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Top 10 PlayStation 3 (PS3) Games of 2010

2010 saw great PlayStation exclsuives, the Move, and

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2010 saw great PlayStation exclusives, the Move, and downloadable PlayStation Network games, not to mention the excellent multi-platform games that came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 (and occasionally Wii).

There were several great titles that didn't make the top ten PS3 games of 2010 list. The list contains as many great games from as many genres as could be squeezed on there. Remember, not every game is for everyone, but this list does contain an excellent PS3 game for nearly every type of gamer out there.

1. God of War III - Game of the Year

God of War III Box Art
© Sony Computer Entertainment

The final chapter of the "God of War" trilogy is nothing short of epic. From fighting on top of, inside of, then against titans to the incredible battles against the Greek gods and their minions, "God of War III" is action packed.

It's not just all about action, however. "God of War III" ranks amongst the prettiest games ever created, for any system, and it is a perfect example of how story, combat, puzzles, and platforming can be combined into an unforgettable experience.

Kratos is a tortured soul, and an incredible antihero. The hardest part of the game was saying goodbye to one of the most incredible franchises on the PlayStation systems.

Rated: Mature. Lots of violence, mature themes, and a bit of sex make this a game for grownups.

2. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Shooter of the Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cover Box Art (PS3)
© Activision Blizzard

It's no surprise that the sales-record shattering "Call of Duty: Black Ops" would end up on this list. But it's not just the fact that it's popular, but also that it is an excellent game.

From the short-but-sweet single player campaign to the highly-competitive multiplayer, to the zombie survival mode (play as JFK or Castro!), to the secret Easter egg that unlocks Zork, a "Smash TV" like zombie game, and other goodies... well it's a game that gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

The scary thing is that all aspects of "Call of Duty: Black Ops" are excellent. This is a no-brainer and a ton of fun waiting to happen.

Rated: Mature.

3. Madden NFL 11 - Sports Game of the Year

Madden NFL 11 Cover Box Art  - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
© EA Sports

Are you ready for some (well perhaps "TONS" is a better qualifier here) football? "Madden NFL 11" is not just a massively improved game, with the inclusion of extra play modes like the card trading game "Ultimate Team," it feels like you could play year round, and not get bored.

Sure there has been a lot of versions of this game over the years, and that's why "Madden NFL 11" is great, it goes back to what worked (slower gameplay) and adds tons of new content. No game has the production values that Madden does, it's the standard all sports games should be judged by.

Rated: Everyone.

4. Start the Party - Family Game of the Year

Start the Party - PS3
© Sony

This could also easily take the prize for "PlayStation Move Game of the Year." With "Start the Party" things get exciting pretty quickly. Needing no real skill in games, using both the PlayStation Eye and the PlayStation Move, and having up to four peeps or teams competing in a wild assortment of mini-games, well it really is a party in a box. "Start the Party" may not be fun alone, but with others egging you on, this becomes one of those rare moments where you forget you're playing a video game, and feel like you're simply playing a game with friends. Rated: Everyone, kids and adults alike love this goofy game.

5. Gran Turismo 5 - Racing Game of the Year

Gran Turismo 5 Box Art
© Sony

Perhaps the most controversial game on this list (multiple missed release dates, recycled tracks from GT4) is still hands down not only the best racing game of the year but one of the best in years.

With over 1,000 licensed cars and realistic physics that rival Air Force flight simulators, "Gran Tursimo 5" is more than a game, it's an experience, and practically a hobby for many folks. There is so much driving to be done in this game, and there are so many skills to master, this really does feel different than other games out there.

"Gran Turismo 5" is a different kind of fun than other games. It is serious, and truly shows the beauty of cars. It's also the best 3D game out there.

Rated: Everyone, and really everyone should experience it.

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6. Red Dead Redemption - Sandbox Game of the Year

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
© Rockstar

It's been called "Grand Theft Palamino," and that's not too far from the truth. "Red Dead Redemption" takes everything great about the "Grand Theft Auto" games and not only transports it back to the very wild-west, but ups the quality of the writing, the missions, heck the game in general.

"Red Dead Redemption" is full of open-world adventure, romance, danger, and a surprisingly large amount of humor.

If you can, get the "Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare" edition. It's the same great game, but includes the fantastic "Undead Nightmare" expansion pack. Cowboys vs. zombies, who doesn't like that idea?

Rated: Mature.

7. Rock Band 3 - Music Game of the Year

Rock Band 3
© Harmonix

"Rock Band" has become synonymous with music games in the states (while "Singstar" and other games continue to do well overseas). So, how do you convince folks that already have a gaggle of plastic instruments and tons of paid for dowloaded songs to buy yet another disc? You take the whole experience up a notch.

Real instruments, "Rock Band 3" allows you to bring in a real guitar (made specifically for the game) and strum real chords while you play the game. Add to that a keyboard, multipart harmony, the drums and a music learning mode... well you get the point. "Rock Band 3" not only allows you to play a music game, it can teach you to play music. You can also play the traditional game modes that have been vastly improved.

Rated: Teen.

8. Final Fantasy XIII - Roleplaying Game of the Year

Final Fantasy XIII Box Art (PS3)
© Square-Enix

If ever there was a game that could sweep you away with the way it looks, it'd be "Final Fantasy XIII." The game not only boasts amazing graphics, but an art style, musical score, and bevy of characters that will grab hold of you an whisk you away to another land.

Some thought the game was too linear, but when looking at the experience, rather than the expectation, "Final Fantasy XIII" delivers on all fronts. This is escapism at its finest.

Rated: Teen

9. DeathSpank - PSN Downloadable Game of the Year

DeathSpank
© Electronic Arts

Part action-roleplaying game, part epic adventure, part hilarious romp through every major video game cliche, "DeathSpank" is both fun and funny.

You play as "DeathSpank" a misguided, sarcastic hero dedicated to helping the downtrodden and finding glory in any way he can. Sure you fight orcs, bust barrels, and rescue orphans, but you do it in a very, very funny way. The mastermind behind the game, Ron Gilbert, is the man responsible for the "Secret of Monkey Island" so expect to laugh hard and often.

"DeathSpank" is also a great "intro" game. If you want to hook someone on gaming, this will teach them the basics, while cracking them up in the process.

Rated: Teen, though there is a bit of crass humor so be forewarned.

10. Heavy Rain - Most Innovative Game of the Year

Heavy Rain (PS3)
© Sony

"Heavy Rain" is a deep, dark murder mystery game that has a story deeper than and looks as good as many films. The controls take some getting used to, through they seem more natural when using the optional PlayStation Move controller.

Regardless, "Heavy Rain" will haunt you with its creepy themes and all-to-real human drama as you search for the Origami Killer. It's a truly unique game that takes technical, artistic, and gameplay risks, but luckily scores big on all fronts.

"Heavy Rain" does more than any other commercially released game in 2010 to advance the "games as art" movement.

Rated: Mature.

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