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It's July, which means we're halfway through 2010. With six months left to go, discussions about the Game of the Year may seem premature, especially since the holiday season always has some great titles to contribute. However, thanks to the Great Delay Epidemic of 2009, the first half of this year was unusually packed with awesome games...and one of them is probably the Game of the Year. When it comes time to choose Game Informer's top game of 2010, I have no idea which way things are going to go. The race is far from over...there are still lots of good games coming out later this year. Still, I can't help but marvel at how many sweet games have already come out. Here's a brief look at the standouts. (Warning: the following list is definitely colored by my own opinions about the games' relative awesomeness – so if your favorite isn't on here, you and I like different stuff. Also, I may have forgotten a few things.)What's Already OutBayonettaDarksidersMass Effect 2 BioShock 2Ace Attorney InvestigationsHeavy RainThe Misadventures of P.B. WinterbottomMega Man 10Battlefield: Bad Company 2Final Fantasy XIIIThat One Good Baseball GamePokémon: HeartGold and SoulSilverGod of War III Dragon Age Origins: AwakeningJust Cause 23D Dot Game HeroesSkate 3Lost Planet 2Split Second: VelocityAlan WakeSuper Mario Galaxy 2ModNation RacersRed Dead RedemptionMetal Gear Solid: Peace WalkerTransformers: War for CybertronDeadly Premonition (Okay, this one doesn't really belong in such lauded company, but I loved it anyway)Now, those aren't all necessarily GOTY contenders, but I'd be surprised if most of them didn't make our Top 50 at the end of the year. So, what do we have left to look forward to?What's Left Crackdown 2LimboStarcraft IIMafia IIMetroid Other MValkyria Chronicles IIHalo: ReachEpic MickeyCivilization VGod of War: Ghost of SpartaDead Rising 2Fallout: New VegasThe Force Unleashed IIFable IIIGran Turismo 5Assassin's Creed: BrotherhoodCall of Duty: Black OpsLittleBigPlanet 2So, there's still a lot to be excited about, but the first half of the year certainly seems denser with cool games than the second. Anyway, that's one of the things I've been thinking about lately. I'm still pumped up for the holiday season, but I don't see anything in that line-up that is guaranteed to knock games like Mass Effect 2, God of War III, or Heavy Rain off of my short list of GOTY contenders. Regardless, it's a beautiful time to be a gamer.
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