The Lazygamer Top 100 games of this generation – 90-81

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It’s the next bit of Lazygamer’s top 100 games of this generation. Once again, we have to reiterate that this list was compiled not just based on scores, or sales, or some sort of weird, magical metric. Rather, it’s a look at 100 games and franchises that shocked and amazed us, or made us stare out of the window, thinking about stuff. And honestly, some of us have pretty weird tastes, so you might see a thing or two that goes against the grain, or even pisses you off.

Tough.

90 – Mafia 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Mafia2

Though it didn’t quite live up to its criminally underrated predecessor, 2K’s mobster-driven open-world game remained an immersive, action packed cinematic experience. Much of its actual gameplay bordered on being repetitive, but it hardly mattered.

Where it really excelled was in atmosphere, with period clothes, music, and architecture that perfectly capture mosaic of pre-war America.

89 – Far Cry 3 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

FarCry3

Do you know what the definition of insanity is? It’s not playing Far Cry 3. While it, yes, has a bit of a stupid story and one of the very worst protagonists in the history of games, it also has one of the very best villains you’ll find in the medium.

If Vaas, perfectly played by Michael Mando, doesn’t send chills right through you, you might be a bit insane yourself. When it comes to sandbox shooters, Far Cry 3 ditched its predecessor’s fluff and stuffed it full of action. And more fluff , like hunting and skinning animals, but even that managed to be engaging. Like Skyrim, but with guns.

88 – Resistance Franchise (PlayStation 3)

Resistance3
PlayStation launch game Resistance and its alternate take on history wasn’t the most engaging shooter, but it did have some of the finest and most inventive weapons in the genre. It also gave us a glimpse of what the future of the PlayStation 3 held.

By the time its second sequel came along though, the series had evolved to being one of the best,most engaging shooters in the business, even if the series had lost its momentum by then. Pity, because Resistance 3 is really, really good.

87 – FIFA Series (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PSP, PS Vita, Mobile)

FIFA

With FIFA being the typical annualised sports title we felt we couldn’t pick a single edition but have rather lumped them all together as the single best football simulator in this generation.

With the amazing amount of licensed teams, stadia, players and tournaments the FIFA series has blown away all competition and hasn’t rested on its laurels. Every new release brings a brand new game mode to the table with the additions of online leagues, FIFA Ultimate Team and manager mode all being detailed enough to be stand alone games by themselves

86 –Bulletstorm (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Bulltstorm

Every second word may have been a vulgar curse, and it was filled with most egregious and gratuitous violence, but underneath it all lay a shooter with more brains than would first suggest. A bit like the Dolph Lundgren of videogames, really.

With a slick skill system that actually forced you to be creative about how you killed things, you could forgive all that “dicktits” nonsense. It also gave us one of the best baddies in gaming this generation, the also psychotic General Serrano.

85 – Binary Domain (PC,Xbox 360,PS3)

BD

As far as underappreciated gems of this generation go, Binary domain is right near the top. It was unfortunately released right around the same time as Mass Effect 3, so it got a little buried but it was a great action game, with a ton of heart.

Its clichéd sci-fi setting didn’t help. A cover-based shooter with robots, a gruff, scarred military guy and the feeling that you’ve seen it before. But you haven’t. Binary Domain’s odd emphasis on the relationships you build with your team really just works, giving you a great third person shooter you actually become emotionally invested in.

84 – Prey (Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3)

prey

Prey tells the story of Tommy, a native American greasemonkey stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes quite drastically when an an alien invasion forces him to awaken some long-forgotten spiritual mumbo jumbo.

It stumbled about in territory thoroughly covered by Half-Life 2 and Quake 4, but something about Prey made it feel special. Perhaps it was the fact that it made you want to vomit. Not just because of the grotesque violence, but also because of its novel, stomach churning topsy-turvy anti-gravity and portal mechanics.

