What Is the Game of the Generation?

IGN - It's a tough question, but Game Scoop! got together with hundreds of fans to talk it out and we may have a winner.

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WilliamH1723d ago

Super Mario Galaxy, just one level of that game has more brilliance than 90% of any other full game. Nintendo can really stun when they want to.

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OrionNoctis1723d ago

Galaxy was awesome! ,but this is a very tough question...lemme think

BlindGuardian1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

impossible to mention just one, so here's ten in random order:

Metal Gear Solid 4
Uncharted 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Mass Effect 2
Demon's Souls
The Witcher 2
Batman Arkham City
Call of Duty 4
Fallout 3

but it's too soon for this, The Last of Us, Beyond, GTA5 and MGS5 are still coming to this gen, and Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider are too recent for them to sink in to their proper place for this gen

edit: for the sake of argument I think we should leave Half Life 2 out of this because it predates the 360

guitarded771723d ago

I think the game of this generation should be something new to this generation. As great a MGS4 is, it is a sequel from gens before. If there is a game of this gen, it should be broken down to different categories... Ex. Shooter, RPG, Indie... It's just too limiting to say "THIS GAME REPRESENTS ALL". Games are too diverse.

MYSTERIO3601723d ago

Yeah, I don't think i can pick a single title....Well at least not now. There's still some great titles on the way. I think after the next gen launches it will be possible to decide.......Well on at least 5 games anyway.

darren_poolies1723d ago

Demon's Souls or Dark Souls. The latter is my favourite game of all time.

irepbtown1723d ago

BlindGuardian, totally agree with that list. However I thought about it and tried to narrow it down.
(No particular order)

Metal Gear Solid 4
Uncharted 2
Call of Duty 4

Call of duty 4 was a real game changer. Even today it is a great game to play. Campaign and Online were great experiences. You really feel this friendship with yourself and Captain Price, Gaz, and the rest. (SPOILER)

To see them die at the end was really saddening. I never feel like that towards any game.

MGS4/Uncharted2 were astonishing. The graphics were amazing and gameplay just as good. I can't say too much about them because I don't need to. They are that good!

There will be games that I've missed however these 3 stand out. I'm leaning towards Metal Gear Solid 4 at this current time. Things will change once PS4 is released and we look back.

NewMonday1723d ago

IMOO these games are the most important(not necesarly the best):

*GoW1, I don't personally like GoW games but the first was the game to take console gaming to another level this generation.

* MW2, the explosion of the MP craze.

* Assasins Creed

* RDR/Skyrim best open world games this gen

* Batman AC , taking Metrovidania to 3D

* Uncharted 2 best single player TPS/adventure game this gen

* Journey, best artistic game

Lykon1723d ago

The gay version of COD called 'Banged up two' on the commodore 64 was good

jeseth1723d ago

As many great games as there are/were this gen, its hard for me to pick another game that changed console gaming more than COD4 : Modern Warfare.

MW blew up the console MP scene and created a juggernaut that took over all the big Console ambassadors Mario, Kratos, and Chief.

MW also became the mold in which hundreds of other games tried to replicate but couldn't.

Personally Uncharted, Gears of War, Assassin's Creed, LBP, MGS4, Bioshock, Valkyrie Chronicles, Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, etc. etc. all ring in my head. But none of them created the phenomonon that COD did with MW.

I think a lot of us can agree they are wearing out the formula but MW was/is the game that really catapaulted console online insanity. Halo was there before it, but MW created an entire culture of console gaming.

Such a tough question.

InMyOpinion1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Portal 1 & 2 would be on my list.

Trials, Dark Souls, FarCry 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2, L.A. Confidential. And of course Uncharted 2 and probably 50 more titles :)

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RTheRebel1723d ago

Galaxy was amazing
LittleBigPlanet was aswell tough choice

Objective1723d ago

You should try 1 it was the best in the series

MostJadedGamer1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Dynasty Warriors 7:Empires. I don't care if you said you will never buy another DW game again you NEED to buy DW7:Empires. The Stratagems, Fame Types, and Strong Allies not only breathes totally fresh life into the stale as 3 month old bread DW franchise, but returns it to its former glory it had way back in 2001 when DW3 came out.

