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Top 10 Brilliant Games You Might Have Missed This Generation

Top 10 Brilliant Games You Might Have Missed This Generation

Written Friday, October 18, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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The end is nigh. As the Xbox 360 nears the end of its tenure as Microsoft’s leading console, X360A is remembering some of this generation’s highlights. So, in the run up to the launch of the Xbox One, we’ll be publishing features that celebrate the very best the current-gen console has to offer.

We kick things off with a list of games that you might have missed, games that for one reason or another may never have made it into your disc tray. Perhaps they received middling reviews or just didn’t sell very well, maybe even both. Either way, they’re knocking around in a bargain bin somewhere and they deserve your attention.

So here it is then, our Top 10 Brilliant Games You Might Have Missed This Generation

Metro 2033

In 2010, Metro 2033 emerged to sit alongside The Witcher and Stalker as part of a new breed of Eastern European title that looked and felt quite unlike anything else. The Witcher was unmistakably Polish and Stalker reflected the horrors of a region affected by the Chernobyl disaster, but it was Metro 2033 that explored what life might be like for millions of Russians following a nuclear attack.

Dripping with grime and gasping for breath, it’s a choked, claustrophobic shooter set in and around the dank, radiation-filled tunnels of the Russian underground system. Less slick but nevertheless superior to last year’s compromised sequel, Metro 2033 is a masterful piece of world building and an experience that should be experienced by everyone with a taste for something a little different.

Bayonetta

There was a spell where Platinum games could do no wrong, critically. The Shinji Mikami led studio released a string of action classics in quick succession between 2010 and 2012, clearly enjoying the freedom offered as part of its deal with publisher SEGA. Of these games, Bayonetta is the best.

It's nuts, as you might expect, following the adventures of the titular, leather-clad, bespectacled heroine as she leapt, blasted, whipped her self-aware hair back and forth and just generally kicked ass in a bizarre world populated by angels and monsters. Frenetic, bombastic and certain to leave you smiling like a loon, Bayonetta is great. Like much of Platinum's previous content, however, it failed to do the business in stores.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Nobody expected Castlevania: Lords of Shadow to be great. By 2010 the once towering series had dipped in both quality and popularity, and athough Konami had commissioned a reboot, even the publisher wasn’t sure if it should bear the Castlevania name.

Under the watch of new studio Mercury Steam and with a little help from Hideo Kojima, however, Lords of Shadow was exactly what the flagging franchise needed. With combat as sharp as a whip crack, hulking bosses and an expansive campaign, it made Castlevania vital again without setting the charts alight. Get on it quick before the sequel hits early next year, you won't regret it.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

With a couple of notable exceptions the Wild West remains a relatively untapped space in video games, despite having all the ingredients for success. There’s gun fights, lawless towns, the gold rush, cowboys and indians, the civil war, dramatic scenery - everything you need to tell a decent story and enjoy some great shoot outs along the way.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood may not have set the world alight, and in terms of accolades will always exist in the shadow of Red Dead Redemption, but it’s a straight shooting joy, tracing the origins of the fire and brimstone preacher Reverend Ray while dishing out some enjoyably old-school, Call of Duty-esque gunslinging. Neither sophisticated nor inventive, it sure is fun. A true under-appreciated gem.

Vanquish

In Vanquish you can slide on your knees through the legs of a skyscraper-sized robot, turn around, blast it with heat-seeking missiles then sit back as it explodes into a million pieces while you smoke a cigarette. And what’s more there’s an actual button for cigarette smoking. That’s worth a few quid of your money alone.

Alas, however, Vanquish didn’t sell particularly well, probably due to the fact it was short and didn’t have a multiplayer mode. Regardless, there’s more fun squeezed into its 6 hour campaign than in scores of its bloated, collectible-strewn competitors. It’s a ludicrously over-the-top, action-packed hand grenade of a game that’ll have you cackling like a loon. Hunt it down immediately.

Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol looks like ass. Its characters are wooden, its animations are stilted and its environments are dull. It also has crappy enemy AI, more bugs than than the NSA and a defiantly old-fashioned approach to combat. But you know what? We don't care, 'cos we bloody love it anyway.

Obsidian’s action-RPG offers an amazing amount of choice over the way your adventure pans out, it’s a kind of pre-Deus Ex: Human Revolution fashion without all the bells and whistles. You can either invest your XP in super sneaky stealth or beef up your combat skills and weapons and go in blasting. Throw in some brilliant executed, choice-based dialogue wheels and Alpha Protocol asserts itself as a true cult classic. One for the gamer that prefers depth over surface sheen.

Lost Odyssey

There was a time when Microsoft was desperate to attract Japanese games to the Xbox 360, partly to challenge the console’s reputation as a shooter machine, but also to lure in Japanese punters loyal to the PlayStation brand. Securing a couple of exclusives from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was a large part of this, in the form of the JRPGs Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey.

Neither took off either commercially or critically, but to our mind Lost Odyssey remains one of the best JRPGs on the system, an unashamedly old-school love letter to the genre, with a great story of memory loss and double-crossing, a brilliant turn-based combat system and the kind of world and characters that could only originate in the Land of the Rising Sun. They simply don’t make them like this anymore.

