Stuart’s Top 100 Games of the Last Generation Part Nine: #40 – 31

#40 – Candy Crush Saga (Facebook, 2012)Crush

I had thought about not including Candy Crush Saga because of the platform it originated on, but that wouldn’t be fair.

Incredibly frustrating and totally addictive in equal measures, Candy Crush Saga is one of those simple ideas (it’s just a variation on Zookeeper after all) that will have made a frightening amount of money.

And you wish it was you who thought of it first.

#39 – Sudoku Free (Android, 2011)Sudoku

Perhaps an odd choice for inclusion, but Sudoku Free is my go-to game whenever I’m stuck somewhere with just a mobile phone to hand.

I only got into Sudoku during the last generation of games as well.

It’s all very simple, but if you play a hard/expert level game, an hour flies by in an instant. Perfect for a long haul flight.

#38 – Wii Sports (Nintendo Wii, 2006)WiiSports

Easily one of the best games ever to come with a console, Wii Sports was, and will always be the most apt use of the Wii’s technology.

For me and my friends, it was always – and still is – about Wii Bowling rather than the likes of golf or boxing.

What it did more than any other game was welcome non-gamers to the industry.

A classic.

#37 – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (Playstation 3, 2007)Uncharted_Drake's_Fortune

There weren’t that many reasons to get a Playstation 3 if you already had an Xbox 360, but Drake’s Fortune was one of them.

It and its sequels were engrossing and well designed games that told a story that I was actually interested in seeing.

And that’s quite rare.

#36 – Hidden In Plain Sight (Xbox Live Arcade, 2011)hidden in plain sight

Yes, yes, this generation sucks for off-line multiplayer; I’ve said that many times now.

But games like Hidden In Plain Sight – a title with a handful of addictive mini games that work exclusively as multiplayer – deserve all the credit in the world for trying to keep the genre alive.

It’s great fun and it’s so simple, but its only drawback, ironically, is that it doesn’t have online multiplayer.

Thus proving I’ll never be happy with anything.gow3

#35 – God of War 3 (Playstation 3, 2010)

Another top PS3 exclusive, God of War continues to impress, despite essentially having the same story every time. Mind you, so do the Mario Games.

Here’s hoping for another instalment in this generation.

#34 Crackdown (Xbox 360, 2007)Crackdown

Crackdown is a game I would consider as being one of the most underrated of the generation.

A free roaming, GTA style game in the future where you play through it in any order you want (you could go after the “Final Boss” first for example) I found it a highly enjoyable experience.

The followup was also a top effort

Pity the developers have gone bust

#33 – Portal 2 (Xbox 360, 2011)portal

Portal is a brilliant idea for a game, and while the original was fun, it was also maybe a little bit short.

The follow-up was even better.

Requiring the player to actually think about how the puzzles would be solved, it was challenging and enjoyable.

I liked the humour too, but I could understand if that wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

#32 – Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2011)MassEffect2

Epic in scale and a rare example of a game where the choices you make actually matter, Mass Effect 2 is one of the most in-depth games I’ve ever played.

Absolutely no replay value of course, but great all the same.

I need to play Mass Effect 3 one of these days.

#31 – DiRT 2 (Xbox 360, 2010)Dirt_2_box_art

Bizarrely, Microsoft’s own RalliSport Challenge failed to make the transition to the 360, but in the Colin McRae DiRT series, it had a worthy successor.

Challenging, well handled and visually impressive, DiRT is one of the top driving games of the generation.

And One That Doesn’t Make It: Halo 4

Like I just said in my Entertainment Review of 2013, I found Halo 4 to be deeply disappointing.halo4

It was the same-old same-old but it also managed to be stupidly difficult in parts.

Even playing online Co-Op didn’t help.

Seeing as I’m off the Microsoft products in this generation, it could be the last I’ll see of it


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