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.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »