6 Games From The Current Generation Of Consoles That I’ll Always Remember

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Every major gaming milestone in my youth has felt like the high water mark for gaming. When I turned in my Colec-O-Vision for an NES, my mind was blown. Suddenly, we had more than just one or two pixels. Not  many more, mind you, but enough that we could finally tell what we were looking at. I thought that was it, I thought it would never get better.

Then the Genesis came along. I popped in Sonic, and was floored. That, to me, looked like perfect Saturday morning cartoon aesthetics, and I was convinced that was that. Gaming had maxed out. Hey, I never said I was a smart kid.

Anyways, I think you get the point. Regardless of what I thought, there was no high water mark. The water kept getting higher and higher. The thing is, for the first time in forever, I am just not that impressed with the evolution of console systems. You can look at Call of Duty: Ghosts to see why. I swear to you, you play PS3 and PS4 copies, side by side, and only the most fevered fan of gaming will notice the slight difference between the two.

Don’t get me wrong, by the end of this gaming generation I am sure games will be massive and super shiny and all that other impressive shit, but so far, I have seen nothing that beats any of the games I am about to mention.

I, of course, am a writer, so I actually have no money for an Xbox One/PS4. The truth is, for the first time in all the generations of new systems coming out, I really could care less. I just feel like the biggest leaps and bounds that have happened in console gaming have already happened. As stated earlier, I was AWED when games went from sprites to polygons. That, to me, was a huge leap. Hell, I can still remember my genuine and palpable awe when I first saw Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast. But that awe is gone in me. Shiny and better-looking is too shallow a hook to draw me in, and even if that were it, the new systems have yet to draw me in on even those aspects.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I made a list about next gen games I want to play, but that doesn’t mean I will pay hundreds of dollars to feed that urge. On top of it, why do I need those consoles when I have these six amazing games from the current generation? Games that are still, pretty much, perfect. In my opinion, anyway.

I am sure you will all take to the comments and let me know my choices suck and I should be stabbed in the throat for them, but I stand by my picks.

So here you go, 6 games from the current generation of consoles that I’ll always remember, in no particular order.

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Red Dead Redemption

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Do I even need to say anything here? I mean, just take a minute to soak in the epicness that is that photo. What you’ll see if John Marston about to knife a bear to death, all up close and personal. If you did all the challenges in this great game then you know that knife fighting bears was just another day in the life for John.

It would have been one thing if the game was just fun, which it was. But it was so much more than that. Every single aspect of Red Dead Redemption, from the soundtrack to the dialogue, was perfect. It did not feel like you were playing a game. It felt like you were in the Old West (do people still call it that?) and you were just doing all you could to get back to your family.

By the way, I can’t be the only person who was really happy to see them die in the Undead Nightmare DLC, right? I mean, your son was a whiny bitch, and your wife was a whiny bitch. Poor John did all that for THEM?

Oh, and I want to end this entry with a wishful prediction. This character and game is so beloved, that I bet when we get a sequel, we actually get a prequel and get to play as John back when he was a bad guy. Come on, would that not be the best thing ever?

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Fallout 3

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Say what you want about the glitches. Say what you want about how it was like “Skyrim without guns.” Say it had no place being a first-person-shooter. Say ALL those things. Go ahead, do it. I don’t care. Fallout 3 blew my mind and is one of the best games that this console generation has to offer. It is honestly incredible.

First and foremost, I really loved the V.A.T.S combat system, and across 100+ hours I never grew tired of blowing apart a skull in slow-motion and watching the eyeballs and skull bits fly away, all high-def and super slow, of course. I also loved the story, the amount of freedom it allowed the player, and just the decrepit, hopeless feeling that roaming around a burnt and broken Washington gave the player. The world that Bethesda built for the game is truly a sight to behold and for those who really enjoy exploration, you will lose hundred and hundreds of hours to Fallout 3.

On top of all that, Liam Neeson plays the main character’s Dad. If you think that is not a win, you must be a commie. Wait, can people still be those?

