Even in a tough economic climate for the entertainment industry, video game sales just continue to climb, racking up nearly $20 billion in revenues last year -- five times the amount raked in by recorded music.
But with thousands of new games released in 2010, how can you know which are worth your hard-earned cash?
A good place to start is with these 10 games, hand-picked by SPIN contributor Dan Ackerman. Click through the gallery to begin his countdown of the year's best, which will take you from a digital battlefield to the NBA basketball court and the rock'n'roll main stage.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »