Top 5 Games Of The Generation
As we approach the launch of next generation, I looked back at the past 7 years of games across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to chose 5 games I played that stood above others. For me this past generation has not only continued to produce incredible game’s, but those games have helped elevate video games as a media beyond anything that has come before. While everyone has their own stand outs for a variety of reasons these are the ones that have stuck with me.
Grand Theft Auto V
This one is cheating slightly as GTAV technically released on the PS3/Xbox 360 generation however technical upgrades and GTA Online have made it as much as much a current generation game as it was the last gen game. While this generation has produced countless outstanding open world games, GTAV still stands among the very best in world design as well as the sheer amount of content available within that world. What’s more is that GTAV will continue to live on well into the next generation as the game will get an upgrade on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series next year to make GTAV a game that has lived across 3 console generations.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
As predominantly a PlayStation fan growing up, the Uncharted series really captured my imagination on the PS3 and quickly became one of my favourite franchises. With Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog really stretched their creative muscle and gave fans an action blockbuster that was a worthy successor. From huge set pieces to a heartfelt story, Uncharted 4 tied up Nathan Drakes story in such a way that if it is the last we see of him, then it will have truly cemented his legacy as a PlayStation and video game icon.
Forza Horizon 4
This past generation was my first time owning an Xbox console however my history with racing games goes back as far as I can remember with the original Gran Turismo on PlayStation 1. Since then I have always enjoyed racing games from the simulation style of the GT series to arcade racers like Burnout. With a purchase of an Xbox One though I ventured into the Forza series and although Motorsport excelled it was Forza Horizon 4 that, for me, has provided the best racing experience I have ever had. Not only is the open world and curated circuits in that world outstanding, the implementation of seasons created a racing game unlike any other.
God Of War
If you want to see a perfect example of how to elevate a series from fun action game to AAA masterclass then look no further than God Of War. Kratos’ adventures on the PS2/3, although fun and appreciated, didn’t appeal to many people with Kratos himself seeming rather one dimensional compared to many other modern characters. Sony Santa Monica took this character, reimagined what a God Of War game could be and delivered one of the most incredible experiences ever seen in a video game while still staying true to the history of the series. The combat and action evolved to new hights while the narrative took a monumental leap forward to a point where it was the standout aspect of the game, not the hack and slash combat. With a God Of War Ragnarök tease stating we will see a follow up next year, I can’t wait to see where they take this series next on the PlayStation 5.
I’ve lost count of how many Spider-Man games there have been over the years. My first one I believe was Neversoft’s Spider-Man on the PS1 but it is the latest title that I think takes the crown as the best web-slinger game. Insomniac’s Take on Spider-Man hits every mark you’d hope and then some. The traversal and combat is some of the best in any superhero game period and the story crafted by Insomniac is one any fan will enjoy. With Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morale’s launching alongside the PlayStation 5 and undoubtably a full sequel in the works too, Spider-Man looks to be sticking around on PlayStation consoles for a while to come and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.
Those are the 5 games that have helped define this generation for me but what have been yours? Let me know in the comment and be sure to keep an eye out for next generation content going forward.