Binary Domain

On paper, Binary Domain isn’t the most novel of propositions, which perhaps explains why it didn’t sell particularly well. It’s a cover-based shooter (yeah?), set in a sci-fi universe (so what?), with a gruff, shaven-headed military dude (again?), in which your enemies are robots (zzzzzzzz). It has all been done about 8 gazillion times before. Yet somehow, despite this, Binary Domain is wonderfully enjoyable.

A lot of the game’s pluses come from the quality of the chunky, satisfying shooting, which is accentuated by the way your robotic enemies disintegrate under fire. They splinter into shards of metal, their limbs fly off and nothing, other than utter destruction, can keep them from hopping and crawling towards you. Wonderfully paced and populated by some quirky characters, Binary Domain is far more than the sum of its parts.

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Despite the fact that Condemned: Criminal Origins hit alongside the European launch of the Xbox 360 back in December 2005, you’d still be hard pressed to find a more grim, gory, thoroughly depressing experience on the console all these years later. And we mean that in a good way.

You play Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent on a mission to track down the man that framed him for murder. You achieve this, mostly, by creeping around condemned buildings in the dark, clunking tramps over the head with lead pipes and slowly losing your mind. The word visceral is overused ny the gaming press, but here it’s perfect. You can feel every painful crack in this predominately melee-based game. Utterly unique.

Bulletstorm

If Vanquish is a “ludicrously over-the-top, action-packed hand grenade of a game,” then Bulletstorm is a nuclear bomb of entertaining stupidity. Insanely, relentlessly playful, People Can Fly’s bonkers shooter isn’t interested in subtlety or nuance, it just wants to slide-kick you in the face with fun. 

It’s as creative with its kills as it is with its language, encouraging players to use weapons and environmental objects in novel ways to maim, impale, explode and otherwise eviscerate enemies. In a world of comparatively dull beige man shooters, it stood out as a riot of colour and curse words, but failed to do the business in stores. We’re not exactly sure why, but we take solace in the fact that it coined the word “Dicktits”. Which is a good thing... right?





 
 

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Comment #1 by FPSnoob2012
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 04:52:45 PM
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Bulletstorm remains my favourite game. It's not deep, but it's damn fun. Every shooter seems slightly dull since I earned my first Skill Shot.


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Comment #2 by BKV
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 05:25:45 PM
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Have everything on this list.
Waiting excitedly for Lords of Shadow 2. I wish we had a continuation for Lost Odyssey, that RPG was great.


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Comment #3 by GalrenCreptus
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 05:38:05 PM
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I have to agree, Alpha Protocol, Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are great RPGs with Lost Odyssey being the best RPG on the Xbox 360 and tied for best RPG of the generation.


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Comment #4 by Cookies1560
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 07:22:26 PM
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I cannot fathom why Alpha Protocol is on this list


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Comment #5 by UnleashTheWolf
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 08:36:20 PM
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I thought Bulletstorm was awful, genuinely the worst game that I have ever bought. I only got it because it came with the gow3 beta.


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Comment #6 by GalrenCreptus
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 09:20:19 PM
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@4 Because this last is based on opinion so no game on here is technically wrong. People have different tastes and I bet you could ask every single gamer to come up with their own 10 game list for this be hard pressed to find any 2 lists that were exactly the same.

The only real complaint I had with Alpha Protocol was being able to use an EMP device to hack a purely mechanical lock. Annoying but minor overall.


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Comment #7 by iFraust
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 10:33:20 PM
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Thank you for mentioning Lost Odyssey. Jansen alone made it the best JRPG in the generation.


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Comment #8 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 11:57:20 PM
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Only played Lost Odyssey (sweet freaking game btw) and bulletstorm. Bulletstorm was fun and unique, and it's too bad that it didn't fare well in the end.


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Comment #9 by singhellotaku617
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 12:53:02 AM
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Lost Oddyssey is by far my proudest, stupidest 1000/1000, or whatever it actually is with maxed out dlc achievements 1250/1250 or something...added, spent eons looking for that one missing chest for treasure trove... thought it was brilliant but a bit of a missed opportunity, mostly agree with the rest, still dying for a condemned 3, vanquish is a solid meh but otherwise, fantastic list.


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Comment #10 by gazmaster1
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 02:40:41 AM
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I really couldn't get into metro but managed to get about half of it done so I may go back to finish it one day. On the other hands I have alpha protocol and it sits on my shelf gathering dust after a brief spell of giving it a go and I won't be going back to it anytime soon. Overall its a good list.


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Comment #11 by mjc0961
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 03:58:38 AM
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"Alpha Protocol looks like ass. Its characters are wooden, its animations are stilted and its environments are dull. It also has crappy enemy AI, more bugs than than the NSA and a defiantly old-fashioned approach to combat."

I agree. But I happened to care a lot and it's why I couldn't force myself to finish the damn thing. But at least I gave it a try.

