Hall of Fame
Everyone has different tastes when it comes to what games they play. Some people love twitch shooters, while others crave the leisurely pace of a turn-based RPG; some favour puzzlers, others platformers. So, we’ve broken our Hall of Fame down by genre, highlighting what we think are the best modern games in each category. We've even got an Underdog category, for smaller games that can't compete with AAA titles and which you might otherwise miss!
BEST RPG – Mass Effect 2Read our review
Mass Effect 2 continues the adventures of Commander Shepherd, a soldier tasked with defending the galaxy from a race of civilisation devouring aliens called Reapers. Over the course of the game you’ll assemble a crew of aliens and square off against former allies before tackling the enemy head-on in one of the most engrossing RPGs ever made.
Honourable Mentions: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
BEST FPS – Deus Ex: Human RevolutionRead our review
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel to one of the most critically acclaimed PC titles ever released and one of the first games we've seen that is able to stand up to it in terms of quality. Brave in its incorporation of new mechanics and faithful in its interpretation of the subject matter, Human Revolution combines an intelligent design with a fascinating story.
Honourable Mentions: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BEST PUZZLE GAME – ChimeRead our review
Strip everything else away and Chime is little more than a shape matching game with clever audio design. Randomly delivered blocks must be placed on a grid into 3x3 or larger quadrangles, at which point they disappear. Meanwhile, a wave passes over the board every few seconds and adds a sample to the soundtrack for every block it hits. Simple, but surprisingly addictive and fun!
Honourable Mentions: VVVVVV
BEST STRATEGY GAME – Frozen SynapseRead our review
Frozen Synapse may have been developed by a tiny UK studio, but it's got lasting appeal that's easily capable of overshadowing larger releases. A multiplayer-focused turn-based tactics game, Frozen Synapse's thriving online community and lengthy singleplayer campaign couples with its unique aesthetic and supreme accessibility to make a tactical game that all will love.
Honourable Mentions: StarCraft 2
, Civilization V
BEST ACTION ADVENTURE – Just Cause 2Read our review
Just Cause 2 isn’t a game, it’s an explosion simulator. You can tell because the story is almost non-existent, the characters are two-dimensional and yet the game itself is almost endless fun. The world is so large that it’ll take you weeks to see everything, not least because you’ll be pausing to blow up every other thing you see. Just Cause 2 may not be the deepest game ever, but it’s certainly one of the most fun.
Honourable Mentions: Batman: Arkham Asylum
, Dead Rising 2
UNDERDOG AWARD - TrineRead our review
A unique blend of physics-puzzler and action platforming, Trine tells the story of three heroes - a wizard, a thief and a warrior - who are linked together by a mystical gem. The three heroes must use their unique gifts to traverse some extravagantly gorgeous levels on their quest to rid themselves of the curse, which will require quick thinking and clever use of the physics engine.
Honourable Mentions: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
, World of Goo
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