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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Your favorite console from each of the big 3 and why?

I'll assume this doesn't include handheld consoles. I'll try to pick the console I actually prefer and not which one I think was most historically significant. Therefore consoles that are backwards compatible will automatically get a significant boost i.e. PS2+PS3 will beat PS1 by default.

Sega Saturn - Just an incredible selection of games, Panzer Dragoon series, Shining series, Nights, Virtua Fighter games, Dragon Force, it even has my favourite versions of Sonic 1-Knuckles in Sonic Jam. Mega Drive and Dreamcast are very close though so I'm not completely sure I can call this (this might be a running theme with the other consoles)

PS4 - I find it hard to choose between PS2, PS3 and PS4. PS1 is out since all of its games are available to play on PS2/PS3. I'll go with PS4 though, Sony's first party games are at their best in my opinion with Uncharted 4, Spider-Man, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Shadow of the Colossus coming to mind. A lot of my favourite games from previous systems have been remastered for PS4 too, inlcuding many Final Fantasy games, Symphony of the Night, Secret of Mana, Shenmue 1&2, Uncharted 1-3, The Last of US, Kingdom Hearts games, Star Ocean games, several PS2 classics and a whole load of classic game collections. Then there are plenty of new 3rd party titles like Sonic Mania and Forces, Yooka Laylee, Bloodstained, Yakuza games, No Man's Sky, a ton of JRPGs and countless other good titles. I think I might own more games for PS4 than any other system. But probably the real tiebreaker is VR. It requires a peripheral but VR has greatly enhanced some existing games as well as introducing new ones, Wipeout, Tetris Effect and Astrobot really stand out to me.

Wii U and Switch (tied) - Wii U offers all Wii games and a ton of Virtual Console games that include some of my favourite games ever from NES, SNES and N64 (controls are off on N64 though). It also allows me to play some of my favourite Gamecube games like Windwaker, Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime Trilogy and Pikmin (through Wii mode). As well as some good Wii U titles like Mario 3D World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Pikmin 3 and Yoshi. Meanwhile Switch offers upgraded ports of many key Wii U titles, some new games like Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade 2, Smash Bros Ultimate, Yoshi and Kirby. It also has many of the same Final Fantasy games as the PS4 and many of the third party titles on PS4 too. I feel like the Switch will end up winning this one as some of the older games from SNES, N64, Gamecube start showing up. The Switch also doubles as a handheld so that is a bonus in my opinion.

Xbox One, I guess - I don't actually own an Xbox One but it shares a lot of multiplatform games with PS4 and also offers quite a large number of Xbox 360 games and even some original Xbox ones like Panzer Dragoon. As for exclusives, I'm not too interested but I guess if I owned the console I might like a few. I think if I owned one, it would be my Xbox of choice more often than not. If I have to choose a console that I own, then Xbox 360 hands down.

I'm a bit surprised that I tended to go for modern consoles when I think the majority of my favourite games were released in the sixth gen or earlier, but backwards compatibility, remasters and remakes can really help newer consoles. Another thing that helps modern consoles is they generally have plenty of additional features that I like and the ability to store games digitally for convinience. I also enjoy using PS Now and would probably use Game Pass if I owned an Xbox One.

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Nintendo: Switch. Amazing library of games so far, handheld AND home console, online needs a little work though.
Sony: Ehhhh, this is hard, don't really care for Playstation but I guess PS3. Last of Us and free online.
Microsoft: Tie between 360 and Xbox One. 360 had some amazing games to release on it, but I do love the One, The One X in particular, the interface is just so nice, the extra power really is something to behold.
Sega: The Dreamcast. Sonic Adventure, enough said.

SanAndreasX said:
curl-6 said:

Dammit, I was gonna make this thread on my day off tomorrow now the other one's mostly run its course haha XD

Heh, didn't mean to steal your thunder here.

Nah, no worries man, you're not a telepath and I didn't patent the idea. :)

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Nintendo - GBA (if it has to be home console then Wii cause it has a Gamecube built in)
SEGA - Mega Drive
Sony - PS2 - Cause of course
Microsoft - Xbox 360 - Lot's of great co-op gaming and a great variety of games.

Gamecube -- Nothing but amazing games. Nintendo's first party lineup was killer during this era; The console itself oozes charm, the controller is perfect (for games made on the system), and the games hold up quite well graphically to this day.

Xbox -- Great games as well; definitely a greater variety of genres comparing to following Xbox consoles. The S controller is an excellent controller as well.

PS3 -- The only PlayStation I've owned so I have to to put it here lol.

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This is much more difficult than the other thread for Nintendo and Sony.

N64- Between the N64 and SNES. In the end I enjoyed more games on the N64 than the SNES. The SNES had a few stellar games, but I couldn't find more than a few.

PS2- Between the PS2 and PS4. The decider here is that the PS4 is simply not finished yet. When counting the amount of PS2 games in my top 50 list, it was the most out of any console. The PS4 may compete for that spot in the future, but the games still need to be released. BC is also great.

Xbox- The easy choice. Xbox had great exclusives, that the successors could not replicate. Also has bonus points for not having hardware problems.

SNES - Because its easily the best Nintendo's ever done. Amazing amount of quality games.

PS2 - Because its easily the best Sony's ever done. Amazing amount of quality games.

Xbox360 - Because I cant choose ps2 twice.

Poliwrathlord said:
Gamecube -- Nothing but amazing games. Nintendo's first party lineup was killer during this era; The console itself oozes charm, the controller is perfect (for games made on the system), and the games hold up quite well graphically to this day.

I can definitely respect this. If not for the Switch, my favorite Nintendo console would have been a toss-up between the Gamecube and the SNES.

Nintendo: Nintendo 64
This system had classic game upon classic game upon classic game. There are too many good games to count, especially when held up against the total amount of games that were ever released for the system. It holds many of my all-time favorites; Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Majora’s Mask, GoldenEye, Blast Corps, Banjo-Kazooie, Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron, Mario Party and more. Some of these are still the best games in their series. My best times in gaming were on this system, and I’m not short of fond memories. The N64 is the best system that was ever released.

Sony: PlayStation
The fifth generation overal was the Golden Age of Gaming, especially when also considering the GameBoy Color and what was released on PC during this timeframe. For Sony it’s no different, the first PlayStation is still their best. Again, this console holds many of my all-time favorites, with MediEvil, Kula World and Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3 among them. I had a big library of games for this system.

Microsoft: XBox
Similarly Microsoft’s first outing was their best. This is also the only Xbox I’ve extensively played because it was the only one I was interested in. It’s games were often good ports of PC games but there were also original games I had fun with. After this consple the XBox to me became increasingly redundant, to the point where I can now play pretty much every one of the new XBox games somewhere else, on systems I already own. They do usuallly have the best controllers though.

SEGA: Dreamcast
The Dreamcast is the reason I never got a PlayStation 2. When this came out it seemed so far ahead of what we had that there didn’t seem to be a point. The notion was spearheaded by SoulCalibur, probably still the best fighting game ever made to this day. A host of it’s games became favorites, like the mentioned SoulCalibur, but also Crazy Taxi and Dynamite Cop. The Dreamcast stands higher than the Mega Drive for me.

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Sony - Playstation 2

Nintendo - Wii (but I think the switch could surpass it based on its current library)

Microsoft -