As this generation of gaming is winding down and everyone is gearing up for the new consoles, I have to say, man what a great time to play video games. I remember a time when I would beat every game I came in contact with, bad or good, and then replay those games ad nauseum. Times have changed in multiple ways for me. I have less time to play than I used to, and I have the capacity to purchase more games, but ultimately there are just more games that are made that I want to play than I will ever have time for. As my backlog stacks higher with games I own (and ones I want), I wanted to take a moment to admire my five favorite games of this gen. I know they are all Playstation games, but I didn’t play Xbox or PC much, and the Wii, well, it was the Wii.
3D Dot Game Heroes
I don’t know that there is a game I love more. I put 75+ hours into this thing, got 100% of everything… thrice, and I want to go replay it again. The humor, the items, the Gigasword. I love this game. I hope other people had as much fun with it as I did, because I just adore it. From the convoluted trading sequences to the beautiful 3D dots. I will always adore this game. It has been my PS3 wallpaper for quite some time. Plus, I played the whole game as Wolverine. It took like 3 hours to craft him dot-by-bot, so I made damn sure I enjoyed it.
This is the only PSN downloadable game to make my list. I didn’t love all of the PixelJunk games, but Monsters was the first game I downloaded after my PS3 purchase. My wife and I became crazy addicted to perfection in our quest to defend our tiki babies. It had a steep learning curve, but I had so much fun. The pacing, the style, the towers; overall a fantastic TD. After we mastered it, we tried to move on to the DLC, but we were spent. We went on to the shooter games, and got 100% on those, but to this day, my wife has never sat down and played a game with me as consistently and gotten as good as I have. Although, as a side note, she could kick anyone’s ass in Critter Crunch. She was ranked around 200 in the world in her prime.
This was the reason I bought a PS3. I loved the idea behind this game so much that I dropped $400 to get in on it. Why? The 4-player multiplayer levels combined with the super accessibility to newcomers = a great time with anyone. I have spent hours mastering the game and collecting everything, but when my mom or my 3-year old can sit down and play with me for an hour or two after all that, and we just have fun, someone did something right. While LBP2 was the same only more and better, it never received the same amount of play time from me and the fam. I don’t know why. Maybe the novelty had worn off a bit, but LBP will always be a game I remember fondly.
This was neither the best made game, or the best written story, but I was completely taken by surprise. I got this game as a gift and knew nothing about it I couldn’t derive from the cover. I expected to hate it and trade it in for my $0.50 at GameStop, but from the moment the screen exploded when I pushed Start through the end, I was hooked. I said this before, but the second it was over, I played it again. I loved the parkour, the superpowers, the environments, the open world. I had never played a game this much fun in my life. I loved the two sequels, and I can’t wait for the next gen’s Second Son. It could be a clone of inFamous, and I’d still be happy.
This game suffered from two things: it had horrendous loading times, and it was almost impossible to play online with friends. Random people, sure, but not with your buddies. Outside of that, this is the best karting game ever. If Kanye saw Mario Kart 9, he’d say, “Imma let you finish, but…” For me, as much as I like to play online, if it’s not with people I know, I don’t care. The campaign on this game was insane. Each race was perfectly paced with more difficulty, and the extra tricks, items, and baddies I had to race were so enjoyable. Some were pain-in-the-ass hard while others were the perfect challenge. It didn’t hurt that I got to race as whatever I wanted. The character crafting in this game went far beyond LBP‘s costumes, and I just feel like MNR kind of got the raw end of the deal. Especially when PS forced them to convert it into LBP racing. That game is a turd.
Well there you have it. Of the games I enjoyed most this gen, the most recent are 3+ years old. Interesting. If I were to continue the list, I’d add Batman AA and AC, Assassin’s Creed II, Portal, Uncharted II, and Borderlands. I’m interested to hear what you guys thought were the best games of this gen. So, what are they?