I have a weird love/hate thing with “best of” gaming lists. They’re addictive as anything to read, but a lot of times you want to just slap the writers of them in the face for the way they have ranked the games. While a lot of that is expected and just typical subjectivity, sometimes dudes just get it wrong.
Take GamePro, for instance. While I’m sure they mean well with their new “Best of XBox 360” list, they are sadly, horribly, woefully misguided in the way they’ve placed the appropriate titles. There should be terrible punishments for people that are this far off.
I’m fine with things being a little hokey due to everyone having different values, styles of play, whatever. But leaving games off of your “top 32” like Castle Crashers and Forza 2 is just a crime. On top of that, Bioshock comes in at number 10 behind Assassin’s Creed, Braid and Halo 3 (which was number 1, by the way- ugh). Heck, they had Bomberman Live on there, and that game sucked.
A friend suggested that I go look up what Metacritic had to say on the matter in terms of a conglomeration of the reviews of all XBox 360 games, and their list was quite different. But since many reviewers are silly and swayed all too often by hype, Nick and I arranged our own top 10 list:
2. Gears of War
3. Call of Duty 4
4. Orange Box
5. Halo 3
6. Grand Theft Auto IV
8. Mass Effect
9. Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
10. Crackdown / Castle Crashers (couldn’t decide!)
Do you guys get this incensed when you see a really bad “Best of” list? Heck, some of you might even scoff at the one that I put down, seeing as how I look at Crackdown with rose-tinted glasses. Anywho, check out their list and see if I’m overreacting or if I’m justified in my righteous indignation.