Batman: Arkham City
If there’s one thing I love about the Batman Arkham series it’s the dark atmosphere and mature tone that sets it apart from other comic book games. Arkham City took things to a whole new level, and undeniably delivers on giving some truly brooding moments. With that being said, those moments wouldn’t have been so appreciable without the spectacular cast involved in the game.
Shadow of the Colossus
Although we’ve been waiting for what seems like an eternity for The Last Guardian to come out, (or hear anything about the game at all) we should never forget the masterpiece that is Shadow of the Colossus. This Team ICO game shines with pure brilliance. Shadow of the Colossus is supremely unique, there are absolutely no enemies outside of the bosses you fight, It takes a lot of balls for a developer to make such a bold decision like that, and the final product was superb. Every boss encounter is a pure delight. Executing the proper plan necessary to take down a beast is one of the best feelings of accomplishment i’ve ever felt in a video game.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 build off the original in every way necessary, all while introducing new mechanics and perfecting the combat. Commander Shepard is back and on the search for a new gang to save the galaxy with. More in-depth character relationships are built and tested, the story causes all types of emotion flow through you, leading up to a finale(s) that will literally have you thinking about it for weeks.
Red Dead Redemption
I didn’t know all I ever wanted in life was a Grand Theft Auto game set in the wild west, until Red Dead Redemption released. Rockstar succeeds in creating one of the most impressive open worlds I’ve ever seen to date. Galloping across sandy wastelands and beautiful wilderness areas a site to behold. Throw in an interesting story, badass characters, and awesome third-person action, and you get one of the best games of last generation.
Grand Theft Auto V
As a digital creation, Grand Theft Auto V is remarkable to behold. A huge world of cities, country areas, and mountains that go sky high, it’s undeniably the best world in the series history. Not only does the game look great, it’s incredibly fun to play! It brings back some chaotic features from San Andreas, while delivering a drama-like story with off-the-wall comedy. It’s the perfect blend of seriousness, and jackass-ery.
Final Fantasy VII
Almost every aspect of Final Fantasy VII is virtually perfect, from its outstanding soundtrack, to the amazing story concept, the in-depth battle system, and the fun and addictive mini-games. This role-playing game changed the genre forever. Many will agree that Square Enix hasn’t been able to match the masterpiece that is Final Fantasy VII; and we still patiently wait for an HD remastering.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
When The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past released, it was way ahead of its time. Easy way to put it, the game is a masterpiece; exploring Hyrule is one of my most treasured gaming experiences from my childhood. From finding new items, discovering new areas, and defeating all sorts of enemy monsters, there is so much to this game, and it’s by far the most definitive 2D game in the series.
After spending my entire life from birth in Vault 101, I’ll never forget that moment when the door finally swung open, and I walked out onto the wasteland that is Fallout 3. It was a pivotal moment in gaming history that many gamers hold near and dear to their hearts – and was followed up by countless hours of post-apocalyptic glory. It’s a dark and dire world of bandits and monsters. In other words, if it’s breathing, it wants you dead.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time didn’t just change video games as we know them, but it was also the biggest turning point for the series. Goodbye birds-eye-view, hello third-person! This game has some of the most memorable moments in video game history; flawless puzzles, innovative controls, and beautiful ‘3D’ graphics; all amounting to amazingly fun time.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
There are very few times in our lives when we stumble upon an art masterpiece; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the masterpiece I speak of. This world is filled with such rich and interesting lore, characters with deep, and heartfelt back-stories. Then there’s you, the Dragonborn, a mortal hero with the soul of a dragon, standing in a massive world of endless possibilities.
There you have it! Those are PlayStation Enthusiast’s top 100 open-world games of all time! How do you feel about this list? Is it missing a game you love? Leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below!