Friday, 1 November 2013

Winterton’s Fridays: The End of a Generation

Naturally, as we stand on the cusp of a new gaming generation (obviously the Wii U doesn’t count) all gaming journalists suddenly start writing reflective articles about the generation that is just disappearing. While I think there are a lot of interesting things to be learned by analysing how far we’ve come, such as the evolution and subversion of moral choice systems or the explosion (shit pun) of FPSs, as a video game enthusiast I have a different goal; I want to play every significant game from the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii catalogue, as well as any interesting indie games.*
                Of course, any list will be subjective, so I thought I would ask for some input from the neglected 103 readership. Thus, here is a list of everything I have played this generation (I don’t expect people to read it all, just use it to check that I’ve played all the games you consider to be great):

-          Alpha Protocol
-          Assassin’s Creed
-          Assassin’s Creed 2
-          Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
-          Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (Sigh)
-          Batman: Arkham Asylum
-          Batman: Arkham City
-          Bayonetta
-          Bioshock
-          Bioshock 2 (Most disappointing sandwich filling ever)
-          Bioshock Infinite
-          Borderlands
-          Brink
-          Brutal Legend
-          Bulletstorm
-          Bullet Witch (Unbelievably shit)
-          Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
-          Dante’s Inferno
-          Darksiders
-          Dead Rising 2
-          Dead Space
-          Deus Ex: Human Revolution
-          Devil May Cry 4
-          Dragon Age: Origins
-          Dragon Age: Awakening
-          Dragon Age 2
-          Dungeon Siege 3
-          Duke Nukem Forever (never thought I’d be able to make that claim)
-          Fable 2
-          Fable 3
-          Fallout 3
-          Fallout: New Vegas
-          Final Fantasy XIII
-          Forza Motorsport 3
-          Gears of War 2
-          Halo 3
-          Halo Wars
-          Halo Reach
-          L.A. Noire (Award for worst ending)
-          The Last Remnant (well, the first disc. I’m only human and not a twat)
-          Lost Planet
-          Mass Effect
-          Mass Effect 2 (the best one, whatever anyone tells you)
-          Mass Effect 3
-          Nighty-Nine Nights
-          Oblivion
-          Overlord 2
-          Portal**
-          Prototype
-          Rage (Runner up in the worst ending awards)
-          Rayman Origins
-          Red Dead Redemption
-          Resident Evil 5 (“Gimme an egg”)
-          Resident Evil 6
-          Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (not sure this counts but sod it)
-          Shadows of the Damned
-          Space Marine
-          Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
-          Super Street Fighter 4 (Never played Street Fighter before and thought Vega looked cool. He sucks)
-          Vanquish
-          Nier (Yeah, this is the unsorted and un-alphabetised pile)
-          Red Alert 3
-          Dishonored
-          Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Award for most incongruous ending)
-          XCOM: Enemy Unknown
-          Farcry 3
-          Alan Wake
-          Crysis 2
-          Deadly Premonition
-          Skyrim
-          Super Mario Galaxy
-          Super Smash Bros Brawl
-          Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
-          Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
-          The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
-          Braid
-          Limbo
-          Hydro Thunder
-          The Walking Dead
-          Castle Crashers
-          Bastion
-          Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
-          Dark Souls
-          Deathspank
-          Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue (I feel dirty)
-          Defense Grid: The Awakening
-          Lara Croft: The Guardian of Light
-          Megaman 10
-          Plants vs Zombies
-          Scott Pilgrim vs The World
-          Super Meat Boy
-          A bunch of miscellaneous rereleases, arcade, indie and Wii games no-one cares about
-          Hexic HD

This article doesn't lend itself to pictures, so here's an image of Garcia "Motherfucking" Hotspur fighting off zombies with his Boner next to his hanged girlfriend's body.

Sorry, that was longer than expected. Oh, and here’s my “to-do” list:

-          The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Stupidest subtitle ever)
-          The Uncharted Trilogy
-          Gran Turismo 5
-          Infamous
-          LittleBigPlanet
-          Toy Story 3 (shut up)
-          Gears of War 3
-          Dead Space 2
-          Doom 3
-          Splinter Cell: Conviction
-          Super Mario Galaxy 2
-          Metal Gear Revengeance
-          Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
-          The Last of Us
-          Grand Theft Auto 5 (reluctantly, but it is the first one that looks vaguely playable to me)
-          Sonic Generations
-          Tales of Vesperia
-          Catherine
-          The God of War games
-          That big collection of all the Metal Gear Solid games
-          Heavy Rain

I feel that once I’ve got through that second list I can say that I’ve “done” this generation pretty conclusively, but what have I missed? Input would be great; rebuttal and analysis even better. And don’t suggest Fez. I didn’t like it.

*My laptop is laughably weak, so PC games have been excluded. I do have a DS and played Pokemon White on it, but other than that portable games have been neglected to the point of exclusion also.

** I can’t play any of the other games on the Orange Box, or Call of Duty 4, as they both give me horrible motion sickness after ten minutes


  1. Your to do list covers most of my suggestions. I was reluctant about GTA 5 also but it is a very good game. I haven't liked previous instalments but the story and the 3 characters allow for each of GTA's stereotypical play style, avoiding any ludonarrtaive dissonance.
    My only addition would be Journey. A really cool, moving game. Make sure you play it online if you di add it to the list.

  2. The list could benefit from the inclusion of the best PS3 launch title: Resistance.
    It would be a good to see what the PS3 delivered at its launch and compare it to what its delivering at the end.
    Oh but please don't put yourself through the agony that is playing Gran Turismo 5. It's a terrible, terrible game that asks you to waste hours of your life in the pursuit of grinding yourself up to the next level.

    1. Will definitely give Resistance a go. But I must say, of the few hours I have put into GT5 I thoroughly enjoyed.

  3. I found Zelda: Phantom Hourglass to be a rewarding and fun DS game to play; if you should run out of other options :)


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