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What Are This Generation's Truly Memorable Video Games?

Memory is a funny thing. We remember the pointless and the mundane, and we wonder...what the hell do I remember that for?

But for the most part, we tend to remember the amazing moments in video games. Many older gamers say their best memories are all in the past; the first time they saw Super Mario Bros., the dogs jumping through the window in Resident Evil, those crazy Atari Jaguar commercials on TV, etc. But this generation, what would you say are the truly memorable games? The ones you know have had a lasting impact and you will always remember, if only for one or two heart-stopping moments?

For me, I think the list would have to include Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Heavy Rain, Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, Portal 2, all the Assassin's Creed titles (with the possible exception of Revelations), Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto IV, Journey, Joe Danger, Echochrome, and to some extent, both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. But there's no guarantee that all of them will remain and endure...I wonder which ones will stick as the years go by?

Which games do you think you'll always remember from this generation?

Tags: gaming industry, gaming culture, video games, best games

7/5/2012 8:57:45 PM Ben Dutka

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Naksy
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:15:00 PM
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I think Skyrim, God of war 3 and the Mass Effect series should be somewhere in there

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SoulController
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:33:15 PM
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For me...MGS4, Uncharted 2, LBP, Mass Effect, Deadspace, Fallout3, GOW3, Heavy Rain, Portal 2, Dark Souls, Journey and Arkham Asylum all absolutely floored me.

Looking back at all these great experiences gives me high hopes for the future of gaming

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Metal Head
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:40:14 PM
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Dead Space, Little Big Planet,Uncharted,Mass effect,Yakuza,infamous,Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear 4.

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Nas Is Like
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:43:39 PM
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God of War 3 for me, absolutely epic masterpiece of a game. It's unlike anything else I've ever played. (excluding the previous God of War entries, of course)

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:44:38 PM
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oh man. let's see. this gen only.

half life 2 (if that is considered this gen), oblivion, gears 1 & 3, halo 3, Modern Warfare, ninja gaiden 2 and sigma 2, motorstorm, mgs4, uncharted 2, infamous series, kz games, gow3, gt5, mass effect series, bayonetta, assassin's creed, far cry 2, crysis 2, Ratchet CiT, resistance 3, ffVII remake, batman arkham city, skyrim ... ...

hmmm. there's probably more but that's all that comes to mind right off.

some of these could've been just for graphics or tech or whatever, not necessarily favorite games. just anything that was like WHOA that is really REALLY cool type moments happened in them. but many are favorite games, too ;)

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chilker
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:53:37 PM

Great list... but how did I miss the FFVII remake?

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Temjin001
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 12:01:28 AM

crap, that was supposed to be Sims 3: Katie Perry's Sweet Treats

my bad

=p

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chilker
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 11:42:25 AM

Best response ever! Thanks for the laugh!

I seriously better check out the Batman, Infamous, Crysis and Far Cry games! Your list is awesome!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:53:15 PM
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Fallout 3 for the best atmosphere to ever virtually exist in.

Catherine for it's uniqueness and ultimately an ending designed to (and succeeding in) teaching me something about myself.

I'll remember a lot about Heavy Rain, especially the scene with Madison and the Doctor. I think I felt real terror there.

Dante's Inferno for a fantastically imaginative interpretation of the poem.

Two Worlds II for the fantastic looking foliage (lol don't ask).

FFXIII and XIII-2 for signalling the end of a franchise that previously could do no wrong.

So so many for so many reasons.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:22:39 PM
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I've still got well over a 100 games in my backlog, but out of all the one's I've played so far.......

MGS4, Heavy Rain, The Saboteur, and the Assassin's Creed & Killzone series

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tes37
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:26:20 PM
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My most memorable moments would be Dark Sector and Heavenly Sword. They both offered gameplay I hadn't seen before, but cutting off a limb with the Glave was awesome.

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YashaZz
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:28:20 PM
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MGS4 just jumped on my top list.

When I got to the finale, I felt the tension - the feeling of the end, and I knew what was coming. The story line spans across generations from 1964 all the way to present day 2012. I loved every bit of it. I felt triumphant, and I also longed for Snake. It was more saddening than satisfying. It was just so utterly amazing.