Also I have to camp with #5 about Bulletstorm, it was awful. It may have creative swearing, but that's not enough to carry the game. It was kind of obnoxious how the ads were all about how it's not your typical dull realistic FPS, and yet they still had the fucking stupid regenerating health system that saw me spending more time ducking behind a bit of wall waiting for the jam to disappear from my screen (or the color to come back, I can't remember which one of the equally unappealing options this game went for) than actually trying to do any creative kills. It also wasn't helped by the shooting mechanics just not feeling right. I can't really explain it well but aiming and shooting both just felt really awkward to me in this game.

And finally, Bulletstorm has about the worst PC version of a game that I've had the misfortune of playing throughout this lifespan of consoles. Can't remap the keys however you like, it keeps random controls bound together even when you're on a keyboard (for example, reload and interact are stuck on the same button which is infuriating). Can't fucking turn off mouse acceleration without downloading a special text editor that cracks the stupid encryption they put on the INI file that contains the mouse acceleration setting. And when the POS launched, you couldn't even run it on most resolutions without the framerate tanking.

Basically, to me, Bulletstorm was a failure in nearly every way possible. The only thing it had going for it is that it looks really nice, but you know what? I've played so many GOOD games that are colorful that Bulletstorm doesn't get a pass for just that one thing. Bullestorm wouldn't go on my personal list of 10 brilliant games someone might have missed, it would go on my personal list of the 10 worst games I played this generation.

Anyway, onto agreements with the list now. :p

Condemned is indeed an awesome game. Loved it. It really is a shame that the sequel decided it wanted to be a first person shooter for most of the game. I also wish both games did more with their crime scene mechanics. But above all else, I wish the series had gotten a proper ending. But nope, 2 ended on a cliffhanger and didn't sell well enough to get the Condemned 3 most of us who have played the games would really like to see.

I actually have Binary Domain on Steam but I've yet to play it (along with nearly everything else in my Steam library). Really need to get around to playing that, along with Spec Ops The Line which is another game that seems to get regularly praised as one of the best games you probably never played.

Also of note, I think I would have put Darkness 2 on my list. That game managed the gunplay and the demon powers really well and was tons of fun to play.


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Comment #12 by AW Jadesniper
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 04:26:08 AM
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glad lost odyssey was added; love that game. It was an awesome rpg but 2nd on my list for best rpg this gen behind my favorite overall xbox 360 game Tales of vesperia.


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Comment #13 by IXISHADOW
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 06:40:07 AM
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I'm glad Metro 2033 made the list. It's such an underrated game and deserves a lot more praise.


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Comment #14 by Ventilator
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 02:28:41 PM
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The list is good, but it misses a major forgotten 360 game. Exclusive title too.

"Kameo - Elements of Power" One of the best and most unique games this generation.


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Comment #15 by Sh3rMaN420
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 02:49:42 PM
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Condemned: Criminal Origins FTW


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Comment #16 by Iceskater101
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 04:29:01 PM
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I really want to give Alpha Protocol and Condemned a chance. From the description and the screenshots, both games look like they would be really fun.


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Comment #17 by tazaf
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 07:44:34 PM
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Thank you for putting those underrated good games in the spotlight. Many of them deserves such attention as they are fine pieces of art. I especially aim at Lost Odyssey (which give me some of my most beautiful moments as a gamer), Metro 2033 (and his brilliant atmosphere of despair and devastation) and Condemned (an incredible intense, dark and tortured gaming experience).

Thank you. May your post encourage people in playing those games.


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Comment #18 by SUPER WHITEMANx
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 10:13:13 PM
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Call of Juarez Gunslinger is a much better game than Bound in Blood (better controls, graphics, and story) and it is an arcade game for only $15.


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Comment #19 by Fozki Razormaid
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 10:22:30 PM
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enslaved was also underrated
so is kof13 its better than sf


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Comment #20 by jackanape
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 08:46:45 AM
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Bayonetta is not "leather clad" her outfit is, in fact, made up of her giant hair do - as you discover when you pull off some of her insanely OTT finishing moves. What a great game that is. Only game I ever bought, completed, traded in and then re-bought because I wanted another go.


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Comment #21 by dAFKave813
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 09:53:18 AM
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I agree with 19 about Enslaved. It is in my top 5 games this generation and probably top 10 games overall. The story and characters were great and really easy to get attached to and the gameplay was a blast. I definitely think it should be on anybody's list of top under rated/overlooked games.


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Comment #22 by Hurricane Of 87
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 01:02:56 PM
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I don't love Enslaved but it does almost everything Remember Me did far better.

I remember writing Binary Domain off after playing the demo. I was expecting something similar to Vanquish but it played sooooooooo sloooooooowly. I know what to expect from it and it's dead cheap so I've been in the dreaded 'to play' list. Will it ever make it out alive?

Didn't like Bayonetta but as above I was probably hoping for it play more like God Hand and deeply disappointed.

My lesser known favs:
FUSE

A Gears clone no doubt, but with silky smooth gameplay and controls that remove all the aggravating fuck ups found in other TPSes. Probably the first time this generation a game got the 'Turn the corner and stay in cover at the same time' thing right. Turning each character into a 'class' upped the replay value for me, as well as making you change your approach from sniper to human shield or cloaked flanker. Plus you could switch characters on the fly so you could switch it up if you felt like it or if you wanted a view of the battlefield from a different perspective. Just like that~!

