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Your Favorite Game Per Generation
Posted: Posted June 23rd by Laxan
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Hey, guys. I was watching a video about Xenoblade Chronicles and thought to myself: "Yeah. This game is definitely my favorite game from the 7th generation."

Then I got the idea to make a post asking you guys what your favorite game is per generation! I considered "Per Console" but thought it was better to simplify it to each generation.

So, I'm going to start with my own list and look forward to seeing yours.

1st Gen: Pong

It's pretty much the only standout game that comes to mind for me. I've enjoyed Pong in the past. Its simplicity still makes it a treasure to revisit from time to time with a friend.

2nd Gen: Crystal Castles for Atari 2600

Kind of obscure title, Crystal Castles is a fun "adventure" arcade game that could possibly be a predecessor to Banjo-Kazooie. I mean, you play as a bear and the villain is an evil witch. So, I've often wondered if Rare took inspiration from it. It's similar to Pac-Man, but I feel the fact that you can jump over enemies and its isometric graphics make it an awesome game to play through. It's just hard as hell!

3rd Gen: Super Mario Bros for Nintendo Entertainment System

Alright, now we're getting into the familiar realm of gaming! I considered putting Final Fantasy here because I consider it a more "fulfilling" experience, but I recall fonder memories of playing through the original Super Mario Bros than either Final Fantasy or Zelda. I even think Crystallis or Super Mario Bros. 3 is superior to the OG Super Mario Bros game. Still, as I wrote, I have more memories with the one that started it all as a massive hit for the industry. I love Mario and what it has done for us gamers. Long live Super Mario Bros!

4th Gen: Chrono Trigger for Super Nintendo

Does this game need an introduction? In a golden age where video game design was receiving polish and developers were beginning to understand what makes a game truly great, Chrono Trigger towers over all of them as the greatest. The world, excellent gameplay, music, characters, art style, and simple but incredible story makes this one for my favorite 4th generation video game. So many to choose from during the SNES and SEGA GENESIS era! But it's always going to be Chrono Trigger for me.

5th Gen: Final Fantasy IX for Playstation 1

This here. This was my first Final Fantasy game. When I eventually lost my original PS1 for a trade-in for an N64 (bad choice on my dumb younger self's part), I no longer had FFIX in my possession. In time, I played through FF7 and considered THAT Final Fantasy to be the best... Until I revisted FF9 years later (already having played a few other Final Fantasy titles) and realized that FF9 is superior to its predecessors in every way. From the world-building, writing, music, art style, gameplay, and so much more....Final Fantasy IX captures the essence of what I feel should be the standard of quality in not only RPG games, but video games in general. It's one of my favorite game of all-time, and I'm happy people are coming around more and more to realize just how great it truly is these days.

6th Gen: Kingdom Hearts for Playstation 2

The original game, of course. This game came to me at a time in my youth where I was touched by Sora's willingness to sacrifice himself to save a beloved friend. It literally made me want to be a better person, and it succeeded in making me feel that way....even into my adulthood. Kingdom Hearts reminds me of what it's like being a kid again in the best possible way. It also has my favorite kind of combat in any video game ever (the action RPG combined with the turn-based menu that you can use on the fly is freakin' genius to me!). The story, while simple, was touching and utilizes some of my favorite Disney films to its narrative...albeit KH assumes you've already seen the films because the Disney characters are not as fleshed out as their film counterparts. While KH doesn't compare in terms of storytelling or characters to the likes of, say, Persona 3 or Dragon Quest VIII, I still love it for what it is. And Squaresoft brought two of my favorite franchises together: Disney and Final Fantasy! It sounds like a disaster on paper, but it works magically. Kingdom Hearts is and probably always will be, my favorite game of all-time.

7th Gen: Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii

The PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 were severely lacking in any prominent RPGs that felt like they had heart and soul. Dull hallways and shitty characters were abundant in the modern JRPG games on these systems. We, the lovers of JRPG games, had entered a wasteland during this generation. Lo and behold towards the end of the generation (April of 2012, to be exact) comes Xenoblade Chronicles to fill that empty void I had experienced all generation long! Most folks have at least heard of this game by now, and if you're a fan of great JRPG storytelling and an awesome/beautiful world to explore, I encourage you pick this game up at some point in your life. The soundtrack alone is worth the playthrough of this game. It is incredible and definitely one of my favorite games of all-time.

8th Gen: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch

I REALLY don't think this masterpiece needs an introduction. If you couldn't tell from most of my list, I enjoy story-driven games above most others. While BotW doesn't really tell the most compelling story, it does innovate many things about the open world genre that I cannot deny will impact game design in the long run. Once again, Nintendo has proven that they are indeed the masters of bringing a BREATH of fresh air to industry when a specific genre had begun to grow very stale. I played through this game with my girlfriend, and we had an amazing time together. It's the best of the best so far this generation, and I'm happy to say that this generation has provided some of the greatest games of all-time! So, Breath of the Wild, my hat's off to you for achieving such a grand display of game-changing mechanics and world design in an age of such sweeping titles that have made me a happy gamer!

So, what are some of your favorite games per generation, everyone? I'm curious! You don't have to be as detailed on each game as I was. Just a list would be fine!

Take care, all!



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Nice thread! I can only go back to the SNES era. Outside of traditional arcade machines and some NES titles I dont remember really playing anything before that.

4th Gen: Super Mario World for Super Nintendo




This is the best 2D Mario Game. Any one who disagrees is wrong. The controls are tight, sprites beautiful. I go out of my way to play it every few years. I dont think I have ever officially beat it.

5th Gen: Digimon World 3 Playstation 1



It is a good thing we are only going by favorites and not the best for each generation. Looking back on it now this game looks like a chore to get through. But I would be lying if I havent tried to pick it up again via emulator form (and having the fail save corrupt on me half way through the game) just for I could revisit it.

I have never been that interested in RPGS and I feel that the pokemon series is trash. But this was a pokemon clone of the better monster anime. I loved it like a fat kid loves cake.

The sprites are beautiful, the music is memorable and soothing, the 3-D animations still hold up today. I had the U.S. version the game ends after the final boss. The PAL version lets you continue playing once you beat the game and enter a tournament of sorts among other things. I poured a lot of time into this game and I loved every single minute of it.

The card game mini game was really dope too.

Shout out to my boys in the North Sector.

6th Gen: Resident Evil 4 for Game Cube/Playstation 2




This generation had a lot of great games. But very few managed to do what Resident Evil 4 did. Revolutionize the horror genre and bring forth the era of over the should shooters. (I believe a few other games had done this before but not to this level). Fluid Controls, intriguing story, good graphics, likable characters. I have purchased every iteration of this game. I have beaten it multiple times and it never gets old.

7th Gen: The Last of Us



Initially I wrote off this game as another generic zombie game. I had no interest in playing it as the market at that point in time was filled with zombie games. It wasnt until there was a lets play thread on here that it peaked my interest.

I knew what was going to happen within the first 2 minutes of the game and 15 minutes in my eyes were just rolling to the back of my head as it was extremely predictable (on my second play threw the opening hit me really hard)

an hour or so later the game picks up and by the Winter chapter I was at the edge of my seat and had promised my self that I would name my first Daughter after Ellie. I love this game. It is a master piece. Great characters, great story, and unforgettable moments.

The world is very rich and tells a very powerful story if you pay attention to the writings on the wall. There is a specific bit of writing that sent cold shivers down my spine when I First read it.

8th Gen: I really dont know. Like Laxan I loved:The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch

But for me it is a 4 way tie between Titan Fall, BOTW, Neir Automata, and MGSV the Phantom Pain.

BOTW and Nier being the strongest of the this generation.

Gameplay wise all 4 are some of the greatest games Ive played. Tight controls, beautiful graphics.

Nier Automata has beautiful set pieces, great music, and one helluva story and robot booty.

BOTW and MGSV took the Open World Genre by storm. A literal sandbox of fun was created in both worlds. I think about these two games a lot. MGSV would be a master piece if the story had not been butchered. When it comes to BOTW I felt like a goodam kid again. I ignored all the objectives and keep exploring the map. Such a beautiful game.

While I am sure many look down on Titan Fall it is a really fun shooter. No shooter from this generation holds up imo. The gameplay is tight, graphics are pretty good , and you get to pilot a goddam Titan.

