The Lazygamer Top 100 games of this generation – 100-91

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Welcome to Lazygamer’s top 100 games of this generation. This isn’t a list based purely on scores, but rather a look at the 100 games and franchises that shocked and amazed us. This may have been the greatest generation of gaming ever produced, with the real winner being anyone who played at least one of these games.

100 – Resident Evil 5 (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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A new generation called for a new kind of Resident Evil, with Capcom releasing a game that was less of a horror and more of a thriller. Despite those criticisms though, Resident Evil 5 still retained enough magic from the previous games to be a solid affair that was a ton of fun when an extra player was roped in to battle the hordes.

That added co-op helped establish the more explosive nature of this sequel, which wrapped up several dangling plot threads and finally put an end to the machinations of one Albert Wesker who had been terrorising the heroes of these games since the beginning of the franchise.

99 – Prototype (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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With sandbox games really finding their groove on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Activision released Prototype in a year that was crawling with such genre contenders. Prototype was essentially a zombie apocalypse sandbox, but one where the player had far more freedom than usual.

Able to play the game in stealth or in all-out action mode, there was a ton of variety on offer, as well as extras that were worth pursuing and experiecing.Bloody, violent and over the top, the game never went viral but it certainly did leave a lasting impression.

98 – Street Fighter X Tekken (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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The collaboration that many thought was impossible felt made a mark in 2012, balancing the rosters of Tekken and Street Fighter and seeing which franchise really was the best. Translating the 3D fighting mechanics of Tekken into the template created by Street Fighter 4 and beyond, the game was superbly balanced.

Tight, efficient and technical to a fault, Street Fighter X Tekken remains one of the preferred arenas for fighting game fans all over the world.

97 – GTA IV (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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One of the the big games that helped establish the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, GTA IV was the next big chapter in the infamous franchise, as Niko Bellic learned the hard way that the American dream wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be.

Far more sombre and mature than previous GTA games, Rockstar created a technical masterpiece that was also augmented with two packs of DLC that delved further into the seedy underbelly of Liberty City.

96 – The Darkness (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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It may have been bloodier than an abattoir, but The Darkness managed to transcend being a mere product of the 2000s, thanks to some fantastic scripting and a love story on par with any Hollywood romance.

Equal parts violent and touching, some ingenious gameplay kept The Darkness rolling through a gripping story that pushed the envelope on what an FPS could actually achieve.

95 – Warhammer 40K Space Marine (PC,Xbox 360,PS3)

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In a genre filled with cover shooters, THQ bucked the trend and instead released a game that didn’t only encourage players to get dirty, but rewarded them for it in a title that took full advantage of the sci-fi setting of the Warhammer 40K universe.

The Warhammer 40K universe had been the domain of the strategy genre before this space marine landed, but the results were faithful to say the least. Uncompromising and extremely faithful to its source material, it’s a cult hit that’ll never see any further sequels thanks to the demise of THQ.

94 – Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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With Street Fighter 4 resurrecting the fighting game genre, Capcom decided to revive an old favourite, creating a direct sequel that was filled with nostalgia, new ideas and some magnificently tuned fighting mechanics.

Absurdly bright, ridiculous and crammed with characters, Marvel vs Capcom 3 has become a staple on the fighting game tournament circle. It’s the kind of game that favours every kind of fighting style imaginable, and even if you aren’t great at it, you’ll still look good when you pull off some of those insane attacks.

93 – Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360)

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Consoles had been emphasising that playing with friends was the way of the future, but Left 4 Dead 2 was the game that proved that such ambitions were more than possible. Fun, challenging and filled with extras, grabbing a cricket bat and slugging it out with the undead is still worth it today in this immortal title.

Left 4 Dead 2 may have been more of the same, but all that content was just better in the long run. More missions, more enemies and more weapons combined to form one of the finest fames that Valve has ever released.

92 – Driver: San Francisco (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

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Despite having a premise that sounded positively ludicrous, Driver: San Francisco managed to pull the car possession angle off with some great driving, exciting chases and solid visuals.

With a surprise around every corner, an expanded world and some fantastic online modes with which to tinker around in, Driver San Francisco gave the veteran franchise the send-off that it deserved.

