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What current-gen games would be considered classics 15-25yrs from now?

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I think the problem(If you could call it one) is that there are so many good games that are coming out every year that it is hard to call any of them "classics". Look at the winter line-up this year alone: Rage, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, MW3, Arkum City, Skyward Sword, and Skyrim. Although many won't like all of these games, most will love at least one or two. I own all of them except Skyrim, and I want to buy that game, I just haven't had the time to play half of them yet. My point is that any of these games would stand out tremendously, 10-15 years ago as "brilliant"' or "masterpiece", but today we have more. Look at next years' line-up. Bioshock, Last Guardian, and Max Payne 3 just to name a few. I'm sure these games will be great too. How good does a game have to be to stand above the rest? I think "classic", is something from the past.



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wel for me there are only 2 games that I know ill play again in 20 years
The World Ends With You
Xenoblade Chronicles
hopefully I will add The Last Story to my list, but to be fair there arent many games I like to revisit except for
-Chrono Trigger
-Final Fantasy 6
-Zelda a Link to the Past
So by now you can tell I really love jrpgs



I think the classics will be those games that stood out as defining the consoles they appeared on:

Wii Sports (effectively defined a huge portion of the generation, i.e. motion controls)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (the definitive FPS of the FPS generation)
Gears of War 1,2 & 3 (the quintessential Xbox 360 3rd-person action games)
Uncharted 1,2 & 3 (the quintessential PS3 3rd-person action-adventure games)
Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 (two of the best Mario games ever made, enough said)



cyberninja45 said:
shuraiya said:
None of them will likely be considered classics; I can't think of a single game this generation that I would like to revisit in 15-25 years.


Does that mean that something went wrong with this generation of games?


skyrim was the only good game to release in the last few years so yea something this gen went horribly wrong. for the original xbox we had
fable, halo 1, halo 2, kotor, and star wars battlefront 1 and 2 BF2MC... keep in mind console was only out for like 6 years.
this gen we have
oblivion, skyrim, rainbow 6 vegas, cod4. every other game has been bad, mediocre or just not worth the price tag, and yes i factored in every console. the problem is most games you can complete in a day or 2... i mean look at over rated mass effect 2... you can do EVERY quest in about 4 days... pathetic for a single player rpg. skyrim u can play for 100 hours and still not touch the story.

it would be easy to blame it all on COD... but its not all their fault. it seems game reviewers lost what truely makes games good. and at heart the best thing in a game is gameplay and value for your $$. if your haveing fun, you want it to last as long as possible which last gen had, and this gen doesnt.




woops, for OP i would say COD4 is a classic. i would say skyrim but in 10 years the next TES will blow it away.
cant think of any other games that i sit there and played it day after day for months.. TES and COD4....



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Very interesting question. At one people many people thought that 5th gen games would not be seen as classics because 3d was so rough around the edges. Fact is, for many of us over the age of 20 this gen will not be remember liked 4th or 5th gen was. But someone born in say 2000, and was 7 years old when Super Mario Galaxy hit will definitly think of it as a class. COD4 wont be because activision has spammed it, same with Guitar Hero, people will remember the series as a whole, but no single game will bea classic.

Games that might-

Uncharted 2, SMG 1, Zelda SS, Gears of War, Wii Sports (much in the way duck hunt is, in 10 year people who were 5-10 will talk about it like how it was so cool back in the day), Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario Bothers (DS, maybe Wii)

Now due to the fact that some many series have mulitple releases I think it waters it down, but I think as a general statement these series will be looked back upon by the gamers who played them with much nostalgia- Gears of War , Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty 4 and beyond, Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero.

Overall I think Gen 7 will hold up better than 6, and if it not for 5 being loaded with so many classic RPGs more than 5 too, you also have to remember, gen 7 will be the longest gen ever. Its started with the 360 in 05, and the first 8th will be in 2012 (WiiU), with the 720 and PS4 being as late as 2013 and 14.
I honestly dont



End of 2009 Predictions (Set, January 1st 2009)

Wii- 72 million   3rd Year Peak, better slate of releases

360- 37 million   Should trend down slightly after 3rd year peak

PS3- 29 million  Sales should pick up next year, 3rd year peak and price cut

Demons/Dark souls.

Team Fortress 2

Call of Duty

Everything else will fall away.



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Time for hype

I know they aren't games but Kinect and Wii, mostly Wii for reboot motion sensing. Unfortunately to some, there now is a market for it. Portal for it's uniqueness is in for a run for sure and Gears... The whole series, i mean in 20 years or whatever it'll most likely be a small download like some Xbox live arcade and PSN games are now, if not "smaller".



cyberninja45 said:
Funny how this gen has some of the highest selling software ever and a lot of games got some superb reviews many "perfect" socres but many find it hard to name a few, I myself have trouble thinking of any that could stand toe to toe with the old classics.
So what went wrong this generation, was it consumers just did not know what they were buying, reviewers aren't doing a good job, too much people buying into hype (reviewers and consumers alike)?

I am not sure, but I have about as many GameCube games as i do PS3 and Wii combined.

I think that review scores are too high now days, and it really does not make much sense to have tons of 90%+ rated games that are much less enjoyable than last gen's 75%-85% rated games. (maybe score minus ~20? should be the index to compare current game scores to older game scores)

I think I will still replay the occasional title from this gen, but much less of them compared to NES through PS2/GC games.

A shame really, hope things turn around before the quality of gaming drowns from metrics focused game design (linear, simplified, heavily scripted (its more watching than actual play)).



that's for the ones to decide who grew up with this generation.



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