Archive for October, 2013

Gems of this generation: part 3

October 11, 2013

GemsHugeFixedHere’s the final part of a three-part article detailing, in no particular order, my favorite games of the PS3/360/Wii console generation. For part one, click here; for part two, click here.

Writing this list was incredibly difficult. Really, it was. There were too many games to choose from, and in some cases the cutoff was extremely close. I thought about reducing the list to ten a couple of times, and I thought about switching out some games for others.

But here we are, the final five. Keep in mind that these aren’t the top five best games of the list, but a sampling I thought would make for a compelling closer. This entire three-part article consists of favorites, games I’ve played a whole hell of a lot and keep coming back to. All fifteen are incredible.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to post a comment and tell me what you think, or recommend a few games I should play. Because there really are too many for any sane person to parse through, and I rely on recommendations as much as anybody else.

No more waffling. Here are my final five gems of this generation. Enjoy.

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Gems of this generation: part 2

October 10, 2013

GemsHugeFixedHere’s the second part of a three-part article detailing, in no particular order, my favorite games of the 360/PS3/Wii console generation. For part one, click here, for part three, click here.

There’s nothing worse than a definitive list, one in which every entry is prescribed in advance, where the audience can yawn out each selection before they scroll downward. I feel that way about a lot of aggregate “best of” lists, whether they’re taken from Metacritic or individual review sites. Some of the soul gets squeezed out, and all that’s left is a too-obvious, pseudo-objective tallying of all-time greats.

The candidates from this generation are clear to anybody who plays games regularly. Grand Theft Auto, The Last of Us, Halo, Skyrim, Uncharted, Bioshock, Call of Duty, Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, and Fallout, with maybe some surprise appearances from Dark Souls, Journey, or Xcom.

All solid games, by critical and popular consent. But they make for tame lists, because you know what you’re getting going in. I don’t say this to elevate myself above that – my list has a number of very obvious picks – but I do think that the individual experience is much more interesting.

I’d much rather read what one player thinks are the best experiences, and their reasons why, even if they list many of the same games. You develop more of a feel for the games and the person playing them. You get an idea where that player is coming from, and to what extent their perspective is valuable to your own experience.

I hope you’re enjoying this list, whether or not you agree with my picks. Hopefully there’s something here that you like, or something great you’ve never played before. But mostly, I hope it’s just fun to read through, and not entirely terrible or predictable.

And now, onto part 2.

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Gems of this generation: part 1

October 9, 2013

GemsHugeFixedThis is the first part of a three-part article detailing, in no particular order, my favorite games of the 360/PS3/Wii console generation. For part two, click here; for part three, click here.

With one next-gen console out and two on their way, players wait breathlessly for a revolution. Who will win the coming war: The PS4, riding popular support and increased graphics capability? The Xbox One, wooing the masses with all-in-one media integration? Or the Wii U, promising new play experiences in fan-favorite franchises?

The answer is who cares. New consoles take time to get going. That shiny newness wears off, leaving players with a lack of games to play.

But take heart! Those black and white boxes you’re stuffing into brown boxes – they have games. Good games. Great games. Exciting, wonderful, spectacular games.

I’d like to celebrate fifteen of my favorite games that came out over the last eight years, games that elevated this generation above shoehorned waggle, red rings, and network hacks. I hope you share some of your favorites with me as well. Or, you know, make an angry post about my glaring omission of your favorite game. That’s cool too.

These are all fantastic games, so be aware that I’m posting them in no particular order. Here’s part one, featuring the first batch of five games. Stay tuned for parts two and three!

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