91 – Ghostbusters: The video game (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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Movie games may have moved onto mobile devices now, but that may be because the Ghostbusters video game set the bar so damn high when it was released. Using authentic likenesses, visuals and voice acting from the original cast, this game clearly wasn’t afraid of no ghost.

Armed with a trusty proton pack and various other movie-related paraphenilia, the game was as faithful as could be to the film source material, while blazing its own path and crossing several streams of awesome.

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  • James

    The perfect list for my bargain bin hunting this Xmas.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    This is going to end in a sea of saltiness and epic trolling, when Call of Duty takes numbers 10 to 1.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Fuck. He’s on to us.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        you dont want to open that can of worms

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      We’re using only Higgs-Boson particles to denote the superiority of Call of Duty in this list.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        very clever hiding it like that! that’s the GOD PARTICLE!! I am no fool!

        • Weanerdog

          You mean the COD particle

    • WhiteRock

      That would be a sad day in hell…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Haggar is one of those characters that I actually aspired to be. When I was 9 years old, I wanted to be Haggar. I wanted to be a wrestling god / Mayor/Crimefighter, who would go out at night and piledrive crime through a flaming table.

    I blame wrestlemania, comics, gangsta rap, metal and WWF (yes F).

    • Mark Treloar

      Instead you became this.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Disgusting hey? I could have been a barrel-chested man snor with a job in politics.

      • HvR

        More like this

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Oomf oomf oomff!!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      you blame the world wild life fund! you got issues! hehehe

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        It’s that dirty panda…. he just sat there, his eyes burning deep into my soul.

      • Eddie V

        Worlds Wealthiest Fakers…..

  • Ricardo Harvey

    Nice to see the darkness making its way here, really loved that game

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Was a great game as was the second one!

  • Craig Boonzaier

    I got really sad when the list ended, wanted to see more.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Never played Ghost busters actually never seen it on xbox 360 in stores..

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Space Marine was a GREAT game that deserved to kick off a franchise of games! I remember so vividly when I got “blood lust” and my Smurf-marine looked more like a Blood Raven from all the Orc guts :P

    • That Tall Twit Norm

      FOR THE EMPEROR!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s what I keep telling people!

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    Awwwww yeah L4D2!!!

    Anyone up for some L4D on steam tonight?

    • TiMsTeR1033

      No thanks, those witches and their crying still haunts me..

    • #blankspace

      been a good while since i played L4D2 think its time i boot it up again

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    I really dug Prototype though

    • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

      Prototype 2 sucked ASS

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Yeah, heard about that one, glad I stopped after P1

      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        I found it to be quite the opposite

        • TiMsTeR1033

          You enjoyed it? I never played it

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            I played both and found the 2nd one to be better than the 1st

        • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

          Game was fine, but I couldn’t for the life of me tolerate Heller….He seriously made me stop playing

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            I found Alex to be kinda emo, Heller was a bit more badass.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Heller was too stereo typical black African American. Couldn’t take it. He was as generic as it get’s Nothing major against the game, it was fun though. not trying to shit on what you like

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            Lol, that’s just my opinion. And I knew that you didn’t like him because he was black… YOU LACIST!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Wha, wait ..uhmm no I didn’t mean it in that way…DAMN YOU!!!!!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Prototype was cool in the beginning, and absorbing the DNA of selected individuals and getting a glimpse at how you become this creature was awesome. It just really lost the plot halfway through and that ending… sigh!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Me too! I never finished it.

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        I kinda liked the entire experience tbh

      • CaptainNemo42

        How often is that the case for games this generation. Something I think this gen will be remembered for will be the amount of games with really “meh” endings. Sadly, I can’t see that changing any time soon.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I actually liked Driver, that was a decent addition to the series.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The only one of these I’ve actually played is Prototype. It was okay, just found it got boring after a couple of hours.

    Space Marine & GTA4 are on the backlog. :/

    The rest I haven’t played.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Same, Space Marine is still in its packet…. :/ Ugh this backlog is starting to annoy me.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        GIMME YOUR GAMECUBE! seriously I wanna play supermario sunshine. lol

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Shutup Paper Mario made me the man I am today! :P

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            *made me the banana I am today!*
            Fixed.