DatNJDom811723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Dude, while I dont agree that this is the game of the generation, I will say that DW7 Empires surprised the hell out of me. When Im not on God of War Multiplayer, Im on DW7 Empires. I have Lord Varys in my army....... Lord Varys....... Freaking awesome game!

We will see each other in the battlefield!

RememberThe3571723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Right when I read "DW3" I got that feeling only DW3 a player get. If DW7: Empires is as good as your saying I have to have it. I've wanted that DW3 experience for years now.

@EDIT: We don't have it in the States? NOOOO!

LordHiggens1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago ) I'm going to go with the first Mass Effect.

rezzah1723d ago

Can you list the 90% please because I'm not sure if I missed 1 or 2 games.

ILive1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

I have to say uncharted 2 because it felt like a turning point this gen. Something about the game felt like pure magic. Honorable mentions includes heavy rain, la noire, batman aa, journey, and witcher 2 because of how unique of an experience they were.

This is off topic, but i think resistance 3 has the best fps single player experience this gen. I have not played bioshock yet, but when I do I will make the final call. But until then, this stands.

rezzah1723d ago

UC2 is a very good choice. It is the most awarded game in the history of gaming. Over 150 awards during the E3 presentation.

Also, UC2 as impacted many games that came after it. What it popularized was stunning cinematic scenes. Even the personality of Drake was adapted into various characters.

In terms of Single Player mode, R3 is a great experience. But it does lack when compared to Bioshock.

Of course it is all opinions, so the final decision is always left to the individual.

Kennytaur1723d ago

Maybe that one level, but there's a lot of less interesting ones in Galaxy, and the underwater swimming was piss poor thanks to the locked and otherwise perfect camera. I love Galaxy, but I wouldn't call it the best game of this generation.

ijust2good1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Gears of War 1 - for revolutionizing Third person shooter. Before Gears, i hated third person shooters. I only ever enjoyed GTA and it was cause its GTA. Gears took the over the top shoukder shooting of Resident Evil 4, mixing it with cover system and blind fire of an under-rated game from PS2 called "Kill Switch". All modern third person shooter owes it to this game.

CoD - to changing the first person shooter world for ever. You can't complain when the franchise sold over 120 million copies and counting. No doubt it made its mark. For better or for worse, every shooter has something that CoD did in terms of gameplay.

Mass effect - for story driven gaming. This game really got me into the story and the universe of mass effect and i don't think i've ever been that excited this gen of a story in a game since MGS last gen. The ending of ME3 was disappointing but it was still a great game to play.

Original Crysis - for Graphics. It was released on PC back in 2007 and it was way ahead of its time in graphics department. Sadly the franchise has always been about graphics and the gameplay and story were very average.

Other notables are Bioshock, Uncharted, Arkham City, Red dead & Assassins creed.

HammadTheBeast1723d ago

Gears of War didn't revo.utionize anything, it streamlined it a bit and put it's own taste. Max Payne had similar cover mechanics long ago, as well as other games.

Bioshock IMO did more for FPS then CoD, all CoD did was simplify things and let casuals think they were good at something. Mass Effect was pretty good, but I think there's still some gems to come.

Btw, this is merely my opinion, I respect yours and you make some good points.

DonFreezer1723d ago

Gears of Wars for me also if you we exclude Mario who stays on top.I had never seen anything like it when I played the 1st one.PS drones can cry all they want Gears Of War was the reason most people got into third person shooters.

MysticStrummer1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

So Gears copied other games, yet all modern 3rd person shooters owe it to Gears? Gears sold a lot of 360s for Microsoft, but I'd bet there are few in the industry who would name it Game of the Generation.

I have to disagree with all your choices actually, but of course it's all subjective.

You contradict yourself talking about CoD. You admit it's had some negative influences on other shooters by saying "for better or worse", therefore you can complain when other shooters change what made them good so they can be more like CoD and try to sell more, which never works anyway.

