Today’s challenge is a simple concept – the title which you feel has the best gameplay. This is a very broad question as it takes into account all genres of video games, and is a simple question of which game you find to be the best in how it plays. This can be a title which you enjoyed playing the most, a title you felt was very well built (even if you didn’t particularly enjoy it) or a game which made up for deficiencies in other areas by giving you lots of options while you were in in-game situations. Below you’ll find our writers’ picks in terms of titles with the best gameplay.
I’d have to say the game with best gameplay would have to be Batman: Arkham Asylum/Arkham City. I felt that it was definitely the best way for players to experience being the Dark Knight. Hanging from a gargoyle and then proceeding to take out all the enemies in the room without a single one seeing you can be so satisfying.
Third Person type of gameplay appeals to me the most. I invest a lot of time in characters, be it building my own in Mass Effect or getting to know the character I’m playing a la Uncharted or Tomb Raider, and I want to be able to see them. It’s one thing that irritates me about first person, although it feels more immersive, it’s pointless to get kick-ass looking armour if you never see it. I also really like being able to see my feet, it makes platforming and ledge jumping a lot easier when you know exactly where your character is jumping.
For me, Dragon’s Dogma has to be the title I had the most fun playing – the title is classified as an RPG, but the gameplay often drifts more towards action-adventure styled gameplay. There was some mild platforming elements, some fast, intense combat, enemies that varied in size, speed and ability and had to be adapted to, and a system which allowed you to scale large enemies and bosses in order to do massive damage or hit weaker spots. While the title suffered in storytelling, there was absolutely nothing with the way it played.
What defines good gameplay? Is it the variety of things you can do, how many different types of enemies you fight or maybe it’s something you can’t really put your finger on, but that keeps calling you back for more. It’s tough for me to say what game has the best gameplay because I have favourites across different genres. A classic that highlights good gameplay for me is GTA: San Andreas because it had a great, amusing story and had so much to do and explore. Here’s to hoping GTA 5 will be a perpetual remake with better graphics and more playable characters.
So which title do you think has the best gameplay? Are you a first-person shooter fan with a predisposition to Call of Duty and Battlefield? Do you prefer the hunting and stalking of your targets in Assassin’s Creed? Or do you enjoy some of The Behemoth’s work in downloadable titles such as Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater? Let us know in the comments!