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Spoiler Alert: Top 10 Games of this Generation of Consoles

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It’s been quite the ride but this generation is nearing its end. With Sony’s PlayStation 4 out on November 15, Microsoft’s Xbox One on November 22 and Nintendo’s WiiU heading for year two, it’s time to look back on the games that impacted me the most this generation. To narrow it down, I’ve only allowed one game per franchise, no HD remakes of past games, and only games that have come out on the main consoles.
Also, I know that the way games are that there are always chances of great games to come out for current consoles. Persona 4 for the PS2 came out two years after the release of the PS3 and that’s one of my favorite games of all time. Be sure that if something really outstanding comes out, be sure I’ll let you know about it. Now let’s go.

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System: 360
Developer: Namco Tales Studio
Publisher: Namco Bandai

Honorable Mention: Tales of Vesperia
This generation hasn’t been too kind to Japanese Role Playing Games.  With Square Enix completely shitting the bed on Final Fantasy 13 and other projects, it seemed that a lot of Japanese companies tried to find an identity after western RPG’s started to dominate the market. What made Tales of Vesperia so good was that it kept things that still made it a JRPG but took some points from Western RPG’s to make something pretty fun. The main character Yuri, is unlike many other Japanese JRPG heroes that he does very grey things to get to your main goal. This and many other choices made by some characters made it feel vastly different then the by the numbers games that Square was putting out. With a pretty fun cast of characters and a fun battle system, Vesperia really kept the JRPG genre alive.
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System: 360 and PS3
Developer: Dimps and Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
10. Super Street Fighter 4 Ultra
Being a pretty big fan of Street Fighter 3rd Strike, I wasn’t really into Street Fighter 4 when it first came out. Mostly being made up of Street Fighter 2 characters and mechanics, it felt like a pretty big step back from what 3rd Strike was. As more updates were done to it though, it really grew on me. It wasn’t quite what I wanted but Capcom did pretty right by its fans. Now with a pretty big cast, and a good online network, it’s become a pretty great entry into one of my favorite franchises.
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System: 360 and PS3
Developer: Rocksteady Games
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive

9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
I remember a time where superhero games sucked big time. For every good game we would get like Spider-Man 2, there would be tens of other Superman 64’s and Superman Returns. Then as Batman does, he came and gave us a better class of super hero game. Arkham Asylum wasn’t just a great superhero game, it was a great game period. Having a fantastic battle system that fluidly allowed you to effetely take town scores of bad guys and a great stealth mechanics, it allowed you to feel like Batman. Having great level design, Rocksteady brought a fully realized Arkham that creped you out but wanted you to explore it more. Also, bring back classic Batman and Joker voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill was also a plus. With a great follow-up in Arkham City,  Asylum still did the basics better.
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System: 360 and PS3
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve and EA
8. Portal 2
Portal one was a huge surprise when it first released as part of The Orange Box. Being just a random add-on, it became one of the greatest games ever made and where most games would falter on a sequel, Valve outdid itself with Portal 2. Being back Chell as the silent protagonist, she is released from suspended animation and forced to continue experiments in the decapitated Apature Science Laboratories while series antagonist GLaDOS slowly rebuilds herself.  Where Portal 1 doesn’t really tell you much about where you are, Portal 2 builds up the history of Apature Science and its head scientist Cave Johnson. Adding new mechanics that change the dynamic of the puzzles, Portal 2 really outdid itself in perfecting a perfect game.
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System: PS3 and 360
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: EA

7. Mass Effect 2
I really hated Mass Effect 1. It played badly, the choice system wasn’t that great, it was super glitchy and the characters despite the world were never fun to follow. Mass Effect 2 on the other hand the complete opposite. Where the cast before was very bland (outside of Wrex), the new crew had a really diverse feel that I really cared for. This comes in to work as the story goes along and I have to make harsh decisions that may put my crew at risk. Where the past game the choices were very black and white, Mass Effect 2 had some choices that made me pause and think before acting. Some worked for the best, while others made me yell at me screen asking what have I done. Mass Effect 3 wasn’t necessarily the best finale, but the middle of the Mass Effect saga was pretty awesome.
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System: Xbox Live Arcade and Playstaion Network
Developer: Mine Loader Software Co., Ltd
Publisher: Namco Bandai

6. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

I know I said no HD re-releases, but I don’t think this is one and it’s my list. The original Pac-Man was only made up of a few colors and the goal was to eat dots and colored ghosts and not much else. What Namco did was give it a killer soundtrack, slick neon coat of paint and added some new modes like time attack and some new mechanics and did it really change the game? Yes! In the new time attack mode, you can now have the ghosts follow you in a huge conga line and after having 20 some ghost following, you eat a power pellet and devourer them all. Is that all? No because you still have four more minutes to maximize your score! Pac-Man DX is full of so much energy and as the time ticks down you get more freaked out to get the highest score possible. Since its release, Namco has done new Championship editions to other games like Galaga Legions, but the best is still Pac-Man.
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System: 360, PS3, and Wii
Developer: Harmonix
Publisher: EA and Mad Catz
5. Rock Band 3
I probly put in more hours in to the Rock Band series then any other game on this list. Before moving to Portland, OR in 2008, I was a huge fan of the series, playing it at work and trying our the drums or bass whenever I could and when I moved, I learned of Rock Band Nights at a local bar and met so many new friends though it. In it’s many iterations in the main series, Rock Band: The Beatles, and Rock Band Blitz, Harmonix always tried to evolve the genre and bringing all your songs to each game. Harmonix even created the Rock Band Network, a program that allowed bands to but up there own songs that could be bought through there network. With Harmonix ending its support of Rock Band after five years of uninterrupted weekly releases and over thousands of songs, it was a sad day, but Harmonix redefined the party game experience with Rock Band.
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System: 360
Developer: Team Meat
Publisher: Team Meat

4. Super Meat Boy
This is one of the hardest games I’ve ever played. In Super Meat Boy, you play as Meat Boy as you try and save your girlfriend from her kidnapper, Dr. Fetus. What follows is a twitch based platformer where you trying and jump and run around obstacles to get to your girlfriend. Even after three years after its release, I still can’t beat the final level. It doesn’t matter though because even if I spend months (Which I have) beating a single level, finally doing so makes it so worth it! With an amazing soundtrack from Danny Baranowsky, it makes retrying levels over and over again not seem like a chore. Along with a host of other characters you can play as from other games like Bit Runner and VVVVVV, it ads more ways you can solve a level. Again, this game is not for the weak of heart.
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System: Nintendo Wii
Developer: Grasshopper Manufactures
Publisher: Ubi Soft

3. No More Heroes
I first learned of the mad genius known as Suda 51 when he released Killer 7 for the Nintendo Gamecube.  With a bizarre story, strange visuals and out of the box game play, it was game unlike any other game before it. He released several games this generation but his most successful experiment was No More Heroes.  As Travis Touchdown, you kill your way to become the #1 ranked assassin fighting absurd bosses a doing jobs along with way like hired kills and mowing grass. Yeah, this game is pretty weird. Suda as a game maker always goes for broke, usually becoming these beautiful disasters. No More Heroes has a lot of problems, but for what it does right, it does better then any other game. Also, No More Heroes was one of the few games that truly utilized the Wii Mote controller in really fun and inventive ways like receiving calls through the controller’s stereo and executing kills. No More Heroes shows that you don’t have to be perfect to be one of the best.
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System: 360 and PS3
Developer: Irrational Games
Publisher 2K Games

2. Bioshock Infinite
As I’ve said once before on this list, it’s hard to live up to expectations and Infinite is in that rare class.  Playing as Detective Booker DeWitt, you’re tasked to bring back a girl named Elizabeth, and in doing so will wipe away your debt. Much like how Bioshock is sent in the underwater utopia of Rapture, Infinite is set in the floating city of Columbia. With a heavily feel, Colombia shines in radiance but there is a darker side to the city as you explore its locations. The game touches on subjects of racism, nationalism, patriotism, religion and other subjects that most games necessarily wont touch. The mechanics and gameplay are still the same with the newly named Vigors that give you the powers of the elements to take out enemies. The easter eggs of certain famous songs you find in the game also add a bit of fun that really add to the experience and it’s a game I’ve enjoyed multiple times. Be sure you’ll hear more about this game as its first big piece of DLC, Burial at Sea, is released.
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System: Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
1. The Walking Dead
I’m not a fan of The Walking Dead as a comic or TV Show. I’ve just haven’t been able to get into both cast of characters very much because it’s hard to identify or care for them. The complete opposite is for the game.  After escaping a cop car as its drives off the road, you play as Lee who finds a young girl named Clementine and you two set on an adventure in trying to find help. What follows is one of the best stories I’ve ever played in a game. With it being an episodic experience, each chapter leave you with utter dread as your both excited and afraid what’s going to happen next. The gameplay lends itself well to the claustrophobic nature of the level designs and really builds up a fear that you cant save everybody. I’m not going to lie, there are several moments about this game that left me in tears. The Walking Dead is more then just a game, it’s an experience that rivals any show on TV or film.