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Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

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Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

Here we are, folks. The Top 10 Games of Last Generation. Well... the top nine. These are the games that (a really small sample of) democracy has chosen. When we look back on the past seven years, these are the games we'll remember -- the titles that will come to epitomise generation six, for us anyway.

We have multiplayer mainstays here, some of the finest storytelling to grace any medium, we have an indie smash hit that shook the industry to its very core and changed things forever, we have Rockstar's finest game of the generation (no GTA in sight), and two peerless RPGs fighting out to the very last. Welcome to the final countdown...

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

10. Halo 3

What we said: Whilst it might not be the groundbreaking FPS that the original was, doing away with the Epic Pistol, enormously expansive maps and the health bar amongst other things, Halo 3 is still an absolute triumph. The campaign is somewhat short, and there's the odd level of Flood trudging that slows the pace horrifically, but the AI, the music, the combat and the blockbuster credentials more than make up for it.

And then of course there's the multiplayer. Fast, frenetic and furious, at its worst you'll come across a bunch of 14 year old Americans who swear blindly, make offensive comments and clearly spend every free waking moment playing the game. But at its best, Halo 3's multiplayer is incredibly good fun with great server support, a reliable matchmaking system and an abundance of game types.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

9. Bioshock

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

8. Portal

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

7. Minecraft

What we said: Looking back, it's difficult to imagine a time without Minecraft, such as been the way that Mojang's bundle of virtual building block as taken the industry by storm. It's not just the game itself either, Minecraft has changed the way everything works. It has helped turn everyday folk into millionaires thanks to the YouTube revolution. It has changed our perceptions of the development cycle -- both from a creative and consumer standpoint. It has grown beyond a mere tapestry of cyber LEGO to become an educational tool, a gateway into games for many, and example of grassroots success. It's more than a game: Minecraft is an ongoing event.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

6. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

What we said: It’s not just the visuals, the peerless acting/script and gaming’s most likable hero that have made Uncharted 2 one of the finest adventures you’ll ever have. It’s just so goddamn exciting to play, refusing to side-line you while the cut-scenes step in and do the hard work; it’s you all the way. You’ll dread it having to end.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

5. Red Dead Redemption

What we said: When you combine all the aspects present in Red Dead Redemption, what you're left with is a game that'll keep you going back for more, ticks all the boxes, and is arguably the best game that Rockstar have ever produced. The downsides to the game are so unbelievably small that you'll hardly give them a second thought, and if this doesn't win a Game of The Year award we want to see the game that beats it, because this is as close to perfect as they come.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

4. Mass Effect

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

3. Journey

What we said: Like the finest feel-good films, or those books you read again and again until the title on the spine is illegible from creasing, Journey is a game that exhibits pure joy. It plays with it, subverts it, threatens to take it away at times, but the end result is something inherently euphoric, deeply personal and, dare we say, even a little bit spiritual as well.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 10 - 2

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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.

Only one game left to go. What do you think has topped our list? Tune in tomorrow to find out! If you need a refresher of what has come before, click here to catch up with all the posts from our Games of the Generation series.

Remember, you can put forward your votes in the Community Top 50. Find out how to participate by clicking here.

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ChrisHyde  Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:16

Surely it's Aliens: Colonial Marines, or Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days right?


Last edited by ChrisHyde, Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:17
Late  Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:19

Well you've not yet mentioned nine of my top twenty games in your rundown from 50-2, so I can only assume we've actually got nine games in joint first place - Crackdown, World of Goo, Splosion Man, Sleeping Dogs, Lost Odyssey, Arkham City, Call of Duty, Plants versus Zombies, and Saints Row 2.

Ballsy move, guys, but I approve.

50 Fallout New Vegas
49 Metro 2033
48 Tomb Raider
47 LA Noire
46 The Last Of Us
45 Super Meat Boy
44 Dead Space
43 Rainbow Six Vegas
42 Metal Gear Solid 4
41 Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
40 Bayonetta
39 Rayman Origins
38 Rock Band
37 Dragon Age Origins
36 Battlefield Bad Company
35 Geometry Wars Retro Evolved
34 Gears of War
33 Heavy Rain
32 Vanquish
31 Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
30 Borderlands
29 Xenoblade Chronicles
28 Bastion
27 Burnout Paradise
26 XCOM: Enemy Unknown
25 Mirror's Edge
24 Deus Ex Human Revolution
23 Street Fighter IV
22 Dishonored
21 The Witcher 2
20 Rayman Legends
19 Little Big Planet 2
18 Assassin's Creed 2
17 Dark Souls
16 Super Mario Galaxy
15 Fallout 3
14 Arkham Asylum
13 Wii Sports
12 Far Cry 3
11 The Walking Dead
10 Halo 3
9 Bioshock
8 Portal
7 Minecraft
6 Uncharted 2 - Among Thieves
5 Red Dead Redemption
4 Mass Effect
3 Journey
2 Skyrim
1 ?????????

Last edited by Late, Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:20
sk82jack  Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:46

I don't know about number 1 but you have missed quite a few that I would have put in the top 50.

Specifically 1 vs 100, I Am Alive, Trials HD, Limbo, COD MW2, Fifa 11, Hitman Absolution, Skate 3, Driver San Fransisco, F1 2012, Saints Row The Third, N+ and The Wolf Among Us (even though only the first episode is out).

I also could fit a few more in if you include multiple games from each series - Portal 2, Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Arkham City/Origins, COD4: MW, F1 2013, Fifa series and Trials Evolution.

