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Saying farewell to the PS3 and Xbox 360, Megan Huang presents in no particular order the top games of our soon-to-be last generation of consoles.
1. Dishonoured (PS3/ Xbox 360):
Naysayers say this game has cartoonish graphics, an upsetting lack of multiplayer, and plays like a first-person-supernatural-version of Assassin’s Creed. So what makes this game just so great? Dishonoured gives you choices. By tying the player’s decisions to the fates of the characters of Dunwall and the world at large, the experience is personalized. Without the linearity that usually plagues first person games, the ability to choose to be a hero, villain, or something in between, makes this game so great. Supernatural powers and stealth gameplay? More please.
2. Max Payne 3 (PS3/ Xbox 360):
Max Payne 3 has more than enough fast paced action to entertain and a linear storyline forces the player to just do about anything the game asks of them. Couple that with a dark storyline and the player will find themselves absorbed in Max’s present. This third person shooter has beautiful graphics, which really bring out the grit of its numerous, gruesomely gorgeous settings. The character development of Max Payne is also well done, sending him on a personal psychological journey that calls into question his humanity.
3. Dead Space (PS3/Xbox 360):
This game is here for one reason only; fear. You’ll want to lock this horrific game in your closet (and possibly sleep with a night light), but you can’t turn it off, it’s just so good! Dead Space carries a gruesome reputation and leaves body parts in its wake. The gameplay features abilities like: Kinesis, stasis, and the ability to move through zero gravity. These and more bring a unique take on horror in space. With third person shooting that emphasizes dismemberment as a mechanic amidst a derelict lonely environment, Dead Space has made it here for its inventiveness and terrifying scares. So tread slowly as you play… check every shadow… and stomp on every corpse, just to be safe…
4. Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3/ Xbox 360):
The sequel to Assassin’s Creed gave us a large world to play in, a great new character in Ezio Auditore, and fun new ways to kill Templars. The game is the first in the series to introduce an armour, clothing, and weapon purchasing system. Aside from the shopping, the Renaissance assassin Ezio went on to star in two more games becoming one of the most beloved characters in the series. The map is also one of the largest, spanning across Italy to take you to the beautiful cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome. With more innovations than the original, there is no doubt as to why Assassin’s Creed 2 hits the target.
5. Mass Effect 3 (PS3/ Xbox 360):
There are so many paths you can choose over the course of this series it’s ridiculous! Mass
Effect 3 ties together all your choices from the first two games. It features standard RPG
elements, from shopping to choosing your party, but it really shines when it comes to the world, animation, and voice work. Mass Effect 3 is set in a beautifully sleek and shiny sci-fi future, the stunning visuals alone would have won this game a slot in the top ten. Add in tight combat, unique classes, and tri-game spanning repercussions puts Mass Effect 3 above the rest. In this epic finale to the trilogy you will finally confront the Reaper threat with everything you have as you band together with some of the galaxy’s most powerful fleets, alien and human alike.
6. Batman: Arkham City (PS3/ Xbox 360):
Arkham City is one of the few games based on a comic to be loved by the public. This game
has everything a comic lover, a gamer, or a mix of the two would enjoy. Batman’s gadget belt is bigger than ever, allowing the use of tools like: the classic Batarang, Batclaw, Explosive Gel, and many more, to defeat iconic enemies. With updated costumes, a shocking storyline and a variety of true-to-the-comics elements, Arkham City excels as both a videogame and homage to the Dark Knight’s legacy.
7. The Last of Us (PS3):
This game has yet to receive anything but a perfect score. The Last of Us is a blend of horror, survival, and action-adventure. The characters are believable, both despicable and lovable at the same time, reacting realistically to desperate situations. It’s clear that the developers thought deeply on what responses a situation like The Last of Us would elicit. The scenery is also stunning, taking us to decimated cities all over America, giving them a horrific beauty you rarely ever find in horror games. The zombie like creatures also put a scare in you as you hold your breath while hiding from them, or engaging in heart pounding open combat. All of this, joined by a rich storyline and immersive game play, makes The Last of Us a legendary achievement.
8. Uncharted 3 (PS3):
Uncharted 3’s ridiculously awesome game play and environments are what make this game so
good. The game has a huge, cinematic feel to it, making protagonist Nathan Drake’s dventure
all the more grand. The stunning animation and effects are almost too much and will keep you staring at something as simple as torch light. The cinematic feel is due to the film-like camera angles in-game. Even with a basic story and far from believable characters, Uncharted 3 has earned a place in our hearts for its incredible visuals and sense of epic adventure.
9. Infamous 1 and 2 (PS3):
We couldn’t resist using both… the whole series is simply fantastic! So I guess that makes eleven games in total. The Infamous series has brought a new breed of superhero (or villain, if you choose that path) into existence. The series has exciting stories and vast maps. With lots of things to do you’ll be entertained for hours on end! Gameplay is rounded out by a small RPG element and karmic choices. This close to perfect series gives a brand new twist on the superhero genre, and always finds new ways to draw you in.
10. Tomb Raider (PS3/ Xbox 360):
Last but not least we have Tomb Raider. In this 2013 reboot, all of your favourite aspects of the previous games in the series have been brought back and/ or emphasized for the optimal tomb raiding experience. This game has stunning graphics depicting dark and eerie landscapes layered in dirt and grime. Tomb raider also offers a fresh start for Lara Croft, giving her an epic action packed origin story about survival and escape. This game manages to keep all of the defining aspects from the original games and amplify them as the player sets out on a new adventure with Lara Croft.