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Top Games of Last Generation (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is my favorite game. Game play is fun, and is different from many other third person shooters. For example instead of mowing down wave after wave of enemies, you may need to sneak or run past enemies. This is due to the fact, that in this post apocalyptic world you need to conserve resources. Throughout the game you have very limited ammo and supplies.
It is not just you versus the infected, it's you versus everyone. Zombies may be what tore this world apart, but they are not the only threat. Humans pose a great threat. Whether it is other people like you or militarized groups from quarantine zones, most people are a threat.
Game play is fun in The Last of Us, but is not what makes it so great. The story is what makes it special. It is a dark story, that is not about what happened to the world or trying to save it. It is really about the story of two people and their journey.
The DLC Left Behind is also amazing. It switches back and forth between filling in part of the main games story and what happened weeks before it. After playing the main game you know the ending to the DLC, but it is still full of surprises and emotion. Knowing the ending to the DLC does not weaken it's impact, but actually strengthens it. This game is a masterpiece in my mind, and I would highly recommend this roller coaster of emotions.
The Last of Us is a PlayStation exclusive. It is on both PS3 and PS4.
Gone Home is a story driven walking simulator. The point of the game is to search the house, and find out what happened to your family. You arrive home from your trip in Europe, and everyone is gone. I recommend going into this game knowing as little as possible. Just know it is a story driven game, and to search everything. There is a main story, but also side stories that shed light on who this family is. Just a warning it is short, only about an hour and a half long. I thought it was a great experience, and well worth the price.
Gone Home is currently only on PC, but is coming to consoles. The release date and which consoles it is coming to has not been announced.
Bioshock: Infinite has a great story. It is very interesting and contains a few big twists throughout the game. You really need to think after you beat the game, in order to fully comprehend what happened.
You don't need to play the first game in order to enjoy the main game, but you need to play it before playing the DLC. In the DLC, Burial at Sea, you go back to Rapture from the first Bioshock, and it connects the two games. The Burial at Sea also has a great story. Part one lacked story, but part two really makes up for it.
I thought that this game was too much of a shooter. I did not like having to kill hoards of enemies in order to advance the story. It not that the game play is bad, it is just too much at times. I thought that it took away from the story when you would have a heartfelt moment, then have to go mow down tons of enemies. That being said I still love this game.
Bioshock: Infinite is on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Portal 2 is a puzzle game mixed with a first person shooter. The game is full challenging puzzles and jokes. The puzzles and level design change throughout the game. It introduces more tools needed in order to solve the puzzle rather than just your portal gun such as jump pads, cubes, pressure plates, bridges, gravity beams, and lasers.
The game has both single player and multiplayer modes. The multiplayer does not have the story elements, but is very fun. You must collaborate with a friend on how and when to use your portals.
Portal 2 is available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Tomb Raider (2013)
This Tomb Raider reboot looks great and is fun to play. The game contains puzzles, but they are pretty simple. It is more of an action game and a great 3rd person shooter. Throughout the game you obtain different guns and upgrades. You are able to easily switch between your four types of weapons a pistol, a shotgun, a machine gun, and a bow. You are also able to easily switch between normal, fire, and explosive ammo. This makes it a crazy and fun action game. You can run out and kill hoards of enemies, or slowly kill them with stealth.
The story is not amazing, but game play is very fun. There is a lot of things to do whether it is scaling mountains, hunting animals, killing enemies, or solve puzzles.
Tomb Raider is available on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Stanley Parable
The Stanley Parable is another walking simulator. It is a hilarious game. This game is short, but you need to replay it in order to understand what this game is. Each time you beat it, it will restart the game, and you should make different decisions. There are about 19 different endings. You probably don't want to do all the endings, because one ending requires you to press a button for four hours. Most ending are not like that, but that should tell you what kind of game this is.
Halo 3 is a first person shooter. The campaign is fun, but that is not why I love this game. The multiplayer is amazing. More specifically the custom games. The normal matchmaking is fun, but the custom games sets this game apart from other first person shooters. Not only can you change the rules for the game, but also edit the maps. The forge mode allows you to completely change the existing maps.
Combining forge and custom games allows players to create their own games. For example cops and robbers, the point of this user created game is to escape the user created prison while the cops manage it. Another example is challenging obstacle courses for mongooses (4 wheelers). You do not try to kill each other, instead you just try to make it to the end of the course. Some people want to make it more challenging, and put a sniper in the center. The sniper will trying to snipe you, while trying to complete the course.
Allowing players to create and share their own maps and game modes, is what makes this game so great. It caused me to put more time into this game than any other game last generation.
Halo 3 is available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the Masterchief Collection.
Beyond Two Souls
Beyond Two Souls is a story driven game and stars Ellen Page. It is by Quantic Dream, the same developer who made Heavy Rain. I think I am in the minority in thinking that Beyond Two Souls is better than Heavy Rain. The game mostly consists of quick time events and conversation trees. The choices you make, and whether you pass or fail quick time events changes the story.
The story is not told chronologically. It jumps around important event in the main characters life. One level you may be an adult, and the next be a child. As each level loads it shows the levels completed on a timeline, so that you can see what order they each took place.
The game is a cinematic experience, the story is what is important. The game play is not why you would play this game.
Beyond Two Souls is available on PS3. It is rumored that it will come to PS4.