Welcome to part 7 of my countdown of the best 100 games I've ever played. Due to popular demand I have found the time to once again give short descriptions of why I chose each game and I will do so for the remainder of the countdown.
Now on with the list...
40. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3)
I get all excited when playing a game that allows genuine influence over its story through player choice and Human Revolution is a great example of this. It has mutiple endings and how you play influences which outcome you get. The shooter and RPG gameplay mechanics are all good too and its a testament to its overall quality that it ranks at number 40 despite the truly awful boss fights.
39. Lylat Wars (Wii Virtual Console)
Thanks to the virtual console I was able to play Lylat Wars (StarFox 64 in America) despite not having an N64 and I am very glad I got the opportunity. The on rails combat doesn't feel restrictive which is important in a game of this type and it also offers a good challenge without feeling unfair. I do hope StarFox returns one day and in doing so remembers its finest moment.
38. Luigi's Mansion 2( 3DS)
Luigi gets few chances to revel in the limelight but in this years Luigi's Mansion 2 he took the opportunity with both hands. Next Level Games have created a charming and intelligent game full of humour that plays to Luigi's strengths. Everything is improved over the original with more mansions, online play and fantastic graphics.
37. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Its a controversial view but of the 5 Metroid games I have played (the prime trilogy, Super and Other M), Prime 3 is by far my favourite. It has just the right amount of backtracking in my opinion and I also prefer the greater emphasis on the shooting elements over exploration. It is also one of the view games to make use of the Wii Remote in a truly beneficial way through its point and shoot controls.
36. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)
I have a soft spot for Star Wars and Lego so I reveled in the release of the original Lego Star Wars in 2005. Released in 2007, The Complete Saga combines both it and its sequel into a funny, heartwarming game full of great moments and of course plenty to collect.
35. Professor Layton Series (DS/3DS)
This entry is in fact all 5 of the existing Professor Layton games. The series is consistent in quality and while each game has a unique story and puzzles, the gameplay and graphics etc are much the same across the series. I couldn't separate them so rather than having 5 Layton entries in a row I have put all 5 as one. The games are the finest puzzle series I have played.
34. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)
I am not a major fan of GTA and Chinatown wars is the only entry I own but it deserves its place so high in my list. I thoroughly enjoyed its bitesize missions and top down viewpoint and it made good use of the touchscreen in a variety of ways too. A good example of how to make a console series work on a handheld.
33. Bioshock 2 (PS3)
In many respects Bioshock 2 can seem to similar to its predecessor but if you peel away the surface and give it time its comes good in its own right and forges an identity of its own. The great gameplay and style of Bioshock are incorporated well in this sequel and it is admittedly not quite as good as the first Bioshock but it is a very good game all the same.
32. Pokemon Ruby (GBA)
Pokemon Ruby holds many fond memories for me and it was difficult to decide where to place it is this list. It isn't the best Pokemon game I have played but is stands out in a number of respects. The generation 3 Pokemon it introduced are my favourite bar generation 1 and the region of Hoenn is a joy to explore. It removed a few of the best features from Gold/Silver but it will also be special to me.
31. Tomb Raider 2013 (PS3)
This years Tomb Raider reboot was in fact the first Tomb Raider game I have played and I didn't know what to expect from it. What I got was a some of the best character development I have ever seen in a videogame in how Lara evolves during the story, as well as riveting action set pieces throughout and a fine mix of shooting and exploration. I look forward to a sequel but I hope that the awful online multiplayer can be improved or removed.
Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts in the comments.