I decided it was time I share my thoughts and knowledge on what I think are some of the greatest games ever to be put to our screens, with this I hope to explain why I think these games deserve to not only be on this list, but also deserve your time to visit them so you too can share in some of the greatest games ever made.
Obviously not all these games are available for modern consoles, but thanks to plentiful remakes, re-releases, digital editions on Xbox, PlayStation 3, PC and many other devices, emulators or even just a few bargains on eBay, it's not hard to get stuck into the kind of games we gamers really deserve to play.
In the last few articles I talked about some of the greatest racing, roleplaying, action, platformers and more, but this week it’s all about gun, action and general epicness, so let’s get started and take a look at what we have this week.
God of War Series
When the original God of War launched on the PlayStation 2, I’m not sure the gaming world was ready for such an epic romp. It shattered what we had previously seen in terms of graphics, scale, story, brutality and awesomeness.
The whole trilogy (not counting the two PSP spin-offs) is one of the finest examples of a AAA gaming title and even though the majority of the game focuses on new ways to rip arms off bad guys, its strong focus on mythology and the struggle for power between gods is on an unrivalled scale. Combine this with its often cryptic puzzles, amazing sound track and stunningly realised characters and you’ve got everything a gamer could desire all bundled into one.
Where can I play it? PlayStation 2, PSP, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network
Halo 4 launched recently for the Xbox 360, starting a new generation of adventures for the much loved Master Chief and the Halo universe, but Halo has been with us for quite some time now with a story that reaches over multiple games in the series. Halo 1, 2, 3, 4, ODST, Reach and even Halo Wars, make up one of gaming’s most consistent and entertaining series.
The original Halo showed just how well an FPS title can be carried out on Consoles, sure the first two games in the series saw a PC release, but Halos real home was the Xbox and now Xbox 360 where they have become “the” flagship Xbox experience time and time again, a tradition that will no doubt continue now that Bungie has passed the torch to developers 343i.
Quake III Arena
The Quake franchise has always had a spot on my top games list ever since the original title in the series, although personally I don’t much care for any of the Quake games after Q3A, because quite simply you can’t improve on perfection.
It’s frantic multi-player gameplay stands out as a premium experience as much now as it did when the game was first released. I remember owning this on the Sega Dreamcast, making it the first game I ever played in online multi-player, which was quite simply amazing for a home console back in the day. Now the game still gets plenty of love thanks to a ever faithful PC gaming community.
Where can I play it? Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PS3, Xbox Live, PC, Mac and Web Browser
When it comes to 3rd person action, none have done it finer this generation than the Batman games. Arkham Asylum raised the bar and Arkham City broke the mould as both games became massive blockbuster hits thanks to their stunning graphics, slick controls and brilliant story.
Much in the same way Nolans adaptions of the movies exceeds all the previous attempts, the new Batman games are not only the best Batman games ever made, but also (in my opinion) the best comic book to game adaption ever created.
Where can I play it? PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and OnLive
The Battlefield series has always been fantastic, especially Bad Company 2 which was easily one of their most entertaining entries in the series. But the overall winners has to be Battlefield 3, once you’ve experienced the thrill of a large scale conquest battles on the PC edition of this game, with graphics set to ultra, surround sound cracked as loud as you dare and throw a few friends into the multi-player mix, there really is nothing that can compare.
Sure there are plenty of other FPS titles out there, many of them fantastic, but I’ve yet to find one that gives the same visceral rush of adrenaline that you find with Battlefield 3. Add to this the fantastic DLC updates and support since its release and it’s a game that just keeps getting better and better.
Where can I play it? Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Team Fortress 2
Last on the list we have TF2, which is easily the best free-to-play game on the market today, although this has been true for quite some time now. It’s one of the best multi-player and team play games ever created, with its wide selection of crazy character classes, weapons that range from a shovel to TNT and a strong desire for customising your characters with various hats.
It’s art style is a real stand out feature, with its crisp cartoon style textures making the whole thing look like a HD edition of Road Runner (an old cartoon, encase you’re wondering). Its slapstick humor plays off perfectly with the hardcore and frantic gameplay style that millions have come to love about the series.
Where can I play it? PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
And so it ends
There we have it, hope you’ve enjoyed these posts and while this is the end, I’m sure there are countless other games worthy of being on these lists and I may add to them in the future. This being the internet, I’m sure there are many of you that think I’m completely wrong and full of fail, which is why we have a comments section.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, what games do you think deserve to be on this list, or just as importantly are there any games here you think shouldn’t be on the list, if so, why?