Top 5 Online Games of 2010
2010 was a big year for online games. Massively multiplayer games like World of Warcraft took the genre to new heights, with monthly active users that dwarf console installed bases.
Frog Fractions starts out as a crappy math game, but quickly morphs into an insane satire of edutainment and old-school gaming nostalgia.
World of Warcraft
Until World of Warcraft, massively multiplayer online role-playing games were often clunky affairs that made players feel disconnected from the setting and other characters. But Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG has a story and mechanics that rival the best offline games in terms of quality, even though its incredibly expansive universe is constantly evolving thanks to other players.
Players choose from among eight different races that make up the two opposing factions: the Alliance, consisting of humans, night elves, and dwarves; and the Horde, comprised of orcs, tauren, and trolls. Each race has its own unique quests that set it apart from the other factions, and the game’s sweeping mythology and stunningly rich settings help to create an experience that feels both individualized and connected.
But if you’re looking for an alternative to WoW that lets you immerse yourself in the Warcraft universe while still enjoying high-octane battles, there are plenty of titles that meet these criteria. These games offer gameplay that you can play for years, even after World of Warcraft has reached its 16th birthday.
Super Mario Maker
Using the GamePad, players can construct and play a massive collection of insanely creative levels that scratch the itch of classic Mario adventures like never before. And while this level editor is a bit buggy (it’s difficult to figure out which button you’re selecting, and the selected animations don’t always match), there are still some truly mindblowing levels to play.
Once you’ve created a course, you can even upload it to the world and get real-time feedback from other players who are playing it in the form of in-game notifications. That’s a neat feature, and it also helps to see what other players are attempting to do in order to beat your creation. If you’re a fan of Mario and the gang, Super Mario Maker is an absolute must-have.
Cuphead is a gorgeous run and gun game inspired by 1930s cartoons. It’s one of the biggest indie hits of the year and is a real masterpiece. It has stunning graphics and a killer soundtrack. It’s also incredibly challenging. The levels require a lot of pattern memorization and quick reflexes. Some of them even feature bosses with their own unique ideas and challenges.
While it may seem like Cuphead is just another run and gun game, it’s actually quite different. It pays homage to many classic games and cartoons, from Mega Man to Gunstar Heroes. It even has references to Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes!
If you’re looking for a fun but difficult shooter, you should definitely check out this game. However, be warned – it’s not for everyone! If you can’t handle the challenge, you’ll probably find it frustrating and not worth your time. But if you can, you’ll love it! This is a must-play!
Telltale’s The Walking Dead
Before the likes of ‘The Last of Us’ skyrocketed to fame, Telltale’s take on the zombie apocalypse did what George Romero could not: it brought pathos and weight to the genre. Unlike most adventure games that simply ask players to click on zombies’ heads or hammer buttons in desperate quick-time events, this series had real consequences for characters’ decisions.
This collection brings together the first four seasons of the game in a neat package that is ideal for anyone who has yet to experience this remarkable story. While it doesn’t include any of the DLC released after the original seasons, it is still a great way to relive this unique and innovative series.
Violence: This game features a lot of blood and gore, splattered body parts, knife wounds, gunshot wounds, and the death of several characters. The series also contains some strong language as characters utter such words as “f**k” and “s**t.” This is not a game for those squeamish about violence or for children.