What's the best video game? Now there's a debate that will never get old or go away. Amazon was wondering the same thing until recently, so it ran a poll from June 1 through Sunday that asked the public what game they thought was the very best of this generation. "The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim" won the poll, beating out PS3-only survival horror title "The Last of Us."
Amazon reported that aside from "The Last of Us," other games that were worthy contenders included "Batman: Arkham City," "Bioshock," "Bioshock: Infinite," "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," "Fallout 3," "Far Cry 3," "Grand Theft Auto 4," "Mass Effect 2," "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots," "Super Mario Galaxy," "Portal 2," "Red Dead Redemption," "Uncharted 2" and "The Walking Dead."
What's interesting to us is that almost all of the games that make up the 16 finalists are sequels, video game versions of existing franchises ("The Walking Dead" comes to mind), spiritual successors or spinoffs of existing franchises. Bioshock is the spiritual successor of "System Shock 2," while "Red Dead Redemption" is an offshoot of "Red Dead Revolver." The only game to make the top 17 that was a brand new franchise is "The Last of Us."
What do you think of "Skyrim" being named as the best game of this generation? Do you agree? Why or why not? What game do you think is the best of this generation? Sound off in the comments below.
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