30 years of PC games: 30 years in 30 games – 2010 to 2012

One should celebrate the festivals as they come, so let’s stick to it: PC Games is 30 years old and most of us in the editorial team have been on board as readers for years, some even since the first issue 10/92 . Accordingly, we want to extensively celebrate these 30 years of gaming history in this series of articles. We take a journey through all 30 years, from the beginning of the magazine to today, with a focus on what really matters: the games. Therefore, every editor grabbed the years with which he associates special memories – the first game ever, discovering love for the genre, first attempts at online or multiplayer, the first contact with the favorite series. It continues with the seventh part of “30 years in 30 games”, which covers the years 2010 to 2012. Have fun browsing!

You are also very welcome to enter our big 30th anniversary competition, which we are holding in cooperation with Alternate! You can win complete PCs, gaming chairs, SSDs, headsets and much more!

The previous parts of “30 years in 30 games” can be found here:

2010: Brilliant series highlights, indie hits and the birth of legends

By Maci Naeem-Cheema

The most important titles of the year

  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty
  • braid
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • civilization 5
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • The settlers 7
  • Bioshock 2
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • mafia 2
  • Metro 2033
  • Darksiders

Personally, the year 2010 is clearly related to a big milestone: my coming of age, yay! People who have been part of the larger PCG circle of friends for a long time are probably frowning in thought. Yep, that’s right, I’m almost as old as this wonderful booklet, which has provided brilliant game content since my birth.

Which also means I’m climbing to the big number 30 just like PC games, but that’s another, far more depressing topic – back to the happy anniversary! Of course, as it should be, I stayed away from 18+ games until 2010, so 2010 opened up a whole new world. And there was hardly a better time for this.

On the one hand, many brand new game brands were created that are not approved for young people and enjoy legendary status today – and rightly so. Whether it was the wacky Bayonetta, which thrilled with typically brutal Platinum action and an exaggerated staging, or the starting signal for the legendary rock star brand Red Dead Redemption, which unfortunately was still console-exclusive at the time. Those who were in the mood for fresh play kitchens were fed excellently back then.






Personally, I still think the second part of Mass Effect is the best. But you can certainly see it differently.

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On the other hand, 2010 was all about series highlights. Even if it’s a close fencing duel with Black Flag for me personally, the charming and Italian-based assassination story from Assassin’s Creed 2 has to be mentioned here. Or the remakes of the best Pok√©mon games of all time, Heartgold and Soulsiver!

Other great moments that have not been equaled to this day: the RPG hit Mass Effect 2 (colleagues Matthias and Felix loudly disagree, but stupidly have nothing to report here, hehe), the rousing prequel story Halo: Reach – the last part, from the Ur -developer Bungie and delivered the best experience around the alien-massacring Spartans with Halo 2 -, Civilization 5 (quiet now Matthias!), Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock 2, Skate 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 .. .. my goodness, one could fill countless articles with the playful achievements of 2010.




The adventures of the Italian Ezio Auditore are still considered the pinnacle of the Assassin series.



The adventures of the Italian Ezio Auditore are still considered the pinnacle of the Assassin series.

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Of course, there are also some low points in the series that should also be mentioned, but which remain in my memory – I’ve always had a penchant for disappointments. My absolute favorite series, Fable, has been expanded and reduced in part 3 at the same time. Oh, and hit the wall too! Or who doesn’t like to think back to the mixed and unsatisfying Splinter Cell: Conviction?

Remembering the bitter disappointments, the nostalgia-inflated Primus games of yesteryear seem a lot stronger, don’t they? And while we’re at the top of the class, there’s no escaping the myriad of indies that served up big experiences on a small scale in 2010.

Jonathan Blow’s Mario parallel Braid, a 2D puzzle side-scroller that made you think and question, or Playdead’s Limbo are just a few. So yes, 2010 will always be fondly remembered, and not just because I was finally able to buy 18+ video games without my mom.

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