Welcome back to our countdown of the best games of last generation! Today we have a list that includes one of the finest titles to ever grace the Wii, car crash brilliance, the return of a glorious strategy franchise, and An Amazing RPG From The Best Games Company Ever.
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What we said: Fans of both loot grinders and hectic shooters will be in seventh heaven with Borderlands and will be able to enjoy the experience solo and with other players. However, most others will need to seek out company in order to fully enjoy what it brings to the table. Either way, Borderlands is a capable FPS with simple and accessible MMO elements that will still be relevant many months down the line.
What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs ever made. In fact, it's probably one of the best roleplaying games of this generation - regardless of platform. Monolith Soft has made the genre relevant again, delivering depth and nuance without compromising fun or thrills. If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to play Xenoblade Chronicles. It's that simple.
What we said: Bastion is a triumph of non-traditional storytelling and brutal, pixel-perfect combat. It's the perfect start to the Summer Of Arcade... and for what promises to be an exceptional career for Supergiant Games.
What we said: The single player racing is disappointing thanks to it being overly-complicated until you know the streets off by heart. Whoever thought Burnout and map-reading needed to be merged needs a good beating. The online challenges are great though and are much more fun than the racing; you’ll spend weeks trying to beat them all.
What we said: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. Fans will fall in love with the series all over again, while the classic turn-based formula has been blown wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. You'll have the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but make the right decision from the start by buying this outstanding return to form.t decision from the start by buying this outstanding return to form.
What we said: Overall this is a massively important title that should be applauded for not only being brave enough to try something new, but totally nailing it in the process. The first-person platforming and climbing makes for a thrilling game thanks to the tight controls and well-designed levels.
What we said: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a triumph of open-ended gameplay, impeccable level design and the realisation of a believable, authentic universe. Its scant flaws are thrown into sharp relief by the exceptional quality of the overall experience, and Human Revolution is as good as we could possibly want from a prequel to an epic series. We have no doubt that its successor has the potential to be the best game of all time.
Oh, wait. It already is.
23. Street Fighter IV
What we said: Street Fighter IV has everything which made you love the old games; great characters, really intense competitive gameplay and a shed load of special moves. But Capcom have also brought just the right balance of innovation to spice things up without completely redefining the old format we all know and love so well.
What we said: Dishonored is, quite frankly, Bethesda's watercooler game of 2012 - the game that all should be talking about come the year's end, with no two narrative anecdotes the same. It does better than simply revive the stealth genre, it makes us wonder why the hell it went away in the first place. Arkane have delivered a blank canvas in Corvo Attano, with a commendably mature approach to player freedom that asks much of you, and delivers ultimate gameplay satisfaction in return. Nothing short of astonishing.
What we said: A contender for Game of the Year, and certainly one of the best RPGs ever made, even if there are a few flaws with the difficulty (bosses) and other little things. Generally wonderful, though.
It's fair to say that the CD Projekt Award For Being Awesome goes to CD Projekt. Again.