83 – Alan Wake (PC, Xbox 360)

AWake

Though it came quite a few years later than promised, and was less impressive than it should have been on a technical level, Alan Wake more than made up for it when it comes to telling a story. In fact, It could just be some of the best storytelling in videogames.

Telling the twisted tale of a writer who somehow gets trapped up within his own fiction, Alan Wake tread familiar narrative ground to anybody who’s picked up a book before, but it did so exceptionally well, really getting inside of Alan’s head.

82 – The Fancy Pants Adventures (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mobile)

FancyPants

Launched way back as a browser game on Newgrounds in 2006, Fancy Pants Adventures told the story of a platforming, wall jumping, fast running stick figure man with really fancy pants. It caught on quickly, garnering millions of visits on Kongregate.com and Newgrounds.   

The Fancy Pants Adventures evolved into one of the most beloved platformers on Xbox Live Arcade.With its unique art style and fast Sonic like movement, like Super Meat Boy on XBLA, it quickly gained popularity and is still close to people’s hearts.

81 – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

GRFS

After years in development, the Tom Clancy branded Ghost Recon: Future Soldier finally made its way out of development hell and into living rooms all over the world. Action-packed but with a heavy tactical twist, the game took full advantage of its military history to bring future warfare down to earth.

A solid single-player campaign wasn’t enough though, as GR:FS earned plenty of fans for its balanced multiplayer that emphasised true teamwork over lone-wolf action

Onto bigger and better things

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  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “Here comes Butterdick Jones and his heavenly asshole machine!”

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      You talking to yourself here?

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Just reciting some Grayson Hunt quotes

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          ????????????????????????????????Where it really excelled was in atmosphere, with period clothes, music, and architecture that perfectly capture mosaic of pre-war America.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Your sister’s roommate owes me for pizza!

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “Need to get some pads for my ass. Old gal wasn’t built for that much abuse.”

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “You see the look on their faces? Run! Run! No one imagines perishing at the hands of a child’s toy!”

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “And I predict an imminent getting the fuck outta’ here!”

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “Make double sure it ain’t gettin’ back up!”

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    “What the dick!? That is one big bitch.”

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    Bulletstorm, ahhhh, fond memories

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    Does anyone know if its worth it to get GR FS on PC? I heard about some of the bugs…and didn’t hear good things

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

      Mostly fixed!

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Cool, thanks

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      It’s not half bad on PC actually. Just FEELS like it should be on console, which makes it feel a bit slow sometimes.

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Lol

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          Seriously though. I did enjoy it.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            It shall remain on the wishlist then!

          • FoxOneZA

            Bad port is bad.

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    I have yet to play something as unique as Bulletstorm again

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Bulletstorm was epic fun and made you wanna play it more than once.

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Bulletstorm, where you actually think “in what way shall I kill this guy” instead of just shooting him

    • Tarisma

      Loved that game was my funnest game of last generation!

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Yeah man, dem feels

  • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

    I remember when I got to Tommy’s girlfriend in Prey, it really left a HUGE impact on me. So many feels. Prey deserves to be higher on the list imo

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      Don’t hate me for this, but I have never played it.

      • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

        Why would I hate you. Now I can just hound you to play it…so….go play it..NOW!! :)

        • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

          Well, to be completely truthful. I’ve only ever heard the game’s name. That’s really all.

          *sighs at the thought of making my backlog list even bigger, then adds game to wishlist*

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Prey was good game, but not great..

  • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

    Binary Domain above FarCry3. Sheesh. I don’t know about that.

    • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

      Me too. Binary Domain was actually really good, but not better than FC3

      • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

        Agreed.

    • Tarisma

      And above bulletstorm!

  • LesMossel

    I actually played four of these! Alan Wake takes the cake!

    • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

      Alan was freaking amazing…but Prey takes the cake for me

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Alan wake was way better than prey!

        • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

          Opinions. That is mine. Prey was much more emotional for me and I was more immersed in that game

          • TiMsTeR1033

            dunno how but okay..

