The Lazygamer Top 100 games of this generation – 61-70

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We hope you guys are enjoying this as much as we are. It’s been a difficult process, making this list. Mostly, we’ve just been beating each other with Wiimotes and bowing down as Gavin made random demands. Remember – this top list isn’t about sales, metrics or scores; it’s about games that shaped the generation, or maybe just impressed us.

70 – Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

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With Call of Duty: Black Ops Treyarch decided to go to a darker side of war with their single player campaign that was all about the numbers. This was the first Call of Duty game that touched on the Cold War, MK Ultra and mind-control -  and was a resounding success with over 25 million copies sold.

The multiplayer portion was widely acclaimed and ensured the Call of Duty franchise would continue to dominate this generation even after the recent Infinity Ward saga.

69 – From Dust (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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There’s a good reason why strategy games stay away from consoles, and that’s because they usually fail miserably thanks to a design interface that makes controlling the world around you clumsy and awkward. From Dust bucked this trend however, getting the most out of consoles and PC and putting players in charge of mother nature herself.

Downright gorgeous and with a pace that was off the beaten path, the game was a breath of fresh air as players connected once again with the elements.

68 – Bioshock Infinite (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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The long awaited sequel to Bioshock 2 is the polar opposite to the underwater city of Rapture. Infinite is set in the floating city of Columbia and is possibly one of the most beautiful settings ever seen in a video game.

You control Booker Dewitt, a disgraced Pinkerton Detective in mounting debt who is sent to Columbia to rescue Elizabeth, a young captive guarded by a giant robotic bird-like creature. The gameplay is similar to Bioshock 2 in that you have basic firearms and ‘vigours’ which are the plasmids equivalent of Columbia. They mix up the formula by having the ‘skyhook’ mechanic; a clawed, handheld device used to move quickly across mounted tracks sprawled throughout Columbia. If you’ve never played a Bioshock game, this one is more than worth your money.

67 – Batman Arkham City (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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The sequel to the asylum, Batman Arkham City offered players a much bigger Batman experience. With an entire city to explore, players could spend hours gathering collectibles, exploring the dark underbelly of Gotham, or even climbing upside-down as Catwoman.

While not as tight an experience as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City gave players exactly what they’d asked for – more. With more bosses to battle, more puzzles to solve and trophies to find, there was a lot of love in Batman: Arkham City.

66 – Professor Layton Franchise (Nintendo DS, 3DS)

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What makes Professor Layton so lovable? Is it the old-timey charm, the weird relationship with his apprentice, or the bizarre and hilarious characters that they encounter? Nah, it couldn’t be any of that – must just be the opportunity to solve hundreds of unique puzzles.

The Professor Layton series of handheld games offer puzzles ranging from ridiculously easy to mind-breaking-ly hard. Think outside the box, apply logic and prepare yourself to be surprised with this strangely lovable and addictive puzzle franchise.

65 – Saints Row Franchise (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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Oh how far they have come. It’s a franchise that could’ve very easily been cast away as a mere GTA clone. In fact, it started as one, but as the series has progressed, Saint’s Row took on a life of its own.

Instead of going with a realistic approach to violence and crime, Saints Row tipped the entire concept on its head with crazy weapons, characters and objectives. The Saints Row franchise (especially Saints Row 3 and 4) took the crazy and ran with it, developing it own irreverent flavour.  There’s nothing else that gives you the tools to digitally smash a guy’s face in with a giant purple dildo.

64 – Burnout Paradise (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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If there was one arcade racer on the consoles that stood the test of time, it’s Burnout Paradise. Burnout Paradise is an open world, drift focused arcade racer with a unique bent on encouraging spectacular crashes.

Its easy to learn controls and mechanics provided a fast paced racer to play with friends both online and offline. It’s no wonder that people still dust it off to play it today – despite numerous excellent racers, no game has really filled its shoes.

63 – Hitman: Absolution (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

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Absolution hit the scene with mixed reviews. It was originally passed off as a reboot of a franchise to make it more accessible to the casual crowd. Fortunately, at its core, Absolution still encompasses the elements that makes Hitman appealing.

You play as Agent 47, a highly trained covert assassin on a mission to kill a rogue agent. The game is heavily stealth-based, and there are many ways to complete objectives through improvisation. The story beats and improved mechanics make it a great experience and a good entry point for people new to the series.

62 – Heavy Rain (PS3)

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Not much of a game, but definitely one of the most important PS3 games in terms of storytelling. It tells the story of the Origami Killer, a serial murderer who takes young boys during the rainy season. The story revolves around 4 characters all involved with the killer in one way or another.

Heavy Rain has 4 playable protagonists with intertwining stories. Your actions in game will impact the ending greatly. Although the gameplay is limited mostly to quick time events, Heavy Rain still stands out as a landmark of videogame storytelling.

61 – EA Sports MMA (Xbox 360, PS3)

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MMA is technically still a young sport, and the video game tie-ins even more so. The UFC Undisputed games may have had more licensed characters, arenas and brands than EA’s debut inside the octagon, but what that game lacked in official merchandising rights it more than made up for with a far more intuitive control scheme that was gutsy and fun for any skill level.

Down and dirty, strategic on the fisticuffs and more fun to play with friends, EA MMA was an underrated gem that went the distance.