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Gamer46
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:02:24 PM
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I'll say Batman: Arkham City, Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2, Mortal Kombat 9 and both the inFamous and Mass Effect series of games.

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ZenChichiri
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:09:37 PM
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You're list is pretty spot on, but I also have to add: Catherine, Vanquish, Arkham City, and Valkyrie Chronicles.

Also I don't really understand the dislike for Revelations. I think it's a better overall game than Brotherhood, the only problem it suffered was that it was in fact more of the same (albeit the missions were in fact more fun in Revelations). I liked Constantinople more than Rome too. To each his own I suppose!

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:36:50 PM
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Dead Space games, Bioshock games, Uncharted games, God of War games, Heavy Rain, MGS4 and so many others...
Does the HD remakes count?

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telly
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:50:15 PM

re: HD remakes I don't think so, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I've played the hell out of both my God of War and, most especially, my MGS HD collections.

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sirbob6
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:39:30 PM
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MGS4, Dark/Demon's Souls, R&C:ACiT, InFamous 1/2, and Heavy Rain for me.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 12:21:21 AM
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1. The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
2. Uncharted 2
3. God of War III
4. inFamous
5. Dead Space(just the first one, 2 is kind of a bore)

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telly
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:48:43 PM

Skyward Sword's your favorite game this gen, eh? I really didn't care for Twilight Princess so I have been reluctant to pick up a copy, though I picked up the Ocarina of Time 3DS and plowed through that game for the first time since the nineties and seriously loved it even more than the first time I played it on N64. Think I may give SS a try before the end of the summer...

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 1:16:48 AM
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Uncharted (first PS3 game I ever played, and I was hooked)
Infamous (loved being a super hero or super villain, your choice!)
Red Dead Redemption (never thought I would love a western video game)
Bioshock (loved the underwater themed world)
God of War III (silky smooth gameplay)

Heavy Rain, and Skyrim enter into the conversation as well.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 1:17:23 AM
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I would also add The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 1:30:02 AM
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Crap, I can't believe I forgot MGS4.

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:55:08 PM

That's quite an omission on your part. Especially considering you played it all the way through about 6 times.

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Kevin5
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 1:41:10 AM
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MGS4

Dead Space

Uncharted series

Mass Effect series

All mind blowing for me.

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Beamboom
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:40:57 AM
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There's plenty of great games this gen, but I believe that to be truly memorable it needs something extra, often a personal reason that maybe not everyone experience.
And then I'm only left with a few:

Bioshock: Amazing atmosphere, I felt like a kid again, entering a fantastic, yet scary fantasy.

Saints Row 2: Not many will list this one, but this is the game that cemented the friendship between me and my favourite coop buddy. I'll never forget the hours we spent in this game. Probably the happiest time I've had with my PS3, and he has become one of my best friends. We think *so* alike, something we discovered during this game. :D

Mass Effect 2: The only time I really, truly have felt that I were participating in a magnificent space opera.

Fallout 3: For the exact same reason as WorldEndsWithMe above, so I'll just quote him: "for the best atmosphere to ever virtually exist in"

Crysis 2: I feel like I am the only one in the entire world who clicked with the game so insanely as I did. I dig every single chapter of that campaign, loved every single map. Plus the multiplayer were right up there with the best MP I've ever played. It's a FPS masterpiece, damnit! ;)



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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 9:18:25 AM

Bioshock!! Unforgettable in so many ways.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:45:26 AM
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For me it is the following:

Catherine - There really has never been anything like it, I played it each night just as the nightmares happen in the game. Normally I don't even like puzzle games, but even all the level designs have metaphorical meanings. The story was also more mature than most and handled the explicit content in a classy way, can't recommend this game enough.
Most memorable moment - Every boss encounter!

Final Fantasy XIII - I know this is controversial, but I still love this game. I can expect the flaws because it brought back charismatic characters to the series which was long overdue after XII cardboard cutouts. I really enjoyed the battle system too, when you notice it's more focused on being set at the right paradigm at the right time instead of moaning about the 'auto-battle' (which is not advised later on anyway...) - I found every battle very intense which I cannot say for any other FF game...
Most memorable moment - Snow & Hopes conflict in Palumpolum.

