The End of the 7th Console Generation
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Posted 5/23/13 , edited 5/23/13
Hey everybody, Nate Ming from CRN here. With the Wii U having been out for a little while, and the recent announcements of the PS4 and Xbox One, I think it's safe to say that "next-gen" gaming is upon us, and "current-gen" games will soon be history. To celebrate this soon-to-close generation of gaming, I was planning on doing a series of features about our favorite games, as well as yours.

The seventh generation of console games started in 2005 with the Xbox 360, and includes the PlayStation 3 and the Wii. I'll actually be keeping handhelds and PC games out of this discussion since they operate on different timelines, I'd like to see what people loved the most this generation. Here are the first few questions I'll be asking--I may add more if you guys are up for it.

What are your favorite platform-exclusive games for the 360, PS3 and Wii? You're allowed one runner-up each for this question.
Mine are Gears of War 3 (360), Valkyria Chronicles (PS3), and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). The runners-up are Shadow Complex (360), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3), and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii).

What is your favorite multiplatform game (or game franchise) for the 360, PS3, or Wii? What's the runner-up?
I'll go with the Mass Effect trilogy, followed by the Street Fighter IV series.

If you had the clout to change one industry practice for the coming generation, what would you do?
Lower development costs. Instead of focusing on "directed, cinematic experiences" with bleeding-edge graphics that can only be played once, focus on making lasting, replayable games that stand the test of time. Nobody's gonna be playing Uncharted 2 twenty years from now, and yet people still play Super Mario Bros.. More importantly, they enjoy it.

Let's try and keep the discussion civil, folks--we are, after all, just talking about video games. Sound off, and let's hear what you guys have to say about this generation of consoles, and your hopes for the future!
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Favourite exclusives:

PS3: Metal Gear Solid 4. Runner up: Uncharted (any of them lol)
X360: Tales of Vesperia. Runner up: Lost Odyssey
Wii: Endless Ocean 2. Runner up: The Last Story

Favourite Multiplat:

Transformers (War/Fall of Cybertron)
Runner up: Star Ocean: Last Hope

If I could change one thing it would be for companies to allow the creativity of their development studios to shine through. There were too many cases where year after year a game would be released that hardly changed from the previous iteration. It was lazy and nothing more than a way to bank money. Obviously it's a business so they should make some money off of it, but to me it seemed like the first generation of gaming consoles where profits became the only deciding factor for many companies.
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PS3: Metal Gear Solid 4, Devil May Cry 5, Neptunia

Xbox360: Final Fantasy 13, Gears of War, Dead or Alive 5

WII: Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World, Super Smash Bros Brawl
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At the end of a console's lifecycle, you can think about the following:

* What games actually lived up to their promise, and weren't just empty hype?
* How many games were good exclusives, and how many were on par with other versions?
* Is the system worth keeping, or is it now outdated because the new one has the same good features and more?

It's funny how some of the most creative games show up near the end of a console lifecycle.


xbrawn wrote:
...If I could change one thing it would be for companies to allow the creativity of their development studios to shine through. There were too many cases where year after year a game would be released that hardly changed from the previous iteration. It was lazy and nothing more than a way to bank money. Obviously it's a business so they should make some money off of it, but to me it seemed like the first generation of gaming consoles where profits became the only deciding factor for many companies.


I have seen a lot of sales-related concerns. This is nothing new. However, it seems like increasing development costs are a problem. More money and more advertising usually means the company must sell millions in order to survive. And it often leads to annualized nearly-identical games and endless spinoffs.

In the last few years, it's been easier to sell games online, with no physical cartridge or disc. I'm not sure if I like this. (What if your computer or console stops working? What if you can't access your account? What if the company stops supporting its products?) Still, I believe it has at least one good aspect: less worries about selling X number of games in the first two weeks.
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My favorite games from this generation on consoles were...

Favorite Multi-platform: Final Fantasy XIII
Favorite Exclusive: Heavy Rain

I played everything else this generation on PC.

One thing I would change, is for games to take a more player driven direction to story telling. Rather than set pieces that lead you by the hand through the story, give me a world I can immerse myself in. I think the industry is starting to go this route, but time will tell how far they take it.
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