Super Mario Galaxy
Profex – Nintendo may not be the at the top of the charts when it comes to originality, but their creative team can milk iconic characters like no other. That may seem like a shot, but this game makes the list nevertheless. As much as I complain about a lack of titles for my Wii, the ones that were around were top notch. The transition from 2d to 3d with Super Mario 64 was incredible. The transition to Galaxy was no less impressive. It showed the power and dedication Nintendo was continuing to put behind its console (which ultimately won the console war) and showed that, even though it didn’t happen often, triple-A exclusives for Nintendo are always some of the most fun you’ll have.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Profex – Not only was MGS 4 a testament to what the PS3 can do graphically, it was the swan song for an incredible journey. The story of Solid Snake has been by far one of the most intriguing, twisted stories to grace any gaming platform and 4 was a fitting end. The trademark humor, quirky boss fights, stealth or run & gun approach were all in place but capped by an epic Metal Gear battle and monumental brawl between Solid and Liquid Snake.
Read any review of the game and you’ll notice many people mention the very lengthy cut-scenes. You’ll also notice no one says they dislike them. There’s a lot of story being wrapped in Guns of the Patriots and it is done so in a very stylish manner. Specifically anything featuring Raiden, the cut-scenes are essentially an exciting Metal Gear Movie.
Grand Theft Auto V
K1ng Eljay – Remember when I said that Rockstar Games makes quality a majority of the time? Grand Theft Auto V (or, Vee-5, as Montgomery, Alabama residents say it) proves that yet again. Although the main story is shorter than most would like, the ambitious online mode is fun and worth mobbing through with friends, even if Rockstar failed to deliver on a few of the promises (stable connections, heists, etc).
Something tells me that it wouldn’t be farfetched to see this jump to the new-generation systems within a year or so, though. Seems like most of their ideas were made for it, but I digress. The highly interactive story presented through the eyes of three different characters makes this game an experience that you should definitely try unless you’re under 16. In that case… ignore this blurb and come back in two years.
The Walking Dead
Profex – The zombie craze saw the birth of a couple amazing gaming entries. The Last of Us was one. Walking Dead is the other. My personal favorite Game of the Generation, The Walking Dead by TellTale Games was one of the best entertainment (not just gaming) works I’ve ever experienced. TellTale is a staple of the adventure genre and The Walking Dead attracted a new audience to the genre off the strength of the world’s rising interest in zombies. Naughty Dog brought an original flair to the theme, but TellTale took a tried and true license and gave players incredible amounts of control. From who dies to weather to cut your own arm off or not, no decision is black or white. Every choice echoes deeper into the game and even the seemingly smallest decision has a humongous effect on the final scenes. On top of all this, the relationship developed between Lee and Clementine will go down in gaming history.
I teared up at the end. Real talk.
Profex – Mirror’s Edge seemed like a gimmicky cash in during the time before its release, showing off exaggerated colors and fast First-Person movement. It turned out to be a game changer for First-Person titles across the board. The fluidity of the movement made other FPS games seem stiff and limiting. Since its release, you’ve seen various games employ a new, more realistic level of movement.
Beyond the unique controls, Mirror’s Edge was a great environmental puzzler much like Portal. Overlooking the set pieces in order to figure out the best path was exhilarating, especially with the vertical aspect having you leaping across skyscrapers with a bustling city far below you. I can’t wait to see the steps taken with Mirror’s Edge 2 with next gen technology.
There’s no doubt that the three heavyweights weren’t the only ones to see defining titles. PC, portable consoles, and even mobile devices saw immense leaps forward in the quality of gaming available.
- Pokemon X/Y
- Angry Birds
- Plants vs Zombies
- Left 4 Dead