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Best PC Games of 2010.
2010 will be remembered as the year that PC Games made a strong comeback versus the increasingly influential gaming consoles. Capitalizing on the strengths of PC gaming; RTS and MMOs that need more than a handful of keys or buttons to press, the only question to ask now is: Have you played these gems yet?
Completely separate from Empire: Total War, Napoleon immerses players in a concentrated, gripping wartime experience with exciting battles, memorable characters and Total War¿s award winning signature mix
1) Napoleon: Total War
If you've played Empire Total War then you will definitely love this addition of sorts (it's not exactly an expansion). Play as Napoleon during the rise of the French Empire at the start of the 19th century. Plan your strategy on the campaign map as you take on the rest of Europe, Egypt and the Mediterranean! Dictate tactics to your troop in real-time against a plethora of historically-accurate enemies! New to the Total War series is the addition of multiplayer on the campaign map; now all your strategery-izing counts when playing online.
2) Distant Worlds
This little gem was developed by the New Zealand-based CodeForce and, in conjunction with publisher Matrix Games, is the ultimate hidden gem of 2010. The 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) that Masters of Orion 3 was supposed to be; Distant Worlds features an extremely rich and detailed galactic space empire simulation with a lot of aides, tutorials and a well-written Galactopedia to ease the learning curve. Let the AI control elements of empire management that do not appeal to you! Not a big fan of optimizing your fleet composition? Let the AI take care of that for you? Hate getting your hands dirty with managing colony taxes? The AI can do that, too! Let the AI take as much (or, for the experts, as little) control as you want to in this open-ended game.
A unique co-op mode known as "Prologue" featuring an exclusive story mode full of new characters, settings, four exclusive maps and more.
3) Splinter Cell: Conviction
Though initially released on the XBOX360, Ubisoft hasn't forgotten about the PC release! The famed Tom Clancy Splinter Cell series is getting that much closer to the spy rogue agent genre that the film industry has panned out with titles like the Bourne series or the new James Bond films featuring Daniel Craig. Gone are the tactical but ponderously slow spy movements of Third Echelon agent Sam Fisher and come are the quick stealth and action packed sequences that Splinter Cell: Conviction nails down. Sam Fisher moves much faster and more efficiently in this latest title and, while the plot is fairly bland, the gameplay is extremely tight and enjoyable. Though the levels are fairly linear, the way you approach any situation is up to you! Prefer to sneak around taking the baddies out one by one? You can do that, just don't get caught! If you do though, you can use Ubisoft's latest Mark and Execute system to take out baddies in quick succession (replete with bullet time goodness), wherein you mark enemies before entering the flay and with a push of the button (or for the PC, a key), you'll take them all out in the blink of an eye! Alas, gone are the good ol' days of Spy vs. Mercenary from the previous Splinter Cell games. The Co-op and multiplayer modes available, though, do make up for this loss. Playing spy vs spy vs NPC enemies is quite enjoyable to play through, as agents must take out as many foes as they can while keeping an eye out on the other players. In all, a good title worthy of a rental when it comes out later this month on the PC (available on Steam and retail).
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