Critical analysis and reviews, Videogames

My favourite videogames from the past 10 years

Decided to have a think about this yesterday. It’s a tough question, but I think I can name a few that have had a lasting impact on me.

I started thinking about this due to a Tweet by someone I follow:

So yeah, if I had to name seven games in all that are ones that I am happy to go back to, in no particular order and why…

The Darkness

Don’t get me wrong, I love the sequel as well, but the first game had more material to it. You had a real choice between going in guns blazing or stealthing the crap out of everything. And it was a really mature realisation of the storyline from the comics that made Jackie a lot more likeable as a character.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This game wouldn’t be on here if it hadn’t been for the corrections made in the Director’s Cut. I loved the stealth that was offered up in this game and the attention to detail that at least went into the technology that was being discussed. It’s a shame that some of the representations of NPCs weren’t always great, and the original boss battles were hell if you played a stealthy Jensen, but it was fun.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Apart from the Nolan films, this is perhaps one of my favourite interpretations of Batman outside of comic books. There was a nice balance between mechanics and narrative at work here, so that it didn’t constantly feel like you were trudging and hitting your way through an action game. Also had a manageable level of collectibles…

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Seeing as how I’ve probably spent over 400 hours on this game by now it was obviously going to end up here. Skyrim was lacking in terms of depth NPCs and player choice in comparison to previous games in the series, but I really liked what they did with the magic and skills in this one. Also, the mods out there are amazing and really make it worth go back to on PC.

Dishonored

When I played this game originally, I set out to not kill anyone, not because there was an achievement, but because I wanted to have that choice and I love being stealthy in games. Keeping unconscious victims out of trouble or sneaking past the rest was fun and got me really involved in the game. Also, I don’t think I could have handled the bad ending if I’d allowed the bodies to pile up.

Deadly Premonition

It’s just such a bizarre game. This weird heady mix of Japanese interpretations of Americana, mixed up with a Twin Peaks-esque plot and Japanese ideas on the after life and… It’s a crazy game that in its original state leaves you swearing at the controls if you can’t get use to them, but I did and loved every minute with York and Zach.

ZombiU

I’m still saddened that this game won’t be getting a sequel. It is still my favourite Wii U game, and having completed it all the way through at least once, I can tell you that this game really pushes you, especially on harder difficulties. And the attention to detail when it comes to survival is brilliant. Sure, there is a grand story at work here too, but I do enjoy how getting too involved can kill you.

That’s it. If you’re wondering why Mass Effect didn’t make the list – I’m not as fond of it as I use to be, thanks to the third game. Fallout 3 is missing, because I don’t like it as much as I use to. There are games that I liked the first time round that aren’t on this list, but I wanted to focus on games that I’m happy to go back to today.

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