Greatest game this generation

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Through a reader’s poll on Amazon UK, a large community has voted on the greatest game this generation, with some impressive results, as well as some interesting stats.

Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was selected as the best game this generation, while Naughty Dogs’ gritty survival-horror The Last of Us lands the runner-up spot.

Amazon UK Game of the Generation poll

Check out the winner and nominees below:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim has upped the ante in terms of longevity and open-world exploration, with its vast world, creative enemies and engaging gameplay.

The game won numerous Game of the Year awards, and deservedly so, as more than a year after its release, gamers are still engaged and slashing their way through the colossal-sized adventure.

Skyrim Dragon Attack

The Last of Us

This new survival horror property from the creators of Uncharted (Naughty Dog) is the third-highest-scoring PS3 exclusive of all time, and is runner-up in this Game of the Generation vote.

While looking absolutely gorgeous and supported by a great story, the game also hits all the right notes in other departments and proves that Naughty Dog really knows how to design interesting and enjoyable games.

The Last of Us

Grand Theft Auto IV

Gamers had high hopes for GTA IV, and Rockstar’s jump to the next-generation blew everybody away when they returned to Liberty City.

GTA IV’s scale and scope boggles the mind, and the technology used was years ahead of its competitors. GTA IV has set the bar incredibly high for GTA V.

Grand Theft Auto 4


The original Bioshock took an interesting setting and enthralling story, and threw them together with some great gameplay to produce one of the best games of the generation.

Bioshock’s incredible yet frightening underwater world of Rapture immediately captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers, not to mention the gorgeous art-style and impressive attention to details.

Bioshock screenshot

Portal 2

It’s amazing to think that Portal was the result of a freeware indie game experiment, Narbacular Drop, which turned into a gaming phenomenon.

The sequel expanded on the already-mind-bending concepts introduced in the original, and the addition of co-op pushed Portal 2 into the gaming hall-of-fame.

Portal 2

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog’s follow-up to the successful PS3 launch title was a daunting task, but the developers managed to excel in every department with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

The visuals, voice-acting, gameplay and Indiana-Jones-inspired escapades made Uncharted 2 an immediate hit and cemented Naughty Dog as one of the premier gaming studios in the industry.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Fallout 3

Fallout 3 took the isometric world of Fallout and put it into the first-person view for a new generation.

The game maintained its retro-apocalyptic feel and presented gamers with a deeper and more interactive Fallout experience than ever before.

Fallout 3 header

Red Dead Redemption

Take GTA and the Wild West, mash them together and throw in one of the best heroes ever, and you get Red Dead Redemption.

The dynamic and interesting world of Red Dead Redemption made gamers feel as if they were actual cowboys, giving them the opportunity to everything they dreamed of – from riding a horse to having standoffs.

Red Dead Redemption Header

Amazon also released some interesting facts produced from the voting:

  • Released on December 2nd, 2005, Call of Duty 2 is the oldest title to receive a vote.
  • Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us each received more votes than all of the Xbox 360 exclusives combined.
  • Super Mario Galaxy was the most popular console exclusive, ahead of Uncharted 2.
  • Released in June, The Last of Us is not only the most recent game to receive a vote, but also the most popular game that isn’t part of a series.
  • With just one more vote, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood would’ve made the final 16 tournament.
  • The only western with a vote, Red Dead Redemption received more votes than beat ‘em ups, football games and Call of Duty titles combined.
  • Not living up to its name, Army of Two received just the one entry.
  • Games that started out as downloadables, such as Limbo, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Bastion, all received votes, but Journey was the closest to crack the final 16.
  • Votes also went for the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Persona 4 Golden.
Source: Amazon UK

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  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I vote Skyrim…

  • Windreaver

    Very difficult to take something like this seriously, given that it is based on popularity ‘votes’ instead of anything credible. Might as well go by game sales, and give the whole top 30 to Wii, and give CoD an honourable mention.

    So this method is deeply flawed, and the stats quoted prove it. Imagine if this poll was done when GTA4 (20 million copies) was at its peak. No way that it would lose out to The last of Us (3 million copies), which apparently also got more votes than any Xbox exclusive (probably because there hasn’t been a solid Xbox exclusive this year to vote for).
    The ’round by round knockout’ voting mechanism is also why Mario (20 million copies), loses out in R16 to Skyrim. Mario should probably have made it into final against Skyrim.

  • YePsy_ZA

    This must be greatest single player game of this generation, because CoD4 definitely wins greatest multiplayer, its 6 years old, and still has a active community, new mods coming out every now and then and is still fun to play even after 6 years.

  • Stan Smith

    More like the most popular games.

  • Glordit

    GTA IV. AKA You F****** Cousin calls you up every 5 mins simulator.

  • Johan du Preez

    zzzzzz so does CS go … and actually Counter Strike: Go by numbers is the most played FPS in the world ….

    This is not a indication of quality… you cant say a game is quality just because its a “thing” with teenagers …

  • Trebzz

    GTA IV Nico Bellic made me hate that game so much :/

  • Trebzz

    Pick the right ending and he dies 😀

  • Jeffrey

    Errr… Hello? Arses… GTA V has yet to be released. Sheesh.

  • Windreaver

    Similarly, you can’t say a game is quality just because people vote for it.

  • Philani

    No Battlefield? smh

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