Bullet sponge mechs, jetpacking snipers, cloaked chargers, explosive bugs and enemies with shields keep you on your toes, flushing you from cover.
this game can manage a LOAD of enemies on screen at once of many varieties whilst experiences no slow down and I reckon it looks pretty decent graphically.

Pity they didn't invest much in the story or the characters which all feels thinly written, like a rough draft that was never improved upon and the score's a bit wallpaper. The boss fights on levels 4,5 and 6 feel like poor copies of previous boss fights within the game.

Still there's a horde mode that removes all the bumfluff allowing the game to shine. By blasting fuckers in the face nonstop. Gimme.

Mercury HG

You tilt the world so you can shuffle your reflective metal blob to the finish point. They up the replay value by putting 3 specific tasks for each level (Speed, pickups, mercury held). Then the challenges ask you to do consecutive levels while doing parts of the above three tasks at once.
At their highest level you need to collect all pickups, hold onto 100% of your mercury and have little forgiveness when it comes to time.
The air in front of your fists will have to take out a restraining order when you complete them.

Zuma / Zuma's Revenge

I love a game where you get pulled into intensely focusing on the screen, approaching a level of hyperawareness and burning eyeballs that make you feel omnipotent. Until you get a blue. Blue. Blue, blue blue blue, blueblueblue, WHERESTHEFUCKINGBLUENOOOOOOO.

Hybrid
Released in the middle of a Summer Of Arcade where the expected star Deadlight let everyone down and Dust: An Elysian Tail stole the away with the limelight. I'd wager Hybrid's a graveyard now being 3v3-MP only and 5th Cell only have themselves to blame with the lack of bots, but the cover-to-cover-or-maybe-the-cover-after-yours-and-i'll-drop-a-nade-as-i-fly-past mentality and range of abilities meant that kept us flying at each other instead of popping our heads above the parapet.

3v3 sound a little empty? Each player can fire off AI bodyguard robots to roll with them be it holding down one spot, providing support and a distracting target while you fly towards your enemies, a fat bullet sponge to hide your approach or perhaps flying over to them and dropping your bot and immediately retreating laughing your arse off.
It beefed up available strategies, kept the number of targets plentiful and gave noobs some plankton to shoot at and feel good about themselves.
Taking notes Titanfall?

Shank 2
I don't know if it was big at the time but Klei seem to be slowly retconning it out of their history.
Shank was an improvement on the original in everyway. Sharper, more colour, more space, contextual counters, melee weapons, more colourful enemies and creative ideas plastered throughout each level and STILL tough on the Hard difficulty.
It manages to have movie style action set pieces that fit right next to you nailing a dude with a road sign and then shotgunning his dog.
Then they added a survival mode with additional deathtraps, weaponry and zombie midgets. Klei are too kind.


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Comment #23 by Nitnoid
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 04:17:46 PM
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I still say Alpha Protocol was one of the best games I've played. I completed 3 full play-thrus and 4 partials to get all of the endings and all of the achievements. IT'S NOT A SHOOTER! Its a stealth/rpg. If you play it like that, you'll love it. And for under $10 in the bargain bin, it sure beats the $60 I spent on it. :)


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Comment #24 by knight0fs
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 09:14:24 PM
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Ugh, bulletstorm was awful. You need an online pass for multi-player, campaign was shallow and cliche and way to much cussing...


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Comment #25 by brbnasec
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 01:22:17 AM
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I personally loved Singularity but not many people seem to have played it


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Comment #26 by ScoobyWRX555
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 03:42:41 AM
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Another one that looks like I wont play on this generation is ME3. shame but I wont buy the game plus over £30 of dlc. Its afew years old now just release it on disc and stop milking it


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Comment #27 by Karachi King
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 04:14:33 AM
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@23: I totally agree with you. I loved Alpha Protocol. It's not often that I finish a game, and immediately start a new playthrough.

It's one of the few games with story choices that I felt actually had major consequences. And I was still seeing new stuff in my third and fourth playthrough.


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Comment #28 by KIDDRAGON67
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 04:47:29 AM
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You missed Enslaved: Odyssey to the west.


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Comment #29 by GR4V1G0R3
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 08:06:35 AM
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played and agree with most of these, there are a few exceptions :- binary domain - poop [IMO], bulletstorm [mediocre shooter - iffy controls, characters and levels]

now, call of Juarez I never played, because of the original [I did buy it from ebay a long time ago, but sold it immediately after playing the original]

alpha protocol has always managed to put me off buying it, one way or another, different elements each time, but always leading to the same, I no buy result



bayonetta, vanquish, lost oddysee, castlevania & metro are good games though, only castlevania I haven't owned, but have played, lost oddysee I owned but never got round to playing properly, i'd pretty much given up on the xbox after some of microsofts shenanigans, so it got sold along with most of my collection [only keeping shmups because they lose too much value]


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Comment #30 by Fozki Razormaid
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 01:54:23 PM
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I hope the admins do a list of top 10 worst and most overrated games
of this generation


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Comment #31 by I mak3 big boom
Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 03:00:37 PM
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Vanquish deserves it most IMO. such a great game.


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Comment #32 by Eludingkarma
Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 07:52:34 AM
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Enslaved is probably my favorite 360 game. I still can't believe how few of my friends know what it is let alone have played it. I'm dying for a sequel but doubt it will happen.


