Giant Bomb’s cavalcade of incredibly entertaining “best of 2010” podcasts have left me wanting for nothin’ over the holidays. If you’re looking for a suitable replacement for our “lost episode”, look no further.

As for my best gaming memories of 2010, here goes:

Mass Effect 2: When my Shepard completed the final, casualty-free encounter by making a mad leap into Joker’s outstretched hand, I high-fived my family as if I had won the Super Bowl. When my typical response after finishing a game is either “…aaaaand done”, “really?”, and/or “fuck this game”, that’s special.

Red Dead Redemption: John Marston is hands-down the best character I’ve ever controlled for 30 hours straight. Rock Star (of all developers) made a truly mature game that I enjoyed every minute of.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit: @angryjedi and @cptcarnage are some cheatin’ muthafuckas. That said, I haven’t had this much fun with a racing game since…hmmmm, oh yeah…Criterion’s last game. I like those guys.

Bayonetta: Man, did they make that girl move in ways that dripped confidence and charm. Sex as a weapon? Hell yeah it is and no other studio proved their point as meticulously as Platinum.

On to my current spin…

AC: Brodeo is proving to be a solid continuation of AC2. Still, I’m scratching my head as to why some things are actually worse then the last game. I can’t count how many times I’ve hopped into a battle and had more trees in my face then anything else. Does anyone else struggle with the camera?