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Alan wake was too heavily scripted. Even the daylight sections was too tightly controlled. I still have fond memories of the beginning of prey in the bar when you could just walk around and play games. small things like that makes Prey better and more memorable

          • TiMsTeR1033

            It played out like a book.. as it was meant to be played.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Yup I know, and that is a very fair point. And while I’m not really criticizing Alan Wake for that as it was designed that way, that is ultimately what makes me like prey more than Alan

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I loved Prey dude so don’t think I didn’t enjoy it, just for me the way my memory serves it had like no story really.. but I could be very very wrong. It was very very awesome game.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Prey had an AMAZING story lol……..

          • TiMsTeR1033

            maybe I should play it again..

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Maybe bro lol

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You must use your hardcore game stick arcade thingy! lol looks badass! MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 branded!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Haha, yeah man that thing is so sweet. Playing MVC 3 and KoF on there is a dream

          • TiMsTeR1033

            makes you feel like a kid again in the arcade *sniff*

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            What did you sniff in the arcade as a kid? :O

      • LesMossel

        Never played Prey. Will wait for the next steam sale and give it a go!

      • Milesh Bhana

        Prey is also one of my favourites for this generation. So many unique ideas (portals before they were cool :P). That scene with the gf, and the opening abduction scene. Brilliant stuff.

        really bummed that Prey 2 seems to be in development hell :(

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Because they don’t know how to keep the Prey feel and keep it fresh..

        • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

          Seriously get goosebumps with the opening abduction scene, was really amazing. and me too, but I didn’t like the direction it was going. Wanted to continue the story, was a major cliffhanger

  • Ryan

    No, no, no – I see Hawke from DA II lurking in the background. Can’t be serious, DA II surely doesn’t belong in this list – it was a steaming pile of poo.

  • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

    Vaas alone deserves a better spot.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Farcry 3 deserves to be in the 10′s or atleast 20′s

      • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

        I’d say 50′s or 60′s for me. Too many older games that I still enjoy a lot. I like to rate my games according to the amount of hours I spent on each.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Dude I spent alot of hours in FC3

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            Me too. Even started replaying it at some stage. But Skyrim, Fallout, Total Annihilation, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes and many others, have seen more of my time.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Still need to get Skyrim, I played it and loved it. Fallout 3 and New Vegas also wanna get. TA never heard of.. Dawn of war meh rather play outside lol Company of heroes was awesome.

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            TA is one of my top ten games ever. Planetary Annihilation I’m enjoying a lot right now (even though it’s just a beta), so I’m seeing it move to my top ten also soon.

      • Milesh Bhana

        also expected Far Cry 3 to be higher in the top 100.
        anyway will wait till the list is finished before getting out the pitchfork.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        They’re saving that for FC2, which was much better.

      • Brenz

        I expected it to be a little higher up, but not 10′s or 20′s.
        It was a good game yes, I enjoyed it, but it had considerable flaws, and that bloody AI, my god it was stupid, it hurt sometimes.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Absolutely, top 20 at the very least… sigh!

  • That Tall Twit Norm

    Oh just wait for Rince to see that Alan Wake is only at 83.

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      A rooibos erruption will occur.

      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        Does that mean he’ll jizz his pants?

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          I was more thinking in the line of anger, but now you’ve just disturbed me for the rest of the day. Thank you

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            Same here.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          when one jizzes they meant to be happy no?

        • Sageville

          Eeeiw dood, I think you’re fixating too much on whats going on in Rince’s pants…. should we be concerned?

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            I sure as fuck am…

        • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

          Wow man… WOW 0-O

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Where the heck is he anyway? on a rooibos plantation or something..

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          You know what that means for him right? A rooibos plantation for Rince isn’t quite what we think it is.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            nope tell me..

