Some years, the battle for the community's game of the year is hotly contested. This year, there was no contest or competition. The winner was clear before the first dozen members had voted and only backed up what everyone had been saying all year long.
1.) Mass Effect 2
With more than double the votes of the second place entry, Mass Effect 2 was a shoe-in GWJ's 2010 Community Game of the Year. So many people loved this game that it was more remarkable when someone didn't include it in his top ten. What more needs to be said?
2.) Red Dead Redemption
In an effort to make Rob Zacny cry, or perhaps just to ingratiate themselves with Certis, voters gave a nod to Rockstar's Grand Theft Horse saga. By all accounts, the zombies just helped things along.
3.) Tie: Super Mario Galaxy 2 and StarCraft II
In some way, these two titles are opposites: one is a family-friendly largely single-player Wii game, the other a PC exclusive defined by its cut-throat multiplayer. However, each is the pinnacle of its respective genre and provided magnificent variations on the gameplay we've come to expect from their franchises. Each also successfully found ways to challenge new and veteran players alike.
5.) Civilization V
That the sequel to Civilization IV is in this list should be no surprise, but the community grumblings about this game were largely negative. This game made regular appearances on people's lists of disappointments, but there was enough love against the grain to put this in the top five.
To hear the folks in the IRC channel talk about it, Minecraft isn't a game but a digital drug habit. It's likely that more man hours were poured into this officially unreleased, little-indie-that-could than anything not named World of WarCraft or Team Fortress 2.
7.) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
In hot competition with Batman for the character who makes you feel like a bad-ass, Ezio returned with friends for a game that seems to have caught everyone by surprise. Neither Assassin's Creed 3 nor Assassin's Creed Arena, Brotherhood somehow has an interesting multiplayer mode and a robust single-player mode.
8.) Battlefield Bad Company 2
No year would be complete without a multiplayer military shooter or seven, but Bad Company 2 stood out head and shoulders above the competition in our little community. By comparison, Call of Duty: Black Ops landed in just one person's top ten (near the bottom) and Medal of Honor was completely MIA. Must have been the happy face on the grenades.
9.) Heavy Rain
Twiddle the left thumbstick to scroll down to the number nine position on our list. Admire the handsome banner by pressing the triangle button. Quickly, select your reaction from the following options: shock, delight, confusion. Now, press the square button to have the whole story spoiled for you.
Both dismissed and lauded for her hyper-sexual antics, our very own Venus in Furs mocked and titillated her way into the top ten. Bayonetta, alongside Vanquish and Infinite Space, put Platinum Games on the map as developers to watch.
The Next 10:
11.) Bioshock 2
12.) Rock Band 3
13.) Just Cause 2
14.) Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies
15.) Halo Reach
16.) World of WarCraft: Cataclysm
17.) Alpha Protocol
19.) Kirby's Epic Yarn
20.) Fallout New Vegas
(The voting thread can be found here.)