Can you believe it, we’re in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we’ve yet to name? Or do you just know we’re going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming – nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
50 – Brutal Legend (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, PS3)
I wasn’t always a big fan of Jack Black. That is, until I played Brutal Legend. The goal was simple – create a game that was like old heavy metal album covers brought to life. And oh did they succeed. With the best soundtrack ever featured in a game, Brutal Legend made us all far too happy in our pants.
The bad guys? What other than glam rock heroes, or goth chicks! That’s right, Brutal Legend rips on the music industry while still providing a hilarious and fun game. Ozzy is the rock god who helps you upgrade your vehicle – need I say more? If you still haven’t played this game, shame on you – you need to.
49 – Flower (PS3, Vita)
Who would have thought that a game that’s essentially about herding flower petals in a breeze could be so compelling. A beautiful, almost poetic experience, Flower remains one of the best things on the PlayStation 3 – and it’s now on the PS4 as well.
The digital equivalent of Zen, Flower’s music, visuals, and gameplay all all come together to create a compelling, emotional experience that few other games have been able to replicate.
48 – Mirror’s Edge (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
While the fast first-person free running proved too unsettling for many gamers’ stomachs,those that could ignore the nausea loved the freshness of it; a game where you played as a strong woman, without having to fire a single gun.
It helped that the actual controls were super tight, making all that running in, around, and over things a delight. Plus, it all just felt real. Faith moved like a person, not a floating head with a camera attached to With vibrant colours and powerful musical score, and the ability flying kick people in the face, Mirror’s Edge is both brave and beautiful.
47 – Borderlands (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
Until Borderlands arrived, most modern first-person shooters had done away with the infinite pockets theme of packing more heat than a militant nation and instead decided to ape Call of Duty by allowing players a maximum of two or three firearms. Scrapping that concept entirely, Borderlands threw more guns than humanly possible at players, with the shoot ‘n loot mechanics revealing newer and better weapons all the time.
With four distinct character classes to choose from, Borderlands was already knee-deep in a combination of RPG and FPS mechanics, but it was the addition of co-op and several fantastic DLC packs that really made this game stand out in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation generation.
46 – Skylanders (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS)
Such a straight-forward idea – bringing toys to life. Skylanders sought to combine the joy of action figures and collecting with a fun and child-friendly game. In no way dumbed down for kids, Skylanders is a fun game, regardless of your age. Offering plenty of variety, as well as the opportunity to engage in OCD collecting, the Skylanders franchise is a huge success.
Whether you started playing with Spyro, or only picked up the game with Swap Force, there are tons of opportunities for unique and interesting game play. Skylanders ignited the action figure/collectible experience for a new generation while still offering a fun game.
45 – Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
The staple racing game for PlayStation had more than its fair share of criticisms. People complained about inconsistent car and course modelling, the lack of proper damage model, the recycled engine sounds and the braindead AI among many other complaints.
Despite it’s inconsistencies, GT5 still delivers in the form of a finely tuned and satisfying driving engine that people still come back for time and time again. Plus, it got LANS all worked up.
44 – Pokémon Black and White (Nintendo DS)
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl may have been the first proper foray of the pocket monster franchise onto a more powerful handheld, but it felt tired when it arrived and it packed a “been there, done that” attitude. Black and White on the other hand, brought back the thrill of exploration, expertly balacing new Pokémon species with the old guard of generations past, and with some pretty boss-looking signature monsters to boot as well.
The latest region was hiding secrets that were a mere HM away, but the addition of a proper story that asked players who they were and what they hoped to achieve, is just one of the many hallmarks of this memorable entry into the Pokédex.
43 – Diablo III (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
Diablo 3 was a long awaited sequel that finally arrived towards the end of this generation. It initially landed on the PC where it was pretty well received but the real world market place and constant online requirements ruined the game for many people.
Thankfully Blizzard decided to revoke both those features for the console release and tweaked the control scheme to suit the console generation. This resulted in possibly the best experience of Diablo available to date with the co-op dungeon exploration on consoles being pretty much the perfect co-op experience of the generation, either on the couch or across the planet.
42 – Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Very little was expected from Crackdown when it was revealed that the Halo 3 beta would be released as part of the game and that you would require the Crackdown disc to play the beta, We immediately felt this was a move to simply sell a ton of copies of a useless game to Halo fans, how wrong we were.
Crackdown is simply one of the best games ever made, from the fact that you need to evolve your powers to become the incredible super trooper to the huge sprawling maps where you can travel anywhere you like. But probably the most enduring and addictive part of the game was the hunting of orbs which you needed to level up, the sound of those pulsating orbs used to wake me up in the middle of the night, I was addicted.
And then Crackdown 2 arrived which is probably the worst sequel ever released and every copy should be rounded up and buried in the desert.
41 – Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3)
Batman: Arkham Asylum launched a franchise of games, yet this is still our favourite. Sure, it was relatively short, but it was tight and well crafted. Hanging from gargoyles you could terrorize your enemies as you took them out one by one. But you could also show off your fighting skills, flowing through the combat system. Who cares, though – you got to take on the Joker, the Riddler and the Scarecrow in magnificent fashion.
Dark, creepy and lovingly put together, Batman: Arkham Asylum was everything we wanted. Hence the dam and for more. It only takes about a weekend to finish, and is definitely worth your time and attention.[button link=”http://www.criticalhit.net/xbox-360/the-lazygamer-top-100-games-of-this-generation-31-40/”]Into the 30’s we go[/button]
Last Updated: December 19, 2013