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Submitted by BrashGames 1245d ago | opinion piece

The Greatest Generation Ever?

Brash Games writes "With the current generation finally starting to wind down (there is no way Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles won’t be here by next Christmas), it feels like a reasonable time to reflect on what has, and will surely continue to be, the greatest console generation of all time". (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Final Fantasy XIII, Gears of War 3, Killzone, Lost Odyssey, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii, Wii Sports, Xbox 360, Xenoblade Chronicles)

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Godmars290  +   1246d ago
The most bloated generation ever.

Is rather good for open world and FPS, online and social gaming, but otherwise crippled creatively because of costs associated with HD development.
humbleopinion  +   1245d ago
Crippled creativity and costs associated with HD development!? This gen showed us some of the most creative games while at the same time reducing costs for innovative small players wishing to bring their ideas to consoles.
And it's mostly thanks to digital distribution: When was the last gen you've seen a team of about 2 people putting up a game that becomes a smashing sales success and a GOTY nominee? With games such as Braid, World of Goo, Journey, Limbo Fez, Minecraft, Super Meat Boy, Bastion and plenty others we're witnessing how small independent studios redefine they way we approach games.

And that's without even mentioning how things on the AAA front never looked better. Never in history have so many really good games had to compete for our money. I find myself giving up on some amazing games simply because there's no time to play them all.
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blue_flowers  +   1246d ago
I loved my N64 and PS1 the best. Although the PS2 and Xbox had just about a game for anything you could think of so i did really have a phenomenal time playing a lot of different games last gen. I'd say this gen is a lot of fun but not my personal favorite, and the games aren't varied enough compared to past gens sadly.
GrahamGolden  +   1245d ago
the original xbox had what ??

i agree for this gen but saying the original xbox had something except for halo is hilarious.

Angerfist  +   1245d ago
Ninja Gaiden,
Star Wars KOTOR 1&2
Oddworld Strangers Wrath
Project Gotham Racing 2
the list goes on and on....
Not to mention far better Graphics then PS2.
Even though i bought a PS2 for its Exclusives
and GT4 was probably my most played Game last Gen.

Last Gen there were really a lot of Exclusives from 3rd Party on both Sides.
Allsystemgamer  +   1245d ago

Halo 1 and 2
Phantom dust
Fusion frenzy
Ghost recon
Splinter cell
Mech assault
Steel battalion

Are you that ignorant?
tristansprofile  +   1246d ago
this gen whack! last gen is way better
Hellsvacancy  +   1245d ago
Ive put more hours into single games this gen then i ever have before, like Demons/Dark Souls for example, 500 hours each, easily, Skyrim, 2-3 hundred probably, BF3 must be 7-8 hundred hours

Im not saying this has been the best for me, but i have played some of the best games ive EVER played this gen

Gaming was more straight forward when i was younger, buy a game, load it up, play/beat it, end of story

Todays gaming is far more technical then it needs to be, but it has it pluses
Venox2008  +   1246d ago
Gamecube/Ps2 gen was the best for me

(God Hand, Okami, Mgs 2&3, Killer7, Viewtiful joeb1&2, Katamari games,Shadow of rome, Haunting ground, fatal frames,silent hills,mk:shsolin monks,shadow of colossus&ico, luigis mansion, metroid primes, XIII, RE4, forbidden siren 1&2, zeldas, beyond good&evil..and many many more)
GrahamGolden  +   1245d ago
ps1-2 era hands down
thi generation with very few exception was the worst
Wenis  +   1245d ago
I've never played games as little as I have this gen. that tells me all I need to know, personally...
ThatHappyGamer  +   1245d ago
PS & PS2 will remain the Greatest gen ever.
Dark_king  +   1245d ago
This is not that great a generation.It brought us crap like on disc dlc,forced online connections for single player games,online passes,game breaking bug filled releases.I could go on but I will let some others list the crap this gen has brought.
Don't get me wrong there has been some great games.Though not nearly as many as past generations and sadly this will probably only get worse next gen.The cost and time it takes developing the titles has slowed down the amount of games released.Even more so has stopped many from even taking the risk of trying something new.Now many devs want to focus on casuals because that is were the money is.
Hicken  +   1245d ago
Yeah, there were some great games, no doubt. But with all the shady, underhanded methods gaming companies came up with to get money out of gamers, and how gamers actually DEFENDED such tactics, it HAS to be considered one of the worst generations ever.
Rhythmattic  +   1245d ago
Atari 2600 , Apple ][ , System/TRS80 , Commodore Vic 20 , colecovision and Pinball arcades with Space-invaders...

