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It’s time to choose our five favourite games for the PC for 2010.

1. STARCRAFTII: WINGSOF LIB­ERTY (M)

THE real-time strat­egy clas­sic re­turns and is at once fa­mil­iar and fresh. The three races — Ter­ran, Pro­toss and Zerg — are as unique as ever, en­sur­ing grip­ping multi-player matches, while the sin­gle­player cam­paign has a grat­i­fy­ing level of va­ri­ety.

2. MASS EF­FECT 2 (MA)

WITH a cast of in­trigu­ing char­ac­ters, in­cred­i­ble vis­ual de­sign, solid ac­tion and choices with con­se­quences, Mass Ef­fect 2 is a land­mark video game. The scope is vast, but it’s the writ­ing and char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion that an­chor the ex­pe­ri­ence.

3. WORLD OF WAR­CRAFT: CAT­A­CLYSM (M)

IN Cat­a­clysm, Death­wing re­turns and leaves a trail of dev­as­ta­tion in his wake, chang­ing Aze­roth for­ever. Along with the global over­haul, Cat­a­clysm in­tro­duces two new races, heaps of new con­tent and new el­e­ments such as guild-lev­el­ling.

4. CIVILIZATIONV(PG)

PLAY­ERS once again take con­trol of a civil­i­sa­tion and guide it across thou­sands of years of devel­op­ment. Be­com­ing the dom­i­nat­ing civil­i­sa­tion is as ad­dic­tive as ever and the de­vel­op­ers have done a good job en­sur­ing this in­stal­ment is ac­ces­si­ble for new­com­ers.

5. BAT­TLE­FIELD: BADCOMPANY2 (MA)

THE real rea­son to play this one isn’t the sin­gle­player cam­paign — it’s the team-based mul­ti­player suite, where de­struc­tible en­vi­ron­ments en­sure the bat­tle­field is al­ways chang­ing.

IN­STANT VIDEO

TAKE a snap of this im­age us­ing the WiMO app for iPhone or An­droid to see why Star­Craft II is the PC game of the year.

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