#10 - Alan Wake (2010 - XBOX 360)
The story is absolutely incredible and enthralling and all that, but that wouldn’t matter if the game wasn’t so much fun to play. Personally, I cannot get tired of the gameplay mechanics, and seeing more of the story is a great reward for advancing.
#9 - Heavy Rain (2010 - PS3)
This game is one of the best experiences of this generation. The characters and the story and the ways that the story can change based on actions make Heavy Rain one of the best and most unforgettable games of this generation.
#8 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 - PS3, XBOX 360)
This is the game that made the CoD series so popular, and love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny Modern Warfare’s place among the best games of this generation. The controls are top notch, the action is incredible, and the campaign may be the best of any multiplayer-centric FPS this gen. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful game.
# 7 - InFamous (2009 - PS3)
It has glitches, the open world could be more, um, open, and Cole McGrath is hard to connect to in this game, but the game has two major things things that make it a truly great game. First, the gameplay and the powers are just awesome. Second, this may well have the best story of this generation (well, after Bioshock). Also, the final boss fight and game’s ending are as good as it gets.
#6 - New Super Mario Bros. (2009 - Wii)
I know, I know, I’m not saying Mario Galaxy games. That’s because this game is just so incredible. Not only are the levels expertly designed and the controls flawless, but the 2-4 player co-op is just so much fun. Players can attack each other and laugh about it, or they can utilize teamwork to beat and master the levels (and it’s required for some star coins). Maybe this game is ‘lazy’ work by Nintendo, as some claim, but it’s so fun that, really, who cares? Few games are simply as much fun as this one.
#5 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009 - PS3)
Uncharted 2 has so much going for it: Great characters, beautiful graphics and settings, enthralling story, incredible platforming, and top notch third person shooting. I can’t come up with anything negative to say about the game. Actually I do-it ends.
#4 - Portal (2007 - PS3 and XBOX 360)
Were I counting The Orange Box as a whole, then it would be higher, but I’m not, so Portal comes in a number 4. It’s such a fun game and it’s so easy to get lost in the game for a few hours. Not only is it insanely fun to play and think through the challenges, but it’s hard to find a better character than GlaDOS.
#3 - Red Dead Redemption (2010 - XBOX 360 and PS3)
Speaking of great playable characters, it’s hard to top John Marston. However, the world of Red Dead is what makes this game so high on the list. The world is very large and beautiful, and just riding on your horse never gets old when you’re riding across such a stunning landscape. In addition, the side characters and the story and the gameplay are all just incredible as well. It’s a near perfect game and well deserving on any ‘best games’ list.
#2 - Metal Gear Solid 4 (2008 - PS3)
This game is so stunning with its graphics, story, and certainly gameplay. Rarely does one find a better game in terms of sheer gameplay than MGS4, and while it tends to be overshadowed by the story and insane amount of (albeit great) cutscenes, the gameplay and controls are what make Metal Gear Solid 4 the second best game of this generation. Oh, and getting to play as the legendary Solid Snake could not be anything less than awesome.
#1 - Bioshock (2007 - Xbox 360, PS3)
Bioshock is, pretty much, the perfect video game. The setting is astounding and so unbelievably immersible, the method of story telling is interesting and perfectly woven into the gameplay, and the characters are so enriched and interesting. This game makes a strong case for not only best game of the generation, but best game of all time.