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Limbo

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Oh, this one is bound to piss some people off, but as you know, I am fine with that. So fine, in fact, that I used this game as my lead-in pic. Take that!

Limbo may have been an Indie game, and it may have been a downloadable game, but that gives it no less right to be on this list. It truly was fucking spectacular. Not only did the gameplay harken back to my platforming and puzzle solving days of yore, but the visual style and ominous tone of the game was quite unlike anything I had ever seen or played before.

In one felt swoop, Limbo reminded us that the best games didn’t have to boast massive polygon counts or be 60 FPS to really compel us and draw us in. This was simplistic, minimalist game design, and that is what earns it a spot on my list.

Limbo reminded me that left-to-right gaming still works, even after all these years, and that art design is hugely important when it comes to smaller games.

With franchises like Halo, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield and more all vying for our attention over the past couple of years, Limbo left me more impressed than almost anything else I played during this console generation.

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Far Cry 3

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Far Cry 3 was what I like to call a “perfect storm” gaming experience for me. I knew I would like it, but I had no idea just how much I would love it. I honestly consider this to be the best FPS I’ve played in the last five years. Yes, I said it. Bring on the hate mail. Oh, and all that stuff about how the game has racist undertones of a white guy coming in and saving and slaughtering a whole island of dark skinned, indigenous people….well, you seem to have missed the whole point of the game.

Remember what I said about Shoot Em Up? How it was satire and parody, and worked so well on so many levels that people completely missed the point? Yes, this is the game version of that, 100%. Far Cry 3 made fun or tropes and video game ideas, all while giving them to you so perfectly and polished that you had no idea they were mocking what they were doing.

Also, the entire game was a not-so-veiled allegory for Alice In Wonderland. A character who LITERALLY falls into a strange, new world, and needs to adapt and overcome to survive that (often, insane) world that seems to focus around them. On top of that, Vaas was one of the best bad guys ever committed to gaming (and yes, it was unforgivable that they kill him halfway through the game and replace him with a much more generic antagonist). But even if they lost you there, they won you back with Blood Dragon, right? Pretty much the greatest DLC (stand alone DLC?) I have ever played. Ever. Honestly.

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The BioShock Series

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I know putting the entire series on this list is kind of a cop out, but it is really hard to pick a favorite among BioShock and BioShock Infinite. I say that because BioShock 2 can go fuck itself with a giant, red, wrench. Not because it sucked, but it clearly was BioShock 1.5 and could have easily just been DLC.

But BioShock and BioShock Infinite both awed me, and for different reasons.

BioShock broke my next-gen hymen at the time, and was the sole reason I bought an Xbox 360. The game was all-encompassing. The world of Rapture felt real, and it also felt, at all times, like it was about to implode in on itself. The game set the benchmark really high, really early on in the last generation. Don’t even get me started on that plot twist. That was my Fight Club gaming moment, and even though it was all spelled out for me, it blew my mind and melted my face.

But then, the series reached that same height with Infinite.

What I loved about Infinite is how much care and concern went into all aspects of it. That game was one of the most profound and epic stories ever committed to polygon. We’re talking about alternate universe theories. String Theory. Ideas of death and reincarnation. Issues of race and social standing. BioShock was genius, but Infinite was literally that, Infinite, and I have a feeling that small discoveries will be made for years to come about that game.

I will tell you this right now, in all confidence. If there ends up being a next-gen BioShock announced, then I will DEFINITELY buy a next-gen system, because these games are the high water mark of the whole medium.

Hey, someone had to say it. Might as well be the guy that most of you hate already.

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Grand Theft Auto V

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That’s right, kiddies. I begin the list and end the list with a Rockstar game. Why? Because Rockstar are, without question, the greatest game developers of all time. Hands down, without question. Their ambition was always impressive, but with Grand Theft Auto V, I truly believe they finally may have perfected their formula.

Yes, perfected.

I played Grand Theft Auto V religiously, as you all know from this article and from how accurate this article ended up being, and it exceeded all my expectations. Not only that, but Rockstar gave me a game that I would have never thought a current-gen system could run.