Heavy Rain - I had already played Fahrenheit, so I had an idea what to expect, but the realism attained in this game is defiantly something note worth. Also, it is a game which doesn't require you to shoot everything in sight - Something that has risen this gen far too much. It is definitely a step in bring a cinematic experience to gaming.
Most memorable moment - Trial 3...

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Sure it had it's problems in the gameplay department, I think it is because it is split into acts/different area, in previous MG's you were in one environment for a long time and it really dawned on you, while the presence of the environments feels flat (Apart from act 4 of course...). I am currently replaying it and the story is a lot better than I remember, I still feel this is the conclusion to MG and there is nothing more that can be done PW proved that.
Most Memorable Moment - The ENDING, so, so well done.

Fallout 3 - It is the first and last game of this type I will play, it was the first type of open world experience like this I had play and it really was an experience. But now sadly the post apocalyptic setting is just over used in media, this title sets the mark for me.
Most Memorable Moment - Visiting the town of the cannibals, going from one house to the other in the night with a ripper in hand - I felt like leatherface o.0

Worthy mentions - Uncharted Trilogy, Dead Space, L.A Noire, Nier

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Beamboom
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:14:04 AM

That village with the cannibals were a definitive highlight for me too! With that psycho lady that were talking all the time about winning that contest of having the nicest village and all that. It was just a microscopic little mini-story but hh man what a discovery.


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Underdog15
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 8:40:21 AM

Oh, I noticed what the battle system in XIII was all about. And it was easy to the max. I 5 stared the final battle for that trophy my very first time... And in a game where you can't power level like previous titles, that should not be possible against a final boss you know nothing about.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 3:16:02 AM
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Well the games that gave me those ah-ha moments that I'll be talking or thinking about years from now are;

MGS4/MGO, Sacred 2, Valkyria Chronicles, Dungeon Defenders, Mirror's Edge, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, RA3: Commanders Challenge, Heavy Rain, MAG, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Demon's Souls , Two Worlds II, and last is all 3 of the Yakuza titles.

Each had something that just truely blew me away or had me hooked to the point of there is no way I could ever forget the game.

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Axe99
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 3:25:14 AM
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MGS4, ME3, Dead Space, Valkyria Chronicles, BIRDS OF STEEL, Demon's Souls, RUSE, Flower, Journey, Shatter, Heavy Rain, Uncharted, inFamous, Civilization V, The Witcher 2, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed and a heap more - it's been the best gen yet I reckon (particularly with all the re-releases - so there was something even for us old-timers :)).

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frostface
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 3:51:09 AM
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Mirrors Edge.
Demon's Souls.
Dark Souls.
Uncharted 2.
Valkyria Chronicles.
Dead Space.
Dragon's Age Origins.
Burnout Paradise.
Journey.
Yakuza 3.
Batman Arkham Asylum/City.
Resistance Series.

There's more but it's hard to know when to stop when there's that much quality.

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Kiryu
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 3:57:44 AM
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Deus Ex Human Revolution
Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 (Yakuza 3)
Binary Domain
Uncharted 1
Uncharted 2
Infamous
Heavy Rain
Twisted Metal
Resistance 3
Metal Gear Solid 4
Pixel Junk Shooter
Journey

are most memorable games for me on Playstation 3 till now. Ofcourse waiting for the last guardian,the last of us,god of war ascension and Beyond:Two souls.I'm sure all four games will be memorable masterpieces.

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___________
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 5:57:53 AM
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only a few really.
definitely skyward sword, nothing this gen has had the same full package as it had!
games these days are always jack of many trades master of none.
skyward sword was different though it was jack of all trades master of all!
no other game out there has delivered such a full package as skyward sword did!
than mass effect 2, simply because its the only game ive ever played where you get so attached to the story and characters!
the side missions were freaking brilliant!
especially the loyalty missions!
it really did make you feel like if you jumped on a ship and flew around for decades you just might find sheppard and his shenanigans!
NO game has generated such a relation between the player and the characters!
than last but not least AC2.
simply because it had such a fun combat system, the missions were allot of fun, it had a amazing in depth storyline and developing characters.
not to mention the collectables which expanded the story like the feathers and glyphs.

not many really when you consider were 7 years into this gen!
and about a year before it finishes.
just goes to show how disappointing it has been!

