In which I continue to explain my games earned the placed they did. In this installment we look at games #30 to #21
30. Doom (1993, PC)
The original Doom really is a masterpiece of early game design. It’s all about the visceral feel of blowing demons away with a shotgun and generally being a badass. And man is it satisfying! While there had been FPS games before, like id’s own Wolfenstein, nothing could compare to Doom. The crunch of the weapons, the screams of dying enemies and the background grind of the metal-infused soundtrack even today feels brutal and guttural.
29. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (Xbox One)
The only other Assassin’s Creed game I’d played before this was the first one, and that was okay, but not amazing. Black Flag I actually won through a magazine competition (along with Unity) so it didn’t cost me at all. However, I’m glad I did win it as it’s an amazing game! It’s so full of things to do, amazing places to explore, people to assassinate and, of course, seas to sail. The sailing is by far the highlight of the game, but everything else is so much fun as well. One of the first games I played after my “break” from console gaming when moving from Australia to the UK, there was no better game to get me back into it.
28. Sonic Generations (PC)
This game could be much higher on the list; the only reason it’s in the 28th spot is that it is basically a “re-imagining” rather than original content. But oh man, what a re-imagining! For me this is the best 3D Sonic game after the original Adventure game. The controls of Modern Sonic are almost perfect, Classic Sonic feels spot on and the level design – chosen from among the best throughout Sonic’s history – is top notch! Even the re-mixed music is amazing. One of the few games I’ve 100%ed, I absolutely adore Sonic Generations!
27. Tomb Raider (2016 – PC)
While I’d played some of the previous Tomb Raider games at friends places, it was more through the comic series that I got to know Lara Croft. It wasn’t until later titles like Anniversary and Underground that I really started to get into the games. So, when it was announced that Tomb Raider was getting a reboot I was intrigued. What came out was a brilliant adventure game that has some absolutely wonderful moments throughout. While the non-stealth combat is a bit iffy, the exploration and set pieces are amazing.
26. Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One)
While it may not reach the levels of the original, the third game in the Dragon Age series is a wonderful RPG. An amazing, beautiful world full of brilliant characters and satisfying battles, the game is a joy to play with only a few minor niggles around the edges. It really did feel like the fate of Thedas was in the palm of your hand, even if the story wasn’t given a proper ending until the Trespasser DLC.
25. Spider-Man (2000 – PC)
2000’s Spider-Man is one of my favorite comic book based games. From Stan Lee’s narration to the optional What If? mode, to comics being collectables that give insights into Spidey’s past; the game reads like a love letter to Marvel’s most famous hero. While it feels dated both graphically and gameplay wise today, for Spider-Man fans it is well worth checking out.
24. Wolfenstein: The New Order (X Box One)
This, along with Forza Horizon 3, was my first game purchase when I got my XBone. A big fan of the original id Wolfenstien, the trailer and magazine articles for this new game had me excited, and it didn’t disappoint. While it would be outdone by DOOM, the visceral nature of the game, the constant switching up of weapons and the craziness of Nazi-occupied America made the game a joy to blast through. Much more satisfying that its sequel, this is easily one of the best shooters of recent years.
23. Ori and the Blind Forest
I’m a sucker for a good platformer, but one as beautiful as Ori stands out above the rest. While it is certainly beautiful visually, its gameplay is also a thing of wonder. Incredibly smooth, challenging but not unfair and with an emphasis on exploration Ori and the Blind Forest is an absolutely wonderful game for those that enjoy high quality 2D platforming.
22. Batman: Arkham Asylum
While many may argue that Arkham City is the better game, I’ve always preferred Arkham Asylum. A much more personal game and the first one that truly let you “be the Bat,” it set the standard for all that was to come. While it may not have had appearances by some fan-favorite characters, notably Catwoman, the smaller scope of the first game allows the characters and environment to truly shine, while some of the later titles were weighed down by their larger reacg.
21. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Many consider Sonic 2 to be the best of the Hedgehog’s 2D outings, at least until the arrival of Sonic Mania. Personally, I prefer others in the 2D canon over this (we’ll get to those in a bit) but there is no denying this is a brilliant game. The sheer speed, the tight platforming and the awesome music all come together to make an almost perfect game. It was this title that cemented Sonic as a video game icon, and for that it had to be recognized!