Xbox 360 Arcade
Developer: Playdead Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date: July 21st, 2010
The Xbox Live arcade had its fair share of stellar titles, and none amazed me more than Limbo. This simple platformer was given a unique look and style, with incredibly complex puzzles to boot. The overall atmosphere and presentation of the game, stuck with me long after its completion. There is no other arcade game quite like Limbo.
Splinter Cell: Conviction
PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: April 13th, 2010
Splinter Cell came out of its element, taking a more action oriented approach in comparison to the typical stealthy path. The result is a fast-paced roller coaster of Sam Fisher raising hell. With an insanely satisfying "mark and execute" ability, it never got old to engage the enemy as Sam lined up each shot with a simple tap of the button. Tack on a surprisingly well-done co-operative mode online, and Splinter Cell: Conviction delivered a fresh take on a long standing series.
Assassin's Creed BrotherhoodPS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: November 16th, 2010
What looked like a simple expansion of the second game became anything but, as Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood took the fight online. The simple, yet satisfying multiplayer only boosted the replay value of the game. The single player still maintained its core appeal of platforming around the new city of Rome, which turned out to be much larger than the maps of previous AC games. The new features gave it a feel all its own, and added another stellar game to the already impressive series.
Part II coming in the very near future
Note: These are only games I have spent time on to fully play through and enjoy. With plenty of other titles missed along the way, don't feel distraught if you don't see your personal favorites on the list. I'm sure I'd love them too.