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Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

Matt Gardner
Games of the Generation

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

At last we have arrived. You came, you played, you voted. Here's the list we've all been waiting for. ladies and gents, I give you the Dealspwn Community Top Ten Games of Last-Gen!

NB. We've added in the vote tallies for this one so you can see just how close things were. Games ranked 1st got 30 pts, 2nd had 29 pts etc.

10. The Walking Dead (206)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Through masterful writing, some of the best voice acting that this industry has ever seen,and moody soundscapes and a strikingly emotive and communicative art style, The Walking Dead provided the storytelling experience of the year with five superbly wrought episodes that forced us to make hard choices time and time again, and care more about a bunch of virtual characters than many of us do about things here in the real world.

9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (207)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Bethesda have managed to meet, and perhaps exceed, the expectations placed upon the fifth entry in the series. With so much freedom to play the role you wish to, and a huge area to explore, those looking for a deep medieval fantasy experience will get their money’s worth with this one. As far as we're concerned, Skyrim is the pinnacle of the RPG genre.

8. Mass Effect (208)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: It's been over half a decade and we still can't get over what happened on Virmire.

The two sequels would refine the action and remove many of the mechanical problems that plagued the first Mass Effect (deletion is not the same as fixing or even improving), but no other RPG (bar one) comes close to touching BioWare's outstanding space opera. One of the greatest interactive storytelling experiences of all time, the plot was expertly crafted in the first game and unfolded perfectly, paced to perfection, and with an ideal foil for Shepard in Saren Arterius -- a visible, relatable villain. But even more than the story, we fell in love with this universe, the characters and races therein. Mass Effect captured the wonder of going out into the unknown, uncovering long-hidden secrets about the past, discovering new civilisations, and learning something new about universe every step of the way.

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum (210)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: I could nit-pick about the game’s sometimes clumsy controls, the often hazy objectives and monotonous boss-fights, but it would be harsh to do so. Loose threads in a world-class tapestry. Rocksteady, before now virtual unknowns, have created a game of such polish, with refined mechanics, rewarding progression and an engrossing universe. They’re destined to be remembered as the first developers to truly realise the Batman experience.

6. Assassin's Creed 2 (219)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Assassin's Creed 2 is a superior sequel that improves on the original in every conceivable way. Whilst the challenge becomes astoundingly casual after a few upgrades, the huge amount of varied optional missions and content make for a lengthy, addictive and rewarding experience. We'll do our best to save you money, but you'll need a lot of time to witness everything that Ezio's adventure brings to the table.

5. Dark Souls (220)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Demon's Souls fans will find more of the experience they loved, with a few new game mechanics to keep things fresh, while new players will be immersed in a beautiful world and one of the best representations of sword-based combat that gaming has to offer. Prepare to die.

4. Mass Effect 2 (227)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Mass Effect 2 is a stunning achievement for BioWare. Not only does it provide a shining example of an ideal sequel, but it further broadens our perceptions of what an RPG should be. The combat is excellent, the graphics are impressive, and the characters are both idiosyncratic and sympathetic. Prepare for it to eat up your life as there's no way you'll just play it once.

3. Fallout 3 (230)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Fallout 3 isn't perfect... but sometimes, a flawed game demands a perfect score for simply being impossible to put down. Bethesda have once again demonstrated their mastery of the openworld RPG genre by delivering an experience that provides unparalleled depth, replayability and barefaced choice- which will keep gamers coming back for more long after their first playthrough. Technical issues aside, Fallout 3 is a tremendous achievement that deserves your attention, your money... and most importantly, your time.

2. Portal (257)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Portal surprised us all by arguably being the Best Thing inside the Orange Box...and that box contained Half Life 2! But it also starred one of the finest video game characters of all time: the wonderfully passive-aggressive mainframe GLaDOS. Portal also had one of the finest, funniest end credit scenes largely thanks to a certain song about cake by Jonathan Coulton. Bizarre mind-games, the unrequited, childish love of an intelligent machine, the promise of baked goods and therapy sessions and forging friendships with a painted cube made us do more than just think...it made us laugh too.