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            *insert unavengedavo-type explanation here*

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            Bwahahahaha… All I could think about was a reference to a Sperm Bank :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            0_0 the world does not need more Rinces…

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            SO… This lady was working at a sperm bank when a man wearing a balaclava came bursting through the door with a shotgun. He stormed straight towards her, cocked the shotgun and pointed it at her yelling: “HEY JY, DRINK DAAI KOPPIE!”

            She picked up one of the samples and quickly gulped it down only to have him repeat his previous actions and yell once again: “HEY JY, DRINK DAAI ANDER KOPPIE!”

            She then picked up the next sample crying as she swallowed it as well. The man then lifted up his balaclava and said: “Sien lief, dit is nie so erg nie…”

          • Sageville

            Hmmm….. need a balaclava…..

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            HAHAHA!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lolllllllllllllllllllll

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Damn straight. I didn’t kill the other 99 to get their power for nothing man!

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

        A wild Rooibos eruption occurs.

        • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

          See above 0-O This has ruined my already crappy day!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Great, now I’m covered in herbs.

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      I mean what the fuck?! Lower than Ghost Recon: Future to be copied?! Where is the justice!?

  • Willem Swanepoel

    I wonder if Binary Domain is on steam. Might want to try it out ;-)

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      It is.

      $14.99

      • Willem Swanepoel

        awesome. Thanks

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You’ll probably be able to get it for a steal during the xmas sale.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Mafia 2 was a meh game.. played it at friends house got boring rather quickly..

    • Anon A Mouse

      Have to agree, wasn’t brilliant. It felt rather “safe”. The story was a mafia story non the less.

  • Hammersteyn

    Far Cry 3 already as well as the Resistance franchise? Uh-oh… running out of FPS games quickly…

    • TiMsTeR1033

      COD should of been 100

      • Brenz

        I will be the first to jump on the COD hate wagon when it rolls up, but, modern warfare 2 was a really good game, the last good addition, i spent countless hours multiplayer with mates every night, so that is one that should be on the list

        • Hammersteyn

          Question is when?

          • Brenz

            well, it was one of the best fps of the generation, but i am judging that purely on the multiplayer, so kind of a hard decision in that respect

      • Anon A Mouse

        Battlefield and CoD making up nr 20 – 1.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Bulletstorm is such a cool shooter – it’s far better than I thought it would be after it got really middling reviews. Far Cry 3 & Prey were also a lot of fun.

    Mafia 2, Binary Domain, Alan Wake & Ghost Recon FS are all on backlog lol.

  • Emma Lewis

    You know, i bought the PS4 for my little brother recently, but bit.ly/PS4suck really :(

    • Ashley James

      You know, i saw your post, but YOU SUCK, really :(

      • Emma Lewis

        You suck sweetie not me

        • Ashley James

          i see your an xbot who is trying to trash ps4, what exactly you dont like about the greatest console of this generation ?

          • Emma Lewis

            I don’t like anything about the so called Great console PS4, because Xbox is my bitch not PS4

          • Ashley James

            you can bit** all you want my dear, it doesn’t change the fact that PS4 is better than Xbox

          • Emma Lewis

            Keep talking

          • Ashley James

            i can go on and on, i think you are getting tired. Go home to your xbox

        • Brady miaau

          a comma a day keeps the school teacher away

  • FoxOneZA

    Ghost Recon: FS ahead of Alan Wake? Where’s the pitchforks!!!!

  • Rock789

    Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Having Far Cry 3 at only number 89 on your list… :( Sad panda…

    On a serious note, shweet 2nd part to the list… Looking forward to seeing more.

  • ElimiNathan

    Haha wow, with these games so far up the list I cant wait to see what you have lower

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    Did anybody notice that Assassin’s Creed 4 is nowhere to be found on the webs like Kalahari, Takealot and BT games?

  • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

    Alan Wake should have been way up the list!

  • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

    Fancy pants, Bulletstorm, FarCry 3 and Mafia 2… only ones I’ve played on that list (except for a Fifa game) and they’re all awesome… haven’t finished FarCry 3 yet tho

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