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Gameroni: Top 21 in 2010 - 6) Stalker: Call of Pripyat

2010 was a busy year and it saw the release of a bunch of great games. Staff and regular freelance contributors at Gameroni had the opportunity to play a wide variety of titles over the past 12 months and together we've compiled a list of 21 of our favorite games from the period. These are the ones that had the biggest impact on us, not necessarily the industry as a whole. We're sharing that list with you now, one title per day over a period of three weeks. Though there's only a loose order to this list, in general you can know that we liked games more as we work toward the number one selection.

Andy Chalk writes: "It's a liberating, terrible freedom that springs forth from GSC's willingness to do things that no sane Western studio would ever try. You are the central character, but you're also just one piece on a complex and ever-evolving chessboard. The world around you goes on, eating, breathing, fighting and dying, with or without you, and ultimately, no matter what you do, you won't win. You'll survive, maybe you'll escape; you might even save a handful of men. But you won't save the world. The Zone will continue.

I think that's brilliant. Fantastic FPS action leavened with a genuinely unique perspective is a much-needed antidote to the steady diet of space marines and super-soldiers we've grown used to. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is bizarre, it's viciously difficult, it's a PC exclusive - and it's my hands-down pick for best shooter of 2010."

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