The Making Of My GOTG List vol. 1 (The one where I write down too many names and still probably miss some obvious ones)

Introduction

Hi. This is the introduction section where I introduce the..humm..thing.

Anyway, hi. Hello.

My goal with this series of blog posts is to write down my thought process until I end up with a list, an ordered list if you will, let's say... with 25 entries? of video games that were, in my opinion, the best and only the very best that the last generation of video games brought us (in this case, me).

The rules are pretty simple. Rule numero uno: the video game had to come out between Nov 05 and Nov 13 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC. Rule numero dos: (is that how you write "two" in spanish? i dont remember). Rule numero tres: wait, I guess there wasn't any rule no.2, so there isn't a rule no.3 either. That means there's only one rule, huh. Silly me, over complicating it all.

But forget my ramblings and let's focus on what matters: video games. I've been thinking about them, more precisely, about the ones that came out in the last 8 years. I've been thinking about how they compare to each other and what are my thoughts on them. Some of the conclusions that I have so far, after all that thinking, are: a) video games came out in the last 8 years b) a lot of them, not just a few c) a decent number of them were good or had potential to be good.

So, after these conclusions I decided to write down the names of said games and this is what I came up with:

The Games

Condemned: Crimian Origins - Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Gears of War - Company of Heroes - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - Rainbow Six Vegas - Splinter Cell: Double Agent - Burnout Revenge - Medieval II Total War - Resistance - Galactic Civilizations II - Half-Life 2 Episode One - Viva Pinata - Dead Rising - FEAR - Prey - Hitman Blood Money - Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Neverwinter Nights 2 - Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis - Test Drive Unlimited - Call of Duty 3 - Saints Row - Uno - Tony Hawk's Project 8 - Dreamfall The Longest Journey - Rayman Raving Rabbids - Top Spin 2 - Wii Sports - The Ship - Just Cause - Dark Messiah of Might And Magic - Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - The Blackwell Legacy - Broken Sword: The Angel of Death - Super Mario Galaxy - Bioshock - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Halo 3 - Team Fortress 2 - Rock Band - Mass Effect - Half-Life 2 Episode Two - Crysis - Forza Motorsports 2 - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - World in Conflict - Portal - Rachet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Sam & Max Save the World - Supreme Commander - Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - Virtua Fighter 5 - Project Gotham Racing 4 - Skate - Unreal Tournament III - Guitar Hero III - Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars - Super Paper Mario - Peggle - Blackwell Unbound - DiRT - Warhawk - Pac-Man Championship Edition - Crackdown - Europa Universalis III - Assassin's Creed - MotorStorm - The Darkness - STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl - The Witcher - Overlord - Heavenly Sword - Virtua Tennis 3 - Eternal Sonata - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Stranglehold - Calling All Cars! - Trauma Center: New Blood - Folklore - Blue Dragon - Medal of Honor: Airborne - Call of Juarez - ArmA: Combat Operations - TimeShift - flOw - Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened - Space Giraffe - Hellgate: London - Grand Theft Auto IV - LittleBigPlanet - World of Goo - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Gears of War 2 - Fallout 3 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Rock Band 2 - Braid - Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 - Left 4 Dead - Dead Space - Fable II - Burnout Paradise - Bionic Commando Rearmed - GRID - Sins of a Solar Empire - EDGE - Valkyria Chronicles - Resistance 2 - Call of Duty: World at War - Soulcalibur IV - Pure - Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space - Spore - Battlefield: Bad Company - Boom Blox - Guitar Hero World