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Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

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Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

Well, we've had a peek at the bottom fifty, but now comes the moment of truth. Which games have you, our dear readers voted into the Top 50 Games of Last Generation?

To begin with, let's kick things off with an angry god, a couple of cracking Bethesda titles, and some expensive plastic peripherals.

50. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: There's the painstaking attention to detail, the enormously impressive world-building, filled with endless reams of lore and depth. Bethesda haven't crafted a game, they've fashioned a fantastical world in which you can immerse yourself and become anyone you want to be: hero, villain, thief, champion. A feast for the eyes and ears, you'll step into Oblivion and never want to leave.

49. Crackdown

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: Crackdown is an explosive, open-ended experience packed with fun to be had and things to be blown up. It's overflowing with possibilities, but lacking in real game-defining objectives. The missions stagnate quickly, and if it weren't for the plentiful distractions like Orbs and whatnot, Crackdown might not score as high. However, it coasts on its merits as a true exponent of the fun!

48. God of War III

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: The scale of some of the levels and boss fights are technically superb and a joy to play. The only real let-down is how the combat has barely evolved over the years. However, if all you want is another brilliant God of War game, you won’t be disappointed by this spectacular PS3 debut that is easily one of gaming’s most exciting titles.

47. Fallout New Vegas

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: Fallout: New Vegas is an epic adventure, simply overflowing with content. If you lost yourself in Fallout 3, gobbled up all the DLC and then loaded up a brand new game, New Vegas is for you. Hook, line and sinker. It's built on aging tech that often rears its ugly head, but it can also offer moments of startling beauty.

46. Bayonetta

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: Bayonetta herself might well split opinion - can a strong willed, intensely capable female figure who defies manipulation be taken seriously when she's being manipulated into some of the most suggestive poses this side of Spearmint Rhino's front doors? - but it's incredibly hard to argue against action this stylishly accessible and deceptively deep. Sexy, self-referential, slick and stylish, Bayonetta is an excellent action title to kick off 2010, dodging accusation of being derivative with one of the most finely tuned, and fun to play, combat engines seen in video gaming.

45. Gears of War 2

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What We Said: Gears 2 is brash, unashamedly OTT, vulgar and beautiful; delivering blockbuster thrills that don't let up for the duration. You'll laugh, you'll cry... and you'll find it difficult to resist being swept up in the rampant spectacle of it all. Occasionally ropey design choices and a staggering selection of technical multiplayer issues sometimes rear their ugly heads- but if you own a 360, consider this a killer app.

44. Wii Sports

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: Wii Sports had that perfect balance of instant accessibility, undeniable charm and humour, and downright fun, that it became an instant hit across the gaming world. As such, gaming as we now it is more popular than ever, and enjoyed by so many. This can only be a good thing for our industry as it becomes so much more accepted and explored. We owe a lot to Wii Sports. Sure, it wasn’t the prettiest, or the biggest game; but for impact it’s almost incomparable.

43. Rock Band 2

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: With no need to hide behind the introduction of new instruments, Harmonix set about addressing all of the little niggles we had with Rock Band 1 in their sequel. That meant more songs, more modes, fine tuning the difficulty settings, introducing things like the Drum Trainer and a party-oriented No Fail mode, and bringing in Battle of the Bands. Probably the most complete music game ever released.

42. Resident Evil 5

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: Resident Evil 5 is a strong addition to the increasingly-bizarre Resi canon, but it's arguably a tense survival adventure rather than a horror game.

41. Mass Effect 3

Top 100 Games of the Generation – Community Edition | 50 - 41

What we said: The third and final entry in the Mass Effect trilogy is a stunning achievement. The combat systems are better than ever, the multiplayer hugely enjoyable, and there's a sense of scale and heightened emotion that drives everything. But it's the excellent pacing and wonderful writing that rings out, providing us with some of the most memorable moments in videogaming, sadly undone completely by an ending that no-one - neither players, nor (most importantly) the characters themselves - deserves.

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r3tract  Dec. 23, 2013 at 20:00

Glad to see Resi 5 getting a mention!! :)

I'm surprised Mass Effect 3 made it in. I thought it was such a let down. Not just the ending, I just didn't think it fulfilled the promise of the second game.

Drago_MkII  Dec. 23, 2013 at 21:45

Agreed. I hated the fact that it basically shat upon every decision I'd made the whole way through the first 2 games. It did fine tune the gameplay though I think and the multiplayer is loads of fun which I wasn't expecting until I tried the demo for it. In fact when I first got the game I did so solely for the multiplayer because I didn't even own the second game then.

googleberry  Dec. 24, 2013 at 01:54

Perhaps I am being lenient, but i think the old adage is worth recalling: "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."

Even though ME3's ending didn't satisfy quite as I would have liked, the journey was damn awesome.

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