Published on November 17th, 2014 | by IceCube

Top 100 Xbox 360 & PS3 Games: 40-31

We’ve reached the Top 50 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games and you’ve probably noticed that an old review score consensus plays very little impact on how much I enjoyed it. If you’re not convinced by a game on my list, I challenge you to complete the game yourself and make up your own mind! Let me know in the comments below if you do!

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 40-31 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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#100-#91   ~   #90-#81   ~   #80-#71

#70-#61   ~   #60-#51   ~   #50-#41

40. Dead Space 2

What’s it about?   A third-person survival horror set on board a derelict space station hovering above Saturn’s largest moon. It follows Isaac Clarke’s fight against the Necromorph outbreak.
Why is it here?   A terrible intro scene loaded with cheap thrills and an overabundance of gore was enough to put first-timers off for good, but beyond the first 20 minutes, the game turns to genuine horror, with enough intrigue to keep you playing on with addiction. Moments change from disturbing Silent Hill-like gothic frights, to intense action, to serene anti-gravity scenes that demonstrates the loneliness of space. This top entry means all three Dead Space games made the top 100.

 39. Hunted: The Demon’s Forge1116WaterAndWargar01

What’s it about?   Two mercenaries, E’Lara (a female elf) and Caddoc (a male human) search for a strange artifact in a dark fantasy action game.
Why is it here?   I’m not blind to the tech hiccups that made it tricky to play solo, but playing a committed co-op tandem alleviated some of those stresses. Some extra development time would have gone a long way, but regardless, it’s quite a statement that I still look at this game so highly. It’s like the Gears of War of dark fantasy, without the polish (or budget). I loved the concept, characters and design so much that it would have been even higher on my list if it played a little smoother.

 38. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

What’s it about?   A tried and tired Assassin’s Creed franchise is rescued by a surprise smash hit set an open world of sea-faring pirates. Garrr!
Why is it here?   I was prepared to ban the “Assassin’s Clone” games from my life before this entry showed up and blew my mind away with open-world exploration, nautical sea battles and hidden treasure. It feels like two different games: The best pirate game we’ve ever played, with some really boring Assassin’s Creed stuff. I’m just astounded they felt compelled to keep the labored assassin bits in there. Why not make a new IP called Pirates Creed? It would have been so much better! Still, I’ll take it.

37. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

What’s it about?   Lead a four-man team of spec ops agents through terrorist laden strongholds and secure the perimeters, rescuing hostages along the way.
Why is it here?   Consider this my Call of Duty or my Battlefield, ‘cos I played this shooter online and on repeat! I loved that it was first person but changed to third-person when behind cover. It was great to get a good look at your spec ops character with all the gear you unlocked and equipped, as well as a smart look around corners. The four player co-op missions were the best, whether it was through the entire campaign or set up missions under various conditions. I even loved the tension of super-hard difficulty and the realistic, one-hit kills. Not to mention the advanced gear and setting up tactical breaches for the smartest vantage point.

 36. Dante’s Infernostills.0015-marked

What’s it about?   This wicked adventure is much like the God of War action games, but a lot more sinful. Based on the classic text, “Divine Comedy”, you play as Dante, a Templar knight, who journeys through the nine circles of hell to rescue the woman he loves
Why is it here?   While Dante himself is a forgettable protagonist, what makes this game special is the world and imagination. Each circle of hell is like a “level” that requires traversing through to reach the depths of hell.  They are based on sins (Lust, Greed, Gluttony, etc…) and each has its own unique world, creatures and boss fights. Using a scythe he steals from the grip of Death himself, your epic battles against huge demons are like nothing you’ve ever seen before; twisted, gruesome and awe-inspiring.

 35. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimthe-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-pc-1307522803-039

What’s it about?   This open-world action RPG could just be the most impressive fantasy game ever in terms of sheer scale. Your character class starts as a blank slate and evolves the way you want it to over time.
Why is it here?   This placement probably comes as one of the bigger shocks on this list. I loved The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a lot, but I suppose I loved the 34 below games more. I literally spent over 140 hours doing every single mission there was on the giant map and could have quite happily done more. There were some technical miscues like missions that couldn’t be handed in for one reason or another, but considering the size of the game, the epic dragon fights, and the freedom to do whatever you want (including murdering quest-giving villagers), makes this a huge win in my books.  Just a massive, epic game.

34. Gears of War 2Landown1

What’s it about?   The Locust horde sends out the big guns and Delta squad joins in all-out war for arguably the most exciting game in the third-person shooter series.
Why is it here?   Epic Games follows up the success of the first game with another great cover-based shooter, this time with bigger foes in bigger battles. The whole game is great from start to finish, from the huge war against the army of giant Brumaks and Reavers, to Lancering your way through the inside of a giant earth-eating worm! It has a great story all the way through, but never gets in the way of the action.

33. South Park: The Stick of Truth

What’s it about?   The kids from the South Park cartoon series take their real-life warcraft game terribly seriously, with battles between kids serving under Wizard Cartman’s humans versus Kyle’s elves. The whole town of South Park is at your disposal, with plenty of TV show references.
Why is it here?   I didn’t even like the South Park cartoon that much and wasn’t interested in this game whatsoever… So much for that! Once I put it on, I was hooked because it’s so consistently hilarious throughout! All your items and equipment are modern-day toy parodies of medieval weapons and your special powers are fun, novelty concepts based on their characters’ stereotypes. I love how oblivious the parents are to their “game”, which all gets out of hand when aliens, nazi zombies and gnomes threaten to take over the world. It was fantastic!

 32. Borderlands 2BL2_gc_Combat_in_Lynchwood

What’s it about?   This slapstick action RPG set in a post-apocalype wasteland features cell-shaded graphics and a Diablo-like loot churning system.
Why is it here?   While I quite liked the first game, this sequel was a massive hit for me. Best played with up to three mates, I also enjoyed a solo run through it as well. Handsome Jack is a great evil villain and the comedy is ripe throughout. I love the selection of characters, the joy of finding and sorting an overabundance of loot, ambushing enemy bases on a vehicle and leveling up along the way. Plus the story was surprisingly cool too!

31. Limbo

What’s it about?   A puzzle-platform game about a boy searching for his sister in a dark and grim world of Limbo.
Why is it here?   The simple but stunning visuals are a jaw-dropping masterpiece! I think the dark, black and white world sets the scene magnificently and it’s just a beautiful game all-round. Great ending too.

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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
70. Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires
69. Velvet Assassin
68. Remember Me
67. Mortal Kombat
66. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
65. The Amazing Spider-Man
64. Dead Space
63. Batman: Arkham City
62. Rise of the Argonauts
61. Mass Effect 3
60. Lollipop Chainsaw
59. Army of Two: The 40th Day
58. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
57. Bulletstorm
56. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
55. Fight Night: Champion
54. Earth Defence Force 2025
53. Operation Flashpoint: Red River
52. Dragon Age 2
51. Saints Row 2
50. Knight’s Contract
49. Catherine
48. Blades of Time
47. Lost Planet 3
46. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
45. L.A. Noire
44. Dragon’s Crown
43. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
42. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
41. Beyond: Two Souls
40. Dead Space 2
39. Hunted: The Demon’s Forge
38. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
37. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Vegas 2
36. Dante’s Inferno
35. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
34. Gears of War 2
33. South Park: The Stick of Truth
32. Borderlands 2
31. Limbo

Tune in next week as we edge closer to the TOP 10!

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