We continue guiding you through our Top 30 games of the generation. You can find 30 to 25 by hitting this link. Heavy hitters have come and gone and more appear in this next set. Prepare for some surprises. Find out which games placed 24 to 19 after the jump…
24. GTA IV (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Surprised? Don’t be. Without a doubt, GTA IV is one of the greatest games of this generation – it made the list, after all – but the reality is it just didn’t resonate like previous entries in the franchise. GTA IV is a fine achievement, Rockstar created an open world like no other at the time of its release, and, technically, not much has surpassed it. It’s a game with issues though – social interactions are tiresome, the missions are samey, lacking in the thrills seen in the likes of Vice City and, after completion, Liberty City feels like an empty shell. It’s unrelentingly grim too, though DLC The Ballad Of Gay Tony somewhat addresses this by injecting Liberty City which some much needed levity. A great game though and it more than deserves a place on the list.
23. Deadly Premonition (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
We’ve written about our love of Deadly Premonition at length before (here and here, in fact) but that won’t stop us writing just a little bit more. Everyone needs to try this game. While we can see why some people didn’t (and still don’t) like the game, we feel Deadly Premonition is a unique experience; an ambitious, social simulator dressed up as a Twin Peaks-esque survival horror. Deadly Premonition has one of the generations best casts and, with protagonist Francis York Morgan, one of its very greatest leads. You can pick this up dirt-cheap nowadays – do it and find out what the hype is about. Unforgettable.
22. Uncharted series (PS3)
The jewels in the PS3 crown. Developers Naughty Dog became major players with the release of Uncharted and its charismatic lead Nathan Drake, cementing their reputation with Uncharted 2 and 3. Uncharted’s popularity is easy to explain – they’re the best Indiana Jones games never made; rip-roaring adventure, death-defying setpieces, wise-cracking heroes and explosive shoot-out’s. The franchise spawned a host of imitators and admirers in equal measure and we can all hope to see more of Nathan Drake and company on the Playstation 4.
21. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
The title that kick-started the Xbox 360s life after an alarming drop in sales in 2007, Halo 3 is arguably the finest console shooter of the generation. While many may argue that Halo 4 (or even Reach) is the better game, Halo 3 gets the nod here by finally achieving what Bungie set out to do with the original – frenetic, intimate sandbox shooting on an epic scale. With extensive community and multiplayer options, Halo 3 set a bench mark that even Bungie themselves struggled to match, and one that new franchise developers 343 will have to surpass on Xbox One. Hail to the Chief!
20. Fable 2 (Xbox 360)
Fable might well be the marmite of gaming franchises; those that hate it despise it and those that love it can’t get enough of it. That explains its place at number 20 on our list; just two Low Fat Gaming writers voted for it, but rated it so highly it made it this far up. Fable 2 is the pinnacle of the series so far; the world of Albion has never been better realised – charming, quaint and inviting, with just the correct amount of danger – the series second entry fulfilled many of the promises of the original; your Hero was truly yours to create and own, and the land of Albion was waiting for you to discover fame, fortune, glory and adventure.
19. StarCraft 2 (PC)
The fastest selling RTS game of all time. Released in 2010 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, StarCraft 2 continues to entertain its fans – expansion pack Heart Of The Swarm proved just as popular and the next slice of DLC, Legacy Of The Void, is highly anticipated. What sets this long awaited sequel apart (the original StarCraft hit our shelves back in 1998)? The strong story helps. Sometimes seen as an afterthought in RTS games, StarCraft 2 tells a surprisingly bold and gripping tale, backed up with urgent and tense strategy gameplay. Multiplayer is arguably StarCraft 2’s shining light though, with developers Blizzard at the very top of their game.
– Dave Green. Follow him on Twitter @davidpgreen83