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Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

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Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

20. Rayman Legends

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

19. LittleBigPlanet 2

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

18. Assassin's Creed 2

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

17. Dark Souls

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

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'.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

15. Fallout 3

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

14. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

12. Far Cry 3

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.

Top 50 Games of the Last Generation | 20 - 11

11. The Walking Dead

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.

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Late  Dec. 12, 2013 at 11:42

Glad we've not yet seen Portal, Bioshock, Crackdown, or Skyrim.

Opinions of this site will drop if we don't see all four tomorrow... :P

CarlPhillips  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:04


stevenjameshyde  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:09

@Late - spoiler alert - Crackdown ain't going to be there. Skyrim, Journey, Uncharted 2, Portal 1/2, the Mass Effect trilogy, Bioshock/Infinite, Limbo, Red Dead Redemption, Modern Warfare and A.N.Other would be my guess (one of the Zeldas maybe?)

stevenjameshyde  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:17

And if that is the top 10, you'll have commited the egregious sin of leaving out Shadow Complex, Braid, Stacking, Costume Quest, Left 4 Dead, Trials, etc. etc. etc.

Last edited by stevenjameshyde, Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:17
JonLester  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:21

The thing about democracy is that it doesn't work perfectly. :{

But it works. Hopefully.

Last edited by JonLester, Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:22
Breadster  Dec. 12, 2013 at 13:06

Dark Souls only at 17? *shakes head*

The Walking Dead should probably be in the top 10 as well but I'll wait to see what you've got.

Last edited by Breadster, Dec. 12, 2013 at 13:08
r3tract  Dec. 12, 2013 at 13:15

I'm really liking this episodic release of the Top 50. Definitely suspenseful. I'm really intrigued to see what number 1 turns out to be.

dklunan  Dec. 12, 2013 at 13:41

Really enjoying this series guys.

Thought Rayman Legends would've finished the highest platformer but having missed LBP2 and Mario it's tempting me to pick up a PS3 or re-buy a Wii.

Not enough time in the day :-(

gmdlogan  Dec. 12, 2013 at 14:10

I call BS! Assassins Creed 2 is top 5 at the very least!

McGreenwood  Dec. 12, 2013 at 16:01

Also really enjoying this series. Just a great reminder of how awesome last gen was, and how many games I still need to play!

Although I have to say fallout 3 would easily be my favourite game of last gen, if not ever! Likewise waiting for some Elder scrolls to appear =>

[email protected]  Dec. 12, 2013 at 19:30

IMO Demon's Souls is better than Dark Souls (better atmosphere, a better feeling of isolation).

So I expect to see Demon's Souls in the top 10 :)

r3tract  Dec. 12, 2013 at 22:18

IMO Demon's Souls is better than Dark Souls (better atmosphere, a better feeling of isolation).

So I expect to see Demon's Souls in the top 10 :)

I think they've got at least 20 games that'll definitely be in the top 10. :)

Breadster  Dec. 13, 2013 at 14:40

IMO Demon's Souls is better than Dark Souls (better atmosphere, a better feeling of isolation).

So I expect to see Demon's Souls in the top 10 :)

I agree on the better feeling of isolation. Better atmosphere is...debatable, they're both awesome. Dark Souls has some better mechanics and I like how most of the areas are all comnected.

They're both awesome games but Dark Souls just takes it for me.

MassacredSav  Dec. 15, 2013 at 02:04

Arkham Asylum, Red Dead Redemption, and Fallout 3 are masterclasses in design. Not sure I quite understand why Skyrim was placed ahead? (Watch... for a more in depth analysis for why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpddXJJLhPY)

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