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Comment #33 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 08:38:08 AM
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Good list. I enjoyed Bayonetta and Vanquish. I'll have to give Metro and Binary Domain a try.


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Comment #34 by owenstoodstill
Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 02:59:22 PM
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some cracking games on that list. Bulletstorm and Metro are the stand outs for me


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Comment #35 by lord verh
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 03:29:38 PM
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Thanks guys for recommending Binary Domain, picked it up cheap because of this article and it was awesome. The story and plot twists are just that good, the at times boring gameplay is the only minor downside and the multiplayer achievements of course, thanks! BTW own everything else on the list except Alpha Protocol, especially loved Metro and Lost Odyssey myself as well. Great article.


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Comment #36 by JohnTegnar
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 07:04:33 PM
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Alot of games here i have missed. Need to go back and play Bulletstorm and Binary Domain


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Comment #37 by immortality20
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 09:36:33 PM
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I'd also add games like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Bourne Identity, Wet, Afro Samurai, Split/Second, Stuntman: Ignition and of course Shadows of the Damned.


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Comment #38 by tunaleg
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 09:48:49 PM
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The Darkness


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Comment #39 by Scottcool
Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 09:50:06 AM
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Bulletstorm is the most original shooter I've played in years, echoes mode was fantastic as it required intelligence and skill (I am a touch biased though, I did kill with the most skill)


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Comment #40 by The_Truth
Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 11:21:39 AM
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Played five of those and freaking adored Bayonetta, Vanquish, Condemned and Lost Odyssey. Did not care for Bulletstorm. There's a line between good dumb fun and pain in the arse obnoxiously stupid and I felt that they leapt straight over it. Wanna hunt down that writer and "kill his dick".

Also agree that Enslaved would be perfect for this list. Based on those sales figures overlooked is an understatement.


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Comment #41 by AlienDenzil85
Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 02:29:23 PM
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I've played a few of these games but will probably try the rest fairly soon, as I'm not going next gen for a few years yet!


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Comment #42 by macd
Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 09:46:45 PM
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Lost Odyssey is a true gem. It suffers from comically long loading times. Even with an install, it is like 20+ seconds to load a battle. And you fight a lot of battles. Great game, but should have been optimised or designed better.

Alpha Protocol - The combat isn't great but the depth of story is fantastic. My first play I left with opinions of certain characters that were completely different second time through. I saw twists in later plays that changed my minds even more. I was used by people. I used people. I was a pawn in someone's chess game and I was the grandmaster moving my pieces. If the core gameplay could have been tightened up. And if pistol's weren't clearly the best ability to level in the game (freeze time + 4 or 5 headshots with special ability) it would have been improved. Worth a play - better with 2.

Vanquish - thought this was average.

Metro 2033 - pretty average too imo.


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Comment #43 by Happy Ronin NZ
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 01:19:52 AM
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Enslaved should be there. I agree with Lost Odyssey. I played finished it, sold it and now regret selling it. Very good game even if the achievements were a bit wanky!

But I can't agree with Alpha Protocol. It tried to be good but failed in too many areas. The security mini-games in it ruined it for me, tedious and rediculous. I have finished one playthrough and just can't bring myself to continue and finish the achievements. There are much better hidden gems out there in my opinion.


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Comment #44 by Secrecy
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 06:59:00 AM
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The Saboteur, Timeshift, Singularity, Kingdoms of Amalur... Real true gems that left in the article.

I HATE Platinum games. Also Metro 2033 had some problems. Last Light is much better. They don´t deserve to be in the list imo.


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Comment #45 by Agent Mantis
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 10:50:52 AM
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I've played and completed all but bulletstorm and binary domain. Vanquish was amazing, pure gameplay, all the extra crap cut away. I'd of added the darkness and enslaved to that list.


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Comment #46 by Chewit
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 02:21:50 PM
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The Tropico games needs to be on that list!


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Comment #47 by hir0 sempai
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 03:06:17 PM
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Yes, Enslaved was a fantastic game. It's surely one of the best looking 360 games and has an enjoying very long campaign. I also liked Singularity, the Saboteur, Shadow of the Damned and Red Faction Armageddon with its uncountable possibilities to kill someone(


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Comment #48 by hir0 sempai
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 03:08:53 PM
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And don't underestimate the 75 different ways of murder in The Godfather 2, although this game is very f*ugly, shovin a baseballbat in someones face is unmatched.


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Comment #49 by ELITE SPARTAN
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 04:56:55 PM
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I understand people have their own opinions but Alpha Protocol was just awful, Ive played a lot of awful games but Alpha Protocol is up there with the worst, the premise is pretty awesome though, an espionage rpg, but it just wasn't executed right


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Comment #50 by LickableLemons7
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 07:48:46 PM
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Some of my favorite "underdog" games from this gen would have to be Sleeping Dogs and Prey. Not sure if Beyond: Two Souls counts. It got pretty mediocre reviews and I'm not certain if it sold like hotcakes but I still loved it. My 2013 GOTY.

Never tried out Enslaved but with a following of the likes that I've seen in these comments I should give it a whirl. It's been sitting on my backlog for a while now.