A huge clunky machine that can change the tide of battle if used correctly. I spent a lot of time on this game and I am sadden to see that the sequel did not hold up to the original. (Fight me)













Edited June 23rd by S.O.H.
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I'll do some of mine:

3rd gen

Super Mario Bros 3 for sure. It isn't simply an improvement on its predecessors, this game is an absolute masterpiece and unlike virtually all NES games, still holds up today as a great game. It's honestly better than super mario world in a lot of ways (SMW is a more polished experience, but SMB3 has way more powerups and side stuff).

4th Gen

FF6 for sure. I played FF6 before I played FF7, and honestly, most of the stuff that made FF7 great were things that were in FF6, including much of the music and sound effects. FF6 also had a really memorable atmosphere that just hasn't been seen since in any game I've played.

5th Gen

Most of the games I've played were in here, so this one is tough for me. I'd probably have to go with Ocarina of Time though -- like SMB3, this is a game that holds up really really well even now. That's not just nostalgia talking -- the game was just designed really really well and has a ton of side-quests and outright secrets to find. If you play it blind after not having played it for ~8 years (like I did), it's still a very fun experience.

6th Gen

Tales of Symphonia for Gamecube. Extremely good gameplay and quite possibly the best story I've ever seen in a video game. A very smooth and polished experience all around too.

I kind of quit playing games at that point, so next I'll look at handhelds for me:

Posted June 23rd by Xhin
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Generation 1: Our family didn't have access to Gens 1 and 2. If they did, it was before my time.
Generation 3: The most impact was Super Mario Bros. 3 for me. My favorite? Obviously the Classic Mega Man Series.

Generation 4: Super Mario RPG. This was super hard to come to determine considering before this, I dumped tons of time into Mega Man X and X2 (didn't have access to X3 til Gen 5). I also know (and read) Chrono Trigger was amazing. Many, many years later I heard about Seiken Densetsu 3 and played it. It's a very solid game, and I am hyped for it's remaster on the Switch.

Generation 5: Final Fantasy IX. For years Final Fantasy VII was my favorite and I never really understood Final Fantasy IX enough in my early years. I revisited it several years later and it's my preferred FF game in that generation (VII is still a close 2nd and 3rd/4th Belongs to the Spyro/Crash series. Running up the rear would be the Syphon Filter series as I played it to death.

A side note, my brother had a N64 so I had the best of both worlds. Hands down Super Mario 64 was most impactful on me. Branjo Kazooie years later would bring back the same impact (very close if not on the same level).

Generation 6: Dark Cloud 2. Yes, oddly enough. Considering how many RPG's out-classed it (the aforementioned Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X for example). I enjoyed the battle system (simplistic as it was), but enjoyed the sheer amount of weapons you could create (so much so I had to use a build tree to route out the weapon I wanted). I dumped alot of time into this game (and considering you could create your own towns it was interesting enough). It had a charm that I was not really able to find in other RPG's in this generation.

Generation 7: I technically missed out on this generation. I think at this point in time I became a PC gamer for this generation as I think my brother stuck with his Gamecube for a very long time. If I had to choose something, I think it would probably be Fallout 3. I wasn't a big Fallout Fan prior to this, but I am a sucker for games that let me wander an open world.

Generation 8: Needless to say, Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was my pick for this. Again, an example of a game that let me wander around at my own pace discovering the world without hand-holding and such is good (or bad for me depending on how you look at it) for me.

Edited June 23rd by Forte Lambardi
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Gen 1: none.
Gen 2: none.
Gen 3: Ninja Gaiden.
Gen 4: Chrono Trigger.
Gen 5: Metal Gear Solid.
Gen 6: Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3.
Gen 7: Left 4 Dead.
Gen 8: none.

Most of my overall favorite games are PC, so this is really awkward.

Posted June 23rd by Cruinn-Annuin
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Gen 4: Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

Some of my earliest memories of gaming. I played a lot of the DKC series, Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past.


Gen 5: Ocarina of Time (N64)

Easily the most nostalgic period of gaming for me, which is why it has been on my mycard for a while. I played alongside my brother for most of the game. I feel like it took us about a year's time to complete the game. The concept of time change felt so real to me, and the world felt so big and full of mystery.


