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The Most Important games of the 7th generation gaming(PC)

Here we are,at the closing end of this generation of gaming which started around 2006.This generation has been one of the longest in gaming history & certainly one of the most remembered one.Many great games have been released in this period but only a few of these have left their mark on gaming history and changed the perspective of games as a true form of art.Below is a list of these games which I personally believe,has been most influential,most important in this generation.So without further ado,here goes:

7.Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare:  Let me be clear,I believe that the COD franchise hasn’t seen much significant innovation since 2007 & with a cod-game-every year move of the franchise,it’s true that this franchise no longer holds the same seal of unmistakable quality that it once did.But can anyone disagree that COD4,released in 2007,which played a key part in making this franchise a pop culture phenomena it now enjoys,is a Beast?It was a breath of fresh air into the franchise & created the perk based deep,engaging multiplayer that has become a staple of the series.It started the whole short-but-memorable filled with scripted events linear single player and increased focus in online multiplayer model that has been viciously used in the majority of fps’ in the past couple of years.While I am not overly fond of the short campaign design of fps’,but it is undeniable that the COD franchise left it’s mark on this generation.The fact that it’s the best game in the franchise earns the game it’s spot on this list.

 

6.Portal 2: The original portal,which was released with the Orange Box back in 2007,showed a glimpse of groundbreaking,mind bending fun gameplay previously unseen in the fps genre.Released in 2011,Portal 2 released the full potential of it’s predecessor & delivered one of the greatest fps experience ever.It improved over it’s predecessor in every possible way.A terrific narrative(we all know when it comes to fps storytelling,the mighty Valve is second to none,they invented it in fact),some of the greatest level design ever seen all held together by awe inspiring gameplay that makes the gamer feel smart & you know it ‘s gonna take a place in gaming history.Portal 2 has greatness written all over it.Easily one of gaming’s most revered creation.

 

5.Batman:Arkham City:Possibly the finest 3rd-person action adventure game of this generation,Rocksteady studios have hit the home run with Arkham City.Engaging narrative with phenomenal presentation–check,meticulously polished & constantly enjoyable fluid,seamless gameplay that creates a sense of empowerment & freedom–double check,terrific longevity—check.Arkham city is one of the few games that has not a single moment that is not enjoyable.The impact of the Arkham games on other 3rd person action adventure games is huge,see in this link how the combat of Arkham games has helped shape the gameplay of Assasins creed 3.A game that achieves this much truly belongs so high in this list.

 

4.The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim:In the wake of short single player games in the industry,Skyrim takes you out on a journey of unparalleled freedom to a whole new world filled with enough adventure to put all those games out there to shame.Skyrim offers the gamer to carve their own adventure in their own way.It’s massive & yet personal.Skyrim creates a bond between the World & the player in a way that no other open world game has managed to do.You can pour over 1000 hours in the game & still not be anywhere near when you can say it’s done.The World seems almost organic—memorable moments & surprises lurk around every corner.There’s always a glimpse of shimmering light in the distance or an undiscovered village with secrets vying for the gamer to indulge.Play as any type of character you like,go anywhere,do anything you want & by the the time you fight a dragon for the first time in a blizzard or climb up a mountain and stare at the sunrise,you’ll know the game belongs in this list.

 

3.Grand Theft Auto 4:There has been plenty of open world games in this generation,but in my opinion,none came close to deliver an experience as memorable as GTA4.But GTA4 is so much more than a great open world game.The story is surprisingly dark & mature–it’s a tale of an immigrant war veteran & his cousin seeking fortune in America,where they find the real truth behind the land of oppurtunity as their hopes & dreams turmoil.Liberty city(GTA’s version of New York) is the most detailed & lively virtual open world I’ve experienced.From T.V advertisements,comedy club shows,the radio station,the internet & even your cell phone,Liberty city makes you feel one of the citizens. I also find GTA4 as a powerful(& sadistic) reflection on the popular culture.From the reality T.V shows(I’m Rich) showcasing the spoiled & misleading celebrity culture to the election campaign commercials on the radio,the game explores every crack in the modern world in it’s own twisted view(in my opinion).The presentation & narrative is some of the best I’ve seen in a videogame  with truly memorable characters & the gameplay is as frantic as anything in the series.GTA 4 is not just one of the best games ever made,it’s a class act.

 

2.Bioshock:If there was a single game that validates the whole videogames-can-be-art argument,this would be it.Bioshock is like a melting pot of some of the greatest ideas ever introduced in gaming.A breathtaking art deco underwater city,emergent sandbox gameplay,arguably the best narrative in gaming,memorable characters & of course,Ayn Rand.The narrative of Bioshock is the best I’ve ever seen in an fps & the plot twist is so bewildering that it has to be experienced to be believed.The game is the finest example & showpiece that videogames can craft narratives that can be unmatched by any other media.Rapture is built of many intricate layers & the deeper the gamer explores,the more compelling it becomes.Bioshock is one of those timeless experiences that demands revisiting and getting something new out of it each time.