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Comment #51 by OMGmyFACE
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 05:14:47 AM
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Man, I'm STILL losing sleep over not having Treasure Trove in Lost Odyssey. I mean, I could go back and dedicate another few hours to scouring every single inch of every maps, under and above, but I know it'll only frustrate me. It haunts me, that 980/1000...


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Comment #52 by Ostrowski
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 10:22:36 AM
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I have only played 2 of these games lol, bulletstorm and condemned, both of which are excellent


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Comment #53 by HolaOswaldo
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 03:52:58 PM
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Castlevania Lords of Shadow is such an amazing game. Recommend it to anyone that has not played it yet.


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Comment #54 by hir0 sempai
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 06:22:08 PM
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I also had much fun with WET. And the gory Conan had its moments too ^^


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Comment #55 by Dothackbear
Saturday, November 02, 2013 @ 05:03:15 PM
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stranglehold, stuntmant ignition(really hard but also really rewarding when you pull off a entire stunt scene) split second was really awesome too


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Comment #56 by THE DEADLY DOG
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 06:48:28 AM
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I somehow missed all of them haha.


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Comment #57 by sniper mantis
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 07:40:02 AM
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dark souls!


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Comment #58 by Play Up Pomp3y
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 08:43:31 AM
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Don't know what I'd lose off this list but personally Mirrors Edge, Alan Wake and Spec Ops the line are all games I'm really glad I took a punt on and played. None set the world on fire in terms of sales but I was genuinely sorry when all 3 ended.


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Comment #59 by DragonessAthena
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 08:54:05 AM
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Kojima actually had nothing to do with Lords of Shadow. He was originally going to be working on it when they kicked Igarashi off the Castlevania series since he made so many horrible DS Castlevania's and the abomination Castlevania fighting game for the Wii, but he did nothing at all and was stripped from the credits after the 360/PS3 version was released. There's no mention of him in the PC or Mirror of Fate, or his team, and the Snake costume/MGS reference removed from the PC game. The game was all MercurySteam, and they did an amazing job reviving Castlvania after Igarashi had ruining it on the DS and Wii (and with his copy/paste Xbox360/PS3 download game).


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Comment #60 by Secrecy
Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 04:22:02 AM
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Right. Castlevania Lords of Shadow is made in Spain. Mercury Steam made it and Kojima had absolutely nothing to do with the project. Attach his name to this Castlevania is only a marketing decission from Konami.


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Comment #61 by Coruba
Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 08:22:35 AM
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Castlevania was awesome I must admit, and I liked Metro a fair bit too. I tried some of the others on this list and would admit that they are worth a look but not to the standard of the aforementioned.


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Comment #62 by xDante1986
Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 01:31:44 PM
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really don´t understand why Alpha protocol on the list, because it´s a shit and same with castlevania, but due to quality of the series (but must admit, that other 3D castlevania were not too good).

I´m missing Shadow of the damned was really good and underestimated...


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Comment #63 by Grummy
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 07:24:10 AM
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Alpha Protocol is on the list because it's fucking awesome. Yeah, it's not the prettiest game in the world, but most people who played it thought they were playing Splinter Cell and didn't get on with it, cuopled with the average visuals, they just hated it outright. What it actually is, is a full blown stealth RPG and it plays beautifully. It has an amazing story, brilliant characters, a tonne of choice and consequence mechanics and the dialogue options work better than anything Bioware managed with Mass Effect.


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Comment #64 by gravelandx88
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 09:41:47 AM
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I must say Lost Odyssey was an awesome game, specially like the opening trailer. Never played Binary Domain but that picture looks great. I will have to check it out.


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Comment #65 by evllmatt9
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 10:42:57 AM
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Im with a few others recommending Alan Wake, Singularity, and Darksiders (depending on if they can be considered low enough commercial successes to qualify.) Somehow Lost Odyssey slipped through the cracks for me so im extremely pleased this list was released, and Enslaved was next on the pile anyway.


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Comment #66 by Sonnenberg
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 12:16:24 AM
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bulletstorm was not good.


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Comment #67 by NeoSant
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 03:27:53 PM
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Lost Odyssey is probably the best game of the generation. I still play it, graphically its better than almost every game nowadays, and the story,mechanics and all the real important stuff on a game is awesome!

Thanks for mention it.


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Comment #68 by izzy702
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 03:06:23 AM
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I have to agree with Bayonetta and Castlevania, but have yet to finish them. I'll have plenty of time since I won't be getting an xbox one. It's kind of sad to hear about the end of the 360 era but luckily they'll still be supporting it for awhile, even with a ps4 I'll still have a good time achieving :)


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Comment #69 by KingLouis51
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 10:32:37 PM
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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts needs to be on this list.


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Comment #70 by Doc Lolly
Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 09:18:20 PM
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no deadly premonition?!?!?!? It was the best worst game i ever played


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Comment #71 by SasileUchiha92
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 08:01:52 PM
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Lost Odyssey was great. I'm glad to see it's getting some recognition. If it wasn't so long, i'd replay it.

Bulletstorm was ok. The gameplay was pretty good, but the characters were horrible. I hated every single one of them. And it got a little repetitive for me.

