The time has finally come - the top ten games of this generation. We are expecting your bile and vitriol; not everyone will agree with us, but it's important to remember that this list was based on what made us all happy to be gamers this generation. Not based on sales, scores, fancy metrics or algorithms, we fought it out to make this list, and we hope it just goes to show how many fantastic games we had in this generation.
Finally, we made it to the top 20 - and these are some fantastic games. I don't think anyone can argue with us about them, although you all probably will anyway. But we don't mind - they still made us happy during this gaming generation. As usual, the disclaimer is in place; this list isn't based on scores, sales or metrics, just on our discussions, bickering and threats against each others' loved ones.
Three more posts and we're done with the generation. Hard to believe it! So many fantastic games - it has been really hard ranking all of these. No, that's a lie, we just made our list and Gavin told us we were all wrong. In any event, here are the games that made us happy to be gamers this generation - no sales, scores or metrics were used to create this list.
Can you believe it, we're in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we've yet to name? Or do you just know we're going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming - nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
Wow, almost halfway through our list of games that defined this generation in gaming. Well, maybe not defined, but they certainly made us happy. Remember, no metrics, scores or sales used to make this list - just a lot of bickering and threatening of each other's wellbeing.
Multiplayers are dominated by shooters, whether it’s on console or PC. But what makes a great multiplayer? Everything: from latency to good map layouts, potential for league play or pure addiction. This year, we’ve seen some top notch multiplayers release, the best of them being…
Shooters aren’t just about shooting (doh!), it’s about the sheer thrill of tactical gameplay and strategy. That head-shot from 300m away, that SMG rush, that AK-47 destruction, and then sometimes there’s a story in it or whatever. There’s been a great battle of the shooters this year, but whether you love it or hate it, the award goes to…
Everybody loves them some action, just last night we were watching The Expendables 2 and I loved the crap out of every badly written line of it. The same thing applies to action games, we don’t care about the story, we just care about the ass kicking! However, we are fortunate to have gotten some great action games this year, most of which had an amazing story and/or art direction. The best out of all of them just happened to be…
I know what you’re all going to say and NO it’s not Far Cry 3 okay! 2012 has delivered a great many nerdgasms with its awesome line-up of visually stunning games and not just on PC (looking at you Master Race). The best looking game award goes to...
Digital distribution of videogames has become an important part of the industry, more so than ever this year. No wonder that some games have been made available only for digital purchase. Between these titles, no matter the lack of super billion dollar funding, we’ve found some real gems, and the best, most amazing, took-the-world-by-storm downloadable game of the year is…
This one goes out to my fellow Master Race errr species? We love our PC games and they love us right back! This year has seen some awesome PC games, from MMO’s to strategy games to RPG’s and MOBA’s. BUT WHICH TITLE WAS THE BESTEST? It could only have been: *drum roll*
It’s been the year of the Indie pretty much since the get go. From Steam releases to Kickstarter to Greenlight, the industry and community has shown Indies great love. The genre has changed forever and for the better, producing some of the year’s best games, that’s right, I’ve said it: Best! Out of all the amazing titles, the hard boiled gunplay and skull crashing close combat victory goes to…
Throughout the week, we’ve been posting up our individual genre and platform awards - but here’s a nice handy collection of all the awards, all in in once place. As you’ve been able to tell from the list of awards and their requisite runners up, it’s been one heck of a year for gaming - Whether you like to play on your phone, handheld, PC or consoles.
It’s also been a tough year for the video game industry. We’ve seen Nintendo unveil its Wii U to general apathy and grapple with the launch, woes and then ultimate success of 3DS; we’ve Seen Microsoft doing their best - and failing - to make traditional controllers redundant and Sony show us their new handheld the PlayStation Vita, all while shaking off a security scandal. EA and Activision are at war, and online passes exist.
In spite of it all, it’s been one of the best years for great games that I can recall. It’s a year in which we’ve gotten Portal 2 - a sequel so clever it outshines the original; ground-breaking new motion-capture with L.A Noire. Nintendo’s shown us Motion controls are viable and fun with Skyward Sword and Activision’s shown some genuine innovation with Skylanders; Battlefield 3’s proven that there’s room for competition in the combat shooter space and a fluffy pink line of wool made us feel like children all over again, while Dark souls has made us cry like children all over again.
2011; you’ve been awesome.
It’s really been slim-pickings for Xbox 360 exclusives this year; so much so that it took us ages to even come up with a list of nominees. Microsoft’s been so focused on Kinect and the peripherals casual fare to worry much about us real gamers - to the point that if it wasn’t for the deluge of incredible 3rd party multiplatform titles many adherents would have gone to the Dark Side.
Here are the nominees for best Xbox 360 Exclusive:
Dance Central 2
Gears of War 3
Forza Motorsport 4
And the award goes to: