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With the current generation now drawing to a close, each member of the VideoGamer.com team share their own games of the generation. For the sake of making them struggle, they've been restricted to picking just three…

Editor's Note: The generation was classed as PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. If we included handhelds, these lists would never have been finished…

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins screenshot

A lot of people raise their eyebrows when I mention Dragon Age: Origins as one of my highlights this generation, but the impact it had on me - as ridiculous as it may sound - was huge. Before it was released, every trailer I saw made me think BioWare was heading for disaster. It didn't look particularly nice compared to other games that were coming out at the time, there wasn't a great amount of hype for it, and then there was this:

In a flash I'd dismissed the first Dragon Age as a sure misstep.

As it turned out, it was one of my favourite games I've ever played. Essentially KOTOR but with a fantasy setting, Origins still managed what few RPGs do now. Its narrative - which was excellent anyway - was integrated near perfectly with the choices it asked you to make; you felt directly responsible for both the fate of your character and those around you.

These decisions, too, carried serious weight. They weren't wishy washy 'Well, which direction would you like to head next?', but genuine conundrums that left me staring at my television as I tried to figure out what the right move to make was. Even then, BioWare usually ensured whatever choice you made didn't pan out like you assumed it would.

A genuine triumph.

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City screenshot

A constant criticism thrown at the Arkham games is: 'If Batman wasn't in it they wouldn't be as good'. Arguably the most redundant statement in the history of mankind - the clue is in the damn name of the game - it's also the reason why Arkham City is so good. If you're a bit weird like I am, it's the Batman simulator you've always dreamed of.

As much as I enjoyed Asylum, City's open world made you feel like the Dark Knight. If you chose to just glide around the environment, dropping in on hoodlums to keep crime off the streets, there was every opportunity - should your brain allow it - to separate from your real self and step into Batman's boots.

It sounds insane, but I'd wager that was exactly the type of sensation Rocksteady was going for. No one had dared place Batman in such a position before, the previous games opting for weird spin-off vibes that featured characters such as Sin Tzu. It's well-known fact that no one cares about Sin Tzu...

Arkham City was also drowning in nods and winks that were purposefully placed in order to fuel the fires of Bat-fanatics the world over. At the top of this list (and on par with Hush) was discovering the crime scene where Bruce Wayne's parents were killed. Complete with the perfect musical score and Batman dropping to one knee, it remains my favourite moment of this generation. I can't even think of what would be able to top it.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption screenshot

Aside from having the benefit of focusing on cowboys (who doesn't like cowboys?), Red Dead Redemption is one of the most accomplished games of the generation. With characters who are incredibly well thought out and deep, and an ending that could very well be the best in all of video gaming, it's one of the finest open world titles I've ever played.

Maybe even more so than GTA 5 - a highlight in its own right - Red Dead seemed to be a coming together of all Rockstar's ideas, executed to a level that was unparalleled. John Marston in particular is evidence of this, a character so incredibly compelling and, for lack of a better term, 'real', you can't help but relate to him on some level.

It's one of those games that sticks in your memory long after you've finished it, too. Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us was painfully close to making the cut for the same reason, but the impact Red Dead Reaction has both throughout and after its (real) end credits always hits hard. Throw in that it completely toyed around with its template thanks to Undead Nightmare, and it's a masterful piece of work; for me, Rockstar's best.

Notable Mentions: Gears of War trilogy, LA Noire, Heavy Rain, Guitar Hero: Metallica, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Last Of Us, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy, Fallout 3, Mass Effect 2, The Walking Dead, Call of Duty 2, BioShock Infinite, Mirror's Edge, Left 4 Dead.

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FantasyMeister@ MrScottyTay

I tried to pick this up from my indie the other day, sold out as usual, but practically everyone who writes about it raves about it, so I'm keeping a sharp eye out.
Posted 20:27 on 21 November 2013
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MrScottyTay

My top 3 would be:

Mirror's Edge - loved this game and still play it fully at least once a year.

Red Dead Redemption - same reasons as Matt and Simon, amazing game.

