From Part 1: [Beginning in 2005 with the launch of the Xbox 360 and continuing with the launch of the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii in 2006, the previous generation of the consoles was fraught with some of the most stellar titles of all time. With the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and the WiiU being somewhere in between), this generation is winding down to a close.
What a ride this has been. We saw the rise of indie game development and more prominent digital distribution of video games. Wireless controllers have become the standard, as well as entertainment features that became a standard for all gaming devices (Netflix, Youtube, etc). However, the real reflection needs to be on the games, as the quality has peaked yet again.
Disclaimer: I have not played everything, nothing on PC. As I will try to be objective, ultimately, this list will of course be comprised of my opinion. Because of the amount of games that this generation has had, I'm guaranteed to miss a couple of your favorites. That's what the comment section is for. Onward! Oh, and there may be some spoilers…]
7) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, 2009
I grew up watching Indiana Jones movies every weekend (there are only two as far as I’m concerned, Raiders and Last Crusade). Who wouldn’t want to be this guy? He gets to travel the world, have all kinds of adventures in various exotic locales, and discover ancient treasures that would set anyone up for life financially after one sale! I needed a videogame to help me enter into that persona. There was Tomb Raider, but those games controlled horrendously. Plus, Lara Croft is a girl, I couldn’t identify with her.
In 2007, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune came along. It was a standard game, but didn’t wow me. When I played Uncharted 2, two years later, it gave me the Indiana Jones feeling I needed. Games these days try too hard to feel like blockbuster films at the expense of gameplay. Uncharted 2’s genius is in the fact that it PERFECTLY blends cinematic and gameplay. From beginning to end, the player is invested in the brilliant characters, and hooked on the dynamic gameplay. The scope of the game is incredible, as evident in its firefights and settings, not to mention its STELLAR graphics. This game simply needs to be played and, like any great film, can be enjoyed again and again.
6) Far Cry 3, 2012
Forget about every other shooting game that came out this generation. They must all bow before Far Cry 3. People will argue the BioShock games because of their stories. However, BioShock 1’s story was told mostly through audio logs and didn’t have a single character to relate to. BioShock: Infinite’s story was a quantum physics mess of a narrative, though I understood it. Both had pretty cool twists though. Far Cry 3 had a pretty generic story but the characters at least felt real and the protagonist, Jason Brody’s motivation was authentic and clear. The villain in Vaas Montenegro is also surprisingly compelling.
Others would argue Borderlands for its world’s openness, skill progression, and cooperative multiplayer. The world of Far Cry 3 may not have been bigger than Borderlands, but it was fuller. There was wildlife to hunt, towns, poker huts, swimming, etc. And as for skill progression, nothing was more addictive than Far Cry 3’s. It forced you to hunt and explore to craft your own upgrades, and also do specific quests to earn more abilities. Objectively speaking, co-op is better in Borderlands, but another game on the list takes the cake in that department.
Far Cry 3 is the shooter of the generation because of its fun factor. It does so much more with the genre than give you a waypoint and create a shooting gallery for you to go through as you get to set waypoint. Every encounter gives you an option to approach it: blast in like Rambo or dispatch dudes quietly like the Predator. For too many reasons to name, Far Cry 3 is such a complete and satisfying experience.
Check out Part 4, counting down 5 and 4 of the top 10!