Published on October 11th, 2014 | by IceCube

Top 100 Xbox 360 & PS3 Games: 80-71

With the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 battle coming to a close, I am presenting my Top 100 games from the generation in a weekly series. I’ve played almost every game on both consoles and the list is set. It will be presented to you as a countdown in 10’s every week until we hit number one. Enjoy the reveal of numbers 80-71 below and tune in each week for the rest! My selection criteria and currently-revealed list is at the bottom of the page

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80. Homefront

What’s it about?   A first-person shooter where the might of the North Korean army overruns United States soil.
Why is it here?   The campaign setting was a winner here. It put you deep in a scary, “what-if” scenario where innocents were being slaughtered and buried in mass graves, while you were part of a small rebellion fighting back for a chance of survival.

 79. Dynasty Warriors 8Jin_WangYuanji1

What’s it about?   One warrior versus an army in the Battles of the Three Kingdoms… Again.
Why is it here?   I agree they’ve made way too many of these games, but this was the first in the series to overhaul the character designs and graphics, and they looked noticeably impressive. What made me love this so much was the great character variety and the gameplay refinements.

78. Batman: Arkham Asylum

What’s it about?   The Dark Knight himself must take back control of Arkham Asylum from The Joker and his cronies.
Why is it here?   It’s the first game of the Arkham series that refined the Superhero genre. As great as the combat and story was, I’ll always remember that amazing intro scene as Batman admits The Joker into Arkham Asylum, which sets the tempo for the rest of the game.

77. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

What’s it about?   A third-person shooter with a futuristic take on modern tactical warfare and co-op strike missions.
Why is it here?   We’ve seen a number of Advanced Warfare shooters come late to the party, but these Ghost Recon games kinda started the trend. I liked the modern technology in this game, like the invisibility cloak and drones, as well as the co-op play and stealth tactics. It’s badass.

 76. RAGE1388shot00684

What’s it about?   A post-apocalyptic, first-person shooter done by the braggers who created DOOM.
Why is it here?   It’s the most polished shooter I played on the consoles, with a frame rate that was smoother than Kate Upton’s cleavage. The setting was pretty awesome too.

 75. Assassin’s Creed160_[ASSASSINS_CREED]_S_[Jerusalem]_[HighPoint1]

What’s it about?   The virtually-recreated memories of an assassin named Altair in 1191 of The Holy Land, about the assassin’s revolt against the templars.
Why is it here?   No – not AC2 or Brotherhood – this one! The original game is king! Don’t you remember how impressive this game looked when casting your eyes over the detailed white city of Constantinople for the very first time? How about your introduction to the fluid parkour movements and kamikaze dives into conveniently-placed haystacks? It was new and amazing! More importantly, Altair (AC1) was a brooding and cool assassin with an unknown identity, but Ezio (AC2) is a complete douchebag nobleman who, er, also happens to also be an assassin… Nobility sits behind high walls, eats buffet’s, gets fat and gives orders. What the hell kind of nobleman then dives out the window to assassinate people during the day?!

74. Heavenly SwordHeavenly_Sword__Leipzig_-PlayStation_3Screenshots12615heavenlysword00000_copy

What’s it about?   A fiery, Asian red-head uses a powerful blade to defend her people from the evil forces of King Bohan.
Why is it here?   One of the PlayStation 3’s earlier titles, this unusual action game was set in a unique fantasy world full of quirky and lovable characters, like Nariko, Kai and memorable bosses. I also loved how combat featured a great variety of moves, even thrown items that could be guided using the DualShock 3 controller’s motion sensor.

73. Ghostbusters: The Video Game

What’s it about?   We may not have gotten the Ghostbusters 3 movie we all wanted, but at least we got this third-person “proton-gun” shooter. You play as the new recruit on the team two years after the events of the second film.
Why is it here?   Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of the Ghostbusters films, but I loved the chance to finally play a proper game based on the movies. It captured the original vibe well, but what made it elite was having the voice acting and script direction from the real cast.

 72. Sleeping Dogs9173SD_Screenshot_KungFu

What’s it about?   An open-world action game set in Hong Kong about an undercover cop trying to break into the Triad crime gang.
Why is it here?   This game used to be called True Crime: Hong Kong, before Activision pulled the plug on the project. Namco Bandai then picked it up and rebranded it Sleeping Dogs, and they were rewarded with great feedback from critics and an excellent 83% metacritic score average. It was a victory for the hard working developers who were let down unjustly, as well as a victory for new IP’s in general. It was a great story with plenty of freedom and good combat and action.

71. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

What’s it about?   An aerial combat that brought excitement and energy to a genre that was losing its mojo.
Why is it here?   This game felt like the Call of Duty of air combat games. It had one of the best music soundtracks of the generation and the CRA (Close Range Assault) mode brought extra adrenaline to the action. It broke all the stereotypes of recent aerial dogfight games.

Click here to continue to #70-#61

The List Criteria

– The order is based on how much I enjoyed a game and how great I think it is.
– This list is my personal Top 100, so quality may take a backseat to personal enjoyment.
– I have considered every video game. If it’s not here, it wasn’t worthy.
– I have not included games that were released in same-day conjunction with current-generation consoles (PS4/XB1). I consider these to be “current-gen games” even though they are technically available across both gens.
– I am still interested to hear your thoughts on the list. Tell us why you love it or hate it! Is something too low or too high?

The Top 100 So Far…

100. Trials Evolution
99. Lord of the Rings: War in the North
98. Warriors: Legends of Troy
97. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
96. Red Faction: Armageddon
95. Hitman: Absolution
94. Time and Eternity
93. Battlefield 3
92. SoulCalibur IV
91. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
90. Need for Speed: Carbon
89. Splinter Cell: Conviction
88. Vanquish
87. Forza Motorsport 4
86. Nier
85. WET
84. Deadpool
83. Dead Space 3
82. Rumble Roses XX
81. Red Faction: Guerilla
80. Homefront
79. Dynasty Warriors 8
78. Batman: Arkham Asylum
77. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
76. RAGE
75. Assassin’s Creed
74. Heavenly Sword
73. Ghostbusters: The Video Game
72. Sleeping Dogs
71. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Tune in next week for the next 10!


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