Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Assassin’s Creed was an interesting idea, but it never quite managed to capitalise on its innovative setting thanks to repetitive gameplay. Developers Ubisoft listened patiently to all the criticism they got, and improved on every facet of gameplay in the sequel, making it one of the finest open-world games of our time. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Batman has not been too lucky in the realm of video games, but all that changed with developer Rocksteady’s rendition of the Dark Knight that managed to catapult him into the limelight once again. By fusing stealth, all-out action and an impressive storyline, Arkham Asylum is a must buy, irrespective of whether you’re a Batman fan. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS) No one does war games like Infinity Ward, and they outdid themselves with Modern Warfare, a game that shifted the action from World War II to the modern era. The game was perfect in every way, managing to give gamers sleepless nights with its near perfect multi-player mode.
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
After Oblivion, developers Bethesda assaulted our senses with Fallout 3, an action RPG that allowed players to explore the state of Washington in a post apocalyptic scenario. Gameplay was standard action-RPG fare with the addition of the super gory VATS system that allowed you to enjoy exploding heads in slow motion. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS2, Xbox 360, PC, PSP) For many gamers, Most Wanted was the best Need for Speed title ever made. Sure, the plot was cheesy and the actors hammed it up a notch, but there’s no denying that the game was a solid, entertaining racer with the addition of frantic cop chases that dialled up the intensity to 11.
BioShock (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
A spiritual successor to System Shock, BioShock was a shooter (with minor RPG elements) that immersed players in a dystopian society called Rapture that’s fallen apart at the seams. Roaming the desolate streets of this once thriving underwater haven are mutants, little sisters and their highly dangerous guardians. A brilliant story, immersive gameplay and gorgeous visuals make BioShock one of the finest games of our time.
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PC)
BioWare and RPGs go hand in hand, and if Dragon Age: Origins is a bit too hardcore for your taste, we suggest you give Mass Effect 2 a shot, since it’s more shooter than RPG. Helping matters further are the improvements on the technical front, upgrading it from the slideshow that was Mass Effect to a game that is highly worthy of being played.
FIFA 09 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii)
Few would disagree that FIFA 09 defined simulation football games unlike any game before it. It was the best FIFA game in a decade, and its fluid gameplay, realistic animations and physics, and plentiful game modes made this is a must-buy for fans of the game. It’s so good, we’d still recommend 09 over the newer (and more buggy) FIFA 10. Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360, PS3) Street Fighter IV came at a time when the fighting genre was stagnating and struggling to find too many takers on next-gen systems.
But its memorable characters, balanced combat, and gorgeous visuals single-handedly brought fighting games back into the limelight. And with Super Street Fighter IV, you get a whole lot of content and a few gameplay tweaks to sweeten the deal more.
Race Driver: GRID (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS)
GRID remains one of the best racing games to come out in years. A fine balance between arcade and simulation, with stunning graphics and a fun career mode, this one is a must-buy for racing game fans if there was any.