Hottest PC Games for the 2010 Holiday Season

By on November 12, 2010, 3:29 AM
This year’s holiday shopping season is looking to be a great one for PC gamers as game developers bring out their latest wares and graphics cards manufacturers battle it out to deliver the best performing piece of hardware on the market. With just a few weeks left before Christmas, it’s likely you or someone on your shopping list are already looking forward to spend some quality time indoors playing the hottest titles on your computer.

Game release dates tend to change a lot during their development, and unfortunately some titles that were meant to be here already have been pushed to next year. We know it’s hard to keep up with these changes, so we’ve gone ahead and listed what we believe are the hottest games on the PC this holiday season.

Naturally, this list is subjective, but we hope it will allow you to choose wisely when shelling out your hard earned cash. We set our focus on games released during the last quarter of 2010, but inevitably we couldn’t resist including a few slightly older titles that deserve your attention in case you skipped them earlier on.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I open up Techspot to find COD:BO as the first video? thats ruined my day already...

bam13 said:

looks like I should really upgrade my graphic card...poor geforce 8400 GS probably wonÂ't manage most of this

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Burty, how is that a bad thing?

Arkrothe said:

Starcraft 2 is just awesome. If you like rts games then it is a MUST PLAY for you. And it also runs on my low-tech lappy

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Its because its everywhere, I'm bored now of all the publicity it is getting when really, its not that great, the people who still think its great have got something in common with Apple Fan Boys, They'll eat anything with the word Apple on, COD fans will eat anything with the COD logo on, despite it isn't really a very good product.

I don't know, think i'm just having a bad day...

DjKraid DjKraid said:

Its because its everywhere, I'm bored now of all the publicity it is getting when really, its not that great, the people who still think its great have got something in common with Apple Fan Boys, They'll eat anything with the word Apple on, COD fans will eat anything with the COD logo on, despite it isn't really a very good product.

I don't know, think i'm just having a bad day...

...now where is the [Like] button for this comment..? -I would like to press it ^_^

Cueto_99 said:

This is a very good list, it's got a little bit of everything, from adventure, going through strategy and first person shooters... Although you will need at least a 1 year old graphics card to play most of them at least in medium quality...

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Steve Steve said:

Its because its everywhere, I'm bored now of all the publicity it is getting when really, its not that great, the people who still think its great have got something in common with Apple Fan Boys, They'll eat anything with the word Apple on, COD fans will eat anything with the COD logo on, despite it isn't really a very good product.

I don't know, think i'm just having a bad day...

I'm not a hardcore gamer but I really enjoyed playing it, was fun in my opinion. What games live up to the hype these days anyway? Just enjoy it for what it is

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can't wait for December 7th, World of Warcraft Cataclysm. Gonna be awesome!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Thanks DjKraid.

I Kind of agree with Steve but Games did used to live up to the hype, COD:2 was better than the hype!

I just don't understand why (More specific to COD than most other game brands) COD is unable to live up to it anymore?

I blame it on Activision wanting a new one each year. I honestly don't know many games you can buy from the shop that is any good if its had less than a years worth of Production.

gobbybobby said:

Might pick up SIms 3. I am yet to play it. Did start downloading it when it was leaked but never finished the download and then just never bought it. Bought the first 2 on release day, but wanted to wait for a version that comes with 1 or more expantion packs. (I mean £40 for game on release day then £20 per pack is insane!) Got black ops on PS3 and 360 so not gonna get that in PC. Might start playing Eve online again. Got a 5 day ''come back to eve trial'' so will give that a go again.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Also on a different note, I am really wanting to get Starcraft II

I've heard nothing but good reviews AND user remarks plus I like the old Strategy games every now and then

Also tempted by Fable III since I Loved the first Fable, then Number 2 was better and worse in certain areas but generally very addictive, I just hope 3 can beat both!

Just dissapointed that Crysis 2 isn't here I actually cried the day that it was announced to be delayed. But its fine, gives me time to get a new Graphics card, the old GTX 260 probably won't cut it any more, hell it didn't really cut it for the first one!

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hot Pursuit looks so cool, I'm eagerly waiting. On the other hand... Cataclysm... used to play wow but now I hate blizzard they are trying to squish money out of everything, they should not make you pay to keep the game fresh, of course I'm talking besides the MONTHLY fee don't you think its too much to pay even more when they make something?

Yah expansions look cool, they give you new lvls and ways to build your char but... a couple of weeks and the content was already explored, got so bored I had 4 alts before the account expired.

wcbert said:

"With just a few weeks left before Christmas ...."

What is a few weeks left? I more like 5-6 weeks away, plenty of time.