Every single thing from the gameplay to the mission structure was perfect. As a matter of fact, it was SO perfect, that most people tell me they were sad when it ended, and wished it was longer. Yes, a GTA game FINALLY achieved that. It had no single mission that was so hard or frustrating that you would get stuck on it. Every character was brilliant in their own right, and the flow of the game was remarkable. On top of that, the game brought back one element that had been missing in the past few entries: fun. GTA V is the most fun I have ever had in an open world game, period.

My one complaint for Grand Theft Auto V is so insignificant that I don’t even want to say it, but I will, just to give you guys even more reason to hate me. I genuinely felt that 90′s rock and alt rock in general was not represented in the radio selection. Outside of that, everything, including the music they DID put in, was awesome. Except for that Spanish station. What a fucking waste. No offense to our one Spanish reader. Hey Juan, holla!

Now it’s your turn. Tell me, are you mad I didn’t include one of the Halo games? Maybe a bit pissed no RPGs were represented on this list? Maybe a should have had more than one indie game? What about the first two Batman games? What about any PS3 love? What about WAAAAAHHHH? Listen, I had to pick six, but I love hundreds. Also, I don’t have a PS3, so suck it, or buy me one. Your choice.

Okay, enough nit picking.

What are your favorite games from the current console generation? Take to the comments section and let me know.

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  • Nobody

    No Skyrim?

  • 1800aaacool

    why are you talking shit on bioshock 2? you little shit

  • SmileyOfChaos

    No Skyrim? The Last of Us? Uncharted? God of War III? Terrible list…

    • Manuel Granados

      The best Gods of War were in PS2 not in PS3. And that’s a previous generation I’d say.
      The Last of Us did deserve a spot over maybe GTAV. But Fallout surpasses Skyrim, if you don’t agree, it’s cause you have not played Fallout 3.

      • SmileyOfChaos

        God of War III is the pinnacle of the series and was on PS3. As for Fallout…nah. Personally neither Fallout 3 nor the bastard child New Vegas held my attention nearly as long as Oblivion and especially Skyrim. The purposefully dull worlds became just that after a second or third time beating them, whereas TES has just about infinite replay value.

        • Manuel Granados

          We’ll have to disagree on that.

          As much as I love Skyrim I think Fallout 3 is superior and the grounds for what became Skyrim as much as Oblivion was. Sadly Fallout hasn’t stood the passing of time that well and looks dated, but the story, voicework and freedom to do as you please, how you please, when you please is unparalled. Skyrim does have a more immersive world, but, in my opinion, the story is simply ok.
          As for GoW, I think the real groundbreaking came with the 1st, was expanded in the second and the third continued the tradition. Ascencion was the proof that it was a tried and true formula because it brought little to nothing new to the table.

      • Remy Carreiro

        Bam. Nailed it.

    • Remy Carreiro

      The list is an opinion piece. Saying it is terrible because we have different opinions is, no offense, fucking hilarious to me. SKyglitch was a broken game, and adoring a game that is released unfinished like Skyrim was just shows how little you know about gaming. I also told you why there are no PS3 games on the list, so learn to read before you cast stones, fucktard.

      • SmileyOfChaos

        I found this list with Zergnet, I am not a regular of this site and only “read” the list to see the choices. I didn’t read the last paragraph where you addressed the lack of PS3 games or much of anything on GTA V because since I’ve played it, I can understand why it would be so high, especially after going back and reading that you for some Godforsaken reason don’t have a PS3. Had you maybe put that at the start I would have seen it, at the time I was just shocked that some of the greatest games of this gen (which mostly were on PS3) weren’t included.

        I’m a 21 year-old, full-time college student who can’t get as many hours as I would want at my job and yet have all the current gen systems, a Vita, and PS4 with still enough money to pay for everything else with plenty to put back for retirement. So…money shouldn’t be an issue for anyone if they apply themselves. Get a second job or something, sheesh.

