Over time, we tend to forget. Memories fade. Even the games that have the most profound impacts on us aren't immune. But I've been thinking: despite all the fantastic titles we've seen this year, and despite all the memorable experiences, I'm wondering if anything has actually topped Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots .

Obviously, both Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception come close, and many will argue that one or both of Naughty Dog's masterpieces surpass Kojima's. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Heavy Rain , the ultimate in interactive thrillers in my mind. Then there are amazing experiences ranging from the most recent ( The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , Batman: Arkham City , etc.) to the oldest of the generation ( LittleBigPlanet , Mass Effect 2 , etc.). There are just so many awesome games out there and yet, I'm not sure any of them felt like the complete, blow-you-away adventure that MGS4 was…

Bear in mind I haven't gotten around to Uncharted 3 yet (although Arnold certainly says it's pretty damn special ), and I'm not as big a fan of other huge titles like Halo . But I can count the number of games that have had a significant emotional impact on me this generation on one hand…okay, maybe two hands. The point is, of the many, many games I've played over the past five or six years, I'm really not sure any of them can stand toe-to-toe with MGS4. But like I said, memories start to fail. If I really think about it, I find it difficult to pinpoint exactly what's so great about MGS4.

But I trust the part of my brain that provides me with the warm, fuzzy, albeit vague answer: all of it was great. I also remember writing this .

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots