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Can you name a better month of gaming than this one?

September 09, 2018 2 min read

In a way, the entirety of 2018 has been building up to this very month. Hell, this past week has been one of the most exciting for gamers with two massive titles we've been watching develop for years finally released. Dragon Quest XI and Spider-Man are just two games in a month absolutely packed with heavy hitting titles. Throw in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Bard's Tale IV, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and a new season of Life is Strange, and you start wondering if this is the best month of gaming the industry has ever seen.

It's certainly the best 2018 has seen and the idea of a great month of gaming had me looking back this week at the years before with one calendar month of releases that stood tall above the rest. In my 33 years, I've seen many great months for games dating all the way back to the SNES era, but there is one month in particular that has always stuck out to me as truly memorable: May 2010.

The full extent of the gifts of that month wouldn't be apparent to me for some time after, but I remember in the weeks leading to it that May 2010 was going to be the best month. For one, this was the month Super Mario Galaxy 2 would release. Arguably one of the greatest games ever created, Mario or otherwise, it would be one of three games to devour my free time that month. The final entry in the Trauma Center franchise, Trauma Team, and DSiWare exclusive X-Scape also ended up in my collection, the latter capping off some great weeks of gaming.

Those three titles are still special to me, but it's the other games that released that month, the ones I didn't play for weeks and, in one case, years later that cement May 2010's status. Games like Alan Wake, Bit.Trip Runner, Skate 3, and 3D Dot Game Heroes. This is the month that saw three amazing racing games -- Split/Second, ModNation Racers, and Blur -- cancel each other, effectively ending any shot at a franchise. It's also the month that gave us Red Dead Redemption, which remains one of the best open-world games ever produced.

May 2010 was 31 days of Game of the Year potential and I'd love to see what the Destructoid staff has to say that'll top it.

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