        Also, not adoring Skyrim shows as much about how little you know of gaming than someone who does, aka it shows nothing. For many people it was a complete mess, however I only experienced a framerate drop a couple times so yes, I loved it. And while I’m not a fan of incomplete material and would wish the current trend of releasing such things would go away (I’ve noticed some features that should be included with the PS4 but are unfortunately missing for example), it’s just childish to not love something great because it wasn’t perfect when it released. Having things fully completed and relatively problem-free would be great and how it should be, but just because something isn’t perfect and exactly the way you want doesn’t merit such a poisonous reaction to its very mention.

        I may not have read your entire article and missed something at the very end that should have mentioned from the get-go, but Goddamn. Take a chill pill, get laid, learn to not take everything so personally and most importantly, LEARN TO WRITE. I’m amazed someone who considers themselves a writer and gamer would put something as important as not being able to play a system from one of the Big Three at the very, very end where many wouldn’t catch it. If anything buy a PS3 now or in a year or two when they’re cheaper, because the experience GoW III, the Uncharted trilogy, and especially The Last of Us gives is something no gamer should do without.

        • Remy Carreiro

          Oh wow.
          Feel good to get all that out of your system?
          Good.
          Thanks for the article to go along with my article.
          Also, tell me to learn to write once you have 2000 articles published, son.
          Learning to write and getting a Playstation 3 have, literally, nothing in common, so the fact that you just tried to connect them as one statement tells me why you are the “reader” and I am the writer.
          God, I love this job.

          • SmileyOfChaos

            They’re more than a little connected when it comes to an article on gaming you dense motherfucker. Any article, whether it is presented as fact or opinion, is a poor one if the writer only has a casual knowledge of what he or she is writing about and fails to inform the readers as such before any information is given. Imagine someone who only has an inkling of a certain topic blaring their opinion in public, only to mumble after it all that they’re missing a huge chunk of the information needed for them to create even a decent opinion. That’s what you did with this list. In fact, my 14 year-old little sister could probably do better than this just because she’s been exposed to more games than you and has a more rounded knowledge on them.

            Granted I’m at fault for not completely reading the entire thing, but you’re also at fault for nestling such information in the very last paragraph instead of in one of the first few. Also…quantity does not equal quality buddy. You can write as many articles for as many B-grade sites as you want, it will never guarantee that you’re any good. On a side note however, remove my not knowing you didn’t have access to a PS3 and the list isn’t too bad. Hiding such a major detail in the back is what really fudged it for me.

          • Remy Carreiro

            AW, she’s still talking.
            And now she is swearing at me.
            Jeez, poor thing.
            You a cutter? You sound like a cutter.
            It gets better, hun. I promise.
            Good luck with your manic depression.
            By the way, “fault” implies I did something wrong.
            Pissing off an insane reader tells me I did something right.
            Oh, and thanks for that.
            *Walks off smiling like the smug fuck that I am

  • Remi

    you sir had my like untill gta came here it donesn’t belong besides such masterpieces that this list has! gta is and will always be just gta nothing more nothing less nothing new nothing mentionable. you should really have put dark souls or the last of us on this list instead!

  • TravTuckdontgivenofuck

    Hey I agree with this list wholeheartedly…I might have replaced Fallout 3 with Borderlands 2 but other than that this list is stellar IMHO. Skyrim?-surely you jest. God of War?-are you retarded? Uncharted and The Last of Us?-He obviously couldnt find time for that PS3 drivel. The Bioshocks and Rockstar games dwarf them in comparison of scope, replayability, and awesomeness in general. Now go back to playing Call of Duty and Guitar Hero, damn kids.

  • Observer

    Nice list, would have included the Mass Effect series, still looking forward to making time for Far Cry 3 and BioShock series.

    • Observer

      Oh GTA 4 and and Dragon Age:Origins will stick with me too. What can I say BioWare and Rockstar are pimpness central.

  • Dave

    Red Dead, Last of Us, GTAV, Uncharted 2, Bioshock, & Fallout 3…Skyrim & Fallout: New Vegas would be my top 2 if Bethesda & Obsidian would have taken their time (like Rockstar did with GTAV) and worked out the bugs.