The seventh gen (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) gave us some of the best IPs of all-time. To celebrate the upcoming PS4, and the already outed Wii U, I’ve written this list of the best IPs of this ending generation. These are the ones I handpicked as the best of the best, the greatest IPs introduced in this gen. The Last of Us is going to be one of the last IPs introduced in this gen, but people need to remember that there was a time during the 7th gen where there were new games and franchises coming out the Wazoo. This list will only include IPs introduced in the 7th gen, so no Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid. Without further ado, here we go.
#8: Mass Effect (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U)
Mass Effect was the first truly next-gen RPG, with an amazing story that stretched across 3 games, moral choices that truly made this a choose-your-own-adventure game, and near-perfect gameplay, makes the Mass Effect trilogy a masterpiece.
#7: BioShock (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
The greatest FPS since Half-Life 2, is a atmospheric tromp through the underwater sanctuary of Rapture, where danger could be lurking around every corner, and there were many ways to tackle the world’s harsh challenges. BioShock Infinite will send gamers into a kingdom in the sky (they’re gonna die a lot), with a plot that feels straight out of a fairy tale; I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
#6: Saints Row (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Saints Row is a franchise that made THQ one of the most fun and diverse publishers before they bit the curb. The obtuse level of batspit craziness propelled the franchise with the release of Saints Row: The Third, A.K.A. the best THQ game ever made. Ever. Long live, THQ!
#5: L.A. Noire (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
A true evolution in storytelling, L.A. Noire is an amazing effort from Rockstar Games, of GTA fame, to bring the police procedural drama into the gaming-verse; featuring top-notch voice-acting, revolutionary graphics and facial technology, and some fun detective gameplay, makes L.A. Noire a truly top-notch IP. Let’s hope that Rockstar does something with it, since this was Team Bondi’s first and last attempt at a game, since they went bankrupt thereafter. Sad, really.
#4: Assassin’s Creed (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, DS, PSP, Vita, Wii U)
AC was the first truly next-gen IP. The quality of the gameplay, graphics, story, and presentation simply wasn’t possible on the PS2 (which, ironically, was where AC was headed before the switch to next-gen). ACII came and propelled the game to all new levels of awesome. Newer games in the series would raise the bar on graphics and gameplay, but the narrative became “Metal Gear Solid” levels of convoluted, and became a glitch-ridden annual release kind of franchise, the games are still really good, and I can’t wait to see how AC will be on PS4.
#3: Uncharted (PS3, Vita)
The Uncharted series is the latest IP from Naughty Dog (at least until The Last of Us), and a clear-cut expy of Tomb Raider, except for the fact that Uncharted significantly outshines TR, with it’s amazing gameplay, stunning graphics, and the best pacing ever in a video game (Uncharted 2). The series set landmark standards for the video game narrative. Never before it (with the exception of Metal Gear Solid and Grand Theft Auto) had video game narratives had such a cinematic, blockbuster-y feel to it. The gameplay is awesome, if standard shooting, mixed with some incredible set-pieces and platforming. Here’s to hoping that The Last of Us can be better than this!
#2: Portal (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Technically the most proficient puzzle game ever created, as well as the funniest, Portal is a puzzle spin-off of the Half-Life series (which was the best IP of last gen), but stands out from the rest, featuring some of the best writing ever in a game, which is then surpassed by Portal 2. Portal 2 includes some of the best voice-acting in history, with Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons playing Wheatley and Cave Johnson, respectively. Plus, GLaDoS, being played by the wonderful Ellen McLain, is the best villain in history, tying with Liquid from the Metal Gear Solid series. Portal 2 also adds a Co-op campaign, which makes, without a doubt, the greatest co-op game ever. Portal is just amazing, and Portal 2 is even more.
#1: The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, IOS)
The Walking Dead is an amazing character study about how life would go on after the world was over. The struggle to stay alive and keep human in an inhuman world. Taking care of a girl like she was your own, and basing your whole life around keeping her alive and well, reminding her to never lose her innocence. This point-n-click epic depicts exactly what life would be like if the world was overrun by zombies. It is not an action-oriented game, and instead focuses on character-development and one of the greatest narratives in any video game ever. The choices you make, unlike Mass Effect, do not directly affect the storyline, but instead how people view you, and who’s gonna have your back till the very end. Experiences like this only come a few times in a generation, and with a new season on the horizon, Telltale has crafted a masterpiece, and the best IP of the 7th generation.
I hope you guys enjoyed this, and for now, this is rigbybot127 signing off.
My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.
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