Are you ready for our top 10 games of the generation? Well, you can’t have them yet! We’re only at 31-40 – but there are still some fantastic games on this list. At least, we think so. Again the usual disclaimer – these are the games that we liked from this generation of gaming. You may not agree – these aren’t based on scores, sales or metrics, just our ability to stab each other for a spot on the list.
40 – ‘Splosion Man (Xbox 360)
One of the greatest aspects of the last console generation was the arrival of smaller indie titles on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PSN. One of these best of these titles was ‘Splosion Man where you took control of a failed scientific experiment trying to escape.
When it comes to simplistic control schemes nothing is simpler than ‘Splosion Man which has a directional stick and one button that makes you explode. However while the controls may be simplistic the game itself isn’t, this is easily one of the most difficult games of the generation and very few people I know have managed to complete the entire thing.
Hours of entertainment for less than the price of a case of beers, you can’t beat that for value. Not to mention the humour and design style are epic.
39 – Dark Souls (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Dark Souls, the game that brought masochistic gaming back to the fore. Prepare to die, a lot. Dark Souls is reminiscent of old school gaming in that it’s ridiculously hard, and also incredibly rewarding. Sure, it’s a grind, and you need to have a tough enough skin to accept your defeat and keep trying. If you do, then Dark Souls is an amazing and fulfilling experience.
Beyond being hard, Dark Souls has fantastically crafted environments, tons of varied enemies and bosses as well as a beautiful aesthetic. There’s a reason this game is loved by hardcore gamers – definitely not a pick up and play experience, Dark Souls will make you cry for your mommy and then scream with joy at your achievement.
38 – Fallout 3 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
War. War never changes. Fallout did though. Bethesda took Interplay’s iconic post-apocalyptic RPG and did something that left fans of the series aghast; turned it in to a first person shooter. They did, however maintain all the RPG goodness, and gave Fallout the huge, open world it deserved. It starts out being overwhelming, thrusting you in to this giant world with little direction. soon though, you’ll be killing deathclaws and mutants like a wasteland warrior. .
Though a very different sort of game, it very much kept the Fallout spirit intact. Plus, it had one of the best soundtracks in any game. Ever.
37 – Spec Ops The Line (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
Spec Ops The Line is probably the most generic shooter ever released. The gameplay brings absolutely nothing new to an already over saturated genre so how could we possibly list it as the 37th best game of the generation?
Well what the title fails to bring in gameplay is more than made up for in story telling, Spec Ops The Line probably has the most emotional and transfixing story of any game I have ever played and while the gameplay is nothing special there is also nothing wrong with it. What you end up with is an entertaining shooter that makes you think a lot more than you ever would have expected and if you haven’t played this game yet then trust me, you will regret not ever doing it.
36 – Battleblock Theatre (Xbox 360)
The team behind the great Castle Crashers are back with an even weirder experience with Battleblock Theatre. You and your friends get marooned on an island and your leader is stolen and becomes controlled by a special hat.
You need to think, race and fight your way through tons of amazing puzzles to rescue Hatty Hattington and escape the island of the cats. It’s simplistic design and puppet styled cut scenes hide a much deeper and complex gameplay mechanic.
35 – Deus Ex Human Revolution (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution may not have been the prequel that everybody was expecting, and that’s what makes this particular entry so damn special. It’s a gorgeous game with a fantastic story, Renaissance visuals and completely unnecessary boss fights.
But the freedom to turn living weapon Adam Jensen into a super-soldier or an espionage expert was deeply woven into this game, and perfectly bridged two generations of gamers, young and old.
34 – The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC, Mac, Xbox 360)
For many gamers, The Witcher franchise was seen as a hallmark of excellence that remained the sole domain of PC players. Developer CDPR wanted to change that perception and transfer the hit sequel Witcher game onto a console platform, something which Xbox 360 owners were fortunate enough to experience.
And what a treat it was. The Witcher 2 wasn’t just a great PC port. It had all the bells and whistles of the original game, improved visuals and a ton of extra content included as well, with more released for free as the months went on. It’s one of the finest action RPGs ever made, setting so high a benchmark, that only the upcoming third game could possibly surpass it.
33 – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Ignore the fact that this is a game in the stealth heavy world of Metal Gear Solid. Ignore the impossible physics, the ludicrous design and the cheesy story. Do all that, and you’d be staring down at one of the finest action games made in recent years.
The Metal Gear game that almost never was, Rising was passed over to Platinum who took the ball and scored a perfect touchdown with a tight combat system and boss fights that reminded players why they first started gaming, thanks to this razor-sharp title.
32 – Bioshock (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
If you haven’t played the very first Bioshock, Would you kindly rectify that? Plummeting down to the undersea dystopia, Bioshock captured the essence of what made System Shock 2 so damned good, and placed it in a new setting. Rapture, was very much a character itself. Constructed as an idealistic society for a an elitist group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the Ayn Rand idealism is no more, replaced instead by hopped-on-plasmid splicers, corpses, and giant guardians protecting the girls who loot ADAM from the dead.
The atmosphere, the smart gameplay that dispensed with standard running-and-gunning and that Shyamalanian twist. The thrill of taking down a Big Daddy with a few trip-wires and an errant grenade. Harvesting or saving Little sisters. But mostly, that atmosphere.
31 – The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
Neku, a young Japanese lad from Shibuya in Tokyo awakes one morning, with a mysterious message on his phone telling him that he’ll cease to be unless he caries out specific mission. Not knowing what to make of it, he embarks on a journey through the city’s neon-lit underbelly. With a distinctive art-style, and some of the best and most original JRPG mechanics seen in the genre in years.
It featured a combat system that was both innovative and intuitive, making greatuse of the DS’s Touch Screen, and even microphone. With cool character design, and a surprisingly deep story, The World Ends With You plunged players in to a digital world that reflected the fashion, music and culture of the era.
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