Tour - Far Cry 2 - Prince of Persia - Devil May Cry 4 - PixelJunk Monsters - Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Saints Row 2 - Bully: Scholarship Edition - N+ - Condemned 2: Bloodshot - Castle Crashers - No More Heroes - Mega Man 9 - Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise - PixelJunk Eden - Mario Kart Wii - Tales of Vesperia - Midnight Club: Los Angeles - Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Ninja Gaiden II - de Blob - Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice - Toki Tori - Lost Odyssey - Mirror's Edge - Top Spin 3 - Age of Booty - Ratchet & Clack Future: Quest for Booty - Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe - Siren: Blood Curse - Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway - The Club - Tomb Raider: Underworld - Army of Two - Animal Crossing: City Folk - Mount & Blade - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Too Human - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Street Fighter IV - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Forza Motorsport 3 - Assassin's Creed II - Dragon Age: Origins - Killzone 2 - DiRT 2 - The Beatles: Rock Band - Demon's Souls - Guitar Hero 5 - Shadow Complex - Left 4 Dead 2 - Empire: Total War - Plants vs Zombies - New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Flower - Punch-Out!! - Boom Blox Bash Party - Resident Evil 5 - PixelJunk Shooter - BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - Red Faction: Guerrilla - The Sims 3 - DJ Hero - inFamous - Trials HD - Borderlands - Marvel vs Capcom 2 - Shatter - 'Splosion Man - Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Halo 3: ODST - Torchlight - Machinarium - Skate 2 - Need for Speed: Shift - MadWorld - Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Wii Sports Resort - Trine - Halo Wars - A Boy and His Blob - Prototype - Brutal Legend - The House of the Dead: Overkill - Tekken 6 - Fat Princess - Excitebots: Trick Racing - Bit.Trip Beat - Bit.Trip Void - Bit.Trip Core - FEAR 2 - League of Legends - Rabbids Go Home - Demigod - MX vs ATV Reflex - The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai - X-Men Origins: Wolverine - ArmA II - LEGO Rock Band - Overlord II - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - The Maw - The Saboteur - Wolfenstein - The Void - The Conduit - 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - Noby Noby Boy - Zeno Clash - Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Mass Effect 2 - Red Dead Redemption - God of War III - Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - Rock Band 3 - Halo: Reach - Super Street Fighter IV - Pac-Man Championship Edition DX - Limbo - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - Super Meat Boy - Cave Story - Game Dev Story - Bayonetta - DJ Hero 2 - Heavy Rain - Sid Meier's Civilization V - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Kirby's Epic Yarn - Call of Duty: Black Ops - Donkey Kong Country Returns - Bioshock 2 - Joe Danger - Splinter Cell: COnviction - Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - Amnesia: The Dark Descent - Just Cause 2 - Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - And Yet It Moves - Monster Hunter Tri - Gran Turismo 5 - No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle - Split/Second - Final Fantasy XIII - Darksiders - Vanquish - Fallout: New Vegas - Alan Wake - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Dance Central - ModNation Racers - Blur - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Puzzle Quest 2 - Dead Rising 2 - Bejeweled 3 - Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale - Darwinia+ - Skate 3 - Metro 2033 - STALKER: Call of Pripyat - Trauma Team - Red Steel 2 - Fable III - The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom - Yakuza 3 - VVVVVV - DeathSpank - Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - Monday Night Combat - Singularity - Bit.Trip Fate - Bit.Trip Runner - 3D Dot Game Heroes - RUSE - Dead Nation - Costume Quest - MAG - RISK: Factions - Poker Night at the Inventory - Supreme Commander 2 - Shank - Raskulls - Def Jam Rapstar - Medal of Honor - Alpha Protocol - Puzzle Agent - NIER - Deadly Premonition - Batman: Arkham City - Portal 2 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - LittleBigPlanet 2 - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Gears of War 3 - Rayman Origins - Forza Motorsport 4 - Bastion - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Total War: Shogun 2 - Dead Space 2 - Dark Souls - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - L.A. Noire - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - DiRT 3 - Frozen Synapse - Battlefield 3 - Outland - Dance Central 2 - Saints Row: The Third - Killzone 3 - Mortal Kombat - Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - Stacking - Crysis 2 - Trine 2 - Ms. 'Splosion Man - PixelJunk Shooter 2 - Child of Eden - Gemini Rue - Bulletstorm - Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - inFamous 2 - Resistance 3 - The Binding of Isaac - Terraria - Top Spin 4 - You Don't Know Jack - Bit.Trip Flux - Iron Brigade - Catherine - Orcs Must Die! - To The Moon - Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten - World of Tanks - Rage - Driver: San Francisco - Renegade Ops - Blackwell Deception - Dragon Age II - Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Yakuza 4 - Atom Zombie Smasher - TrackMania 2 Canyon - Rochard - Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Tropico 4 - The Gunstringer - El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Shadows of the Damned - From Dust - Rock of Ages - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Dead Island - Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax - WWE All Stars - FEAR 3 - Space Pirates and Zombies - Magicka - Hard Reset - Alice: Madness Returns - Dungeon Siege III - Homefront - Puzzle Agent 2 - Minecraft - Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony - Cargo! The Quest for Gravity - The Walking Dead - Mark of the Ninja - Journey - Mass Effect 3 - Xenoblade Chronicles - Trials Evolution - Dishonored - Borderlands 2 - Guild Wars 2 - XCOM Enemy Unknown - Far Cry 3 - Super Hexagon - Fez - Torchlight II - Tribes: Ascend - Thirty Flights of Loving - Diablo III - Halo 4 - Dance Central 3 - Forza Horizon - Max Payne 3 - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Spelunky - Persona 4 Arena - Assassin's Creed III - Hotline Miami - FLT: Faster Than Light - Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Darksiders II - Orcs Must Die! 2 - Hitman: Absolution - Dyad - Dust: An Elysian Tale - Sleeping Dogs - Sine Mora - Street Fighter X Tekken - Botanicula - Skullgirls - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Closure - Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Rhythm Heaven Fever - SSX - Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - Crusader Kings II - Legend of Grimrock - Prototype 2 - The Darkness II - Wizorb - Vessel - The Unfinished Swan - Natural Selection 2 - Dragon's Dogma - Double Fine Happy Action Theater - Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Awesomenauts - Starhawk - Resonance - The Last Story - Spec Ops: The Line - Thomas Was Alone - Twisted Metal - Syndicate - Binary Domain - Rock Band Blitz - Tokyo Jungle - 10000000 - Rock of Ages - Resident Evil 6 - Asura's Wrath - Papo & Yo - Primordia - Dear Esther - Wreckateer - Grand Theft Auto V - Bioshock Infinite - The Last of Us - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - The Stanley Parable - Dota 2 - Saints Row IV - The Swapper - Gone Home - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Tomb Raider - Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - Gunpoint - Guacamelee! - StarcraftII: Heart of the Swarm - DmC: Devil May Cry - Proteus - Path of Exile - Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch - Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine - Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Europa Universalits IV - Rogue Legacy - Antichamber - Metro: Last Light - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Skulls of the Shogun - Injustice: God Among Us - Papers, Please - Battlefield 4 - Call of Duty: Ghosts - Company of Heroes 2 - Volgarr the Viking - Don't Starve - Dead Space 3 - Gears of War: Judgment - State of Decay - ArmA III - Disney Infinity - Batman: Arkham Origins - Remember Me - Beyond: Two Souls