I never played Alpha Protocol, but this may be the first list i've ever seen it on that wasn't negative.

I thought Bayonetta was a PS3 exclusive. Or maybe i'm thinking of another game. Might have to check that out eventually.


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Comment #72 by Dazz
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:50:22 PM
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@#5

That's generally the reason everyone I know bought Bulletstorm, for the GOW3 beta.

I have it in my collection (bought it from my brother a few months ago for £3 when he decided to sell his completed 360 games for money to buy a PS4 with) and haven't had chance to play it yet but he told me it was one of the few FPS games he's enjoyed since he stole games of Goldeneye on my N64 back in the 90s.


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Comment #73 by Hittowl
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 05:37:13 PM
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Of the above played Lost Odessey, Bayonetta, Bulletstorm & Vanquish. Enjoyed playing the first two of these, not so much the last two.

Agree with many of the posts who mention Enslaved, well worth a try. Great characters and story.


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Comment #74 by LokTechCEO
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 08:39:12 PM
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Yeah Bulletstorm isn't classified as 'great' Some of the combos and stuff you can do are cool but the world is pretty dull and lifeless and a very cliche boss battle near the end


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Comment #75 by FaSCoRP
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 08:32:18 AM
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totally agree with Lost Odyssey, best jrpg I played for years


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Comment #76 by ginge88isfun
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 10:34:36 AM
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Bulletstorm was an average game at best, different to much shooters but gets repetitive over time. Would I play it again if I had it in my collection, definitely.

Metro 2033, having played Fallout 3 before this, it kinda fell into Fallout's shadow, also didn't enjoy the gameplay of Metro 2033.

Condemned, I can honestly say this game was awful, to be fair it is old and came out when the 360 did but its something I didn't enjoy from the moment I put it in the tray.

The rest of this list I haven't played so I can't pass judgement.


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Comment #77 by Fire Hawk D
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 11:54:20 PM
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Played 'Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood', 'Alpha Protocol', and 'Condemned: Criminal Origins', the demo for 'Bulletstorm', and have wanted to play a couple others on the list. I also keep pretty up-to-date on all games, so I have a pretty good idea of the rest of them.

So, I can reasonably say I agree with the list completely.


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Comment #78 by L KIRA HAYABUSA
Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 10:30:03 AM
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I love Bayonetta


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Comment #79 by Scobiwan31
Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 09:23:18 AM
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Great list, I'd like to add The Darkness though as an insane amount of people seem never to have played it, it's a masterpiece! I also think Enslaved and Singularity deserved better sales than they got.


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Comment #80 by Ingen Kommentar
Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 11:11:52 AM
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Kind of surprised with the list, of course it`s a matter of opinion, but surely not the list i would have come up with. based as a gamer and retailer.

As many others have said. Enslaved: Odyssey to the west... AMAZING game that many forgot. but other great games from this generation could have been.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the west, As pointed.
The Saboteur - Blur - Split Second - Darksiders 1+2
Marjin & The forsaken kingdom - Juiced 2 - Deus EX: Human Revolution - Riddick
Dante`s Inferno and Brûtal Legend.

Surely there a more.. be i'm pretty sure some of these titles deserve more than some of the games on the list.. IMO


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Comment #81 by ChomskyKnows
Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 09:49:00 PM
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Alpha Protocol was horrendous. Couldn't keep playing it. Bayonetta was way overrated.


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Comment #82 by MenialPegasus
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 06:36:10 AM
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I bloody love Alpha Protocol and Binary Domain. Two crackers right there.

I pre-ordered Bayonetta (got a free gun with it). It didn't arrive on release day (damn you, ShopTo) so I went into town and bought Darksiders instead. Eventually Bayonetta did turn up (4 days late) but I just never got around to playing it. Stupid I know, but every generation there seems to be a game I buy at release, only to never play. The same thing happened in 2004 with Transformers on the PS2.


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Comment #83 by Vitamin Dean
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 01:17:47 PM
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Bahyonetta is a perfect game. It got out 10/10 in Edge.


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Comment #85 by flechetteXXX
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 11:12:15 PM
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I agree with almost all of these Most of these games were easily some of the most original and entertaining games this generation but just got lost amid all the high profile crap that gets turned out annually (not naming names)


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Comment #86 by Aussie27Legend
Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 03:51:27 AM
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This is a very good list, throw Catherine and Spec Ops The Line on there and its pretty well perfect


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Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 02:57:07 PM
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Comment #88 by DavidAnGhaeilge
Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 10:20:47 PM
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Nier should be at least an honorable mention. Compelling story that gets better with each play-through.


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Comment #89 by snoobs
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 04:58:37 AM
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bulletstorm will always stay in my collection, brilliant game


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Comment #90 by WadeMcG
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 06:00:55 AM
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Bayonetta and Bulletstorm are the only two games on this list that I have in my collection.

Bayonetta is the only X360 game not named Fight Night Round 3 (which I have) or King Kong (which I don't) that I have 1000/1000 achievement points on. I still haven't peeled the shrinkwrap off Bulletstorm.