Gen 6: Halo 2 (Xbox)

My introduction to online multiplayer was with Halo 2. It was such a bizarre concept to me at that time. Not only that, but I played through the campaign with my younger sister sooo many times. We would just pick our favorite levels (often New Mombasa and Delta Halo) to play through for fun.


Gen 7: Left 4 Dead (series) (Xbox 360, PC)

The gameplay of Left 4 Dead is so simple but it works so well. It is probably the best co-op experience created to date. The random AI director keeps new playthroughs fresh since you never know where items or enemies like the Tank will appear. Although its focus is clearly on co-op, I played through all campaigns on Expert solo, and it's at the top of my highest gaming achievements.


Gen 8: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)

This gen was hard for me to decide between Sea of Thieves, Halo 5 (for its multiplayer) or MGS V. Sea of Thieves has its faults, but I give it the nod based mostly on the fact that it's such a fresh experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Rare has done a lot to build the game upon its solid foundation to make it a lot of fun to play today. You can get sucked into the grind of voyage after voyage, but the real fun comes with interactions with other players in the world. You can form alliances, betray said alliances, go hunting other ships to sink and steal their loot, become engaged in multiple-ship battles over fort loot, and much more. Add to that random PvE encounters with the kraken, megalodon and skeleton-crewed ships and there is a lot of variety for what can happen during a session. Rare's focus for the game is having fun, not leveling up or unlocking the best guns, and it is refreshing.

It's also gorgeous.



Edited June 23rd by Vandy
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5th gen for me is a tie between oot and mgs

Posted June 23rd by Brandy
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1st: N/A



This one I have to abstain from. I don't have enough enthusiasm for Pong to vote for it. I'd vote for Rogue, but it wasn't commecially available until the C64 era, which in spite of its age makes it technically a third generation game.

2nd: Adventure



Proto-Zelda, and with just enough mystery for it to still be worth playing for those that haven't done so before. It's primitive and easy if you know what you're doing, but if you don't you actually have to explore for a while. It represents the sorts of games that I would gravitate towards better than pretty much anything else from this era, except maybe Pitfall, which I don't enjoy as much.

3rd: Fire Emblem



Suddenly the choice becomes difficult. I have many favorites from this era, and the advent of serious handheld games complicates the issue. Pokemon (kinda-sorta) uses hardware from this time, and I would be happy to give Red and Blue the vote over literally everything on NES.

But since that seems to go against the spirit of this exercise, my vote is Fire Emblem. Not pretty to look at and a bit stiff to play, it still has everything that ever made this series compelling. It's one of their better games, with good map design and a surprisingly good story, even if most of it was relegated to the manual. The runner-ups include, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse. Ask me again in a week and I could very well favor any one of those instead. I bought a Famicom mostly to justify getting the good version of Dracula's Curse.

4th: Fire Emblem: Thracia 776



Whenever we have threads like this I worry that I give the impression that I only ever play the same six games over and over, but if so then I promise that this is not quite true. It's just that my favorites are my favorites, and this certainty only wavers less and less as I get older and play more games along the way.

Thracia 776 is peak Shouzou Kaga. Sober and uncompromising, anyone looking to discover their newest waifu has come to the wrong place. It is instead the most elegant strategy RPG from its era, or of all time really. It's far more optimistic than, say, something like Final Fantasy Tactics, but it still avoids the "power of friendship" territory of most other JRPGs. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's a true to life portrayal of war (as if I'd want to play it if it was), but there are elements of humanizing realism in there. Thracia 776 looks great for a Super Famicom game, and part of that has to do with coming out in the year 2000. That's a year before the Gamecube debuted, but the Japanese have a way of continuing to make use of old hardware and so it totally counts to put it here. The over-zealously polygonal generation to follow doesn't need the competition anyway.

The shame of course is that there are so many other games from this generation worthy of a top spot, and among them include Super Mario World (best Mario), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (best Zelda), Super Metroid (best Metroid) Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (best Castlevania!!!!), Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Super Castlevania IV, Ogre Battle, Tactics Ogre (easily my second choice for generation 4), and of course the inimitable Chrono Trigger.

5th: Star Fox 64

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One of these things is not like the others.

It wasn't really until my teens that I began gravitating away from platformers and other arcade derived experiences and instead began focusing on RPGs. In an era where bleeding edge (because the polygons would cut your eyes) technology inspired all kinds of unfortunate game design, it is important to look at those titles that stuck with hand drawn sprites to create something beautiful on the new hardware... as well as those precious few that instead made perfect use of 3D space! Star Fox 64 is clearly in the latter group, and indeed it is probably the oldest Nintendo property to be entirely dependent upon polygons. The first Star Fox is good, the second (well, third) is the best rail shooter ever. If there is anything out there that compares then it certainly doesn't bear the Star Fox name. I've made my peace with that, but this one was the real deal. No compromises were made in trying to modernize the central idea or to morph Star Fox into something else. It's just an arcade game with console sensibilities, where you do nothing other than blow up spaceships piloted by evil monkeys and try to beat the high score.

My honorable mention list is a bit more typical, at least in relation to the sorts of things I usually like: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden II, Paper Mario, Final Fantasy Tactics, and the criminally under-acknowledged Dragon Force. Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 64 were probably my most played N64 games as a kid.

6th: Super Smash Bros. Melee.



It all came together here. I put hundreds of hours into this as a kid, and for my money they never were able to replicate the feel that they had here. Ultimate still feels good and has the incredible roster and ancillary content, but I can't make myself 13 again, and maybe that's what really made Melee work for me. This is the one I push for when my buddies are over. And it introduced Fire Emblem characters to an international audience, something the Smash community has regretted ever since.

By now you can probably predict some of my honorable mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Halo (1 and 2) and Medal of Honor: Frontline. Morrowind is great, but not on Xbox.

Ultimately, Melee should consider itself lucky that I can't put it up against Gameboy Advance and DS titles, because that would leave it with five Fire Emblem games to contend with, and in that contest it would not win.

7th: Dark Souls



What else is there? This is my desert island game. In order to avoid plagiarizing either myself or the dozens of written and video essays that I've gorged on over the years I'll limit myself to saying that Dark Souls is what 3D Zelda might have been if the latter had gone down a very different path, or what 3D Castlevania could be if it were even remotely good. It is probably the most influential release of the last ten years, as it should be.

It would be a crime not to acknowledge that Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn exists, and it's probably my favorite Wii game, ahead of Twilight Princess (if that counts here) and Muramasa. And with Muramasa in mind there's also Dragon's Crown, a likewise gorgeous, old school "beat'em up" that I enjoy almost as much as that pinnacle of XBLA, Castle Crashers. Digital distribution makes a lot of things fuzzy, come to think of it. Do I name Cave Story, since it first became commercially available on consoles with the Wii? I feel obligated to mention it somewhere since I'm so beholden to the Metroidvania tradition, and Cave Story is a veritable one-man masterpiece.

And then there's Halo 3, which doesn't fit in with anything else that I've listed, but is an essential game nonetheless.

But Dark Souls still wins.

8th: Bloodborne?



It's too early to pick a favorite, but Bloodborne is wonderful. The Lovecraft fan in me can't get enough of the setting, and the action feels amazing. Breath of the Wild gets the second nod, though these things are all subject to change in the years yet to come. The 8th generation is not over yet, and I have a Fire Emblem game to play next month. With any luck I'll get to see Bloodborne supplanted by Elden Ring on this list.

On the digital end of things we have The Banner Saga, which gets my vote for best Kickstarter game, and while it feels like it belongs on PC it does have a presence on modern consoles. Then there's Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which took me totally off guard but is basically just as good as Dracula's Curse, which is an incredible thing to say on its face and evidence that Koji Igarashi is a legend. How it compares to Ritual of the Night remains to be seen, but I intend to get to that one soon enough. People seem to like it so far.

Fun Fact: I've typed in the words "Fire Emblem" nine times so far, with this being the tenth.

Edited June 23rd by Famov
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6th gen is Kingdom hearts

7th gen is Skyrim

Edited June 23rd by Brandy
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@famov have you played sekiro?

Posted June 23rd by s.o.h.
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