That was my favourite Gen.
kabala  +   1245d ago
That was my 2nd best gen. The 1st goes to Snes-Gen era for me.
Rhythmattic  +   1245d ago
I guess where just old farts ay?
MrKingofVideoGames  +   1245d ago
The 16 bit war was the best we will ever see, the competition caused creativity. Does anyone remember that even Best Buy was in on it. One week they would advertise SNES the next week Genesis and it alternated every week!!! But I have to agree with you that there was something special about seeing arcade games come home (especially Colecovision and later the NES).
Rhythmattic  +   1244d ago
Loved my Megadrive... MK at home kicked ass...
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Rhythmattic  +   1244d ago
To my Disagreers... Yep, my opinion, but i'm guessing you weren't there in that time period...

Everything was new and never done before.... It really was a time of discovery, for me anyway.
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caseh  +   1245d ago
SNES/Megadrive was awesome, PS1/Saturn/N64 was pretty good alround, PS2/XBOX/Gamecube it went downhill a bit for me and I went across to PC gaming.

This has been the generation to bring me back across to consoles. Online gaming with the likes of MAG, Metal gear Online and Soul Calibur/Virtua Fighter has been pretty much constant outside of the occasional single player game.
Dark_king  +   1245d ago
MAG was such fun,Made you feel good when you came out top player.Was something to be proud of knowing you pulled your weight an then some.

Though I hope that next gen we can get another though this time I hope everyone has a mic. Because the games when all the leaders had mics and were actually working and communicating were such fun.Even more so when you were OIC.
caseh  +   1245d ago
I would want mics for all players in MAG just for the proxy chat more than anything. Hearing someone scream how gay you are as they bleed out was priceless.

An amazing feature that surprisingly hasn't turned up in any other online game i've played.

@Dark_King lol yeah, i used to give the sniper a warning to the extent of 'Hello, i'm behind you with a knife. Hello, HELLO?'...dead. :)
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Dark_king  +   1245d ago
Proxy chat was fun liked doing the jaws theme to people as I would sneak up behind them to knife them.
ipe  +   1245d ago
I cant decide the best.

- this gen i probably spent most of time playing games, offline and online, with kz2/online and souls games taking the crown. mgs4, uncharted, bayonetta, rdr,me......

- ps2 for me had best library of all time including my fav game shadow of colossus. Then silent hill stuff, re4, dmc, gow, mgs 2,3, bunch of jrpgs even though im not much into them.

- i have biggest nostalgia feel for ps1. Tekken 3, crash, ff7, gt, smackdown, crono cross, resident evil....

i guess ps1=ps2>>ps3 but irronically i played ps3 more.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1245d ago
I can't pick a generation, to be honest. Most people are going to pick the generation they grew up with, but I'm trying to look at this from a larger perspective. I've owned and loved the Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance SP, N64, DS Lite, 3DS, PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC.

I have loved every single one of them. ^_^ Some more than others, but I honestly can't pick a favorite generation.

I think I've done the most gaming on my PS3, which is saying a lot. I used to play my PS2 and SNES like crazy. :)

I can say, however, that I like my Vita more than any handheld I've ever had.
prototypeknuckles  +   1245d ago
the best generation for me is ps2,xbo,gc because it had an abundance of amazing games
this generation could have been the best but to many games arent the full product for $60, every game has to have online,theres to many realistic games with a dude and a gun, and the systems break down, i had a ps2 for years ever since launch and it still works like WTF?
Jdoki  +   1245d ago
There's been a lot of good games and some interesting titles, but I'd never say this has been the best gen ever. High def graphics, unreliable hardware, a land grab for casuals and monetising every aspect of gaming is about all I'll take away from this gen.

