27 Need for Speed: World Win
Arc Rise Fantasia Wii
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Win, Mac
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift PS3, X360
Clash of the Titans PS3, X360
4 Castlevania: Harmony of Despair XBLA
10 Madden NFL 11 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game PSN
13 Victoria 2 Win
17 Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Win, X360, PS3
18 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light XBLA
24 Elemental: War of Magic Win
Ivy the Kiwi? Wii, NDS
Mafia II Win, X360, PS3
25 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game XBLA
26 Worms: Reloaded Win, Mac
31 Metroid: Other M Wii
Valkyria Chronicles II PSP
Ace Combat: Joint Assault PSP
Camp Rock: The Final Jam NDS
7 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 PS3, X360
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Wii, NDS
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep PSP
NHL 11 PS3, X360
NHL Slapshot Wii
8 Amnesia: The Dark Descent Win, Mac, Lin
Plants vs. Zombies XBLA
10 Ninety-Nine Nights II X360
12 Professor Layton and the Unwound Future NDS
14 UFC 2010 PSP
Halo: Reach X360
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, NDS
Scooby-Doo! And the Spooky Swamp PS2, Wii, NDS
17 R.U.S.E. X360, PS3, Win
EyePet PS3
21 Civilization V Win
Darksiders Win
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue PSN
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City DS
Cladun: This is an RPG PSP
22 Blade Kitten PSN, Win, XBLA
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue XBLA
F1 2010 Win, X360, PS3
23 Darksiders Win
24 NHL 2K11 Wii
Lost Horizon Win
27 Samurai Warriors 3 Wii
28 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PSN, Win, iOS
Dead Rising 2 Win, PS3, X360
FIFA 11 Win, X360, Wii, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP
Front Mission Evolved Win, X360, PS3
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock PS3, Wii, X360
Quantum Theory PS3, X360
29 Hydrophobia XBLA
30 Bit.Trip Beat iOS
Final Fantasy XIV Win
World of Tanks Win
1 EyePet PSP
3 Wii Party Wii
4 Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs DS
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light NDS
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus iOS
5 Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 Win, X360, Wii, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction X360, Wii, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow X360, PS3
Deadliest Warrior: The Game PSN
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West X360, PS3
NBA 2K11 Win, PS3, X360 PSP, PS2, Wii, iOS
NBA Jam Wii
6 Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley XBLA
Cut the Rope iOS
ProtoGalaxy Win
7 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 iOS
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded DS
11 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 WiiWare
12 Dead Space Ignition PSN, XBLA
Lost Planet 2 Win
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes PS3, Wii
Invizimals PSP
Arcania: Gothic 4 Win, X360
Medal of Honor Win, PS3, X360
Super Scribblenauts NDS
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 PSN
13 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 XBLA
Vindictus Win
14 DJ Max Portable 3 PSP
17 Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii
19 DJ Hero 2 X360, PS3, Wii
Saw II: Flesh & Blood PS3, X360
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 PS3, X360
DJ Max Portable 3 PSN
EA Sports MMA PS3, X360
Fallout: New Vegas PS3, X360, Win
Rock of the Dead X360, PS3, Wii
Vanquish PS3, X360
20 Super Meat Boy XBLA
21 Angry Birds Seasons iOS
25 Bit.Trip Fate WiiWare
26 Crafting Mama NDS
Disney Channel All Star Party Wii
Fable III X360
Lego Universe Win
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare PS3, X360
Rock Band 3 PS3, X360, Wii, DS
The Sims 3: Late Night Win, OS X
The Sims 3 PS3, X360, Wii, DS
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II PS3, X360, Win, Wii, DS
WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011 PS3, X360, PSP, PS2, Wii
27 Pinball FX 2 XBLA
28 Bloody Good Time Win, XBLA
1 PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Wii
2 007: GoldenEye Wii, NDS
Atari Greatest Hits NDS
Blood Drive PS3, X360
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage PS3, X360
God of War: Ghost of Sparta PSP
James Bond 007: Blood Stone Win, X360, PS3, NDS
Megamind (video game) Wii, X360, PS3, PSP, NDS
Toy Story 3: The Video Game PS2
3 Bit.Trip Beat Win, Mac
4 Kinect Sports X360
Kinectimals X360
Sonic Free Riders X360
5 Babysitting Mama Wii
Def Jam Rapstar X360, PS3
Football Manager 2011 Win
9 Call of Duty: Black Ops X360, PS3, Wii, Win
The Sly Collection PS3
12 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Wii, Win
14 Dood's Big Adventure Wii
uDraw Pictionary Wii
16 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors NDS
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PS3, X360
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Win, NDS, PS3, X360, Java ME, Wii
Pac-Man Party Wii
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit X360, PS3, Win
Sonic Colors Wii, NDS
Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound NDS
17 Pac-Man Championship Edition DX XBLA
18 RAGE: Mutant Bash TV iOS
21 Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time Wii
23 Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom X360, PS3
Michael Jackson: The Experience Wii, NDS, PSP
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX PSN
Splatterhouse X360, PS3
24 Gran Turismo 5 PS3
29 Golden Sun: Dark Dawn NDS
30 Dead Nation PlayStation Network
Epic Mickey Wii
3 Borderlands Mac
7 Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves PS3
Tron: Evolution Win, PS3, X360, iOS
Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids Wii, NDS
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Win, Mac
8 Bomberman Live: Battlefest PSN, WiiWare, XBLA
9 Infinity Blade iOS
10 Chu's Dynasty X360
Greed Corp Win
11 Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam X360, PS3, Win
12 Super Mario All-Stars Wii
14 X-Men XBLA, PSN
20 Frobot WiiWare
Oddboxx Win
21 Asphalt 6: Adrenaline iOS
TrackMania Wii Wii
22 Back to the Future: The Game Win, Mac
23 Echochrome II PS3
29 Raskulls XBLA

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Developer Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Wii May 23 97 88 reviews [8]
2 Mass Effect 2 BioWare Electronic Arts Xbox 360 January 26 96 98 reviews [9]
3 Red Dead Redemption Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games Xbox 360 May 18 95 96 reviews [10]
4 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC July 27 93 82 reviews [11]
5 Rock Band 3 Harmonix MTV Games Xbox 360 October 26 93 57 reviews [12]
6 Pac-Man Championship Edition DX Mine Loader Software Namco Bandai Games Xbox 360 November 17 93 43 reviews [13]
7 God of War III SCE Santa Monica Studio Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 March 16 92 101 reviews [14]
8 Super Street Fighter IV Dimps/Capcom Capcom Playstation 3 April 27 92 58 reviews [15]
9 Halo: Reach Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 September 14 91 99 reviews [16]
10 LIMBO Playdead Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 July 21 90 89 reviews [17]


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