Before we welcome the next generation of gaming, we thought it would be a great idea to pay tribute to the great games of this generation. What better way to do so than to give you our Top 10 games from this generation! Here at SheAttack, we pitched our favorite games based on our experiences with them and then we all voted on those games. Here is the list we came up with!
#10 The Last of Us(PS3)
The Last of Us kicks off our countdown at the #10 spot! This Naughty Dog blockbuster is undeniably one of the prettiest games of this generation. Although some argue it is not the best looking game on the PS3, the graphics in The Last of Us are absolutely gorgeous! On top of that, the single player story is compelling, the characters are phenomenal, and the multiplayer is not just some “tacked on” feature; it’s competitive, unique, and holds value. The Last of Us told us a story of our world being turned upside down by the infected. In the midst of all this chaos, there was a cure. Joel had to lead that cure into the right hands, only to find out it was in the right hands all along….or was it? The ending led us to have mixed feelings, wondering within ourselves, “Did Joel make the right choice?” For a game to hit our brains that hard, and bring into play what we “would have done,” is rare these days and for that, The Last of Us deserves recognition and deserves to be in our Top 10.
#9 Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PC, and PS3)
“Open World” is an understatement when it comes to Fallout 3. I did not play this game much but the ladies of SheAttack thought this game belonged in the Top 10 and I trust them! The first time I played Fallout 3, I was overwhelmed at the exploration and just how big the world was. It was massive! Talk about a deep story too, Fallout 3 was based in a world destroyed by a nuclear apocalypse where you play a character who grew up within Vault 101 which kept survivors safe. When the characters father leaves, the whole vault went into lock down leading the main character to escape into the wasteland to look for his father. There is an enormous amount of detail in this game and even though the characters looked a bit lifeless, the voice acting was what made them real and enticing. Critics loved Fallout 3 and so do the fans, so we are pleased to have it on our Top 10 list!
#8 Final Fantasy 13 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Over the many years that the Final Fantasy series has been alive, Final Fantasy 13 was the first to come out on the PS3 and is the start to it’s own trilogy. While some play it for the characters, others for the music and graphics, it’s the overall experience that gives FInal Fantasy 13 its charm. Personally I loved this game more than other installments before it just because of the sheer beauty of it. The HD graphics and beautiful settings brought a tear to my eye, and still does to this day. Final Fantasy 13’s biggest criticism was that the game was too linear, only really opening up near the end, to which I usually counter, Final fantasy 10 was like this, and while not the most beloved by some, is still an influential game on its own (the first Final Fantasy to have voice acting). With Masashi Hamauzu in charge of the music (co-composer for Final Fantasy X and main composer for Dirge of Cerberus) Final Fantasy 13 retains its classic nature, while encorperating new sounds to fit the advanced technological world that it is set in. The characters and story can be hard to follow but contain connections and feelings that are meant to be felt again and again.
#7 Alan Wake (Xbox 360, PC)
Alan Wake is a Microsoft exclusive many want a next generation successor to. It was creepy, dark, and an adrenaline rush all in one. The entire premise to the story was nothing but genius as Alan who is an author, suffers writers block and goes on vacation with his wife which turned out to be a scheme of hers to get him writing again. She ends up disappearing which leads Alan to believe she was kidnapped and as the game progresses, he writes his story. It is very intriguing from the start and throughout the story Alan is equipped with a flashlight that he uses to shun away shadowy figures that follow him. It can be very creepy at times and this is what makes it so memorable. Alan Wake was definitely a star this generation and we hope he returns.
#6 BioShock (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
Bioshock is a First-Person Shooter that wowed and amazed players with its amazing graphics. At the time it was released, Bioshock’s graphics were top notch and they still look gorgeous today. It was named “Overall Game of the Year,” by Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, beating out Call of Duty 4, Super Mario Galaxy, Orange Box, and Rock Band. Bioshock was HUGE that year! And talk about scary! I will always remember it as creeping me out with the music and lights cutting out at certain scenes, and not to mention the creepy laughing that happens at some parts of the game. Bioshock, like many of the games on this list, has a deep story with so many things players can do as far as how they build up their weapons and kill enemies. Looking back on this generation, Bioshock is definitely a game that stands tall and deserves to be on our list!
#5 Journey (PS3)
Journey, made by thatgamecompany (famous for games like Flow and Flower), is a simplistic story of a character who quite literally goes on a journey through a world of sand. Bringing out the element of earth, compared to Flow – underwater – and Flower, – in the air – the settings remain sand but are made to appear like they are underwater or snow. The controls are simplistic as well, with only a move, call and jump button which see little progress but are effective. Journey’s biggest charm is the fact that you are able to take your Journey with other people playing the game at the same time. At the end of the game, the people’s names are revealed and will be listed even if you never saw them throughout your Journey. Whether you take on the challenges of the world alone or with another, Journey is a powerful game visually and spiritually.
#4 Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
#3 The Walking Dead (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
The Walking Dead is high on our list, coming in hot at #3! Released in 2012 by Telltale games, The Walking dead is a beautiful and emotional experience. Based on the Walking Dead comic-book series, The Walking Dead came to us in episodes to download and was later released as a full retail game. The Walking Dead is unique because players’ decisions on their actions and choice of dialogue shape the story. Ultimately players decide who gets to eat, which characters feelings they hurt or betray, and not to mention who lives, and who dies. This is what makes The Walking Dead very special. Because the fates of characters are in the players hands, The Walking Dead is an emotional roller coaster that only intensifies as the game progresses. By the end of the game, my throat was tight and I was tearing up. The Walking Dead tugs at the emotions of the player and it without a doubt left its mark on us this generation.
#2 Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
Coming in at the #2 spot is Tomb Raider. This beautiful Square Enix reboot re-introduced the famous Lara Croft and it wowed many of us at SheAttack this year. Many critics out there liked to compare Tomb Raider to the Uncharted series because of its 3rd person action-adventure style of play. There definitely was and is not anything wrong with that, with this game mimicking a style of play that is fun and exciting. In my personal experience, I beat this game in about 7 days and enjoyed every minute of it. Tomb Raider takes place in a semi-open world where you can explore to an extent, collecting items, while keeping in line with the interesting story. While the multiplayer somewhat lacked, the single player is what makes Tomb Raider a great reboot and live up to the hype! Indeed, Tomb Raider has a bright future ahead.
#1 Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
“Mama Mia!” the race for the top 10 games of this generation was close, real close. In fact, just 1 vote was the difference and is what put Super Mario Galaxy at the top! Without question, Super Mario Galaxy was a unique addition to the Super Mario series. Much like Nintendo 64’s Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy introduced us to a new innovative way to play as Mario. Released on the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy places Mario in a 3D world where he travels galaxy to galaxy, utilizing the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in cool ways by spinning and using gravity to collect stars. Super Mario Galaxy was a very refreshing take on the Mario series and captured many of the hearts at SheAttack. It truly left a great impression on us and will go down as one of the best Super Mario games of all time.
So there you have it! We hoped you enjoyed our list! Let us know which games are on yours!