Mass Effect, I tried to get into it, I really did. I bought the trilogy even after the demos made me yawn, shrug, and delete them. The story was well told but the shooting was so bland I had to force myself to finish the 1st game and start the 2nd, before finally trading the game in without ever reaching the 3rd. If I want to play a game with bad shooting where I can influence the story, I'd rather play Alpha Protocol to be honest.

Crysis was a PC game first and PCs have no generations, as the PC folk love to tell us here on N4G, so there's no reason to mention the title, especially when you admit it was all about graphics with average gameplay and story.

Your "other notables" are all more worthy of Game of the Generation mentions than your primary ones, in my opinion, though Demon's Souls is my pick.

telekineticmantis1723d ago

It is fun, but not the most memorable experience.

showtimefolks1723d ago

I believe this isn't like GOTY and everyone will have a different choice and in some cases more than one game

For me personally

Ratchet and clank tools of destruction: the 1st time I played the movie it felt like watching a PIXAR movie and it was so much fun to play and till this day one of my favorite and very under rated game

MGS4: for me this is when next gen began even though I had xbox360 and ps3 for quite a while before this came out

Uncharted 2: no words can describe what Uncharted felt to me personally, the promise in UC1 was there but ND really stepped up their productions value for this

Heavy Rain: when this launched I said a game with all QTE nah I am not interested than picking it up at launch and just can't describe how it felt. In my 20 plus years of playing games a game has never made me uncomfortable with choices as much as Heavy Rain

Fallout 3 the 1st time you come out of the Vault, that feeling can't be matched until Fallout 4 that is

yakuza series on ps3 is my #1 favorite series of all time, and yakuza 3 just had an amazing story

For me these were the games, one last game was Mass Effect 1, I know ME2 to some is better but ME1 gave you so many more options and choice when it came to actual RPG

Eyeco1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Why did he get so many disagrees for that ? its not like he listed COD as game of the generation, in all fairness Super Mario Galaxy is better suited for the title than any other game here considering its the highest rated exclusive this gen, and really it appeals to everyone young, old, male, female, hardcore, casual.

It may not be my personal favourite but if someone was to call it the GOTG I wouldnt argue or disagree with that because its a very strong choice, In the same way I wouldnt disagree with someone calling Citizen Kane or The Godfather the best movies of all time, not my personal pick but a very good choice none the less.

My personal pick for GOTG would be between GTA4, Fallout 3, MGS 4 and LBP, SKYRIM, Red Dead.

Hellsvacancy1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Skyrim? really, it was a good game, really enjoyable, but it was a broken game when it came to retail, thats not good

Some of my personal favorites are Demon Souls, Max Payne 3, Ni No Kuni, Portal 2 and Red Dead

_QQ_1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

people are sony boys on this site.

Ezz20131723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

come back after i play the last os us and beyond and GTAV and MGS5
and i will give you an answer about what is the game of this gen

DonFreezer1723d ago

Come back when you realize that the game of this generation is not on your precious ps3.

MysticStrummer1723d ago

@DonFreezer - Come back when you realize his opinion is just as valid as yours. Also, check the GotY scoreboard. Also, get me a beer while you're up.

josephayal1723d ago

Mario Galaxy 2 is way better

Picnic1723d ago

I haven't played Super Mario Galaxy because I wouldn't buy a Wii just to play that plus Donkey Kong Returns.
But, still, the concept looks lovely and even if it is casual, sometimes the concept can rule.

_QQ_1723d ago

It's not a casual game, but casuals can play and enjoy it. there's a difference.

jakmckratos1723d ago

What the hell? It's a great game do not get me wrong...but it's got to be a game that defines a generation..and super mario almost stands alone as a greatplatformer(with the exception of Littlebigplanet and Rathet and Clank...of which Ratchet's games were my favorite of that group). But between the fact most of us are between 16-35 I think it would be proper to pick an HD game that was actually representational of the majority of games that we enjoyed...that being said it should still stand out amongst the crowd. That being said it's Uncharted 2. Super Mario Galaxy can be the best "Kids" game that everybody played but honestly it's not like it had revolutionary gameplay, crazy graphics or even a real cohesive story that highlights how cinematic video games have become. It's like comparing a Pixar movie to Avengers..sure everyone LOVES pixar and they make stellar movies but you can't just say Brave was better than the Avengers..different criteria and different genre's. Uncharted 2 was epic and revolutionary i so many ways and it's quite easy to see how several games try to emulate something from it being the story-telling or the way the world's progress.