 

1.Mass Effect 2:This is it folks,the game that to me,sums up the whole 7th generation of gaming.Memorable characters,unforgettable story,addictive gameplay,sky-high longevity–Mass Effect 2 is so much greater than the sum of all these parts.Above all others,it puts the gamer at the center of it’s universe–never been player choice has so much important in gaming history.The gamer gets to shape the whole story in mass effect–every little aspect of it & this emphasis on the player is what makes the Mass Effect series so unforgettable.It’s your own sci-fi adventure to direct & experience.Many years from now,Mass Effect 2,the best in the series will still be remembered as a beacon in gaming history as one of the greatest gaming experiences ever & will continue to influence countless games in terms of storytelling.It’s easy to write countless words describing the greatness that is Mass Effect 2,so I won’t go any further and leave it to the gamer to experience in all it’s glory.

  It’s only my opinion & I look forward what you think about all this.write it at the comments section…

  

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The Legacy of Mass Effect

As everyone knows,the last entry of the Mass Effect Franchise,Mass Effect 3 was released back in march.While the ending was incomplete and after a lot of protest & campaign Bioware released the Extended cut free dlc which did fill some plotholes of the original ending.Though it was far from perfect,it did give some sort of closure to the franchise.Nearly a month later,looking back at the journey of the 3 games brings some great revelations to me.

The first game,Mass effect,released in 2008 for pc was more on the rpg side.The cover mechanism was a bit unpolished and the inventory system could’ve been a lot better but the rest of the things introduced in the game was so much mind blowing and ahead of it’s time.The Galaxy,the mass relays,the various races,intergalactic counsil,everything was so detailed it felt a truly realized universe with vast lore & culture.I still remember my first visit to the citadel.Unforgettable.The intergalactic species-Turians,Batarians,Krogans,Salarians each had their distinct characteristics that all made sense.Just like the Humans evolved from the apes,the Turians is a species evolved from the birds,Salarians evolved from amphibians and Krogans evolved from lizard.It all  made sense.For the first time in gaming,ME was a franchise that was comparable to major other series like Star Wars & Lord of the Rings in it’s scope & originality. The story was regarded as one of the,if not the greatest stories ever told in gaming.The characters-Tali,Garrus,Liara,Wrex was truly believable & had their own personalities.They weren’t just any average squadmates with conversational abilities,they were fully realized beings.I consider the supremely crafted characters in the ME franchise to be one of the milestones in gaming.

The Normandy crew

The People of Normandy

The story of the trilogy was unlike any other in gaming,period.The storyline involving the destiny of the galaxy with all organic & synthetic lifeforms,the sentient machine race known as the Reapers,the galactic lifecycles,the extinct race called Protheans & their technology is something that sits atop the gaming hall of fame.In Mass Effect 2,back in 2010,Bioware stripped down the rpg elements a bit too much & it was more of  a cover based third person shooter with rpg elements cleverly intertwined.But it was also a title which contained none of the weaknesses  and all the strengths of it’s predessessor manifold.ME2 is rightfully regarded one of the greatest game ever made(IGN named it no1 in their list of greatest games of all time).ME2 was more of a character centric game than ME and what a terrific bunch of charcters it brought.Mordin Solus ,in my opinion is the greatest character introduced in the history of gaming.His character devolopment through ME2 & ME3 is something that is previously unseen in gaming.

ME3 was the culmination of the trilogy which tied all the knots of the previous 2 games.ME3 brought back some of the rpg elements from the first game including weapon customization & some more skill trees.The cover & shooting mechanism was improved from ME2.While it was a bit linear than ME2,it contained some of the greatest narrative missions and moments in the history of gaming.The Genophage mission in Tuchanka in my opinion,is one of the finest written narratives in gaming.Shephard & Garrus’ shooting bottles in the top of the presidium is one of my fondest memories in gaming.Makes me smile every time I play it,it made me realize how far gaming has come.Not in terms of producing more polygons or realistic physics,it all all about the thing called narrative. When a game conveys some emotions in the player,it elevates in level of Art.How many games in the market makes you feel that way?While ME3 had it’s faults and missteps,it is undoubtedly one of the best games of 2012.

Games can be a form of art–perhaps no other game can signify this like the ME trilogy.Never before has player choice been so important in gaming.The narrative of a game can be as moving as anything like a movie or a book.ME series sums up the entire 7th generation of gaming to me.Just looking at all the enraged reaction about the ending of ME3 shows how much impact the series has on the gaming population.If I don’t like how the story of a game ends up,I don’t & I move on.It was’nt the case with ME.This trilogy & it’s characters have struck such a chord with gamers all over,it was not only Bioware’s creation,it was the gamer’s own sci-fi adventure,the one they created with their own choices & consequences over 5 years.It’s totally shows how revered this series is.

The ME trilogy is a triumph of gaming overall—it shows a game can deliver a narrative that is unmatched by all the other forms of entertainment in scale & interaction.It will always continue to be a legacy of gaming advancement–not just in terms of technicality but in terms of one of the basic elements that is called storytelling.Mass Effect trilogy is truly the Star Wars of gaming.I have high hopes for whatever Bioware cooks up next in the Mass Effect universe,the bar has never been higher.

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