1. Bioshock (290)

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 10 - 1

What we said: Irrational created the most memorable game world of the generation in Rapture, and left you to pick your way through its dilapidated bones, discovering its history at your own pace. The lack of direct choice (or the illusion of it) -- that is to say, the apparent absence of morality-driven narrative divergences -- didn't matter. Bioshock played with the nature of control and discovery, using exposition to give colour and depth to the horrors you'd witness, and then turning everything on its head.

Rarely have three words proved so absolutely devastating in any story across any medium. Bioshock isn't just a video game classic, it's a milestone in interactive fiction.

Add a comment11 comments
fowler002  Dec. 27, 2013 at 15:36

Hmm guess if I'd voted fall out 3 would have been upto second as it'd have been number 1 on my list, still not enough for it to take number one :(
Well unless you took the commemts into account from the post announcing the community vote, as I said in that I didn't vote due to not being able to pick my favourite 30 games but fall out 3 would be number 1.

Late  Dec. 27, 2013 at 15:56

Happy with the top two, as they match my top two - though in reversed order.

Drago_MkII  Dec. 27, 2013 at 18:20

Happy with the top two, as they match my top two - though in reversed order.

They were my top 2 also (but the same order as they have placed for me), although I did cheat a little since I put it as both portal games, didn't feel I could separate the two really. The second game is just slightly my preferred of the two but as a mate of mine pointed out all the build up of GlaDos as a character is in the first game so it's just not right one without the other. Excellent games for the top spots

Late  Dec. 27, 2013 at 19:14

I think both games are just about equally good, but the first wins it on closing credits. I only went with one from each series so Portal 2 missed out on a vote from me, despite me thinking it's one of the best games of the gen.

Quietus  Dec. 27, 2013 at 22:47

I'm OK with BioShock winning, as I loved it too. No game has ever aboserbed me in its world in the same way BioShock did. If they did tickets to Rapture, I'd be first in line.

Personally, I'd have Borderlands in the number one spot, but I appreciate that I'm in the minority.:)

BetterThanLife  Dec. 28, 2013 at 12:06

That's a pretty **** good list. My top ten in the end was

1. Fallout 3
2. Bioshock
3. Mass Effect 2
4. Dark Souls
5. Portal/Orange Box
6. Skyrim
7. Dragon Age: Origins
8. COD 4
9. Oblivion
10. Halo 3

Good to see Dealspwn doing more community stuff. Any plans for more such things in the new year?

googleberry  Dec. 28, 2013 at 16:47

It's intriguing to consider what a community top 50 says: afterall it doesn't quite tell us what the "best" games are (as subjectively judged by the community), because not all of the community have played all games. it's a peculiar averaging of game ownership level x personal opinion. In a sense a top 50 from a fixed set of reviewers who have all played the same games , and probably played more of the games released than the average community member (e.g. the Dealspwn staff) is a more meaningful ranking.
Interesting nonetheless!

Last edited by googleberry, Dec. 28, 2013 at 16:52
Late  Dec. 28, 2013 at 18:43

Handy as a guide to what you should have played but haven't had a chance to yet, either way.
I get the impression I'm missing something by not trying Dark Souls, for instance. (It's in the stack of unplayed games, and has been there a looong time.) Must give it a look at some point...

googleberry  Dec. 28, 2013 at 20:01

I'm intrigued by dark souls too and was thinking of picking it up, but I too have the dreaded backlog, and have calculated it will take around 500hrs+ to clear. So, no new purchases for me for the foreseeable future. First world problems.....

Drago_MkII  Dec. 29, 2013 at 01:41

Having got a new PC this year and entering the world of steam sales my backlog is multiplying fast. I'm told you don't actually play the games you buy on steam, it's just about having the name on a list X)

Late  Dec. 29, 2013 at 12:36

True dat, as I believe the youngsters say these days.

I installed steam a week ago and now have about 75 games in my library. Have played 3.

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