Breadster  Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:52

Thanks for the list there Late, easy way for me to catch up on it. :p

Pretty solid top 10. I suspect CoD4 is number one, if only because it seemed to boost gaming's popularity in general. A lot of negative things have come fron its success, but a lot of positives too, and it was a great game.

My number 1 would probably be Dark Souls to be honest, followed by Mass Effect and Red Dead Redemption.

Last edited by Breadster, Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:02
[email protected]  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:06

The Duke has to be number one :)

For me it is probably Demon's Souls but there have been so many good games this/last generation. It really has been the best generation for me especially the multiplayer side of things.

DivideByZero  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:13

Can't believe Bioshock got so high in this list, found it a good idea, but dull. I think made more noticeable to me by it beating Halo 3, which I would probably have in my top 3.

But as Macklemore pointed out, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

And spell checker wants to change Macklemore to Mackerel, so it must be true.

Marviewarvie  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:27

Am I really the only one to be waving the flag for Alan Wake to be in the top 50? And just to throw a few more "didn't quite make it" games; Condemned, Dead Rising, one of the Forza's and Left 4 Dead for services to multiplayer?

And cheat and enter one space for all the Lego branded games...

To be fair, the only one I've disagreed with out of the 49 that's made the list so far is GHIII. I never thought it was the best GH/Band Hero et al.

This is better than those top 100 shows on Channel 4 on New Years Eve this is!!

Late  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:29

Thanks for the list there Late, easy way for me to catch up on it. :p

Had to be done - I couldn't keep track of what had been listed and what hadn't, and by the time I got to checking the 3rd or 4th page I'd be distracted and forget what I was looking for!

My top four have already been accounted for, and I very much doubt my number five is widely considered one of the defining games of the generation, no matter how much I loved it...
1 Portal (Orange Box)
2 Bioshock
3 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
4 Wii Sports
5 World of Goo

And spell checker wants to change Macklemore to Mackerel, so it must be true.

Wahahaha! I'm using that exact sentence in the pub tonight.

And cheat and enter one space for all the Lego branded games...

Oh how the hell did I miss Lego from my top thirty?! I love them all (apart from LotR), and have spent most of the last week playing Lego Marvel!

Last edited by Late, Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:37
Marviewarvie  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:41

No worries Late. I'd thought I'd mention a few titles (and read some others that people have added from their favourites) for what I like to call those "ohfuckinhellyeaaaaaaah" moments of remembrance.

And gutted to hear that LotR is you least fave as that's the one I should be hitting next.

DivideByZero  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:42

Yeah, LEGO, Limbo and L4D would make my top list.

I feel that L's have been badly represented in this list.

DivideByZero  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:49

In fact.

Witcher 2 @ number 21 with a 10/10 review here

Skyrim @ number 2 with a 9/10 review here

Everyone I know who had played both much prefers Witcher 2. Though I can't actually comment, I have about 1 hour of Witcher 2 and have only just started playing Skyrim with the other half, we are about 10 hours in that so far.

Marviewarvie  Dec. 13, 2013 at 15:58

Actually I couldn't live with myself if I didn't mention Limbo should be in there too.

I just had one of those moments I was talking about earlier...

Late  Dec. 13, 2013 at 16:51

And gutted to hear that LotR is you least fave as that's the one I should be hitting next.

Don't worry - I didn't like the LotR books, nor the recent film adaptations, so it's probably just me!

Limbo made my list, but only at 26. Fantastic game but way too short. (Yes, game length is an issue :p - and one we've discussed a few times lately! (link & link))

I totally understand the appeal of the L4D games but don't really do much online co-op so it wasn't for me and didn't make my list. Local co-op in another matter, elevating "Splosion Man" to the number 10 spot for me. And Lego into the top ten had I not inexplicably forgotten about them. (Seriously, Late, get an MRI or something!)

r3tract  Dec. 13, 2013 at 23:00

What! What! What!

Mass Effect over Mass Effect 2?

You Have Gone Mad!!?

Number one has got to be Call of Duty Modern Warfare!

No other game has completely defined this generation!

fowler002  Dec. 14, 2013 at 01:35

Fall out 3 as number 1 for me as no other game has got me to put in as many hours into it, 100hours and I never did finish it. I have been meaning to go back to it but have kept getting 'distracted' by other games, I'm surprised it hasn't at least made the top 10 especially after I think it was johns comment in one of the recent game buzz saying it's the best RPG of the last generation(now that the next generation in ps4 and xbone is the current generation).
I'm not a big fan of the guitar hero, rock band etc games, but I guess there's no accounting for taste seeing as how popular they were/are.

Breadster  Dec. 14, 2013 at 11:34

Fez would probably be in my top 50 somewhere as well, and possibly Ninja Gaiden 2.

@r3tract definitely Mass Effect over Mass Effect 2 imo. The second is great don't get me wrong, and it definitely improved in some ways but it just didn't seem as interesting to me. The whole game was just "help people so they join your party, then go and fight the collectors". It didn't feel as epic in scale as the first one, it's partly just because it's the middle of a trilogy, it's a fairly common problem. Also it felt like less of an RPG to me which I didn't like.

Last edited by Breadster, Dec. 14, 2013 at 11:39
MassacredSav  Dec. 15, 2013 at 02:00

I'd probably put either Oblivion or Fallout 3 before Skyrim. Skyrim had a more mainstream appeal, but both Oblivion and Fallout 3 have much better realized worlds. Aside from that, most of these make sense.

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