Top 25 Games of This Generation

Top 25 Games of This Generation
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As everyone gears up for the next generation of gaming, all eyes seem to be focused on the future. Everyone in the gaming community seems to be talking about which platform they are going to buy, which new system will out-perform which, and how the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 will rise or fall. Before we so eagerly look to the future of gaming, we should make sure we have covered all the major bases. Since the new consoles will not offer a form of backwards compatibility at launch, there are some must play games and amazing experiences that are to be had with this generation of games.

With that being said, the GamR Mag team has worked tirelessly to bring you 25 of the ‘must play’ titles from this generation. These titles range from Triple-A blockbusters to unconventional indie gems. These are the games that defined this generation of gaming, and helped mold the future of video games to come. Each one of these titles is special in some way and helped blur the lines between what gaming can achieve. There is no discernible order to this list. This is a list of the top 25 games that we here at GamR Mag feel best define and celebrate this generation of video games.

Portal 2 (2011)portal-2-logo

Portal 2 is a solid title that was built off the success of its predecessor, Portal, a small game released within Valve’s extremely popular and fiscally savvy The Orange Box. With the success of the distribution of Portal, Portal 2 became a full-fledged, stand alone, retail release. And come on, who doesn’t love cake, regardless of the validity of its existence?

The Orange Box (2007)ob_logo

This was the mother of all deals for game enthusiasts everywhere. In one game, you could own Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal. Each of these games stands alone as a solid title in their own right, but combining them together in one retail package is amazing. The Orange Box is a must own collective of stellar Valve games.

Heavy Rain (2010)heavy_rain_image

Quantic Dream did an amazing job blurring the lines between gameplay and narrative with Heavy Rain. The story is intense and engaging, while the gameplay is unique in comparison to most video games. Many people have described Heavy Rain as ‘playable movie’ rather than a video game, but whatever it is, it is pretty damn good.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)oblivion logo

Oblivion really helped give this generation the push start it needed to separate itself from the previous gen. It showed just how great a game could look while also showcasing how expansive it could be. Although it was a bit buggy, and it did have the worst DLC micro-transaction of all time (horse armor anyone?), Oblivion is still one of the top games from this generation.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)MGS4_black

It was delayed many times. It fell victim of a specific loading time controversy. It launched on an expensive system that had yet to establish itself in the marketplace. There are many negatives that surrounded the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, but ask anyone that played it, MGS 4 was breathtaking. This wonderfully crafted masterpiece did an amazing job of building off the original story and tugging on the heart strings of nostalgic players.

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A love of writing and a passion for games led Ryan to found GamR Mag, the site you are on right now. He enjoys nearly every genre of gaming on every platform. Some of the most influential games in his life are Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda.

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  1. Axe99
    August 5, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Witcher 2, Dishonored and XCOM all worthy of a mention. Not to mention the generation hasn’t actually finished yet, with another XCOM, Beyond: Two Souls and a few others due out. Not a bad list though, plenty of top games. Some haven’t aged as well as others (played Halo 3 earlier this year – it was clearly a great game for 2007, but it was a bit long in the tooth for design at that time, and is positively ancient now).

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  2. Bustin8
    November 16, 2013, 11:45 pm

    I never owned a PS3, but I regret it after not having played Heavy Rain and Last of Us, especially Heavy Rain. Damn you Microsoft for turning it down!

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