10. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, Xbox 360)
We couldn’t help but be skeptical of this one right off the bat. The Metal Gear series is known for stealth action, long cinematic cut scenes, and complex storytelling. So when Konami announced a hack-and-slash game as part of Metal Gear’s expanding universe, it seemed like an odd fit. It turns out that the only thing odd about Revengeance is its name. The rest of it is tight, fast, and beautifully executed. The ninja sprint attack is a cool touch, but total-control analog slashing takes center stage, giving the player more control than in any other game in the genre. It’s an innovation sure to be copied.