50 Greatest Games Of This Generation

43. Wii Sports

43 Wii SportsPlatforms: Nintendo Wii Release Date: 8 December, 2006 If you are reading this then at some point over the past 6 years you will have played Wii Sports. It may not be the most sophisticated of games but it showed exactly what the motion controls of the Wii were capable of and helped sell the console to millions. With Bowling, Boxing, Tennis, Golf and Baseball there was a game for everyone to play. But the reason Wii Sports is on this list is simply because of its impact. It has sold over 80 million copies worldwide and has reached every sector of society. How many news stories have you seen of elderly people using the game to keep fit, how many pieces of broken furniture around your house and how much time spent trying to bowl a perfect game.

42. Braid

42 BraidPlatforms: PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 Release Date: 6 August, 2008 This generation introduced a new form of game to consoles. Indie games had previously been the domain of the PC, their smaller size and limited market rarely warranted a retail release. But with the advent of online stores such as the Xbox Live Arcade these games could finally reach the mass market. Braid was one of the first to prove a hit. Braid is essentially a series of complicated puzzles masquerading as a platformer. By manipulating time you had to avoid enemies, collect keys (and a variety of other items) and navigate hazardous obstacles. Solving the puzzles is incredibly satisfying. The stand out artwork feels perfect for the game. As soon as you see the game you know it is unmistakably Braid. Described by many critics as a truly great game, it is still one of the highest rated games to release on the Xbox 360. An innovative gameplay feature helped to garner interest but it was the challenging, yet rarely annoying, puzzles that proved Braid€™s greatest asset.

41. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

41 Super Smash Bros BrawlPlatforms: Nintendo Wii Release Date: 27 June, 2008 The third game in the Super Smash Bros. series took what was successful In previous iterations, added some new characters and perfected the combat system to create a very good fighting game. If you€™ve never played Brawl before, the aim of every fight is to knock your opponent off the stage. Dealing damage makes it easier to kick a wide range of Nintendo character to their doom. It isn€™t the traditional fighter that requires complicated button combinations to perform special attacks, rather players need to dish out damage quickly and manage their movement effectively. Praised for its variety of characters, fighting styles, colourful stages and large amount of content, Brawl proved to be a popular game due to its accessibility and solid design.
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