SheAttack’s Top 10 Games From 7th Generation

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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-NatureThe 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)

fallout3“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)

final-fantasy-xiiiOver 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)

alanwakeAlan 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)

bioshock1Bioshock 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 BandBioshock 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-game-screenshot-7Journey, 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)
masseffect2Coming in at #4 is Mass Effect 2, a game of true exploration.  Mass Effect 2 awed us with compelling characters, a great soundtrack, and RPG elements such as decision making. Players were able to choose their own path by selecting what they want their character to say from a speech wheel, during different circumstances.  The story is deep, real deep, with hours upon hours of exploration in massive worlds. It is no question that Mass Effect 2 raised the bar for Sci-Fi Action RPG’s.  Mining planets was just one of the ways to pass the time, gaining resources to build a stronger ship and weapons. It was at times, tedious but it was also addictive and fun! When released, Mass Effect 2’s  graphics were and still are stunning as many fans of the Mass Effect series consider Mass Effect 2 the favorite. As we move into next gen, fans are awaiting a new Mass Effect and we are right there with them!
#3 The Walking Dead (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)

walkingdeadThe 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)

tomb-raider-2013-640x400Coming 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.

And finally……..
#1 Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

SuperMarioGalaxyWallpaper1024“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!

 

Thank you to Charnelle for helping me out with this and all of the SheAttack staff for voting.
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Erica has been fond of gaming since she was 5 years old. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, she was privileged to have experienced the NES, SNES, TurboGrafx 16, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, N64, amongst many other consoles. Do not mistake her classic upbringing for unawareness of today’s generation of gaming. She is up to date with gaming news, the gaming community, as well as the social aspects of gaming. She is fascinated with men and women and how they each view and treat gaming, and above all she keeps gaming in check for what it is meant to be: for fun. So if you want some down to earth commentary and opinions, look no further than Ericutz4thewin.
  • Mario Galaxy earned that spot.

  • This was a very ambitious project, Erica! I knew you would pull it off though! Great list!

  • Thanks! I gotta admit, this one was tough!!! But I’m glad it came out good, it was worth it.

  • Glad you think so! 🙂

  • VERY interesting list i must say the tomb raider game looks beautiful

  • Hmmm now this is an interesting list. Don’t agree with every choice, but opinions are opinions, and everyone has one. The choices seemed to be well thought out as are the explanations as to why the choices were made and that’s all that really matters!

  • So not ashamed that I haven’t played most of this list, but I did play Super Mario Galaxy. Though it wasn’t my top pick, it definitely made it into my own top 10.

  • Fallout 3 was definitely my favorite game of this generation! 🙂 It also was game of the year in 2008 I believe. I’ve put around 125 hours into it (a little under a week, geez!). Not only did it have an interesting post-apocalyptic setting, but I loved the whole introduction into effective decision making. One of my favorite things that I took away from Fallout 3 was the music. I’m now in love with 60’s music including everything from Roy Brown (Butcher Pete song on GNR Radio!) and even Billie Holiday. I wouldn’t have discovered 60’s music if it wasn’t for GNR radio on Fallout 3. 🙂

    Great list here! 😀 We had be so spoiled with many great games this generation. Also Alan Wake was amazing and I’m super stoked to see it on the list!

  • This is a great list! But I’ll raise you a Mario Galaxy 2 over the first one.

  • Hemvar

    I thought Halo 3 deserved a spot, and that Mass Effect 2 did not, and maybe Mass Effect 3 did.

  • Damn! I’d say my list would be SO much different, although there are a few awesome games on the list. Personally, I’m surprised to see FF XIII, and I myself didn’t really get the appeal of journey. I’ve played all the games on the list except Fallout 3, though, so I’ll reserve judgement on that choice 😛

  • naco

    Nice list! Missing Braid and Portal, and Bioshock should be #1.

  • Richard

    No way Mass Effect 2 is my game of the generation that would be my no.1 for sure, your the first person I know that prefers 3 over 2, most top games of the generation ive seen has ME2 in the top 5

  • Richard

    Braid and Portal 2 would make my top ten but i understand people not having it in, and I never say a certian game should be no.1 as long as its up there I dont mind

  • Halo 3 just missed the list! It was nominated 🙂

  • Agreed! I was very happy to see most of the girls nominate Alan Wake!!!

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