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Top 5 Arcade Games of 2010

The end of 2010 is looming in the horizon and it’s time to announce my favorite games for 2010, and I’m starting with the Arcade games that amazed me in 2010.

This is my personal list and will, most likely, not go by the scores I gave the games in review nor will I include any games that I did not play, so don’t panic if you don’t see “X” game there, it simply means I didn’t play it.

So, without further rambling, here we go:

In Fifth Place: DeathSpank

Only in a game created by Ron Gilbert could the words “Taco Wench” be so damn funny. A hack ‘n’ slash top down RPG crammed with stupidity and humour this is one of the best 2010 ha to offer. The gameplay does get a little repetitive, but lead character Deathspank more than makes up for it with his over-the-top voice and mad heroics.

In Fourth Place: Bomberman Live: Battlefest

Another classic that has found its way to Arcade, but it comes with a load of new game modes and other goodies. Split-screen with friends has devoured afternoons and evening of my time as we scrambled around trying to blow seven kinds of snot out of each other. Online is great as well, but for a nigh-in with mates this is brilliant.

In Third Place: Pinball FX2: Marvel

It’s hard to describe how addictive pinball can be, and as a massive Marvel fan the expansion pack simply kept me hooked for far longer than is healthy. The Wolverine table stands out as a true classic for me and the gameplay here is backed by a great physics engine to keep it feeling real.

In Second Place: Monkey Island: LeChuck’s Revenge

Another old classic that has arrived onto Arcade. The updated graphics and numerous tweaks have made this an essential purchase. The humour remains absolutely superb and I found myself deeply saddened when I completed the adventure and had to turn the console off. The puzzles are still as cool as ever, and the great voice acting makes sure this classic got the modern-day treatment it deserved.

In First Place: Monday Night Combat

A rather Marmite game for the community it seems, but on the personal level I absolutely adored this game. Many, many hours have I put into this third-person class-based shooter. It does lack content for the price, but the gameplay is addictive and fun to play, especially with some friends online, making it an essential purchase.

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