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  • oVg

    If Twitter is number one then I am walking :P

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      but twitter is a game, man! the best game. the game you take on a persona and troll people :P

      • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

        The best kind

      • oVg

        So Disqus is number one. tee hee hee

      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        Oh, I thought that was what Lazygamer.net was for :P

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

      Lol I promise that won’t happen…

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        nah, you’ll make sure it’s COD :P

        • Weanerdog

          I am expecting Candy Crush

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am expecting Pokemon

          • Mark Treloar

            Cookie Clicker

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Castle Age… Facebook Game takes number 1!

        • Sageville

          The rage must flow….

          • TiMsTeR1033

            it will when pokemon wins!

          • Sageville

            If that happens….. someone will pay…. and that someone will be Darryn

          • TiMsTeR1033

            If it does the black hole of death will open!

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Hahah! That was a frigging great documentary man!

  • Hybrid

    I really thought Batman: AC would’ve been higher. Hitman was Ok but better than Batman; I don’t think so

  • Umar Bravely Default

    Batman AA will prob be higher

  • Umar Bravely Default

    Why do I get the feeling Candy Crush is in the top ten

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • oVg

      and Dance Dance revolution.

      • Umar Bravely Default

        Which is justifiable though . Play , DDR is amazeballs

    • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

      I get that feeling too

      • TiMsTeR1033

        IT WILL BE POKEMON!!

        • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

          ah go shove your pokemon into your holiday…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            *sings* I want to be the very best, Like noone ever was! To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause!

  • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

    I can actually agree with this list (for a change). Still feel that FarCry deserves to be higher than where it is overall.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      In the 20s man!

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    HITMAN!!!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Saints Row 3 was fun, but forgettable.
    Batman AC was really cool, especially swooping around the city – made you really feel like Batman.
    Hitman Absolution is my favourite out of these 10 – if didn’t feel dumbed down for accessibility, especially at higher difficulty levels. The challenges really take the cake (badum tish!).
    If Burnout Paradise is the one from the Humble EA bundle then that’s on backlog.
    Rest I haven’t played.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      *FIXED

      Saints Row 3 was forgettable.
      Batman AC was really cool, especially swooping around the city – made you really feel like Batman.
      Hitman
      Absolution is my favourite out of these 10 – if didn’t feel dumbed down
      for accessibility, especially at higher difficulty levels. The
      challenges really take the cake (badum tish!).
      If Burnout Paradise is the one from the Humble EA bundle then that’s on backlog.
      Rest I haven’t played.

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Haha. Tim is going to go ape over the Saints Row 3 ;)

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I will refrain as today is last day at work!

        • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

          You lucky git you! Out of rage I will not add you back to the SOMA group!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh no Tim! Now you can’t be part of Some Old Metrosexual Association!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            YOU SHUT UP!! SOMA IS THE MOST BEST EST ELITEST GROUP OF GAMERS IN THE UNIVERSE!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            SMASH RAGE KILL YOUR RIGHT ITS BEST MORE THAN EVEN FOXHOUND TIMES A BILLION!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Who’s old here? *RUNS

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Some creepy old guy called T R E V O R

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Who you LOVE to play with as you have admitted many, many times!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            0-O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Yes i do love to play with Trevor from GTAV you are indeed correct!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Of course I am. I’m always right.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            even when you play with young men in locker rooms! Remember you are always right!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But I don’t, that’s one of the reasons I’m always right :)

            Unless you’re referring to when I shove my way past the obstructive swimming squad tools, in which case I’m still right.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            tee hee. 9000+ :D

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            I’m ignoring all people that are getting leave during December… just out of principal.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            I am only getting next week off :(

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Till when?

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            6th Jan ;)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            atleast man! I am going to be doing alot of drinking and playing games this holidays

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            Seems I’ll run out of people to talk to before the week’s done… guess I’ve got the voices to keep me company

          • TiMsTeR1033

            They talk softly

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I can kill your boss for you if you like.

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            I need work to go back to after New Years you know…

  • Hybrid

    Burnout what a ridiculously crazy fun game. How many hours of sleep I’ve lost playing Burnout Revenge which is still my favourite arcade racing game.

  • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

    Bioshock Infinite! Bestest!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Saints row is still meh.. but Hitman was a GREAT game, a little annoying near the end but great none the less!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    If Dragon’s Dogma isn’t in the top 50, there’s going to be hell to pay!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Imagine this for a second the TOP TEN is the following:

      10:Duke Nukem Forever

      9:Transformers: The Game

      8:Aliens Colonial Marines

      7:Assassin’s Creed 3

      6:Dead Space 3

      5:Dragonball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi

      4:Kinect Steel Batallion Heavy Armor

      3:GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

      2:Vampire Rain

      1: Pokemon X and Y

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        hey! who leaked the list!? :P

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I have eyes and ears in strange and awkward places!

          • Sageville

            You should see a doctor about that

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            now that sounds…. appealing?

      • Weanerdog

        You missing Dragon age 2

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Then this place will burn!! BURRRNNNN!!! :o

  • Sageville

    If you went based on LG reviews, which game has the highest score…..could that not be the #1?

  • SaintsRowNigri

    Hold on to your horses but… As much as I love Saints Row the Third, Arkham City is by far the better game of the two.
    There. I’ve said it!

  • Guest

    Is this even true? bit.ly/Xbox-News

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