Hello and welcome to part 9 of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played. This is numbers 20 through 11 and as I said in the last blog every entry in the top 20 is absolutely top draw in my opinion.
20. Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3)
As we all know, superhero videogames don't have the best history but in 2009 Arkham Asylum bucked that trend. It focuses on what makes Batman unique and really makes it feel like you are Batman. It is full to the brim with gadgets and villains from Batman's history and is only let down by the weak boss fights which even then aren't bad, simply mediocre. The Scarecrow fights really mix things up though and if anyone hasn't played it, I won't spoil them, but they are among the best boss fights I have experienced in gaming.
19. Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
Moving from Rapture to Columbia paid off in Bioshock Infinite. The game feels fresh and full of character as a result. Columbia is a well crafted and deep world of religion, racism and more. The combat is also very good as well and combined with the intriguing story, the result is a another high quality 'thinking man's' first person shooter.
18. Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (PS3)
The first two Uncharted games were very good and have already featured in my top 100 but Uncharted 3 took the series to a whole new level. The story, graphics, gameplay and music are all the best in the series. The biggest improvement is the online multiplayer though which for the first time is genuinely fun to play and full of depth. I have put many hours into it as a result. A return to the series on PS4 would be very welcome as far as I'm concerned.
17. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
2008s Mario Kart Wii stands as the best in the series in my opinion which is no mean feat considering the calibre of the franchise. Its selection of new and old tracks are all winners and they may not be to everyones taste but I liked the implementation of tricks and the Wii wheel as well as the removal of snaking. The 12 player online is great too and I have high hopes for next years Mario Kart 8.
16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
As you can probably tell by my avatar I am a huge Animal Crossing fan. This years New Leaf is the most refined and deep entry in the series yet and given how the series is evolution over revolution to a significant degree I have only included New Leaf in this list despite enjoying several previous entries in the series. All of New Leaf's new features are a success and as I have said it refines everything that was great about previous iterations as well.
15. Bioshock (PS3)
As good as Bioshock Infinite is, it is the first Bioshock that is my favourite in the series. Rapture and its politics are a joy to discover and overall the game is just that little bit more balanced than Infinite with a story that unfolds at a better pace.
14. Mass Effect (PC)
Games that give the player real choice and influence are something I really enjoy and the Mass Effect series is far and away the best example of the type. The first Mass Effect is my least favourite of the trilogy and still makes number 14 in my favourite games ever. which shows how highly I rate the series. It struggles a little to strike the right balance between shooter and RPG and the sequels fix this but the story, immersion and overall quality make it a great game.
13. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)
I will admit that I am not a big fan of the Resident Evil franchise but Resident Evil 4 is the exception. It gets almost everything right. The combat is slow but the controls are tight rather than tank like. It also creates a tense atmosphere with threatening enemies everywhere and the gameplay is varied with puzzles that are at least testing. The balance between shooter and survival horror sways a little more towards shooter and that is to my preference.
12. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Twilight Princess is not every Zelda fans cup of tea but I much prefer it to both Ocarina of Time and A link to the past, both of which I have played and neither of which made my top 100. The dungeons are all at least good and I like the dark atmosphere that makes it stand out from other Zelda games. Its not my favourite Zelda game but its close.
11. Pokemon Soul Silver (DS)
This entry could just as easily have been the original Pokemon Silver which I got for Christmas in 2001 and absolutely love but 2010's DS remake is the better version as it takes nothing away and makes improvements to the graphics and more. Silver/Soul Silver is my favourite Pokemon game and not just because of nostalgia. It has the best Pokemon and the best regions and feels like the most complete Pokemon game yet.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and look out for my top 10 soon.