I've decided not to continue in my backlog adventures. While I knew I wasn't going to beat everything, I'm just a bit burnt out from this year in everything, to be honest.
So this, for riggidy realz, is my final game of the year list.
Tenth place - Call of Duty: Black Ops
I absolutely hated Treyarch-developed Call of Duty titles. That is until Black Ops. A massive improvement on what I played before. Good kill, Team Treyarch.
Ninth place - Battlefield: Bad Company 2
I have barely touched its single-player, but its multiplayer is one of the best I've played this year. It's a shame the MP it made for Medal of Honor serious disappointed, but I can't wait to see what Battlefield 3 throws at us if it's just as fun as BFBC2.
Eighth place - Halo: Reach
Fantastic send-off from Bungie. Now to see if 343 has any chance of living up to Bungie's Halo legacy.
Seventh place - Rock Band 3
Bit of a late one, this. And only add in the fact I've only been playing with the guitar/bass. But the soundtrack, which I underestimated at first, is why it's here. Never doubt Harmonix.
Sixth place - Splinter Cell: Conviction
Probably my favorite Splinter Cell game ever. Co-op is just fantastic.
Fifth place - F1 2010
The second best racer this year. The best F1 game I have played since Formula One 2001. Just terrific.
Fourth place - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
The best racer I played this year bar none, and is one of the best I've ever played. The addition of Autolog just makes it more interesting.
Third place - Alan Wake
My first Remedy game. Loved it to bits, especially its DLC. Was a pleasure to talk to Matias from Remedy about the game for VG247 as well. Can't wait for what now seems like the inevitable sequel.
Runner-up - Heavy Rain
A step in the right direction for games. Truly a fantastic game.
Game of the Year 2010 - Mass Effect 2
It's sheer awesome in every step. Full stop. Bring on Mass Effect 3.
Honourable mentions: BioShock 2, DJ Hero 2, Bayonetta, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Rising 2, Split/Second, Medal of Honor, Valkyria Chronicles II, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Super Mario Galaxy 2.