Digital distribution has been the greatest addition to this generation of games. The quality and diversity of downloadable titles continues to expand. These are the games from this year that should be downloaded before any others.
Super Meat Boy– SMB started off a free browser game before finally making it onto consoles later in 2010. The plat former is characterized by its brutal game play and disgustingly cute characters, challenging gamers to dust off the skills they left behind in the early nineties.
Limbo – Limbo got a lot of attention for its art style, but the game itself captured even more with its dark, brooding environments and intelligent puzzle design. The game lends itself to much interpretation, leaving out the narrative in favor of having players to come to their own conclusions. A must play title and one that will stick with you for a long time.
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero – A semi prequel demo combination, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero became one of this year’s biggest downloadable titles. While relatively short, DR2:CZ had all the fun that DR2 would offer, allowing fans to sample the series before buying in.
Joe Danger – Imagine the lovechild of ExciteBike and one of those crazy Japanese obstacle courses and you have Joe Danger. An incredibly fun game with a solid difficulty curve, Joe Danger offers up all the stunt bike riding one could ever want. Add in a level editor and you may not stop playing this game till next year.
Minecraft – Minecraft has been around since 2009, but became a bit of an underground sensation and news-maker in 2010. One part survival and one part creation game, Minecraft offers up endless amounts of addictive game play in a simple, easy to learn package.