Bill

whiteandnerdy said:

im waiting for the sale prices on black Friday to scoop some of these up.

treeski treeski said:

I have to say, none of the games on the list really jump out at me. I don't think anything has really got me excited this season. I just want Dragon Age 2 and Portal 2 to hit the market already!

Good work on the list though, it has something for pretty much everyone.

hassaan said:

Waiting to buy a few of these on Black Friday / Christmas.

n00bzZy said:

Hopefully Steam will be bringing some nice discounts for the holidays. Will surely get some of those.

Demons said:

I'm sure a lot of my Christmas will be spent playing Civ V and SC II. I hadn't heard much on Deathspank though. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip off Techspot!

err said:

Civilization V should be an excellent strategy but we still wait for the Diablo 3..Has anyone heard an announcement date?

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Civ 5 was the exception to me buying new games. Every time I read a forum for a new game, its filled with reports of bugs and crashes. I'm supposed to pay 60 bugs to beta test a game?

DSparil said:

I got some of those already. But no... I don't think I'd be buying games during the Christmas season but I'll try... I'll try to squeeze it in my busy schedule.

Somewhere in between sitting on my ass and staring on a blank wall.

jankovicgood said:

I think Starcraft 2 is the game of the year in the pc sector.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

err said:

Civilization V should be an excellent strategy but we still wait for the Diablo 3..Has anyone heard an announcement date?

Agreed, I'm waiting for diablo 3. Maybe I'll pick up fallout NV.

ruzveh said:

This is to game developers. I dont knw whats so much in these shooting games? I love playing games maybe it strategy, adventure, action like contra or sports but i just dont like playing these shooting games. I dont know why there is so much of demand for such games. My main reason behind such games is that they can be true to life games and i dont like playing games which are linked to real life. Games r ment to be entertaining and stress buster. Therefore we like playing those games which has good theme and best graphics.. Or else why games like mario, jazz jackrabbit, harry potter, NFS, etc would be a hit?

Jetatt23 said:

Personally, this has been a very good year for video games. I haven't seen so many offerings that I was interested in since 2008. Now the question is, how to find the money and time to get to these

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I don't know what bugs you guys are talking about on Civ V. I'm playing it right now (and man is it a time sink!), but the only bug I've noticed is when you task your "slaves" to build a railroad, sometimes they don't always go in the straightest line to connect cities. So I have them build one tile at a time to make sure they do it right.

Otherwise, the game runs without a hitch for me.

Also playing Fallout: New Vegas. There is SO much to do in that game it isn't even funny. I've probably put 20 hours into it already and have barely - I mean BARELY - scratched the surface.

Both games get two thumbs up from me.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I've got Mafia 2, Medal of Honor and this afternoon, got my copy of Call of Duty : Black Ops. A new GTX 580 would be nice for Christmas but until Santa grants my wish, I'm gonna to make do my GF 8800 GT and GTX 275 gaming rigs.

mccartercar said:

I agree with some of the other posters in that all these FPS games with slightly different mechanics arent cutting it anymore.

I am really missing my All Points Bulletin right now as it gave me the freedom to express myself through my character and be able to drive around a free roaming city. Alas, my days of multiplayer gaming are numbered though as droves of new "BUY THIS HACK" sites appear almost everyday for almlost every online multiplayer game.

Im quite enthralled at the moment with F:NV and playing in Rigs of Rods which is totally free and open source.

I will be looking forward to new NFS, Bioshock infinite, and next years RAGE by ID Software.

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Give me the Vietnam Expansion for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, that along with the VIP Map Pack 7 should keep me satisfied for many months.

jizzyburnizzy said:

im excited for cataclysm and diablo 3

sMILEY4ever said:

jankovicgood said:

I think Starcraft 2 is the game of the year in the pc sector.

COD BO is here, so you can't be too sure, even though starcraft 2 is going to have two more expansions, thus it will sell even more.

jurrasstoil said:

Good list and i agree with most of them

Except for Medal of Honor and Star Wars Unleashed. Do yourself a favor and don't spent any money on those 2 games.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Thanks for the DeathSpank mention. That's the kind of game I would miss because it's not hyped enough, and it looks like something I'll enjoy.

Zecias said:

burty117 said:

Its because its everywhere, I'm bored now of all the publicity it is getting when really, its not that great, the people who still think its great have got something in common with Apple Fan Boys, They'll eat anything with the word Apple on, COD fans will eat anything with the COD logo on, despite it isn't really a very good product.

