30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 10: Best Gameplay

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.

Assassin's Creed


Iā€™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.

Batman Arkham City Paul Crocker (11)

When it comes to gameplay, Catherine has pretty much caught my attention as a favourite once again. It really works the mind as well as frustrates you to the point of wanting to smash your control.
… It’s all rather epic at the end of the day.

Catherine Review

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.

Tomb Raider Review

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.

Dragons Dogma Review (3)

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.

10 of the most visually satisfying cities featured in video games

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!

Now moved on, Bracken is an aspiring tech and gaming journalist. Is anyone even reading this?

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  • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

    There’s so many games I could mention… I could perhaps mention Batman: Arkham City, which has one of the most complete and satisfying combat systems you will ever see. I could perhaps mention Dead Space 2, which had just the right amount of panic-inducing ineffectiveness to make you scream and shout (and let it all out). I could even talk about DmC: Devil May Cry, which took the spectacle third person fighter to entirely new levels of awesome.

    But I think the game with the best gameplay for me is Gears of War 3. It is smooth, it is fast, it is absolutely perfect for what it is. And no game feels quite as polished, in my opinion.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      RE: Dead Space 2: Does it go on and on and on and on? šŸ˜€

      Arkham City was amazing, and I’ve read many good things about DmC.

  • Yashaar Mall

    So, many a year ago, I would have said Tomb Raider. Now, I’d have to agree with Brady. (Again…)

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I almost agreed with him too. Arkham City was incredible.

    • http://www.itfgaming.com/ BlurryKnight

      Haha! This i just uncanny XD

  • Nicola Dee

    I really enjoy a game that isn’t too complicated. However, the original Witcher for me was the most fun. I had no problem with the changing of weapons for the various mods. Geralt is always awesome (although in the books he’s not as cool).

    I also really enjoyed the gameplay of Kingdom of Amalur. Fun yet not “dumbed down”.

    With regards to MMORPG though, Dungeons & Dragons Online wins hands down! Had a break from it and played Neverwinter MMO, Tera and Guild Wars 2 and none of them come close :)

    • http://www.itfgaming.com/ Darryl Linington

      You just put me in the mood to revisit The Witcher.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I need to pick the Witcher and the Witcher 2 up. I’ve heard so much good about them.

      Amalur was fun until midway through the second Island for me, then I started to get bored (more from the characters than the gameplay).

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

    Batman AA. Still have to play AC

    • CataclysmicDawn

      You’ll love it, I’m sure. It was a great game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

        I know i will. I broke the seal and just when i was about to start on it my INJUSTICE got delivered. Just waiting for a gap then i`m jumping straight into AC

      • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

        It`s official. I started Batman AC. Loving it so far

        • CataclysmicDawn

          Called it šŸ˜›