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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Your Gen 8 Defining Titles

As the thread title says, in celebration of the gen coming to a close, I want to hear about the titles that defined the gen for you. Games you enjoyed most, that you played most because you got addicted to them, those that put a happy smile on your face as you played, that impacted you emotionally the most, that impressed you most because of their ideas, visuals, or any other technical merit, and the likes... 

I consider the Wii U and Switch to be both part of gen 8, along with the obvious PS4 and XBox One and their revisions/mid gen refreshes. This thread isn’t about whether or not the Switch belongs to Gen 9. It will most likely straddle both gens, but this isn’t the thread to debate this, so please refrain from derailing the topic by doing so.

It would be nice if you’d give an explanation for why you selected your games as well. But you may also simply highlight certain titles for which you have a particular anecdote to tell. It can be any number of games. This isn’t a top 10 or 20 of your favourite games, so there is no need to put them in any particular order.

[Will edit this out later]: Right now, the site is being capricious for me and loads slow as hell, so I will post my list of games, and slowly add comments for them as the site becomes more stable.

- Uncharted 4: A Thieve’s End : One of my favourite 7th gen franchise finally concluded in what is still to this day one of the most visually amazing game on the PS4. Managed to tie with Uncharted 2 Among Thieves as best in the franchise for me. Which is no small feat.

- Horizon: Zero Dawn : Great setting, intriguing story, I played this game to completion and was left asking for more. An original take on a post apocalyptic setting in which I got lost for countless hours trying to unravel its mysteries.

- Final Fantasy XV : While far from among the best FF games, it was an addictive experience for me, and I enjoyed exploring its world quite a lot. It was notoriously plagued by questioning gaming design and DLC implementation. But it had heart and finally put back exploration as a feature in the series, which had been mostly lost since X. I can’t wait to play it enhanced on PS5.

- Batman: Arkham Knight : One of my earliest game this gen. A great send off my Rocksteady to one of the best new gaming franchises in the last two generations. It is amazing what the studio managed to create with this older version of Unreal Engine. While I think too much focus was put on the Batmobile, what it presented on every gameplay front felt polished and the story elements taken from decades of comics was put together in a very cohesive and organic manner. There is so much content! This is the definitive Batman gaming experience, even if I prefer the more “metroidvania” focused Arkham Asylum.
- Ratchet & Clank
- Driveclub VR
- Skyrim VR
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario 3D World
- Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
- Resident Evil VII (especially in VR)
- Hollow Knight
- God of War
- inFamous: Second Son
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Mario Kart 8
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Detroit: Become Human
- Life is Strange
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Resident Evil 2
- Tetris Effect
- Bloodstraine: Ritual of the Blood
- Shenmue 3
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
- Streets of Rage 4
- The Last of Us Part 2
- Ghost of Tsushima
- The Messenger
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Last edited by Hynad - on 15 November 2020

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-Super Mario Odissey

-Zelda Breath of the Wild

-Dragon Ball FigtherZ

-God of War

-Ghost of Tsushima

-Dragon Quest XI

-Xenoblade Chronicles 2

-Animal Crossing New Horizonts

-Pokémon Shield/Sword

-Yakuza kiwami 2/ Yakuza 6/ Yakuza Like a Dragon

-Hokuto no Ken: Lost Paradise

-Metal Gear Solid V

-Death Stranding

-Red Dead Redemption 2

-Fallout 4

Last edited by Ryotsu - on 14 November 2020

There is a lot of games that I enjoy, but few I will sing high praise. To me there are only two games that really defined gaming this generation, most everything else were games I've already played but prettier (which is fine and to be expected).

Nier Automata: I consider this self explanatory for anybody who played it. But seamlessly switches gameplay genres (yes genres), has incredible art style, and tells a story in a unique way. And the story is superb. Love the music as well. There just isn't anything like Neir Automata (at least not that I've played).

Breath of the Wild: It redefined open world games, and just took the genre to a new level. Which is astounding given it was Nintendo's first. For starters most open world games are loaded with silly collectibles in attempt to make the game larger and longer than it is. I'll pick on my GotY Ghost of Tsushima. Collect headbands and scabbards... why? because reasons. BotW everything matters. Weapons break, making enemy camps important (for new weapons) and korok seeds to expand inventory. Enemies are tough, shrines are important. The world requires climbing (e.g. stamina), so again shrines are important. Food can be collected to replenish hearts, status effects or sold. Fairly Fountains upgrade armor, which is expensive, using the world to make money is important. Everything in BotW was well thought and didn't fall into the traditional camp of mindless filler. It felt like Nintendo consider every placement within the world of Hyrule and didn't just create an empty void.  And I could write a book on the physics engine and how there are so many different ways to play the game. I'll just leave my favorite, tossing a metal sword in an enemy camp during a lighting storm.

This gen i platinum 2 games and almost platinum another , never did bothered but i liked these games souch i had fun doing it.



Almost plat ff15, despite his flaws that are a lot i enjoyed it and it was one of the games that affected me the most and the ending and final parts stayed with me for a few days.

The best game i played this gen was the last of us 2 , everything in the game was five stars from story to gameplay to emotional impact, its the only game i played this gen that is a masterpiece.

Secondbest game was red dead redemption 2

Third is witcher 3


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Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Mario Kart 8
Hyrule Warriors
Fire Emblem Fates
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
New Super Mario Bros. U
Tokyo Mirage Sessions
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Picross 3D: Round 2

That's my top 10, including the obligatory token third party game.

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Super Mario Odyssey, God Of War, The Witcher 3, Breath of the Wild.And a little bit of Control

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Bloodborne, but that's because its my first Souls game,Final fantasy XV beautiful, big but still left you with the feeling it wasn't entirely complete even after the DLC. Super mario 3d world, because it looks amazing to this day and was one of the rare showcases where Nintendo showed what the Wii U could do. Horizon zero dawn, because damn that game was beautiful and amazing. God of War, pretty much because of the same reasons as Horizon.The Witcher 3, best Western RPGNier Automata, best Eastern RPGFinal fantasy 7 remake, best remake

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Killzone Shadow Fall
Infamous Second Son

That's it. It was a pretty shit gen to be honest.

Last edited by Ka-pi96 - on 14 November 2020

vivster said:

4622 hours? Wow, that's crazy! :O