The 8 Most Defining Games of Last Generation

As the age of next-gen approaches, we look back on the games that influenced us and are worthy of being considered one of the most defining games of the last generation.

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miyamoto2507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

Uncharted changed how games are made forever.

The Last of Us proved that video games transcend other entertainment industries like movies, literature, etc

Demon's Souls saved JRPG in the west and brought back the respect

Ni No Kuni proved that video games as art form

Bioshock brought the shock value in video game story telling

CoD 4


Lego Batman

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Red Dead Redemption

DC Universe Online

Mobile Suit Gundam Batte Operation F2P on its 2nd year and still doing great!

Gravity Rush puts all of a gaming device's features in to full use!

T2X2507d ago

THIS^^^^^^!!!! Exactly how I feel. And there are countless other examples I could mention. For me, the one that got me in to console gaming (Although I was a computer gamer growing up in 1980!) Was Resident Evil. The first one. I saw this at my friends house and immediately bought a PS1 and the game. 1 word describes it....AWESOME.

LAWSON722507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

Not a bad list however I would take out Saints Row The Third and Tekken and put in Gears of War and if any fighting game should be on the list SF4. Oh and perhaps AC2 instead of the first, 2s formula was so good AC4 could copy it and get praise even today.

The more I think about it CoD4 is more defining for its genre than Halo, and this coming from probably one of the biggest Halo 3 fans. CoD4 just had a much larger impact, and not in a good way lol. To this day no game does what Halo does on console, no console game to my knowledge thrives off of arena style competition and user created content

I would love to say a game like TES and Fallout but no game to my knowledge is anything like them

Immorals2507d ago

Yeah I'd replace ac with ac2, the mechanics were so repetitive in number one it put me off for years!

And no, I'd keep h3 over cod4, it Brought the matchmaking system to the last gen in a very good way

LAWSON722507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

Just curious what was so good about Halo 3 matchmaking system at the time. It was my first online game, so I do not no the history of matchmaking very well.

All I could really find was this on the wikipedia page

"Matchmaking saw its next major evolution with the release of Halo 2 in 2004. The clan culture needed to support dedicated servers had not made the leap to consoles, and expecting players to self-host had proved limiting. Halo 2 resolved the issue by automating the self-hosting process with the twin concepts of playlists and parties,[1] a system which proved so successful that it quickly became the second industry standard for matchmaking."

This however relates to Halo 2 not 3, this makes me think how the hell do people insult Halo and Bungie this literally has been the standard on consoles all gen.

Immorals2507d ago

@LAWSON72 it Brought that to 360. Still the best matchmaking for last gen for me!

Software_Lover2507d ago

For me....

Gears of War. I mean, wow
Uncharted. Nuff said
Geometry wars. Cheap and good
Mass effect (my favorite game)
Lair (things aren't always what you hope)
COD 4... Took me from Halo multi
Bad company 2 (still play multi)
GTA IV. Craftmanship
Mario galaxy. Top 3 series of generation

LAWSON722507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

Geometry Wars is a great pick, I believe that that is said to have kicked off XBLA

SpiralTear2507d ago

If there's one thing I'm concerned about with any of these "best games of last gen" articles, it's that Persona 5, a PS3 game to be released down the road, is likely going to surpass at least a few of them.

The generation is still going, guys. :)

LAWSON722507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

This is not a best games of the gen list, just games that pretty much defined the gen and is mainly referring to games that had an effect on gaming this gen.

SpiralTear2507d ago

Fair enough. I also agree with your pitch for Gears of War. That really did a lot for the generation.

Mugen902507d ago

Oh Ok...SR3 is a genre defining game. Thats like saying a MCdonalds hamburger is fine dining.