Published on November 23rd, 2014 | by IceCube

Top 100 Xbox 360 & PS3 Games: 30-21

We’ve reached the Top 30 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 30-21 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-#31

30. Max Payne 3maxpayne3-26-1280

What’s it about?   A third-person shooter that follows the story of drunk and washed up anti-hero Max Payne as his world turns upside down once again after taking on private security duties in Brazil.
Why is it here?   The big selling point for this game is the slow-mo diving shots, which is cool, but the real winner for me was the cinematic quality scenes and script writing. It’s a brutal and dangerous plot about a man living on the edge and almost seeking an excuse to die, but bringing justice along the way. The gameplay quality is supreme.

29. Saints Row: The Thirdsr3-Dbat

What’s it about?   This wild and wacky open-world GTA clone continues the story of the surprisingly awesome previous game, as the Saints gang takes over the city of Steelport in a turf war.
Why is it here?   This “refined” version of the previous game was completely outrageous in a brilliant way! It has hands-down the best character customization options of any game I’ve played, and pushes the boundaries for open-world player freedom (and complete carnage). The hilarity is non-stop fun and most amazingly of all, it somehow works in a great story in between. Here’s the clanger: I like it more that than Grand Theft Auto (*the crowd boos…*).

 28. Alice: Madness Returnsgiant_alice

What’s it about?   A third person action game with an extremely darker take on Lewis Carrol’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland.
Why is it here?   I absolutely loved the imagination and dark twists of this game. This adventure interchanges between the black and white world of Alice’s reality, and surreal nightmares she faces in her dreams. Her visions and battles are gruesome and bloody – taking simple, novelty items like teapots and playing cards and turning them into something to fear. The creative flair presented by the game designers is brilliant and I love how they didn’t hold back. Just an amazing game.

 27. Dragon Age: Origins

What’s it about?   The first RPG that launched the Dragon Age saga, about your hero who must unite the kingdom to fight an impending demonic invasion. You lead a band of three heroes on an adventure around the world of Fereldin.
Why is it here?   I think the original was still the best thanks to true RPG mechanics and a great plot that keeps you engaged throughout the campaign, with great characterization and thick emotional ties. There’s a genuine sense of growing danger and the stakes feel real, plus, the challenge of romancing Morrigan (above right) was an impossible mini game in itself.

26. Dead or Alive 5

What’s it about?   The return of this famous fighting game returns with completely redesigned characters and several new modes and moves, evolving this fighting game to one of the best ever made.
Why is it here?   It’s my favorite fighting game of this generation. The characters are so well designed with their new looks, the game looks gorgeous and the fighting mechanics are splendid. Oh, and I am 100% fine with bikini girls fights or manpower muscle fights, bring on more.

 25. BioShock: Infinitebioshock-infinite-elizabeth

What’s it about?   A first-person shooter set in a twisted sky city based on the 1893 World’s Fair, which featured strange cults united under racism, and wonderfully imagined settings and foes.
Why is it here?   I was never that much into the BioShock games as I found they all started off really well, but got dull after the intro scene. This game, however, was the complete opposite, simply jaw-dropping and consistent! The artistic imagination was pure genius and continued to surprise. Grinding on sky rails was fun, but there was a huge moral incentive that really made you want to see this game through to the end. Extremely well done!

 24. Alan Wakepoltergeist

What’s it about?   A survival horror game about an author whose girlfriend disappears while on vacation in a strange, quiet town. Only the light can protect you from the poltergeists that stalk you in the night, as you burn them away with the beam of your torch.
Why is it here?   The best survival horror games were born in Japan (Resident Evil, Silent Hill) but this was probably the one western attempt to absolutely nail the horror genre from a different perspective. It did a great job setting up the scene and felt like reading one of Steven King’s better horror books. It offers genuine thrills and a really intriguing plot.

23. Bullet Witch_-Bullet-Witch-Xbox-360-_

What’s it about?   Mankind is under the brink of destruction after a series of natural disasters and demon attacks in this third-person shooter. Alicia is a modern day witch who uses a special gun rod that can morph between shotgun, machine gun and gatling gun, as well as cast wicked spells.
Why is it here?   The gameplay and graphics could have used a bit of work, but I just loved the “everything else” so much, that those problems were overruled. Alicia is probably my favourite character in gaming, quiet, sexy and deadly – plus her combat moves and powers are badass. I also just loved the serene setting, which felt like the aftermath of an apocalypse-torn city. Also, the enemies are weird, in a cool way.

22. Binary Domain

What’s it about?   A third-person shooter set in the future where a war between humans and robots divide the city. You play as Dan Marshall who can “voice command” specific troops on your spec ops unit for various combat tactics.
Why is it here?   So the combat and voice commands were good, but what I really liked about this game was the characters, the plot and surprising depth in the story, which raises many questions about life and society. It also has one of the best video game endings ever.

 21. DmC: Devil May CryScreenShot_15

What’s it about?   So the loyalists of this action-packed, third-person series were “outraged” this younger Dante lost his silly silver locks – but those naysayers looked silly when this awesome game made the previous entries look like a turd pile. It was amazing!
Why is it here?   Hey, I loved the original Devil May Cry too, but four games on it was washed up, boring and repetitive. This game is an absolute beast of non-stop awe, with the best fighting mechanics for an action game ever. Transitioning between blades and guns made the variety of combos smooth and sweet. The hellish worlds you play in offer some of the most unique and “active” set pieces ever, while it’s all tied together beautifully with a genuinely rich story and characters.

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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
30. Max Payne 3
29. Saints Row: The Third
28. Alice: Madness Returns
27. Dragon Age: Origins
26. Dead or Alive 5
25. BioShock: Infinite
24. Alan Wake
23. Bullet Witch
22. Binary Domain
21. DmC Devil May Cry

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

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