Did I say I've been meaning to write this blog for the last week and a half but somehow I've never been able to do it? I think I start to see why.

Fuck, that's a lot of video games.

Coming Up Next

OK guys, I'm sorry, but I'm exhausted already. I'm done for this one. Next blog entry I'll do some cutting down (a lot of cutting down, I hope) and try to reach a reasonable number of games that I can work with. I'll do my best and explain myself and my thought process while doing so, but c'mon, I'm pretty sure I'm going to cut down R.U.S.E. without saying a word about it. And others will be on the same ship.

I don't know yet how many blog posts I'll go through until I reach my goal (I'm assuming 4 or 5, right now). The optimal way would be to release one every day, but this blog is already far from optimal, so I'll try to not go more than 2/3 days without another entry. I hope you guys are interested on what's going on here (although I guess there's not much, unless you're into reading a huge block of video game names) and what's coming up ahead.

xoxoxo

9 Comments
9 Comments
Posted by AMyggen

That's quite the wall of text!

Posted by Winternet

@amyggen said:

That's quite the wall of text!

well, technically that's not text. it's just names. the part that is actual text is neatly organized in 3 line paragraphs :)

Edited by DevourerOfTime

Hey, I'm working on an in-depth Games of the Generation list too! I've been working on it for about a year, have a few hundred games written down so far, am trying to tackle a lengthy list of more titles, and chop it all down to 100 games. Great to see that others are taking their time with their lists too, trying to really dissect the games they play and figure out the most complete and accurate list they can make. Excited to see what you come up with!

I have a few questions about how you're going about your list. Maybe these will be tackled in more of your "Making of" series, so hopefully you'll tackle them.

First off, what kind of list will this be? Will this be a list of your "favourite" games that you played, slashing the games down that are well made but never really "clicked" with you and praising the games that, despite having some major flaws, really struck a cord with you? Is this list going to be a "best of", where you try to look at games critically and in a vacuum from their reception, popularity, and (as much as possible (as in barely possible)) from your own feelings on the game? Or are you going to kind of mix in a whole bunch of values: personal preference, general quality, importance for gaming as a whole, popularity within the medium, etc etc.

Secondly...

@winternet said:

The rules are pretty simple. Rule numero uno: the video game had to come out between Nov 05 and Nov 13 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC.

...is there a reason why you left out Playstation Portable, Nintendo DS, Browser, and iOS/Android? You are already missing out on a ton of fantastic games this generation by limiting your list to the three consoles and typical PC releases.

Thirdly, what types of games do you prefer? What do you enjoy most in games, value the most, and look at most critically? I'm sure the list should speak to this, as your list may be filled with instances of fined tuned gameplay, graphical powerhouses, story driven experiences, short and sweet packages, or long and immersive journeys. It could have a strong showing of Strategy, Fighting, or Shooters. The best thing about these lists are that they reveal what exactly the list maker values in video games and I'd love to hear what your preferences are.

Great list so far. You hit almost all the notable games from this generation with your list (beyond games from the platforms listed above). Can't tell if they are list of games you want to tackle or a list of games you have played. If you're going off your own experience, that's a pretty impressive list and I can't really judge you for what you have and have not played. If this is a list of all the games you want to tackle, might I suggest adding Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Little King's Story, ilomilo, and King of Fighters XIII. All of them are excellent games that tend to get slept on when these lists are formed.

Anyway, that's enough out of me. Enjoy the list making process and good luck!

Edited by Winternet

@devoureroftime: oh god i wrote so much stuff and then for some weird reason when I posted it it all went to shit.

Sorry, but now it will have to be the quick version.

1) this will be a list of games that are meaningful to me (there won't be games that don't have that meaning, not matter how good I know Red Dead Redemption is) and despite it being my favorites games, it won't be the solo factor of decision, as my critical analysis will also play a role (Alpha Protocol, I love you, but you won't make it)

2) I don't like the rule either, but I felt it was a necessity to avoid thinking about too much about what is or what isn't "last generation". The term generation are really only used for home consoles, anyways. Don't worry, the games that don't fall on rule no.1 will have a reward later on :)

3) I prefer the good games. Lame answer, I know. But, as long as what the game is doing appeals to me, whatever that may be (good story/gameplay/visuals/etc.), I'll be interested by it and will play it/keep playing it.

Regarding the list, it's a list of games that I deemed worthy of being part of the discussion, even if it's only to get a mention. It's most definitely not a list of games I've played, I'm not a crazy person.

Thanks for the suggestions, I may add King of Fighters XIII, even if it's just to say how it isn't KoF '98 and how KoF '98 is one of the greatest fighting games of all time :)

I hope I get to see your list too.

xoxoxo

Posted by benspyda

All I see is blonde, brunette, redhead.

Edited by Pezen

Rule number one; How do I know you're not a cop?

Looking forward to seeing that wall be torn down into a coherent list!

Edited by Tireyo

This is really a head spinner of a list.

Edited by Dalai

I saw 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in there so that's all you really need, right?

Posted by Winternet

@dalai said:

I saw 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in there so that's all you really need, right?

Pretty much, but I want to show how I eventually got to that conclusion.