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AshT
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 6:08:20 AM
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Oh well...wow...there are so many..but my list from top wud be something like:
Uncharted 2
Heavy Rain
GOW 3
KZ2
Bioshock
Infamous

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homura
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:00:57 AM
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FFXIII for it's beautiful graphics, innovative battle system and a unique story. (the size of the game is already about 40 gb so maybe that's why they removed some parts during the development of the game) by the way it's a story driven jrpg so don't complain about the simplicity of the shop, and a battle between Alexander and a Tonberry still makes me laugh.

FFXIII-2 for the dissapointments. I have realized that it's a downgrade compared to XIII (the size of the game is about 15gb) the DLC should have been in the disc, and specially for the ending.

MGS4 a masterpiece.

Heavy Rain for it's beautiful story,

Uncharted 2 so entertaining and so much fun.

Of course Call Of Duty franchise for their influence in other developers specially some of the japanese developers.

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:25:46 AM
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If we're talking memorable games for me it would have to be MGS4 hands down. KZ2 had some good moments. Much of which were just waiting for the game to come out. Uncharted 2 and 3 have there place. I had some pretty good times with Red Faction: Armageddon. I spent a lot of time on Dragon Age: Origins but I wouldn't call it memorable enough for some reason. This gen could really use some more RPGs now that I think about it.

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xenris
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 8:38:19 AM
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The ones that have stuck with me the most are.

- Souls Series
- MGS4
- Folklore
- Dead Space
- Dragons Dogma
- Darksiders
- Uncharted 2
- Journey
- Borderlands
- Xenoblade.... yea yea its a wii game
- Valkyria Chronicles

These are the games I remember the most when I think of this generation. Most of these games I either platinumed or tried too because they were so awesome.

The games felt either innovative to me, or made me feel something that no other medium can do. I'm really sad there was no PS3 Valkyria sequel :( That game just oozed charm and was really fun to play. Even though I usually hate that style of game.

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xenris
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 1:57:29 PM

Forgot Bioshock. One of the most engrossing first person games I have ever played. Deus Ex:HR was really nice too.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 6:38:15 PM

It's okay to reference Wii just be sure to identify it as Ninten-blow Wii when you do =p

The worst mainstream system to ever have launched needs such a title ;)

Not being mean, but Mario Zelda and Metroid is the beginning and end of that platform except for a rare game like Xenoblade that happened 5 years after launch

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Temjin001
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:27:23 PM

That is, worst system to have gained mainstream acceptance with the masses. Consoles like 3DO and Jaguar just didn't get very far with many and they definitely didn't shape a trend of crap shovel ware game after crap shovel ware game. Just look what MS is doing these days with that market. suckz

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xenris
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 9:30:55 PM

Oh trust me I hate the wii. There are a couple gems on it but the console I think ruined a lot of console gaming with its motion gimmick crap. I can't count the times when I was like man this game would be so sick if I could just use a normal controller!! Epic mickey comes to mind in particular.

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Underdog15
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 8:38:20 AM
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For me, I'll probably remember Uncharted series and Assassin's Creed series.

I'll also remember FFXIII for how simplistic and easy paradigm shifting at just the right moment was. How lame was that?!

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Dustinwp
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 9:06:00 AM
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Genji:Days of the Blade, Heavenly Sword, Siren, Ratchet&Clank Series and All for One, Folklore, MotorStorm Series, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1&2, Warhawk, Uncharted Series, Star Wars:Force Unleashed, TRINITY:Souls of Zill O'll, Bioshock, Dead Space 1&2, Valkyria Chronicles, Killzone Series, InFAMOUS 1&2, God of War 3, Demons Souls, Dante's Inferno, Castlevania:LoS, Split/Second, Shadows of The Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, Sorcery, Gravity Rush, and Left for Dead on PC.

