GamerSushi Asks: Favorite Sleepers of 2010?

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Every year, there’s a bunch of games that seem to slip through our nets as gamers. As frantic as we are about our hobby, there’s absolutely no way we can manage to grab or buy everything so that we can get a full sample of the year for review. I know that in my life, I pretty much have to narrow down my buys to a handful of games and really cut it off there, for fear of an angry wife or an empty checkbook.

Because of this whole “not enough money and time” thing that reality constantly slams us with, occasionally a few great games slip by the wayside. On top of that, sometimes the gaming media at large doesn’t always properly cover everything in a way that highlights some of the greats. They tend to focus on the Halo: Reach’s, the Valve games, the Call of Duty’s out there while ignoring some of the other sleepers.

For instance, I keep hearing things about the following games: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Vanquish, Enslaved, Super Meat Boy, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for PC, but haven’t been able to see or play any of these games as of yet. I think that needs to change.

So what do you guys think? Do you have a favorite sleeper hit of 2010 so far? Is there a game that you’ve been loving lately (or even earlier) that doesn’t always seem to get a lot of buzz? Share!

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11 thoughts on “GamerSushi Asks: Favorite Sleepers of 2010?”

  1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is incredible, by far my favorite sleeper hit of 2010. I keep meaning to try out Enslaved maybe I’ll rent it when the semester ends.

  2. I personally enjoyed Goldeneye for the Wii. It wasn’t reviewed all that well, but i thought it was actually a pretty damn good stealth game, i enjoyed that aspect of it more than i enjoyed SC:Conviction’s stealth gameplay.

  3. I’m really looking forward to playing Amnesia with my cousin (currently in Australia). I’d like to say the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. I don’t really know anyone else who talks about them or has played them, but the first game was incredible. I recently got the latest one on a deal through STEAM, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Pretty clunky and buggy, but the atmosphere is really something I’ve never experienced in a game.

  4. You guys might not have heard of this one, but it’s a game called “Halo: Reach”. It’s actually pretty good.

    You think I’m kidding (and sure, I am), but compared to Black Ops + MW2, Reach is probably by-definition a Sleeper.

  5. @ Mitch: Troll face.

    Well in all seriousness, I would have put Enslaved as my answer, but people said that the game wasn’t very good in terms of gameplay, so while I wanted to check out its story, I never found it worth the purchase price.

  6. [quote comment=”14950″]Hey Cossack, not to dump on your opinion, but $200 million in one-day sales isn’t really “sleeper” territory.[/quote]

    Good thing he was kidding,lol.


  7. I’ve been had! /rageguy

    For a real answer, I’d say 3D Dot Heroes was a sleeper hit. I wasn’t too fond of it, but I know Nick was all over that game like Oprah on a baked ham.

  8. I actually just got done playing Enslaved, and honestly, it was crap. It had an awesome story and concept, but everything else sucked. Bad gameplay, bad programming, bad graphics, bad sound, really glitchy. Not worth a rent really

  9. [quote comment=”14953″]I’ve been had! /rageguy

    For a real answer, I’d say 3D Dot Heroes was a sleeper hit. I wasn’t too fond of it, but I know Nick was all over that game like Oprah on a baked ham.[/quote]

    To be fair, after the nostalgia wore off, I felt the game was “alright”

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