The new generation of gaming is upon us and with it, exciting times ahead for gamers the world over. The generation just passed has been a long one and one that brought with it some incredible games on all platforms. Deciding a game of the generation, therefore, is no easy task and ultimately, the choice is completely subjective. However, we felt that the two games that really stood out this generation for us, when it came to sheer quality were Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us; both released last year.
As you will see, after much debate and the firing of many nerf bullets, we came to the conclusion that the award for game of the generation goes to The Last of Us for reasons, Ilyas set out quite clearly (and with disturbing affection).
There are however, several games worthy of mention here. Here are some notable games that the award could go to:
Mass Effect really was a standout series. BioWare created an engrossing sci-fi universe, with brilliantly realised characters, races and gaming worlds. The story was engrossing and the freedom of choice and decision making mechanic with unique outcomes really struck a chord with gamers, who had been yearning for a deep sci-fi experience for years. Unfortunately, the infamous ending struck at the heart of what Mass Effect is all about, as Dan discusses in the video above. It is a shame that the ending really jeopardised the epic build up of unique experiences over the ourse of the three, otherwise excellent games. If you can forgive the ending, or if you weren’t bothered by it, then Mass Effect can quite easily be regarded as a Game of the Generation for many.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Regardless of what has become of the franchise of late (after the departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella), very few can deny that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1 and 2 changed the face of FPS gaming last generation (for better or worse). The original Modern Warfare introduced an incredibly tight, accessible and addictive multiplayer gameplay model and it elaborated on it more in Modern Warfare 2. The killstreak reward system, loadouts and myriad of unlockable perks and weapons/attachments set a precedent of others to follow and the first Modern Warfare arguable represents the best game in the series.
A great story, engrossing game world, incredible gameplay freedom and player choice make Skyrim one of the best RPG’s of the last generation. It took what Elder Scrolls: Oblivion did to the next level and the developers really need to be commended for crafting such a brilliantly game world. Skyrim will undoubtedly go down in the gaming history books an instant classic game, and it is also Seif’s game of the generation, as can be seen in the video.
Ultimately, the game of generation is down to you. What matters most is what you enjoyed and the last generation of games was simply incredible with something for everybody to enjoy and we hope that the new generation can deliver a similar if not, even more enjoyable legacy of games. It is a great time to be a gamer. Let us know your thoughts below.