Spec Ops The Line - Holy ***** this was unexpected for me, it looked good at first, then started to look like pants. But when I got it for cheap and thought; what the hell why not. HOLY CRAP was I wrong! the shooting... pants. Everything else? AMAZING! the game blew my mind with the way it made me feel when killing 1's and 0's like as if they were real people. A truly underlooked game in my opnion.

(written more for Spec Ops because I believe it needs more justification than the other two.)
Posted 20:10 on 21 November 2013
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Chorlton

Dragon Age: Origins is my favourite game of all time. Great story, great characters, I have never cared about pixels so much in my life. It gave me the feels big time. Goog re-playability too. Unfortunately Dragon Age 2 did not have the same impact, but I am feeling a bit more confident about the next game (well I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway)!

Red Dead Redemption has now been mentioned twice. Shall add it to my wish list.
Posted 15:53 on 21 November 2013
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Clockpunk

I'd love to see a Green Arrow or The Flash-centric title.

The prototype videos of the cancelled 360/PS3 game looked like it could have been great...
Posted 15:14 on 21 November 2013
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reynoldio

I think the Arkham games would still be brilliant if Batman wasn't the lead, but you'd certainly be comparing it to a Batman game. The mechanics, story and puzzles are all brilliant fun, so I think those suggestions are somewhat over the top.
Posted 15:12 on 21 November 2013
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DragonGuard666

I played Dragon Age: Origins but I never got into it. It looked great but I discovered that those sort of RPGs are not for me.
Posted 18:54 on 20 November 2013
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ryan_morris

Red Dead will always stay with me. The setting, the characters, the world it built around them; it showed me how serious and mature a game can be with it's story and narrative. And visually? My gosh. It was stunning. Maybe not my game of the generation, but certainly up there (it has to be Skyrim for me, but the PC version, because when you mod that mother out you OWN the game, it becomes your world and what a beautiful and limitless world it is).
Posted 18:35 on 20 November 2013
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Manguy17@ Jesus_Phish

Oh! I totally forgot about it not going to PC, I was console only at the time.
Posted 17:59 on 20 November 2013
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Jesus_Phish

Great choices, all games that stood out to me this generation and that I've fond memories of.

Regarding RDR "coming and going", the reason it's talked about less than other games of the generation is because it did come and go. It was annualized like everything else of the generation. Its one of the few games that PC gamers are still hoping will one day come to PC.
Posted 17:50 on 20 November 2013
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DanDaMan

I agree with this except for arkham city, but I would have to make it a list of 5 games and add

1) Bioshock
2) Mass effect 2
3) Oblvion

In my opinion these RPG's have been brilliant pieces of art that i have spent hours, and hours on
Posted 17:38 on 20 November 2013
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Manguy17@ X2Eliah

I think saying that RDR just came and went is a bit harsh. It was widely recognized as being outstanding. I think the only real reason why it didn't have "impact" on the gaming scene was that mechanically it's very similar to GTA, also the fact that only about 50% of people who played it finished it...

Anyways. good picks Simon, I feel the fact that I am yet to play DA:O damages my "gamer cred" a little bit, ought to get on that at some point.
Posted 17:23 on 20 November 2013
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Woodfella

I dont think i could whittle mine down to just 3, 5 is hard enough.

Simon's number one is incidentally the same as the communities number 1

http://community.videogamer.com/foru...he_generation/
Posted 14:53 on 20 November 2013
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X2Eliah

DA:O? Good man, good man. It pretty much defined what modern bioware is, for me (well, this and Mass Effect - but I'd claim that a fair amount of reaction towards DA:O went into how the ME series evolved).

Arkham City.. Hm. It's a great game, aye - finished it not too long ago. But choosing it or Asylum.. that's a very tough call.

RDR I a bit odd though, isn't it? Usually these sort of games have big impacts on the gaming scene, while RDR.. it kinda came and went. I can't quite think of some big influences that it had on games that followed it, and so far rockstar hasn't (or has it, and I'm just oblivious?) indicated they'd revisit/continue that setting.
Posted 11:13 on 20 November 2013

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Release Date: 21/10/2011
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 15
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