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The End of a Generation - My Favourite Games of the 7th Gen: No. 3

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I'm writing a series of posts about the games and consoles of the seventh generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and DS). It includes a Top 20 countdown, thoughts on the industry and lots more.
The Rules
20. DJ Hero 19. Wii Sports 18. Journey 17. No More Heroes 16. Dragon Age Origins 15. Grand Theft Auto V 14. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 13. Grand Theft Auto IV 12. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 11. Mass Effect 3 10. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
9. Yakuza 4 8. Assassin's Creed II 7. Burnout Paradise (The Ultimate Box)
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 5. Shatter 4. Metal GearSolid 4

3. Red Dead Redemption
Some called it Grand Theft Horses. They said Red Dead Redemption (2010) would be little more than a GTA re-skin, a new way for Rockstar to flog its crime sandbox. Skyscrapers, semi-automatics and scantily clad ladies of the night would be replaced by cacti, lassoes and pleasant rocks. That's what they said, pretty much, but they were wrong. Red Dead Redemption is…

The End of a Generation - My Favourite Games of the 7th Gen: 5-4

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I'm writing a series of posts about the games and consoles of the seventh generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and DS). It includes a Top 20 countdown, thoughts on the industry, silly pictures and lots more.
The Rules
20. DJ Hero 19. Wii Sports 18. Journey 17. No More Heroes 16. Dragon Age Origins 15. Grand Theft Auto V 14. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 13. Grand Theft Auto IV 12. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 11. Mass Effect 3 10. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
9. Yakuza 4 8. Assassin's Creed II 7. Burnout Paradise (The Ultimate Box)
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5. Shatter 4. Metal Gear Solid 4

On paper, there was nothing remarkable about Shatter (2009). It was another Breakout/Arkanoid clone, it came from a studio best known for rugby games and it didn't feature a single combat dog. However, Shatter was remarkable, thanks to a perfect combination of simplistic gameplay, high score chasing, interesting visual design and a spectacular soundtrack.
While the pre…

The End of a Generation: The 7th Gen Patched for Trophies

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The End of a Generation - My Favourite Games of the 7th Gen: 7-6

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I'm writing a series of posts about the games and consoles of the seventh generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and DS). It includes a Top 20 countdown, thoughts on the industry, silly pictures and lots more.

The Rules
20. DJ Hero 19. Wii Sports 18. Journey 17. No More Heroes 16. Dragon Age Origins 15. Grand Theft Auto V 14. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 13. Grand Theft Auto IV 12. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 11. Mass Effect 3 10. Uncharted 3:Drake's Deception
9. Yakuza 4 8. Assassin's Creed II
7. Burnout Paradise (The Ultimate Box) 6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Burnout Paradise (2008) wasn’t just about cars. It was about freedom, exploration and hanging out with friends, things you can appreciate even if you don’t watch Top Gear.
Sega Rally aside, I never really enjoyed racing games before Burnout Paradise came along. My racing experience came via Gran Turismo and Ridge Racer, linear games that sent you round and round in circles and assumed you'd be excited b…

The End of a Generation - My Favourite Games of the 7th Gen: 10-8

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I'm writing a series of posts about the games and consoles of the seventh generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and DS). It includes a Top 20 countdown, thoughts on the industry, silly pictures and lots more.

There was very little in it between numbers ten to seven, and I was still reorganising five minutes prior to posting. Seven and six will follow in the next couple of days.
The Rules
20. DJ Hero 19. Wii Sports 18. Journey 17. No More Heroes 16. Dragon Age Origins 15. Grand Theft Auto V 14. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 13. Grand Theft Auto IV 12. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 11. Mass Effect 3
10. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 9. Yakuza 4 8. Assassin's Creed II
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) was never going to live up to my expectations, but it came bloody close. No other developer pushed the limits of the PS3 as consistently as Naughty Dog, and Uncharted 3 was another outstanding achievement of technical and artistic design.
Uncharted 3 played as goo…

The End of a Generation - Disappointment

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