Announcing the 2010 Game of the Year Awards from the First Hour! We published over 60 full reviews this year, tripling our output from last year. Of course, our writing staff has grown quite a bit also. I personally beat 30 games, undoubtedly making 2010 my most productive video gaming year ever. We also played over 55 first hours, keeping up a steady pace of one a week. We have not been lacking for great games or content this year.
This isn't your normal Game of the Year awards, we cover everything from older game of the year to worst first hour, so keep scrolling all the way to the bottom! If anything, our game of the year picks are the least interesting decisions. The writers here also don't vote on the categories, instead, everyone is welcome to submit their picks as their own definitive decision.
The second video game I ever played was Mega Man 2. Since then, I've
finished twenty-eight games with "Mega Man" in the title, most of them
multiple times. I was the sixth person in the United States to submit a
game completion time to the leaderboards in Mega Man 9, the afternoon it
was released. I was fifth in Mega Man 10. I beat Mega Man 9 without
taking any damage, earning the "Mr. Perfect" in-game challenge title.
I'd even go so far as to say Mega Man 9 was my favorite release in
2008, a year packed with great titles that don't look like they were made twenty years ago and forgotten in a time capsule somewhere.
I enjoy Mega Man, you guys. Like, kind of a lot.
Because I didn't have a PlayStation 2 until a few months ago, I missed out on two titles released exclusively on that system, Mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8. I recently came across the latter in the bargain bin of a local game shop, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The Mega Man X series had started to lose its way by the sixth game (my least favorite game in the series, oh no!) but I had heard good things about X8.
I was understandably excited to start a relatively new Mega Man game for the first time. So how did the first hour go?