Staff Picks

10. L.A. Noire
Rockstar and Team Bondi have crafted something pretty incredible with L.A. Noire. The facial motion-capture technology is amazing and the story is pretty great, but what is most fascinating about L.A. Noire is how it turns your typical point-and-click adventure title into a blockbuster hit. This game is far from perfect, but it’s one where I’m able to look at the package and a whole and say, “Yeah, that turned out pretty great, didn’t it?” READ MORE

10.The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
It’s Zelda. Probably my least favorite Zelda in a good long while, but by no means a bad game, and definitely good enough to earn a spot on my personal top 10. READ MORE

For many, this was a year of high-powered franchises and blockbuster releases. I had fun with a few of those, but most of my time was spent with things a bit off the beaten path.

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game is truly an accomplishment. It’s enormous, scenic at all times and much easier to get into than previous Elder Scrolls games. It’s not higher on my list because it’s hard to call an experience that is so open like this a “game,” but it’s a marvel of interactive entertainment and sure to provide a distraction to people for months on end. READ MORE

10. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
The last surprise on my list. From the title alone, the game sounded absolutely ridiculous. What I ended up getting was an action platformer with a pretty interesting story, a stoic, but likable character, and music that fit the mood well. The puzzle elements thrown made it interesting as well. The answer wasn’t always obvious, but you sure as hell had to work to complete stages. Even now, I still can’t find all those hidden signs. READ MORE

10. Dead Island
Dead Island combined enough zombie game elements to become one of the best action games of the year. Constantly hunted and looking for loot, Dead Island created an awesome atmosphere from beach to jungle to prison the game delivers its fair share of great scare moments. With a great item enhancement system and leveling tree this game needs to be experienced by any zombie aficionado. READ MORE