10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
I had a great time with the multiplayer in this game, and my friends and I played it for months on end. I was a beastly leader in the Team Leader mode, often times single handedly leading my team to victory.
9. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
I had never even played a Civilization game before this one, and boy was this a good place to start. This simplified the experience of playing Civ in a package that was attractive to me, and I could still waste days on this game if I had the time.
8. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, and this one is sort of the culmination of what makes the series great to me. Ezio has matured, and you’re offing fools in ancient Rome. What isn’t to love?
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
After not liking Oblivion too much, little surprises me more than how much I love Skyrim. Exploring the world is a treat, and shouting “FUUUS ROH DAH!” has become part of my morning shower routine.
6. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Whenever I hear a game called a “movie-like experience” these days all I can think of is Uncharted 2. I was hooked from the gripping start all the way to the climatic end. If only the third lived up.
5. Resident Evil 5
All fanboy bias aside, I enjoy picking up RE5 and playing it at just about any time. Co-op brought the series up to par with the generation, and the villains and characters all made the game feel comfortable, yet new.
4. Left 4 Dead 2
The definitive co-op experience that just hasn’t been bested by any game I’ve played. Nothing beats playing the campaigns with your friends, blasting zombies in the face while trying to survive along the way. Versus is just as fun, so long as you take every round in good fun.
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
It’s hard to express in words what it is I like about this game, and the only word that comes close is chaos. The missions are fun most of the time, but I just enjoyed playing a beautiful rendition of Liberty City and causing destruction wherever I went. The fact that I could do this online too is what secures its position.
2. Halo Reach
Bungie went all out for their last Halo game, pretty much reinventing what Halo was known for in the process. While many disliked the changes, I came to appreciate just how tightly knit the game had become after many sequels. Vehicles had less of an emphasis than in Halo 3, but I just didn’t care too much surprisingly.
1. Red Dead Redemption
Open worlds have always been a main interest of mine, as have western games. Rockstar combined the two and made a masterpiece of sorts. The characters were fun to talk to and play with, and the excellent writing made you feel for them once the credits started rolling. The same great multiplayer was ported over from GTA IV, and lets you explore a 19th century North America. A tragic experience, but a damn fun one that I could play over and over.