MysticStrummer1723d ago

Demon's Souls for me. Between the oppressive environments, "real" feeling combat, the thrill of my game being invaded by another player, and the nearly non-existent checkpoint system, I've never played a game that had me feeling like I was in danger like Demon's Souls did. It kept me tense the whole time, wondering if I should press forward or turn back to spend my collected souls and level up.

Dark Souls was a close second, and there were things I liked better about it, but overall they made it easier and less oppressive feeling so Demon's Souls is my choice.

Reverent1723d ago

I want to think I enjoyed another game more than Demon's/Dark Souls... But damn... I can't think of any. I completely agree; Demon's/Dark Souls just made me feel like I was reliving my childhood of classic, hardcore RPG's again.

otherZinc1722d ago

Halo 4
Mass Effect 2
Gears of War 3
Call of Duty 4

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majiebeast1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Cant be decided. Everyone has different opinions on it, some will say Bioshock and others say Uncharted 2 then comes a group who thinks Mass Effect 2 is the best.

Tone it down. I loved Mario galaxy 2 but do not go fanatic and say that 1 lvl of galaxy is better then 90% of the games out there. Hell i doubt you played that 90%.

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Bahpomet---1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

so true i hate ninti fans they talk like they have the money to play all these hardcore games but there mums wont buy ps3 xbox for them so they hate

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chadboban1723d ago

Same can be said for all fanboys, if it's a great game on a system they don't own they'll find any way they can to hate on it. Even if they've never played it.

People with more than one console are more capable of a less bias stance on what the game of the generation is. Although, like its shown in the video here as well as in this comments section, there is no real way to determine the GOTG because it's different for everyone.

Kinda wish folks would stop with the hating. We're all gamers, we should all be able to get along without flinging shit at each other due to our differences in opinions.

GamersRulz1723d ago

I would go with MGS4 myself, Journey close second.

j-blaze1723d ago

MGS4 yes! the story, characters, music..etc everything about that game was EPIC!

jcnba281722d ago

The title is "What is the GAME of the generation" not MOVIE.

punisher991722d ago

Calling a game as movie is the biggest compliment you could ever give it. Because that means its just not some mindless fps game.

fantasygamer1723d ago

I'd say its between Uncharted 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 or Demon Souls.

dungeonboss1723d ago

Depends on the genre...
Action/Adventure: Uncharted
Platformer: Super Mario Galaxy 1/2
RPG: Xenoblade Chronicles
Racing: Forza 4

I guess it also depends on the mood I'm in at the time, but I've pretty much enjoyed every second of all of those games above for hundreds and hundreds of hours.

OrionNoctis1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

i think driving games as good as they can be dont quite fit in this category cause the feeling you get playing those is the adrenaline nothing new there...a game to earn such title needs to move with few more things besides adrenaline....
besides that its all good i supose, but its my opinion
didnt disagreed with yours jus feelt like sharing my point with you...

Honky Kong1723d ago

your list looks pretty solid to me.
but it seems alot of folks dont agree....

dungeonboss1721d ago

Haha, yeah. Must be folks that only can afford a single console. I would have added more genres with more time and thought.
For fighting games, I'm in love with DOA5 and Tekken Tag 2, my absolute favorite FPS of this gen would probably be Half Life 2: Episode 2, although I like COD:MW 1&2. I could have also made a distinction between JRPG and WRPG, as I like Fallout 3 and Skyrim.

Man, this is tough, there were just a shit ton of good games this gen. Some people are too blind to realize that every console had amazing games across this generation.