Resistance started out as Sony's answer to the Xbox-exclusive Gears of War and Halo franchises before it became its own brutal look at a world overwhelmed by a deadly alien threat. What helped set this series apart from the myriad other "humans vs. aliens" scenarios out there is the era in which it took place. Whereas a majority of the games in this subgenre are set in the present or future, Resistance showed us how an alien invasion could play out if it happened in the early 50's.
Let's just get this out of the way: the Alone in the Dark reboot was not a good game. It had some interesting ideas, like the realistic fire and healing system, but for every good idea, it introduced something that completely sucked the fun out of the experience, like the horrendous driving, poor checkpoint placement, and those awful devil trees you had to burn in Central Park. That said, the game gave us a horrific look at New York during—not after—a demonic apocalypse. The atmosphere and soundtrack were fantastic, and for that it deserves a spot on this list.
Have you ever had that seemingly insatiable lust for destruction? If you have, then the best way to remedy that craving is by spending some quality time with the Prototype series. It all began with Alex Mercer, a man who was infected by the mysterious Blacklight virus that in turn granted him incredible powers. The sequel followed Sgt. James Heller, a man on a similar mission of revenge after his family was brutally slain by the same virus that gave him and Mercer their powers. I said it in my review of Prototype 2, and I'll say it again here, "There's nothing quite as cool as running up the side of a skyscraper with a few attack helicopters hot on your tail."
Out of all the games on this list, Enslaved remains one of the most beautiful interpretations of a post-apocalyptic world that I've ever seen in a video game. The overused brown and gray color palette was swapped for a more vibrant and colorful world. Even the enemies you fought, consisting entirely of robotic creatures, were all colorful. Add to that the tech-savvy Trip and her unwilling slave Monkey—two of the most interesting characters I've had the pleasure to watch in a game—and Enslaved is still one of the more unique post-apocalyptic video games out there.
Crysis 2 isn't just one of the most visually stunning games of this generation, it's also an incredibly fun game to play. Few things are quite as satisfying as creeping up behind an alien and promptly shoving your knife into its throat. The original game was known for its graphics, and despite being lowered to run on consoles, Crysis 2 was still a graphical powerhouse filled with several incredible set pieces. Where the first two games took place during the alien invasion, when everything is in the process of being destroyed, Crysis 3 will be set over two decades later, long after the city has succumbed to nature.
Date: April 26, 2012
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