I don't know, think i'm just having a bad day...

yeah, i think cod is overrated and doesn't deserve all the attention it gets, but its still a great game. i don't know.. maybe its just cuz im not a huge fan of fps, i like rpgs and rts more. i also recently realized that games with too much motion blur makes me sick =( (playing cod or crysis for more than 1 hour is bad).

Zecias said:

sMILEY4ever said:

jankovicgood said:

I think Starcraft 2 is the game of the year in the pc sector.

COD BO is here, so you can't be too sure, even though starcraft 2 is going to have two more expansions, thus it will sell even more.

not by alot because of how much more popular fps are in general and how hyped up cod is. as the game gets cheaper, it will probably get even more sales. cod bo sold twice as much in 1 day than sc2 did in 1 month, i think that says something about how much more it sells. i woudn't doubt that cod bo will sell more than sc2 and the legacy of the swarm, the zerg expansion, combined.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This year was pretty awesome for PC gamers, but for me personally I'm more excited about next year with so many good titles being delayed. I'm already busy enough with older games, but additions like Mass Effect 2, Starcraft 2 & Battlefield Bad Company 2 have been keeping me very happy.

Speaking of Battlefield Bad Company 2, that game really should have made the list. The game retails now for $20 bucks on top of the Vietnam expansion and a map pack being released later this year which is just awesome. I recommend it to any online shooter fan who hasn't gotten around to it yet.

sMILEY4ever said:

jankovicgood said:

I think Starcraft 2 is the game of the year in the pc sector.

COD BO is here, so you can't be too sure

I highly doubt that Black Ops is the game of the year for most PC gamers. Starcraft 2 was one of the most anticipated games of recent memory and delivered quite well, while CoD is a yearly game that's solid but does come with issues.

raventrickster said:

Looking forward to Starcraft II, got a chance to play a bit of it with a friend's demo code, but I haven't had the money to buy it. Definitely on my Christmas list.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

wish diablo 3 was out and the old republic maybe even DC universe but most of the games out now i dont want besides maybe cod bo but ill wait till they patch it up good.

Guest said:

They all look great, but because of geographical pricing I won't be buying most of them until they are at least reduced by 75%, So a few xmas's away for me.

I'm Australian but not stupid. Looking forward to the steam sales.

princeton princeton said:

Actually MoH is 39.99 at the EA store.

UT66 said:

i can't wait to be disappointed by Fable III, Peter always underdelivers, i love that guy !

Tanstar said:

I just love this comment on The Force Unleashed II, "a lot more action compared to the first game." The game is much shorter than the first one, the reason I took it off my Wish List. It has less game play and therefore less action "compared to the first game". Not to mention less story.

mpribe said:

It's good to see a few PC dedicated titles like Civ 5 on here. Still though, I'm waiting on Diablo 3 more than any other game.

Recently purchased an Asus G73jw on advice from your laptop guide, you saved me from wasting money on a new Dell XPS, thanks Techspot! So far it's absolutely great.

treetops treetops said:

If you want a new title from blizzard and are tired of its old games sc2 is not be very impressive. But I have high hopes for its custom games. I have already played a few that I did not even think were possible to make in sc2.

compu4 said:

The title of this article should be, "Hottest Multiplatform Games for the 2010 Holiday Season." Almost all of these games are console ports. Some of them aren't even good games (ex. Medal of Honor, Mafia II).

Congratulations to Firaxis and Blizzard for publishing some PC exclusive content and keeping gaming alive on the truly superior platform.

Guest said:

I have completed the campaign of Call of Duty : Black Ops and have to say that the game is disappointing compared to Modern Warfare 2. Small things such as the sound effects and AI feels different compared to MW2. Maybe it is just me but that is my personal opinion. However, I do find that the storyline is intriguing and gets me thinking about what is going to happen next. If i were to rate the game I will give it an above average rating but definitely lower than MW2.

To me mainly the reason why people claims that BO is bad is mainly due to the hype that has been going on before the release of the game. Since the standard is already set by the predecessor of the COD line-up, I guess some feel that the quality drops since the previous series thus the "game suck". COD fans should not feel bad or angry about such comments as it is these feedbacks that the developers listen to and change to make a better game in the future. BO is not that bad after all as what I have just said.

hamitaltintop22 said:

Though it might not be the place, I would like to say mass effect 2 is among the best of 2010, but the fact that it came out so early in the year would make it difficult for it to be GOTY.

I might pick up bfbc2 if it is $10 during a steam sale or I will try to reduce my backlog. I just beat Mafia 2, and though there are many parts that are plain boring, the story (ending especially) is great. I am not sure if it is recommendable to everyone, but if you are patient it is a great game.

rizalp said:

For me, Death Spank is a unique one. I'll have to give it a try.

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