New Gen Games

Ten games that came up with a new generation wave striking like a tsunami on my computer. No, they don’t include the games ater 2009 as the gaming world lost its power in that year due to the literary revolution which managed to strike back after so many years in exile.
*Qualification: 2005-2009.

I. Mass Effect (2007)
Genre: Role Playing Action
This is one of those few games which changed the gaming of my time, just like Unreal Tournament had done with its own presence a lot earlier. Yes, Mass Effect was far ahead of its time, and may be so much for a gamer who had always been struggling with upgrading his video graphics card since the end of the last century. During a time when he was once again getting outdated along with his desktop computer and the games were slowly beginning to stop working, Mass Effect came as a relief as it worked perfectly and delivered almost everything that so many game could deliver in a combined state. When a human soldier named Commander Shepard and go out to explore the whole galaxy on a starship, the SSV Normandy, there is a lot of reminders about the Star Trek, but as I was not much into that series, this was even more of a new thing. There was so much freedom about this game, deciding which planet to explore, and what to do, which decision to make; all the decisions changing the world like choosing to kill on person instead of other or trying to use reason instead of battle and succeeding or failing in it, or even choosing to begin romance or even sexual relationship with one crew or the other. I could finish the game twice, as a male as well as a female character.

II. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Genre: Role Playing Action
Oblivion is what came before Mass Effect, and is that game which kept me in the gaming world before the whole galaxy exploration thing came and replaced this. But one has to say that Oblivion can’t be replaced, even with the next in the series, Skyrim was released and received a big applause. It even made me check its predecessor, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, something which most of the games won’t succeed in making me try. Oblivion was far ahead of the games of that year in class. The game allows the player to travel anywhere in that world and even into the mythical world of oblivion, or rather hell. The major objectives could be postponed as much as one wished and there were so many other things to do at the meantime. There were so many races to choose from, and in between the games, there was even a chance that one could get bitten by a vampire and turn into a bloodsucker. The possiblities were endless with this game. Its expansions Knights of the Nine and The Shivering Isles were powerful additions indeed. in many ways, Oblivion was an answer to all the souls who were waiting for the release of Diablo III, and this reply came from Bethesda Softworks rather than any of those publishers who were expected to come with such a thing.

III. Prototype (2009)
Genre: Third Person Action
This game struggled and struggled to keep me in the gaming world, something which it succeeded in doing, with its extremely powerful protagonist, who would face the strangest and still the most varied and interesting opponents in a series of battles which would happen in each and every corner of the city. The player is indeed given considerable freedom in choosing how to approach the major objectives and when to go for it, making sure that one has a lot of time to wander around the city and use the superpowers of a genetically-enhanced or rather mutated protagonist. Our enemies, even as they include government’s own, the more significant and the most interesting ones are those who have transformed into hideous monsters and create a world for themselves, attacking almost everything including ourselves. The game’s comparisons with another game Infamous would be irrelevent though, as it doesn’t belong to the great computer gaming world at all, and games which release only for inferior platforms like Playstation are never of that class of PC games, as the gaming consoles rarely interest anybody at this part of the world. Unlike most of the popular games of the time, this one had a really dark and hopeless world in store.

IV. Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008)
Genre: Third Person Adventure
The interest in the Tomb Raider series had come alive after playing Tomb Raider: Legend, and it was maintained by Tomb Raider: Anniversary well enough to make sure that I would get my hands on this game. This is one game which would make me incredibly greedy for the 2013 reboot version of Tomb Raider of which graphics has stunned me, along with the detail of our own Lara Croft. This game’s blending of puzzle solving and shooting has been better than ever, and our protagonist looks better than ever, as she goes through the beautiful environment matched only by her own beauty. Its mixture of ancient mythology with the present world was also at its best with Niflheim, Avalon and Thor’s Hammer making an entry. I would suggest this game not so different from Tomb Raider: Legend, and can be played together with the same. There is nothing like seeing the beautiful Lara Croft looking at the ancient temples or the beautiful sea with her own beauty that rivals the locations. Lara Croft shall be immortal, and there is no doubt about that, and the only one person who matches her is that prince from persia himself.

V. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2005)
Genre: Third Person Adventure
How can one get all these games into the list and forget the great prince who had overtaken the Tomb Raider series and almost buried Lara Croft as he scored and scored until 2005 until the smart lady managed to strike back with Tomb Raider: Legend and that force was strengthened by Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld and the recently released reboot. 2003 was that year when the prince could take the lead with his Sands of Time defeating Lara’s Angel of Darkness by quite a distance, leading to a two and half year superiority of clear nature which it could maintain. Following Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, this game continues that wonderful legacy of the legendary prince who even has a movie of his own now. With the Prince split into two personalities, one being himself and the other being the Dark Prince, there is a lot more entertainment for the gamers this time. There are also the most gorgeous lady villains around, and the challenge is better than ever. I was not too much of a fan of Sands of Time, but I love this title along with Warrior Within, as the stylish battle of the Prince mixes with his abilities to solve puzzles and save himself from traps and hideous creatures. This is the last good game in the series so far.

