Best of 2010 Awards: Xbox 360 Exclusive

BOOM widget 347209 Xbox 360 Exclusive: Mass Effect 2

Though it is also available on the PC (and soon to be released on the PS3), for the purposes of this category, we were looking at console exclusives and of the bunch, Mass Effect 2 was the clear winner for the Xbox 360 this year. We loved the game's updated combat system, simplified--and console friendly--menu system, and consequences. The story captivated us as Shepard assembled a team of space toughs on his second quest to save the universe. We're eager to see which decisions and events affect the conclusion in Mass Effect 3.

I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite game on the Xbox 360.


Runner-up: Halo: Reach

Halo is Microsoft's definitive franchise and Bungie's final entry is our runner-up for best Xbox 360 game due to its enjoyable sandbox gameplay experience across campaign, Firefight, and multiplayer. We just hope the folks over at 343 Industries can follow in Bungie's footsteps because the bar has been set extremely high with Halo: Reach.

Nominees: Fable 3, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Alan Wake.

[Xbox 360 Exclusive is part of Shacknews Best of 2010 Awards. For more information, including selection methodology, see this introduction.]