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cLoudou
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 9:43:34 AM
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Of course MGS4, LBP4, Uncharted 2, inFamous, Heavy Rain

Neir was great and probably the only SE game I enjoyed
Dead Space for the reintroduction of Survival Horror.
Demon Souls for the innovative mp feature.

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TheCanadianGuy
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 10:21:51 AM
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well the 2 that jump out at me are definitely guns of the patroits & Heavy rain.

also have to put my favorite franchise of the generation assassins creed (all 4 of em! never understood all the hate for revelations it was the perfect conclusion to ezio & altair's story.)

uncharted 2 And Red dead redemption for obvious reasons.

and i'll just go ahead and add Beyond two souls and The Last of us. :)

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surfer
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 10:48:27 AM
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Mine are:

Metal Gear Solid 4
Heavy Rain
Uncharted 2 and 3
God of War 3
Dead Space
Batman Arkham

5 of mine and PS exclusives! Gotta love it.

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LowKey
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 4:46:26 PM
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Well I can tell you the one game this gen that got me all teary eyed was COD MW3. Those of you who played through the campaign should understand. It was a very emotional series for me but the 3rd is the one that made me boo hoo.

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PharaohJR
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 5:59:33 PM
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No order

MGS5- story environment gameplay graphics
GT5- emphasis of detail, content, tracks, cars, weather, gameplay
Warhawk- simple but fun, creative, online tactics
LBP- creativity, imagination, co op, set vibes with females not into games, real fun when playing with youth

Killzone 2- environment, graphics, online
Uncharted Series- graphics, story, interaction, gameplay
Far cry 2- story, graphics, gameplay, environment
GOW- brutal, raw uncut, environment, character, story, gameplay
Gears- raw uncut, characters, environment, online
COD MW- online, environment,
GTA4- story, graphics, detail, characters, online
Heavt Rain- concept, story, characters, graphics, gameplay
Yakuza- gameplay, story, environment, characters, brutal
...............

its a few more but these came to mind thats memorable with replay value.


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Temjin001
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 5:59:41 PM
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Doh! Warhawk had me some great moments many a time

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Temjin001
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 6:11:30 PM

Heck, every game I own does. Wouldn't want to miss any of the experiences I've had. Well wait, there was that Deadliest Warrior game I probably couldve lived without, but nah, that had a moment too.

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telly
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 6:58:01 PM
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In no particular order, the games I think I'll remember the most, and specifically the most fondly, are:

The Mass Effect Trilogy
The Gears of War Trilogy (the first one especially)
God of War 3
Portal 1, and, especially, 2
Uncharted 2 and 3
Metal Gear Solid 4
Batman: Arkham City (felt like I was running around a Tim Burton Batman movie, unbelievable atmosphere and attention to detail)
MAYBE Bioshock (though it feels clumsy when I go back to it)

A few others, like Red Dead Redemption and Left 4 Dead, may make the cut, but frankly I doubt it. L4D's graphics looked dated the day it launched, RDR had so much stuff crammed in it that it strikes me as the kind of game that will look sloppy in retrospect.

Portables had some great ones too:
Both PSP GOW games were awesome
Super Mario 3D Land was a revelation
All the 2D Castlevania games for DS were just fantastic


I'm sure there are others but those come immediately to mind. Really have loved this generation, no question about it.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:21:50 PM
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The ones that I'll remember most fondly? Valkyria Chronicles, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Brutal Legend, LittleBig Planet.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the likes of Uncharted, inFamous, Burnout Paradise, Heavy Rain, Catherine and tons of others, and I'll remember them, but none of them shared the same charm of those top four.

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TheCanadianGuy
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 9:47:11 PM
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haha its ironic you did this story now i actually just remembered last week i finished my 5th playthough of MGS4 so i decided to read the review for it on here and i left a comment saying how it'll be one of the games everyone remembers from this generation. then boom this article. some timing :)

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Nestore
Saturday, July 07, 2012 @ 6:40:34 AM
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LittleBigPlanet
Red Dead Redemption
Heavy Rain
MotorStorm (Apocalypse is the best)
Demon's/Dark Souls
Fav Smaller Game: PixelJunk Eden

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