VI. Assassin’s Creed (2008)
Genre: Third Person Adventure
Its been sometime since we had a good game with its base on stealth rather than anything else. There was that Thief: The Dark Project which introduced me into the same, and Deus Ex was somewhat into that genre. Assassin’s Creed surely takes the same thing to a new level, and it was indeed a shame that I had to stop playing the game due to a variety of reasons including changing my PC. I loved the way in which the game was to be played, but still there are so many things which I would have wanted different in the game to make it more enjoyable. It is not as much as addictive as the first game which I have mentioned, but it does a very good job with its variety and a new kind of protagonist with diffrent abilities and a setting which revolves around The Third Crusade in the Holy Land. Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad might not become one of my favourite characters like Commander Sheperd or Lara Croft, but he is one of that characters who can’t be ignored. He is rather a shadow of our own Persian prince, and his characteristics are rather one-dimensional. I shall not talk more about this game, as it is already praised too much, and despite being a very good game, it is also too over-rated, and thus really doesn’t deserve to be in every list.

VII. Crysis (2007)
Genre: First Person Shooter
Here comes the first person shooter everyone has been waiting for. Unlike the earlier game list, this one doesn’t have any of the games from two of the most powerful genres of the world, of the first person shooters and of real time/turn based strategy. Well, here is one game which released first in PC before any other evil platforms, and that indeed is a job well done. No, that doesn’t automatically qualify this game to be here, as this one is here through its merit only. Its expansion, Crysis: Warhead is alsot included at the same spot, even as I liked that stand-alone expansion so much that I finished that earlier and faster. The game has great settings supported by amazing graphics. Driving trucks, tanks, motorboats and hovercrafts through the beaches and remote forests is so much fun, and so is just swimming around the beach with so much details on the fishes, crabs and also those creatures of the land. I tried even car jumping in this game even as it made no difference. I was indeed amazed by the detail and the beauty of the backwaters which almost made me wish to keep the character there and forget the mission against both the North Koreans and the aliens, the world of the latter bringing another dimension to this game. This game’s position is a tie with Assassin’s Creed, and the tie-breaker was just checking the alphabetical order.

VIII. Overlord (2007)
Genre: Third Person Action
There was a time when one had thought that Codemasters had already come up with their best, and then this game followed, and gave that big a surprise like never before. As we take over a resurrected warrior lord who has control over little gremlin-like creatures resembling goblins, who are called minions, there are lots of things to do and explore in a fantasy world where he has to defeat seven corrupt lords (like the Seven Deadly Sins) to become the real lord of the realm. There is also the choice to be just evil, high evil or pure evil, as our protagonist makes his way through lands of the innocent and the corrupt. But as they say in the game, “Evil will always find a way”. I didn’t really like Overlord II as much as I liked this one though, even as the new additions were good. Meanwhile, I missed Overlord: Raising Hell, and that is a sad part. There is so much fun involved with this dark world, as we control four types of minions, the browns, the reds, the greens and the blues, each having their own abilities and we have to use them wisely as there is no progress without them, for our protagonist is not an acrobatic person; neither is he an acrobatic risk-taker – he just beats up people, kills a few and destroys things, and so we need the minions for going through the levels.

IX. BioShock (2007)
Genre: First Person Shooter
Here comes another first person shooter for the fans of the genre. As our protagonist Jack reaches another world under an ocean after a plane crash, an underwater city called Rapture which was supposed to be an isolated utopia. But the world has been altered into chaos due to discovery of a chromosome which grants superhuman powers. There are powerful genetically altered human beings called Big Daddies and under their care are the cute little girls called Little Sisters who are brainwashed and reprogrammed to a mental condition so as to harvest these chromosomes. There is so much of questions in the movie, whether to harvest the little girls for the DNA or to save them, and whether to kille the Big Daddies who are just trying to protect the Little Sisters. There are also the insane, genetically mutated humans who tries to kille both the Big Daddies and the Little Sisters. The game frightens with its intelligence and I am still haunted by the desire to play that game again. The experience was so brutally beautiful, and if the game hadn’t become a little slow in my computer, I would have continued to play it for a very long time. Its moral choices provided in the middle of an incredibly creepy atmosphere makes it the righteous heir to the game Undying.

X. Unreal Tournament 3 (2007)
Genre: First Person Shooter
As the first person shooters take over this list, there is this game belonging to a franchise which leaves its mark everywhere, even as I do wonder how much of a future deathmatches hold in the current world of variety. It is quite imilar to the prior entries of the series which started with the great 1999 masterpiece, and even as the game is primarily an online multiplayer title with several game modes, there is also an extensive offline single-player game mode with well crafted story-line. The new game modes includ Duel, Vehicle Capture the Flag, Warfare, Betrayal and Greed in a group of very interesting new concepts with base in the earlier modes. We do miss some of the game modes from the previous versions though. Well, whichever form it is in, Unreal Tournament never losses out in its awesomeness, and after Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004, this game is no exception. When there is any form of Unreal Tournament releasing, there is only one thing that you do; which is to try to get the gme as soon as possible. Unreal Tournament is nostalgia, and it is not only the past, but also the present and the future.

Special Mention: TimeShift (2007); Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009); Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006); Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (2006); Infernal (2007); Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (2009); Gears of War(2007); Ashes Cricket 2009 (2009); FIFA 07 (2006); Resident Evil 4 (2005)


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