Since we have officially moved into the new generation of gaming, or at least we will as soon as some games start coming out, I have decided to put together a list of the 8 best games of the last generation…. according to me. This is by far the hardest great 8 i have put together so far. Please tell me your favorites in the comments, I know you disagree with me.
I have made no secret how much I loved the last Tomb Raider game, hence the whole Game Of The Year thing. Coming so late in the system life style allowed for amazing graphics in addition to smooth, smart gameplay. For example, it is a third person game, but you will zoom into almost first person when aiming down the sights with your bow. Then when riding a zip line it will zoom out to show you the amazing setting the game is taking place in. This game is a great marriage of cinematics, set pieces, and action.
7. UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES
Uncharted was the Tombraider reboot before the Tombraider reboot. The main character Nathan Drake is basically Indiana Jones with guns. Uncharted 2 came out in 2009 and won several Game of the Year awards. It is another game the expertly mixes the cinematics with great gameplay and a really fun, action-packed story.
6. BORDERLANDS 2
The Borderland series is the ultimate co-op game. You and up to 3 buddies can quest, get loot, and kill big monsters in the huge beautiful world of Pandora. Borderlands 2 takes everything that was great in the first game and makes it even better.
The gameplay is a mix of first person shooter, loot game (think Diablo), and RPG with level ups and character abilities that include a few magical powers. I’m not sure if Borderlands was the first FPS with an upgrade tree but it does it the best. Then take those great gameplay mechanics, add in a bunch of humor, or at least funny fart jokes, and put it in a huge open world game with a great comic book art style and you have the number six game of last generation.
If the site was up and running at the time, Borderlands 2 would have been my Game of the Year for 2012.
Bioshock was truly ground breaking when it cam out in 2007. The game has a really fun and super creepy story. It blends guns and magic in an incredibly smooth way that makes sense in the story.
What makes Bioshock great is the atmosphere of the game. It is set in a 1940’s version of the future in an underwater dystopian city called Rapture where the greatest minds and scientist of the day went. They were able to experiment with genes allowing for the games magic. By the time the character arrives ; however, everything has gone terribly wrong.
This game made for some of the best late night game playing ever, and is a must for those who didn’t catch it right when it came out… especially Playstation 3 players who didn’t get the game until 2008.
4. RED DEAD REDEMPTION
The story of Red Dead Redemption is great, but does have a few of those Rockstar characters that can be just a bit over the top. That being said the story is long and very rewarding. With the possible exception of Telltale’s Walking Dead game Red Dead Redemption has the best video game ending ever. In addition to the stellar ending, Red Dead boasts one of the biggest open worlds of the generation. There is an achievement for riding your horse from one end of the map to the other in one day of game time.. it takes about 10-15 real life minutes.
One of the innovations in the game was the randomly generated AI interactions. While riding your horse you could stumble upon someone in need of help. Stopping to help them could be as easy as giving them a ride to a local town, or they may try to rob you. There is so much to do in this game… especially the game of the year version with all the DLC.
3. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
Skyrim, much like Red Dead, is amazing for its huge open world. Anywhere you can see you can get to, and you never know what you will find when you get there. There so many great and unusual quests that you will come across that you will always be finding something new to do. I have just shy of 150 hours spent in the world of Skyrim and there is enough game play where I could easily do another 150 hours.
Along with the amazing and beautiful world, which is the start of the game, the character customization is really good. You can create pretty much any character you want… a barbarian with a sword and shield, an assassin that specializes with the bow and maybe a poison dagger, or maybe a lizard man wizard suits you best. Of course you could always carry a axe in one hand and cast spells with the other.
In addition to the many story quests and random quests there are the different “guilds” with their own set of quest trees. You can do quests for the Wizards college, the thieves guild, the Companion’s, or the Dark Brotherhood among others, but beware… if your not careful you could end up a werewolf or a vampire. Oh yeah, and at anytime a dragon may come swooping out of the sky and burn you to a crisp.
2. FALLOUT 3
Fallout 3, made by the same great developers at Bethesda that make Skyrim, is another huge open world game with wacky quests and tons of customization. It takes place in Washington DC and the surrounding areas after a nuclear holocaust. You are born inside a vault and eventually travel out into the destroyed land now covered with bandits, mutants, and many other surprises.
One of the key features in Fallout 3 is the VATS, or Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System which allows you to basically freeze time and take a percentage shot and any bad (or good) guy you can see. This will often lead to some graphic head shots.
1. MASS EFFECT 2
The Mass Effect Trilogy is all together great, but Mass Effect 2 is definitely the pinnacle of the series. Mass Effect game is basically the spiritual successor to Knight of the Old Republic and is the Star Wars game you always wanted. In place of Jedi powers there are biotics and the aliens are different, but there are plenty of parallels.
The story starts with a big surprise, which I won’t ruin, that really changes up the series from where it left off at the end of Mass Effect 1. You are then tasked with recruiting an elite team for a suicide mission to save the universe.
Along with each recruiting mission, all characters will have an optional “loyalty” mission that will allow you to get to know more about them. All though they are optional, they are a must do as they are often the best in the game. When you get to the big suicide mission at the end, you more than likely will loose members of your squad… which will effect your Mass Effect 3 game.
It looks like the take away is that the best games need just 3 things. An amazing world to play in, preferably an open world. A mix of guns and magical powers is good. And finally a great campaign story. Take notes developers.