Split Second and certain Arc System Works developed fighting games are also personal favourites that didn't sell by the shitload.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 01:07:30 PM
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Comment #92 by DiasdeGalvan
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 06:11:39 PM
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Glad to see Metro 2033 mentioned it is in my top games for this generation played through the campaign numerous times.


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Comment #93 by Hayabusa66
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:33:05 AM
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Lost Odessey is the best JRPG this Generation on all Systems in my Opinion.
Bayonetta is simply the Best Game ever created. Thx God i have a WiiU for Bayonetta 2 :D


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Comment #94 by MoldyClay87
Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 02:35:15 AM
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I own 4 of those.

Lords of Shadow
Bayonetta
Condemned
Bulletstorm

I have not played through Bulletstorm or Bayonetta, but I love the demos for both. Bulletstorm reminded me of Metroid Prime 3's grapple lasso, but expanded. Kinda makes me wish it was on Wii or something just to do the motion, as silly as that sounds. Plus I just like aiming with the remote versus dual sticks. Bayonetta kicks my ass, hard, but I liked playing it. I also liked playing the demo for Bayonetta 2 at NYCC. Super pumped. Bought Bayonetta to prep me for the sequel.

Lords of Shadow is one of my favorite games. I loved every minute of 100%-ing it and the DLC (which I am glad I got on sale, not because they were bad, but because they were stupid short). I love Castlevania, specifically classic (versus IGA's Metroid/Castlevania 2-style ones) and I also loved Mirror of Fate (which I played on 3DS).

Condemned was good, but I dunno if I'd call it brilliant and one you can't miss. The second one upset me, though.


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Comment #95 by dgroberts27
Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 05:08:30 AM
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Bulletstorm is a blast. Castlevania is really cool. Just got Metro so I'm looking forward to that. Bayonetta sucks. I hate Bayonetta. A lot. It's story, music, and dialogue are like nails on a chalkboard. It's not as bad on mute, but I don't want to play a game on mute.


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Comment #97 by REfan001
Monday, December 02, 2013 @ 04:07:39 PM
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Alpha Protocol fucking sucked


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Comment #98 by theo
Friday, December 06, 2013 @ 10:54:20 AM
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Why is 'Deadly Premonition' missing???


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Comment #99 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 05:33:04 PM
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These could've easily been added to that list as well:

Alice: Madness Returns
Velvet Assassin
Spec Ops: The Line
Singularity
The Saboteur
Just Cause 2


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Comment #100 by cstbrophy
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 02:19:44 AM
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Yaris didn't make the list?

I tried Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta , but I really disliked both. Alpha Protocol had clunky gameplay which is unacceptable in this day an age even if it is an RPG. Bayonetta is too Japanese for me.

I am getting close to playing metro 2033 and bulletstorm on steam. Hopefully they are good.


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Comment #101 by xDante1986
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 10:36:35 AM
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Missing Shadows of the damned or Chainsaw lollipop...


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Comment #103 by XeCuTioNR
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 12:57:41 PM
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Some of my underated/hidden gems this gen are:

Enslaved
Singularity
Blur
DeathSmiles
DoDonPachi Resurrection
Binary Domain
Juiced 2
Split/Second
Raiden IV
Raiden Fighters ACES
Flatout UC
FUEL
Child of Eden
Battle Fantasia

I could put more but these are a few games at the top of my head that seem stick out abit in their own way.


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Comment #104 by bigsilentrob
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 08:31:55 PM
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@103, how was Raiden Fighter Aces compared to Raiden IV? I really enjoyed Raiden IV.


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Comment #105 by themaxxx74
Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 11:06:43 AM
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Condemned is by far the best game on this list by a country mile, only dead space comes close to the horror that this games provides.


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Comment #106 by XeCuTioNR
Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 01:47:29 PM
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@104 (bigsilentrob) Raiden Fighters ACES is a great little complation of the Raiden Fighters games (think Strikers 1945 with its many plane choices and add Raiden shum gameplay) Its pretty cheap and highly recommended for any retro and shumup fan out there.


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Comment #107 by Darc Jak
Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 04:45:24 AM
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Metro was a good game, and Last Light was one of my favorite games of all time. I'm am very pleased to see it's predecessor on this list. An atmospheric masterpiece that had amazing sense of authenticity and was a very well constructed game with great guns that were all fun to play with and sounded great. 2055, although, not as polished as it's sequel, was still a great game that many gamers overlooked. I luckily talked a lot of my regular customers at work into trying Last Light and they loved it.


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Comment #108 by Darc Jak
Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 04:46:36 AM
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Definitely meant "2033." >.


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Comment #109 by IvanCARDINAL89
Friday, January 03, 2014 @ 02:15:17 AM
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Rented Metro 2033 and really liked it. Still haven't achieved 100%. I'll buy it soon enough and complete it.


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Comment #110 by ollietwo
Sunday, February 02, 2014 @ 07:16:26 PM
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Borderlands 2 should be on this list,
Great game and hours of fun!
I didn't mind Bulletstorm as it was quite different to other shooters.
Afro Samurai deserves a mention for being unique.


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Comment #111 by metabolicbatman
Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 04:22:33 AM
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Bulletstorm had a terribly shallow story, terrible script, and even worse characters. Gameplay was ok but nothing worthy of making this list. There were much better games to be played.


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