It's the beginning of the new year, which means it's time to look at the high points offered by last year's games. So, without any further ado, let's get listing!

Deadly Premonition Screenshot

Deadly Premonition.

That's it. Play it ten times.

But just to respect the dictates of the form, here are a few other notable games, in no particular order and without supporting art.

Just Cause 2

Fixes all of the first game's problems, and in doing so elevates the free roaming/open world genre, while humiliating Rockstar and their underwhelming Red Dead Redemption.

Yakuza 3

Kazuma Kiryu is the biggest badass in the history of videogames, and he doesn't disappoint in this outing—although the huge chunks of storyline removed during localization do.

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero

A startlingly good demo/teaser that elevated hopes way too high for the finished product. But I can't hold that against it.

Super Meat Boy

The most fun you'll ever have hating yourself for your lack of coordination.

Toy Soldiers

The game that made me forget my hatred for tower defense games.

Naughty Bear

Just kidding. But for the record, I would like to see a game where I get to play as Jason without all of this combo/points nonsense. Just FYI.


Who ever thought I'd fall in love with an 8-bit thematic remake of Shadow of the Colossus? Actually, described that way, it's not at all surprising.

Red Seeds Profile

Better box art, but hampered by the fact that it is in a language which is foreign to me.

Alpha Protocol

For getting me off my ass and writing new Morbid Gamer articles—look for them in the coming weeks!

Dead to Rights: Retribution

Because it redeemed my favorite franchise, and because I'm pretty sure my review of Dead to Rights was referenced in the game.

Daniel Weissenberger

Daniel Weissenberger

What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?

Nothing relevant to this conversation, that's for sure! Because we're here to talk about (sorry, write and read about, respectively) GC_Danny, who's updating this profile for the first time in thirteen years!

So let's take a gander back at that time and see what's happened! In addition to writing hundreds of video game reviews, Dan produced a book that can be legally purchased by almost anyone! He also wrote two short films, two episodes of television, and two movies! Although, sadly, and through much fault of his own, the movies have yet to be released.

In addition to general game reviewing, he's also dabbled in more long-form work, writing some of the longest and most comprehensive game reviews of all time. Then there's his non-GameCritics blogging, where he's famous as the world's foremost expert on the TV show Criminal Minds, as well as the co-host of a weekly podcast!

If all that wasn't enough, just a few months ago he rebranded himself as 'The Hidden Object Guru', hoping to stake another claim of ultimate expertise, this time over a genre of casual games! Will he be successful? Only time will tell, but you're free to join the thrilling ride at his YouTube channel!
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5 years 9 months ago
I picked up Deadly Premonition today, and it’s basically because of you. A little bit Brad too, but your love of this game pushed me to check it out. I hope I enjoy it, and if I do, I look forward to your pages (upon pages!) of analysis, after completing it. If I had listened to all the critics, I would have passed up Nier, my favorite gaming experience of 2010. And now I take every opportunity to enlighten others about it’s quality. It is for that reason that I had to see if Deadly Premonition is the “other” best… Read more »
5 years 9 months ago
Deadly Premonition is…unique. I am glad you guys wrote about it enough to make me try it. I’ve only just started the game but already it’s managed to be lurid, prurient, sensationally melodramatic, terrifying, exciting, hilarious, bizarre, creepy, annoying, droll, and more. Definitely the first game I’ve played to seemingly take Twin Peaks as one of its chief inspirations. I remember in your interview with SWERY you talked about how the combat was tacked on at the last minute because the publisher thought American audiences wouldn’t respond to a main character who didn’t have a gun, which is funny because,… Read more »
Anony Mouse
Anony Mouse
5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for mentioning Just Cause 2. I think it was one of the most under-rated games of 2010. Spent well over 100+ hours blowing up every little village and flying around in my chopper. This game puts every other sandbox game to absolute shame.