At last it is time for the final part of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played. I believe the top 10 are a stellar selection of games and I hope you agree.
10. Batman Arkham City (PS3)
Arkham Asylum is a great game and really makes you feel like Batman but Arkham City manages to somehow do almost everything better. The story is more considered; playing as Batman feels even better, the boss fights are greatly improved and the larger environment is full of much more to see and do. As the quote from PSM3 on the back of the box says, 'it makes the original look like a test run.'
9. The Last of Us (PS3)
The Last of Us continues Naughty Dog's excellent track record and is in my opinion their best game yet. Its storytelling and characters are also arguably the best in any game ever and will hopefully set the tone for the future direction of gaming. Zombie style apocalypses have been done countless times but the quality of Naughty Dog's work makes everything seem fresh and exciting.
8. Mass Effect 3 (PC)
Mass Effect 3 is the final evolution of the development of the Mass Effect trilogy into an epic action RPG and it isn't quite as good as Mass Effect 2 overall but comes very close. Its combat and spectacle are an improvement but the story and balance of the gameplay aren't quite right. However the ending aside it is a superb finale for Commander Shepard and company.
7. Super Mario World (Wii Virtual Console)
As far as I am concerned Super Mario World is easily Mario's finest 2D outing and also the best 2D platformer ever. Everything from the jumping mechanics to the level design and een the new power-ups like Yoshi seems to work superbly. The sheer variety of the levels and the fun it creates make it one not be missed.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
At the end of 2011 the Wii needed one last hurrah to send it off with a bang and it got that and then some in the shape of Skyward Sword. It was a long time coming but Nintendo spent that time wisely and crafted the most complete Zelda experience yet. The dungeons are all the right sort of challenging and the game has a good length too at over 40 hours even without the sidequests. The cheery graphical style balances well with the dark tone and it is the best Zelda ever.
5. Timesplitters 2 (PS2/Gamecube)
When it comes to deathmatch modes Timesplitters 2 cannot be beaten. The story is fun but its not the draw of Tmesplitters 2. The arcade deathmatch modes are supreme fun both in multiplayer and against the computer controlled bots that are the best in gaming despite being over a decade old. The wealth of characters, maps, modes and weapons it staggering and there isn't a dud in sight. Timesplitters 2 is pure fun at its very best.
4. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)
Next years Smash Bros on Wii U and 3DS has a lot to live up to and its difficult to see how it can be a better package than Brawl. It encapsulates all of Nintendo's rich videogame history in a top notch fighting game that is filled to the brim with unlockables. The characters and stages are plentiful and cater to all Nintendo fans and their are trophies, stickers and more besides to collect as well. Most importantly though as a fighting game it plays supremely well, especially in multiplayer.
3. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
In 2007 Super Mario Galaxy set a new benchmark for 3D platforming with one of the finest examples of Nintendo's talents in the genre. The spherical level designs and use of gravity create a captivating experience and each level is full of imagination and new ideas pop up throughout.
2. Mass Effect 2 (PC)
Mass Effect 2 takes everything that made Mass Effect great such as the interactive storytelling and streamlined it to make the best Mass Effect experience. The game is more focused on combat without the slightly uncomfortable compromise between combat and RPG elements and overall everything is much more refined. The story is also excellent and the best in the trilogy.
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
When Super Mario Galaxy 2 was announced I feared it would be too similar to its predecessor and that it would find it very difficult to better it. Somehow though, it is better. It does feel similar but it feels all new at the same time which is a fine achievement by Nintendo. The level designs and graphics are even better and all in all it is Super Mario Galaxy but even better.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my list and please share your thoughts in the comments.