So I kinda jumped the gun when it came to what I thought the top ten games of this generation would be when I did a list just like this 6 months ago. Has my mind changed at all since I did that list? Dear gosh yes, who knew the last half of the year would see so many great games come out, many of which could easily qualify to be the best game of this generation. So at a second glance, I present to you my definitive top ten games of this generation.
10. Red dead Redemption
As you will have noticed by now, this list has changed dramatically. Red Dead Redemption originally had the number 2 spot and now it’s at number 10. That’s a big drop for such a brilliant game, why the big drop you say? Why not, I changed my mind, deal with it, also, I couldn’t predict the amount of amazing titles that would come out the last half of the year. But in spite of those, RDR still makes this list. Never before has a virtual world felt so alive and teaming with atmosphere as it did in RDR. This game is a masterpiece and by far the best western game ever made. As well made as it is however, it is not my favourite game. That honour goes to another title and 8 more before it.
9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Who could ignore the impact that Mr Kojima had on this console generation with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. It launched as one of the most ambitious and visually impressive games to ever grace a console, and it was more than just a pretty face. Sure its cut scenes were around 14 hours long, but Snake looked better than ever sporting a stache, and MGS4 moved a lot of PS3 systems off the shelves, as it should have.
8. God of War 3
Kratos is a cash cow for Sony so they knew his first outing on the PS3 had to be impressive. And they certainly didn’t hold back in terms of scale and brutality, with plenty of titan battles and eye gorging included. Moreover, it saw the epic ending to the trilogy that had been building up for almost a decade, and it was a worthy send off to everyone’s favorite God of War. Let’s just hope the PS4 gets the God of War treatment as well, fingers crossed.
Usually when a game says something on its cover like “the closest to war you will ever get”, it’s not really the case and is, instead, just some cheesy marketing line. However, on Rocksmith’s box it says you will learn to play a real guitar, and that’s exactly what happened once you connected up your guitar and popped that disc in. It has very clever mini-games to help you learn chords and a host of great tracks to master as you blister your finger tips up. Rocksmith is more than just a game, it’s a music teacher living inside your console that you don’t have to feed or pay. Having spent over a year with the game, I can promise you it certainly deserves a spot on this list.
6. Gears of War
Whenever a game comes out and re-defines a game mechanic so well that every game since its release copies it, you know it’s special. Gears of War had the perfect cover system, but it also became one of Microsoft’s most profitable IP’s and boasted the prettiest visuals at the time for the Xbox 360. Also, you had a chainsaw on the tip of your gun and could curb stomp bad guys, when is that not cool?
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 was the first big FPS on the current-gen systems when they first launched. Who knew that all these years later it will still be hailed as the best Call of Duty in the series? It revolutionized online multiplayer for FPS games and its formula was cloned a hundred times over. It still has the most memorable levels like the Ghillie suit mission, and at the time, its visuals made your eyes feel like warm custard was being poured all over them.
4. Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
I recently re-played Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception and it wasn’t long before I realized it was a better game for me than Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (let my beating be gentle, but its true). Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception is a brilliant game that has set pieces that rival anything you have seen in movies let alone games. I felt the close combat system was a major improvement over Uncharted 2, and levels like the cruise liner and the cargo plane will be forever etched in my gaming memories.
I will never forget the intro to Bioshock, especially that moment you first surface from the plane crash and the fire is glinting off the water surface, for me that very moment ushered in the next generation in story telling for an FPS. The amount of atmosphere that dripped from Rapture’s very pores was staggering, and it was full of fresh ideas like the plasmid system. And no other game did the look and feel of water quiet as well as Bioshock. Now would you kindly play it if you haven’t already.
2. The Last of Us
You don’t have to take my word for it, you already know how good this game is just by looking at the other top ten lists before this one. This game is worthy of every ounce of praise it got, it simply was just that good. The way Joel and Ellie interacted with each and the amount of detail Naughty Dog pumped into the locations and its characters was just masterful. It was also one of the scariest games I have ever played and is now why I sleep with a shiv under my pillow.
1. GTA V
GTA V destroyed not only sales records but the minds of gamers when they booted it up for the first time. My first thoughts were, how is this possible? Such a big detailed world that it could almost be passed off as a next-gen title. The fact that it runs silky smooth on 8 year old hardware is actually a little scary and I almost feel like Mulder and Scully should be called in to investigate Rockstar’s development team.
I felt like GTA V was this generation’s concord moment, I loved the three very odd lead character’s and how the game let me switch between them, and there was so much to do if you felt like taking a break from the story. I have logged more hours online with my crew than most of my games and I am not slowing down anytime soon. It it one of the most realistic game worlds I have ever experienced, and I cant think of another game this generation that has drawn me in quiet like GTA V, well done Rockstar…well done. One of your games moved down my list and another takes its place, props to you.