Number one in my opinion of the best of the action genre belongs to Ninja Gaiden Black. When Team Ninja revamped the Ninja Gaiden series for the Xbox, they delivered a great action game that became one of the best games for that generation. Strangely enough, they decided to revise it and re-release it under the “Black” subtitle, and what we got was one of the best action games of all time.
Coming in at number 2 of my top 3 list of action games, we have Devil May Cry 3. After the amazing Devil May Cry and lackluster Devil May Cry 2, Capcom went back to the drawing board with Devil May Cry 3 and created one of the most technical action games ever made.
Playing through Bayonetta 2 last year, while it was a good game it doesn’t come anywhere close to taking the place of what I consider to be the best action games. I’ve written extensively about the action genre and these games before but I’m in the mood to talk more about what they did right from a mechanic standpoint starting with my #3 — God hand.
#1 is another 2D platformer like Shovel Knight but instead of modernizing classic gameplay; the developers went with elevating 2D platforming to one of the most challenging games released this year. All the more impressive considering that this is a Wii-U title.