Posted on Saturday, December 28 @ 12:00:00 Eastern by GR_Staff
20. inFamous 2
The guys at Sucker Punch proved to the world that they have what it takes to make an incredible open-world platformer with the first inFamous and then improved upon it considerably with the sequel. With smooth and fluid gameplay, a sweeping open world, and a compelling story filled with a cast of memorable characters, inFamous 2 is easily one of the best open-world platforming action games you'll play on not just Sony's console, but any other platform currently on the market.
19. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
When Ubisoft first announced the next entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise would star a pirate, the premise was met with a mixed response. How could the studio possibly blend this setting into the framework of the series? But then when Ubi showed off how Black Flag elevates naval combat and exploration to new heights, the pirate theme made perfect sense. Having the ability to hop off the beaten path and get lost among the seas searching for treasure makes the open world of Black Flag totally work. Plus, the main protagonist, Edward Kenway, is infinitely more likable than Connor.
While a number of role-playing games to come out of Square Enix this generation have been far from impressive, Nier manages to buck the trend thanks to its captivating story and incredible characters. Sure, the gameplay may be a bit shallow and frustrating at times, but the game's tear-jerking narrative makes all the effort totally worth it. If you're looking for an experience that will stick with you long after the credits role, I implore you to give Nier a look.
17. Gran Turismo 5
Polyphony Digital knows how to make a killer racing game. The studio proved that decades ago on the original PlayStation and continues to do so time and time again with each iteration of Gran Turismo. While it took them a long, long time to develop, Gran Turismo 5 didn't fail to disappoint, serving up another feature-rich racing sim PlayStation fans have come to expect from such a talented and perfection-hungry development studio.
While the sequel improved upon the first game in many ways, there's nothing quite like the original inFamous. Hot off the heels of the development of a bunch of Sly Cooper games for PlayStation 2, Sucker Punch was primed and ready to make something new. Instead of sticking with the cute, charming cartoon world of Sly, the studio decided to go in a much grittier direction with inFamous, putting players in a massive open-world city and confronting them with a number of moral dilemmas. Oh yeah, and the gameplay—platforming especially—is pitch-perfect.