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.
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