My Game of the Generation

So I'd figure I'd go ahead and make this. I went on Wikipedia and started culling together an overall list of games I thought were more than average or just "good" once I had my entire list of games spanning from 2005-2013 that fit this (around 34 or so) I started knocking the list down. At first, it was easy things like DJ Hero 2 while huge favorites of mine were easy early cuts. The further I got In I realized how hard this was going to be. Some sacrifices had to be made. (Sorry Hotline Miami)

This is the final list I've managed to assemble together. As you can see I have a pretty high affinity for Character Action games and RPG's which is essentially my entire list outside of the two Bioshock games that make appearances and GTA V which is the only open world game on the list. Without further ado.....

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  • I think the rest of the list was the hardest part of this honestly. This was pretty much a lock. Its not only my game of this generation its my 2nd favorite game of all time. Something about the combat system and the world Bioware built really drew me in. The seven unique origins you can play significantly change up how you view the world and leaves you plenty of reasons to play with different builds.

  • Despite having one of the craziest plot twists this generation spoiled for me and the last 3rd of the game being fairly lack-luster Bioshock is an important game. The several times I've played through It i still find new ways to approach rooms of baddies.

  • When were talking about games that are overall influence to me Metal Gear Solid is the game I bring up. I'm so emotionally invested in this dumb convoluted plot that the culmination of all my patience over the years paid off in spades with just about every loose end being tied up.

  • I just really connected with the characters in this one. I dunno aspects of this game reminded me of Final Fantasy VIII and X and I was just generally insanely hyped to finally see Final Fantasy in HD. I know it wasn't everyone's cup of tea but I enjoyed the whole thing.

  • Bioshock Infinite has the distinct pleasure of being one of the handful of games where I consistently thought about the ending of the game for days after I finished playing. I can't even describe how much I enjoyed spending time with Booker and Elizabeth. I apparently unlike a ton of other people thought the combat was pretty good despite your options being a bit more limited than the original.

  • The thing that I enjoy the most in Dark Souls is playing it fresh. That first time you wander into dark areas not knowing who is around the corner. Those virgin expeditions into the labyrinths laid out by From Soft is what makes this game so damn fun. You never know if death is waiting for you around the corner. Being in an age where everything is streamlined Dark Souls choosing to make the player get better is a really welcome addition.

  • I can hear the boos now. Yeah, this is my favorite character action game of the generation and my overall 7th favorite. Yes, the combat is more accessible and easier but at the same time there is a good bit of depth under the surface. I plugged 100 hours into this thing. How'd I do that in a single player game of such limited scope? Replay the levels to goddamn death. I got good at it. Really good. My highest score I managed to post was #17 on the leader board (photo proof is in my images section somewhere) and It was amazing fun.

  • I was entirely blown away by GTA V. I gave into the hype machine because well...I was sort of bored and wanted a new thing to play at the time. What I didn't expect is how much I would end up liking the game. Rockstar's best title to date they absolutely nail everything they set out to accomplish.

  • I have not spent more time with a single other game this generation this most likely this. I've played both the vanilla and Dark Arisen versions and between playing both I've beaten the game about 5 to 6 times and have logged more or less 400 hours into this game. The hilarious part of this is I almost skipped this game if I wasn't for my friend insisting that I try the demo. Glad I did.

  • A flawlessly made spiritual successor to the DMC brand of combat by the original creator. This game defines crazy. The combat is solid the soundtrack and characters are memorable I don't think you could ask for more.

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ImmortalSaiyan

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Glad to see Bayonetta on this list. I do not think DmC is the better game, but nice to see variety. FF13 is a rad game, nice that your list shows that to the world. It would be more along the lines of a top 25 game for me though.

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Not to be snide (I'm going to be snide) but seeing DmC and depth in the same sentence gave me a laugh.

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@immortalsaiyan: As crazy and amazing as Bayonetta was just something about the vibe of DmC really got me amped up. While I adore Bayonetta I think DmC did a better job at least in my mind of making me feel like an absolute bad-ass when I was hitting my stride in combat.

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@irishalwaystaken: You obviously haven't seen some of the more advanced combo videos people have put out there. Streamlining doesn't always mean lack of depth. There is plenty to be found if you use the tools your given in the right ways.

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@immortalsaiyan: As crazy and amazing as Bayonetta was just something about the vibe of DmC really got me amped up. While I adore Bayonetta I think DmC did a better job at least in my mind of making me feel like an absolute bad-ass when I was hitting my stride in combat.

I can get behind that. I do like the vibe DmC was striving for but feel it missed the mark of executing in a seemless way with the rest of the elements. This is actually where I feel Bayonetta strives as I think it nailed it's tone. Even if I did not feel that way about DmC I just like what Bayonetta is going for more, even if the plot makes no sense, at least it is having fun with it. I had issues with the gameplay in DmC too. Namely how I feel the light/dark mechanic limits combo expression, that being a main draw of these specific character action games. Something like NG is not like that to me. Even with my issues with the game it was well made and OMG that club level is exceptional.

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@immortalsaiyan: See, I liked the elemental stuff. I thought especially on higher difficulties you started to have to be really aware of what you were doing to keep a consistent SSS rank during fights. Figuring out how to manage those fights effectively especially with the bigger more aggressive enemies was a ton of fun to me.

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I'm more of a God of War guy myself but all this praise you have given for DmC makes me very interested. I remember trying the demo and thinking "meh."