    • Jonah Cash

      The Darkness will probably be in the top 5 of most under rated games for this generation!!! It has a very good story line and it plays well too, the combat with the extra two “arms” works amazingly well!!!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I’ve got the 2nd one on the old backlog. 1st wasn’t released on PC. :/

        • Jonah Cash

          Not a big problem, not necessary to play the first to understand the second…. But man you should get to it. It really was a hell of a lot of fun!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I will… eventually lol I’ve only just started playing Bioshock 2.

  • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

    SF X Tekken is really unbalanced though…Tatsunoku VS Capcom was waaaaaaaaay better

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I hope Tekken X SF will do us justice. I was really excited to take Ryu down with King, but it just felt so bare-bones. Capcom really made it as vanilla as possible and it could have been so AWESOME!

      Namco… please… as a fan, I beg you. Make me a happy Banana!

      • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

        Dude, I am so hype for that game! Tekken engine with SF characters, HELL FREAKING YESS!! Sf X Tekken was extremly bare bones. I really don’t get why fighting games have gone this route. No more story mode or unlocking characters. caters just for tourney play.

        EDIT: what ever happened to beach volley ball in Tekken 3 or the side scrolling beat em up ….. sigh

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          I liked what Tekken 6 did with the mini RPG (same with the last Soul Calibur). Hopefully Namco will do the same for Tekken X Street Fighter. I wonder if it’s going to be a next gen title? That would be wicked.

          Also, I’d kill for a Virtua Figher X Tekken! Oh man… Wolf Hawkfield vs King or Iron King! EPIC BATTLE!!!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            That would be freaking epic. Ahh man Jack Bryant vs Jin…..sigh, needs to happen!!!!!! and never played Tekken 6 actually. The soul games always did have cool mini games. Capcom stripped out EVERYTHING

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Dude.. Akira Yuki vs Heihachi!!! A true test of which Karate is the best! FIGHT!!!!!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Sigh…I need this to happen!!……I recently got me a fighting stick. seriously fightings games just aren’t the same once you use a stick. You never wana go back

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yeah, I need a stick as well…. I chickened out of getting one the last time, but I think the time is nigh.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Indeed, no time like hammer time! go for it

  • El Capitan del Blade

    Space Marine was excellent!, IF you’re a Warhammer 40K fanboy! Loved every blood -drenched second of it…..

    • Tarisma

      It was pure warhammer wielding, spray and pray loving, orc smashing fun.

    • That Tall Twit Norm

      Ork ork ork…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Crackdown better be in the top 50 or I’m flying down to Jozzie, kicking your trash cans and invading your offices. :P

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      UP to Johannesburg you mountain dweller

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Pfft, I’m a southern-hemisphere-centric kinda lad. It’s all “down” from me.

  • Brenz

    Starting a best of list with RE5 doesnt say much for what is coming in the future lists….

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      lol it’s number 100.. so every game is better :)

      • Kromas

        And to be honest it was better than 2,3,4 and 6.

  • Rock789

    Good list so far – nice way to start the 100.

    I must say, Driver: San Francisco for me was such a surprise hit. Got it on sale and wasn’t expecting too much – just wanted a new racing game and there were none on the horizon at that time. Once I’d started playing it, though, I couldn’t stop… And pretty much played it till I’d completed everything there was to do! Such an awesome, fun game to play! Great ending to a shweet franchise. I wish there were more like it.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      i fucking loved that game..and it will always hold a special place; the preview for it it was one of my first overseas press event trips.

      • Rock789

        It is an awesome game – honestly one of my all-time faves! Heck, I still load it up from time to time to just drive around, have some fun and retry some of the stunts (some of them are INSANELY hard… Which makes it worth it when you get it right). So cool!

        That musta been one helluva press event, though – musta been shweet. :)

  • Jonah Cash

    Do a top ten list of the most under rated games of this generation and I promise you will put The Darkness in the top 5…. I had such a good time with that game, and even with the second one!! It just works, and the story line is compelling and gameplay surprisingly good for a dude with 4 “arms”!!

  • Willem Swanepoel

    I think Skyrim will be number 1 and CoD with be number 2 on their list ;-)

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  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    I can’t not say Liberty City in Nico’s accent..

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