Welcome to Lazygamer’s top 100 games of this generation. This isn’t a list based purely on scores, but rather a look at the 100 games and franchises that shocked and amazed us. This may have been the greatest generation of gaming ever produced, with the real winner being anyone who played at least one of these games.
100 – Resident Evil 5 (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
A new generation called for a new kind of Resident Evil, with Capcom releasing a game that was less of a horror and more of a thriller. Despite those criticisms though, Resident Evil 5 still retained enough magic from the previous games to be a solid affair that was a ton of fun when an extra player was roped in to battle the hordes.
That added co-op helped establish the more explosive nature of this sequel, which wrapped up several dangling plot threads and finally put an end to the machinations of one Albert Wesker who had been terrorising the heroes of these games since the beginning of the franchise.
99 – Prototype (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
With sandbox games really finding their groove on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Activision released Prototype in a year that was crawling with such genre contenders. Prototype was essentially a zombie apocalypse sandbox, but one where the player had far more freedom than usual.
Able to play the game in stealth or in all-out action mode, there was a ton of variety on offer, as well as extras that were worth pursuing and experiecing.Bloody, violent and over the top, the game never went viral but it certainly did leave a lasting impression.
98 – Street Fighter X Tekken (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
The collaboration that many thought was impossible felt made a mark in 2012, balancing the rosters of Tekken and Street Fighter and seeing which franchise really was the best. Translating the 3D fighting mechanics of Tekken into the template created by Street Fighter 4 and beyond, the game was superbly balanced.
Tight, efficient and technical to a fault, Street Fighter X Tekken remains one of the preferred arenas for fighting game fans all over the world.
97 – GTA IV (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
One of the the big games that helped establish the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, GTA IV was the next big chapter in the infamous franchise, as Niko Bellic learned the hard way that the American dream wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be.
Far more sombre and mature than previous GTA games, Rockstar created a technical masterpiece that was also augmented with two packs of DLC that delved further into the seedy underbelly of Liberty City.
96 – The Darkness (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
It may have been bloodier than an abattoir, but The Darkness managed to transcend being a mere product of the 2000s, thanks to some fantastic scripting and a love story on par with any Hollywood romance.
Equal parts violent and touching, some ingenious gameplay kept The Darkness rolling through a gripping story that pushed the envelope on what an FPS could actually achieve.
In a genre filled with cover shooters, THQ bucked the trend and instead released a game that didn’t only encourage players to get dirty, but rewarded them for it in a title that took full advantage of the sci-fi setting of the Warhammer 40K universe.
The Warhammer 40K universe had been the domain of the strategy genre before this space marine landed, but the results were faithful to say the least. Uncompromising and extremely faithful to its source material, it’s a cult hit that’ll never see any further sequels thanks to the demise of THQ.
94 – Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
With Street Fighter 4 resurrecting the fighting game genre, Capcom decided to revive an old favourite, creating a direct sequel that was filled with nostalgia, new ideas and some magnificently tuned fighting mechanics.
Absurdly bright, ridiculous and crammed with characters, Marvel vs Capcom 3 has become a staple on the fighting game tournament circle. It’s the kind of game that favours every kind of fighting style imaginable, and even if you aren’t great at it, you’ll still look good when you pull off some of those insane attacks.
93 – Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360)
Consoles had been emphasising that playing with friends was the way of the future, but Left 4 Dead 2 was the game that proved that such ambitions were more than possible. Fun, challenging and filled with extras, grabbing a cricket bat and slugging it out with the undead is still worth it today in this immortal title.
Left 4 Dead 2 may have been more of the same, but all that content was just better in the long run. More missions, more enemies and more weapons combined to form one of the finest fames that Valve has ever released.
92 – Driver: San Francisco (PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
Despite having a premise that sounded positively ludicrous, Driver: San Francisco managed to pull the car possession angle off with some great driving, exciting chases and solid visuals.
With a surprise around every corner, an expanded world and some fantastic online modes with which to tinker around in, Driver San Francisco gave the veteran franchise the send-off that it deserved.
91 – Ghostbusters: The video game (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Movie games may have moved onto mobile devices now, but that may be because the Ghostbusters video game set the bar so damn high when it was released. Using authentic likenesses, visuals and voice acting from the original cast, this game clearly wasn’t afraid of no ghost.
Armed with a trusty proton pack and various other movie-related paraphenilia, the game was as faithful as could be to the film source material, while blazing its own path and crossing several streams of awesome.[button link=”http://www.criticalhit.net/xbox-360/the-lazygamer-top-100-games-of-this-generation-90-81/”]Onto the next 10 great games[/button]