Developer: Bethesda
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: 3/20/2006
Genre: RPG
Rating: M

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: EA
Release Date: 1/26/2010
Genre: Action-RPG
Rating: M

Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: Multi
Genre: Action
Rating: M


The treasure chest has been opened once more and this time I couldn’t decide which game to… wait a second… am I putting games into the treasure chest or taking them out? Well, whichever direction the games are going – in or out – I couldn’t decide on a single game, so instead I picked a triple-pack of excellent games that all have sequels being released in the near future. These three games are true classics. OK, the Gears of War triple pack is actually two games, but they come in one box, so, deal with it.

These games are simply classics. If you have never played or do not have at least one of these titles in your library, you should be ashamed of yourself. There is simply no excuse. All three titles can be found in some form or fashion for $20 or less and are all well worth that asking price. There’s not much I can say about these titles that has not already been said by many others. Their reviews are overwhelmingly positive and their negatives are not deal-breakers. These games must be played.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Arguably one of the best Western RPG’s ever made. Huge, sprawling, detailed landscape to explore. Nearly unlimited character customization options. Side-quests that manage in some cases to outshine the main quest line of the game keep you wanting to go back time and time again. Amazing music. There are so many things to like about this game and so few things to dislike. Many of the towns seem eerily similar architecturally and the dungeons and caves show almost no variety. Additions like the Shivering Isles help to add a little variety in the environments as well as some truly fun and entertaining side quests.

Mass Effect 2

Won our coveted Gilded Cask Award for best single player experience for a reason. Compelling story, top notch graphics, extremely high production value all around make this game a true experience in every sense of the word. Tons of DLC adds a high replayability factor, and there is this:

Gears of War Pack

The original Gears was the first “killer app” on the 360. It is still one of the better games on the system. Some might even argue that the multiplayer aspect in the original Gears is still superior to Gears 2. I have no dog in that fight since I am not much for multiplayer gaming, but the co-op campaign is what sold me on these games. I played through both of these games several times on every difficulty level with several friends and was never bored, sometimes frustrated, but never to the point of giving up on the game. They are just damn fun games. Chainsawing your enemies in half really never gets old.

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