My Ten Favorite Games of the Generation

After listening to the most recent Bombcast I decided to throw together my own favorite games of the generation list for funsies. I narrowed it down to ten - with ten more unordered extras at the end. Without further ado...

Number Ten - Burnout Paradise

No game has better captured the feeling of speed than Burnout Paradise. You just go so fucking fast in this game. It's got a killer soundtrack and an online mode that me and my friends sunk dozens of hours into. Easily my favorite racing game this generation.

Number Nine - Saints Row the Third

Guys - getting comedy right in games is really tough. It's saying a lot that Saints Row the Third is probably the most fun I had playing a video game in the last ten years. Just a delight from top to bottom.

Number Eight - Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

This one took me by surprise. I had never played a visual novel before 999 - and thanks to Patrick for recommending it to me, because I doubt it will be my last.

Number Seven - Rock Band 3

I really like rhythm games. This is the best one of those. Thanks Harmonix.

Number Six - Skyrim

350 hours across 3 different characters on 2 different platforms. I've messed with dozens of mods and played all of the DLC. I'm not sure if I'm done yet. This could just as easily be replaced with Oblivion or Fallout 3, but I feel that Skyrim is the most fully realized of the bunch.

Number Five - Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

This is probably the defining game of the generation for the most number of people. It's certainly the most influential. That multiplayer is so god damn addicting.

Number Four - Super Mario Galaxy

I didn't think I had it in me to enjoy a Mario game as much as Super Mario World. Everything between it and Galaxy was kind of a disappointment to me. But here we are, Nintendo did it. The level design is just so inventive and colorful. I love it.

Number Three - Portal

Such a singular experience. Six years ago I plunked down at my PC for 3 hours and played through the entirety of Portal. I knew nothing about it going in. I've never replayed it. It's one of my most memorable gaming experiences.

Number Two - Red Dead Redemption

In my eyes, Red Dead Redemption is Rockstar's crown jewel (Bully is a really close second.) A refined version of their combat system made the gameplay actually enjoyable. Marry that with one of the most captivating stories I've seen in a game, and a gut-punch of an ending - and you've got one of the best games of the last decade.

Number One - Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 is the game I wanted ever since I was a kid. I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek, and the Mass Effect series brings together the best elements of both of those franchises and centers it around the best parts of any Sci-Fi saga: the action, the characters, and the world. Mass Effect 2 has it all - stellar gunfights with giant ass set pieces, sharp dialogue provided by well realized characters, and a scope and scale other games dream of. This may not just be my game of the generation, but my favorite game ever made.

The Next Ten

  • The Walking Dead
  • Bioshock
  • Fallout 3
  • Uncharted 2
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Journey
  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Geometry Wars
  • Borderlands
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