With Next-Gen consoles the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 just around the corner and a new generation of games on the horizon, we took some time out to think of the games which have really made us sit up and take notice of them, whether for their great gameplay or innovatory. With so many games which could have made our Top 10 Games of this Generation, we regrettable had to leave out so many cracking games, but we will try to justify why these games have been our favourite of this generation!
State of Decay – (Nominated by Stephen Jackson)
State of Decay took on something which we haven’t seen done before, and offered something completely new and fresh to the Zombie genre. It gave players an open-world to survive in, where you need to loot resources and keep your survivors happy to stay alive. Add in the ability to build facilities and improve your home-base, and you have a terrific survival simulator. Despite being an Xbox Live Arcade game, it can easily hold its own against the big boys, and you can only imagine how much better it would have been if it was a fully fledged title. The folks at Undead Labs have raised the bar for the genre, and they did a terrific job.
One of the best games of 2013, and of this generation.
Halo 3 – (Nominated by Matthew Harrison)
Far Cry 3 (Nominated by Andrew Vallis)
Portal 2 – (Nominated by Jozef Wotawa)
There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe how good this game is. This game will be remembered as one of the greats, to me it’s the complete package. With its challenging, but delightful puzzles, combined with its gripping and clever story that’s filled with very entertaining characters, this game has everything. An epic masterpiece that some games can only aspire to be.When I first put in the disk for Portal 2, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d come into the game blind as I had never played its predecessor, so the world of Portal was strange and unknown to me. However, buying Portal 2 was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Due to me not playing the original Portal, this game was a completely brand new experience to me. The gameplay was a breath of fresh air. I had never felt so immersed in a game, and this led to me playing for 10 straight hours when I first purchased the game. Hours well spent I say!All-in-all, this game is fantastic. If you’ve never played this game I suggest you go out and buy it. You have one hell of an experience waiting for you.
Uncharted 3 – (Nominated by Cailum Reay)
Red Dead Redemption – (Nominated by Zach Waller)
Dark Souls – (Nominated by Christopher Howell)
Fallout 3 – (Nominated by Stephanie Watel)
Fallout 3 is my favorite game of this generation because it encapsulates everything that a Western RPG should be. It presents the perfect balance of roleplaying elements, allowing the player to create someone that they can relate to and admire whilst playing the game, a character that’s very human-like rather than fantasy. The wasteland is a place that sends chills down your spine. It looks like home, desecrated by war, rather than another planet or world.
The entire game is something quite relatable, regardless of the politics. It evokes a spectrum of authentic emotions, from relief to excitement, curiosity, fear, anxiety, and heartbreak. Few games in this generation have made such a profound impact in so many ways. Every time I started a new file, it was like a new adventure each time, and there were many moments I wanted to relive over and over, such as leaving the vault for the first time. While many post-apocalyptic games have popped up on the market the past few years, none I tried left the same mark that Fallout 3 did. And for god’s sake, Liam Neeson is your father.
Bioshock Infinite – (Nominated by Stefan Richings)
Bioshock Infinite is simply a masterpiece. Not a direct sequel to the first two Bioshock games, Infinite takes you out of Bioshock and up into Columbia, and the world of Columbia is beautiful. Giving the impression of an incredibly free, sprawling world in what is ultimately a semi-linear game. A story that will involve you like never before, even if the ending leaves you desperately confused, you’ll never have enjoyed confusion so much.
The Last of Us – (Nominated by Stephen Jackson)
The Last of Us was something special. A game which was not only brilliant for it’s gameplay, but what captured players most of all was it’s story. Naughty Dog created a true masterpiece, a masterpiece in which you could get just as much enjoyment watching it as you could playing it. The last of us is no doubt a work of art and as such if you own a Playstation 3 or only know someone with one, you must play this game.
Joel and Ellie were two of the most likeable characters we have had the privilege of playing for a while, if not this generation. Death lurks around every corner, and it’s survival of the fittest.
If you haven’t experienced The Last of Us, you need to…