What I have learned from this gen:
I will never again buy a console on Day 1.
I will hugely reduce the number of Day 1 titles I pre-order, and will continue to rent more games
It is unlikely I'll support all the hardware manufacturers. I've always been console agnostic, and owned all of them each gen. I'll wait and see what sort of support they get and then choose

The Wii and Xbox have proved a joke with so few titles I was interested in to justify the cost (both Wii and 360 were Day 1 purchases). The PS3 has proved better value over the life of the console, but that was only because I waited for the first price drop - I'd be gutted if I spent the full launch price on the console.

EDIT: If I had to pick a gen that was best...
Probably go for PS2 / GC / Xbox
SNES / Megadrive
PS1 / N64 / Saturn
Then, PS3 / 360 / Wii

Would also throw in the Atari 2600, Vic 20 gen, then Spectrum 48k / 128k, C64 in there too - but not sure where. Dreamcast needs an honourable mention
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Psychonaughty  +   1245d ago
Nah the 16bit era was by far the best, the megadrive and snes are still the king of consoles!
tigertron  +   1245d ago
This generation is the best imo, because of the games, online multiplayer, HD graphics and more features in consoles etc. However, it does have its bad points...i.e. on the disc/day one DLC, too many FPS games and certain developers and franchises becoming a shadow of their former selves.
doogiebear  +   1245d ago
Sorry i meant to agree. Your statement made perfect sense by the end. My bad.
SageHonor  +   1245d ago
PS2 era was best
Sizzon  +   1245d ago
The PS1/N64 generation for me. I played so much back then. Good times.
ALICE666  +   1245d ago
NES, SNES for me. Damn i feel old. games just feel more magical back in the days for me.
doogiebear  +   1245d ago
Ps one, dreamcast, saturn, n64 era

Brought us amazing JRPG's, and quality games like MGS 1, Castlevania sotn, Jet Set Radio, Nights, Zelda 64, Starfox 64, Resident Evil 1-3, etc. Not so much quality/variety today (although there are unique gems like Catherine, Sound Shapes, Walking Dead, Flower, etc).

Ps2 era was good too, but outside of Kingdom Hearts, Persona series, Disgae, Beyond Good & Evil, Sly Cooper 2, mgs 3, some of Rockstar's games, and a some others, there are only a few I can still enjoy today in hindsight.
josephayal  +   1245d ago
NES,SNES,PS1 and PS2 End of history
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tristansprofile  +   1245d ago
im buying grand theft auto 5 & metal gear solid ground zero & splinter cell blacklist & hitman absolution & tomb raider & god of war ascension & beyond 2 souls & the last of us & the last guardian & possibly resident evil 6 & bioshock infinite & my PSvita lineup is call of duty black ops declassified & need for speed most wanted 2012 & playstation all-stars battle royal & killzone mercenary
2pacalypsenow  +   1245d ago
The greatest Generation was Ps2, Gamecube,Xbox
BitbyDeath  +   1245d ago
I prefer this gen.
Games like Motorstorm, inFamous, LittleBigPlanet, Heavy Rain and Warhawk have just been amazing.
ShaunCameron  +   1245d ago
The NES/SNES era.

Honorable mention goes to this era mainly because it's the era I started caring about (non-EA Sports) video games again. And I got the Wii to thank for that.
mamotte  +   1245d ago
hahahahahahahaha nah, the best was the SNES/PS1/N64.
Bathyj  +   1245d ago
Greatest gen ever. And also the worse.
omarzy  +   1244d ago
Worst possible generation. Gen 4 and 5 were the best.
yokokoroma  +   1244d ago
This is not nor will ever be the greatest gaming generation. The greatest generation was last gen, (PS2 for me) the games and prices were varied. We as gamers got and played 100% complete games, local MP was present in almost any game that had an MP component. Developers and publishers actually gave us our moneys worth. (for the most part)
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