Tom's Favorite Games of the Generation

The only thing on earth I love more than making lists is playing video games, so it seems pretty obvious that I would rank my favorite games of the generation. Turns out I have pretty strange taste. Who knew? If you're curious, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX barely missed the cut. Also, trying to rank these in any kind of order is the dumbest thing ever, so just ignore the numbers. Except for Dark Souls which is on top for a reason.

Rank Game Release Date GameSpot Score Tommcshea's Score
1

Dark Souls

Super Mario Kart was my favorite game ever for more than twenty years. And then Dark Souls came along.

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2

Spelunky

It seems as though bats have undergone eons of evolution just to be colossal pains in my explorer's butt. We get it, lone flying mammal, you don't like people. But do you really have to bite so hard?

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3

Braid

My dream of playing a 2D platformer as a suit-wearing creeper was finally realized. And it was spectacular.

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4

Super Meat Boy

I have no shame. In my fervor to get my hands on this incredible platformer on the road, I tweet developer Tommy Refenes about a Vita version. I was denied. And my tears have yet to run dry.

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5

Dead Rising 2

I am a simple man with simple needs. One of those needs is wearing a yellow mankini. Another need is impaling zombies with a sword fish. Only Dead Rising 2 let me fulfill both needs at once.

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6

Super Mario Galaxy 2

After quickly putting nine games on this list, I turned to Carolyn and said, "I can't believe I don't have any Nintendo games." And she shouted, "How do you not have Mario Galaxy 2!?" Touche, Caro, touche.

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7

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

I would say that I love a good whistling, but that would be redundant. Every whistling is a good whistling. It just so happens that Metal Gear Solid 4 has the best whistling.

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8

Persona 4 Golden

Was anyone surprised that Teddy related better to the six-year-old Nanako than any of his peers? Of course, I shouldn't judge, she was my favorite character.

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9

BioShock

Andrew Ryan had a pretty great idea, he just stumbled in the execution. When I found an underwater society, I'll just prevent genetic modifications and robotic daddies and everything will be fine.

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10

Terraria

People have been exaggerating just how scary hell can be ever since its inception. Silly fools. Hell is a delightful place, so much so that I needed a hellevator to get there quickly.

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Discussion

7 comments
kakanoucia
kakanoucia

This list is great! Although I am curious about MGS4 being on that list, I personally love it but it does have a reputation to be a weaker entry in the series. What are your thoughts on the game and that series in general?

Thyasianman
Thyasianman

Tom, how can you give Super Mario Galaxy a 2 yet not place it higher in the list considering you gave Dead Rising 2 an 8.5. 

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@kakanoucia Metal Gear Solid 4 is the only game in the franchise I've actually played. I do have MGS on my Vita, so maybe I'll get around to playing the first three. Hopefully.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@Thyasianman Because my order doesn't pertain to how much I like the game. Other than Dark Souls (which is definitely #1), I just threw everything in at random.

zeca04
zeca04

@TomMcShea @kakanoucia Heh, so have you played it now? Btww, agree with the list (at least with the games i played), specially with dark souls 1. Toobad i didnt feel the same with dark souls 2.