Our countdown of the best games of last generation reaches the top twenty, and what an assortment of quality we have for you today. Rayman racks up his second (and truly deserved) appearance, as does a certain Italian murderer; we see the Wii's best offerings standing strong amongst super company; and a nine-year old girl steals our collective hearts.
What we said: It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning.
What we said: There's never been anything quite like this before, including the first game. LBP2 is so much more now that gamers aren't limited to the platforming genre. The single player game is just a warm up that hopes to inspire you to create something amazing of your own. The user-generated game creations are where the real gold is to be found. It's not Media Molecule's game anymore, it's ours.
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.
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.
16. Super Mario Galaxy
What we said: Some vomit-inducing camera work aside, this is quite simply a sublime game. Everything, from the seamless integration of the Wiimote and Nunchuk, to Nintendo's trademark tongue-in-cheek humour, to the personality-stuffed design, animations and character models simply glows with development pride. Galaxy is all the more striking because it poses a direct challenge to all would-be Wii developers and says 'This is how it's done'.
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.
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.
13. Wii Sports
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.
What we said: Far Cry 3 is the king of the jungle, and one of the very best shooters of 2012. Of this generation, in fact. The Rook Islands are an enormous canvas for player-driven adventure, brutal stealth, satisfying gunplay and a gripping storyline. Fantastic core mechanics will turn you into a jungle legend: a predator, murderer and saviour without equal.
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? Not asking Santa Claus for Far Cry 3.
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.
The top ten goes live tomorrow and you can find all of the previous entries in the list by clicking here. There was only one game that appeared on absolutely everybody's list, but what is it? How do you reckon the final piece will shape up? Who do you think we've got at the top spot? Who'd be gracing your top ten? Let us know in the comments box below.