This generation has given us a lot of great gaming and some of the best has come from new gaming IP. Whether it is a new adaptation, a spin-off, or a brand new series, this generation was full of new IP that took gaming to new levels. Here is VGU’s top ten new gaming IP from this gen.

10. Borderlands

BORDERLANDS

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After years of work on the Brothers In Arms franchise, developer Gearbox revealed a new project that was unlike anything it had done before. This game was Borderlands. It took place on the planet Pandora and placed you in the role of a vault hunter who was looking for the ultimate prize: the Vault. You get a sense of the humor level in this game in the opening cut-scene as a local creature gets run over by a truck containing one of the four playable characters. The real charm of this game isn’t the story or the visuals, it’s the humor.

In 2009 when Borderlands was released we were at the half-point mark in the console generation. Most new IPs had failed critically and financially at that point. Games like Call of Duty and Halo were still titans while games like Mirror’s Edge and Brutal Legend all had a sufficient amount of hype behind it, but the hype died down after their respective releases due to word of mouth.

Borderlands took what everyone loved about Halo and Call of Duty and mixed in what people loved about RPGs and internet humor and resulted in the game becoming a hit. The added bonus is the one element all games need: fun with friends. The game supported four-player co-op so you and your friends could explore the landscape of Pandora and you’ll need them for the end of the game. Supported by hefty downloadable content, you had a lot of things to do to blow off some steam.

9. Portal

Portal

Portal takes place in the same universe as the Half Life series but is less about armed combat and more about puzzle solving. The player character is a test subject in Aperture Science’s laboratory, testing out a new portal gun that allows players to create a portal between any two points in the environment.

The first game in the series was a relatively quick experience that set up the premise and gave players something new to talk about. Portal 2 was the full-fledged sequel that expanded the gameplay premise, included multiplayer, and took the entirety of the experience to the next level.

Portal showed gamers that shooting enemies with a gun was not the only way to experience some great gameplay this gen and the imaginative world that allowed for just about anything to happen was a truly great one to inhabit.

8. The Last of Us

Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s new IP after the success of the Uncharted series took players to a much different place than the globetrotting adventures of Nathan Drake. The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where a terrible virus has zombified much of the population and crippled the country as we know it.

The Last of Us featured an extremely character-driven drama that was full of intense action, some creepy horror-like moments, and amazing graphics that showed off the power of the PlayStation 3. Joel and Ellie’s trek across the United States offered fantastic moments and memorable lines (“That’s Ok, I believe him.”).

The Last of Us is a great new IP that opens up a new world, introduces us to some great new characters, and allows us to connect with the events that we see on screen. This type of storytelling is pushing gaming forward and we hope to see a lot more of it in the next generation.

7. Gears of War

Gears of War Gaming

Gears of War arrived on the scene in 2006 and with it brought one of the best IPs of this generation. Developed by Epic Games, it became one of Microsoft’s distinguished exclusives and later, as a recognized franchise in gaming. Harnessing the full potential of the Unreal Engine 3 technology, Gears of War delivered an experience which people won’t forget.

Gears of War has an incredibly structured narrative which is perfectly executed. The events of the game take place fourteen years after “Emergence Day” in which the Locusts have attacked the human planet of Sera. Their assault cripples Sera and almost results in the extinction of the human race until The Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) use the Hammer of Dawn to wipe out all remaining cities, barring Jacinto (mankind’s final stronghold). We assume the role of Marcus Pheonix, a legendary hero who was sentenced to 40 years in Jacinto Maximum Security Prison for disobeying orders and is reinstated into the COG Army. He now takes his Delta Squad deep into the fight against the Locust Horde. Furthermore his team is made up of: Dominic “Dom” Santago, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole and Damon Baird.

The gameplay offered different avenues of play styles; whether it be ‘guns blazing’ with the Gnasher Shotgun or a more tactical approach with the Lancer. The Lancer became a trademark weapon in gaming after the developers envisioned an all-purpose assault rifle which is fitted with a Chainsaw. This offers the best opportunity for CQC and let’s be honest here, it makes the weapon so cool to use.

Gears delivered a memorable gaming experience for people and no doubt deserved the praises that it received. The combined package that it offered in terms of gameplay and narrative definitely places it as one of the best IPs we saw from this generation.

6. BioShock

BioShock

The BioShock series is a spiritual successor to System Shock that took players to some exotic and creepy locales throughout the 20th century. BioShock and BioShock 2 took place in the ruins of the underwater city of Rapture. The player character crash lands in the Pacific Ocean and ends up finding the passage to the underwater city.

The atmosphere of the first two games in the BioShock series is what makes it so special; Rapture is one of the creepiest and most unsettling locations in gaming history. From the crazed slicers who are around every corner to the monstrous Big Daddies, Rapture is a fun place to explore.

BioShock: Infinite took the series back a few decades to 1919 and up in the sky to the floating city of Columbia. Infinite boasted a new main character, a great new location, and one of the most intricate storylines of this generation. All in all, the BioShock series has given us some great gaming this gen and we hope to see more.

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