World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
I have sort of a love-hate relationship with WoW. I've spent plenty of time on it in the past, but it was always accompanied by an excessive amount of guilt that I wasn't playing something more ... fun. With the Cataclysm revamp, the game's been populated by so many enjoyable, creative quests that I'm playing not just to improve my stats, but to see what's around the next corner. That's a reason I'll be comfortable telling my co-workers about.
Tilt to Live
I'm really happy Tilt to Live doesn't keep track of play time, because I'm sure the hours I've spent staring at this retro-flavored gem is a touch depressing. Its simple mechanic (tilt your ship into weapons to kill attacking dots), kooky sense of humor and frequent updates kept it on the front page of my iPhone all year long.
Last Night on Earth
Okay, sure. Technically, it's a board game. And it didn't come out in 2010. But some of the most fun I've had gaming this year has been hiding from a horde of brain hungry undead and searching wildly for something, anything to beat them back in the vain hope of seeing another sunset. Get some friends together and play this game.
Joystiq is revealing its 10 favorite games of 2010 throughout the week! Stay tuned for more must-play picks, and take heed as each staffer stands atop a soapbox to defend those games that didn't quite make the cut in Joystiq's Best of the Rest series.