The Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Nintendo Wii generation - also called the "last generation" for games - has had a large impact on me both as a passionate video game fan and as a person. The last generation is where I grew the most in the aforementioned aspects. I learned to appreciate narratives more in video games, rather than simply relying on action based games with poorly told stories. I developed a love for what I experienced with each game. Perhaps as I grew older and matured, I learned to appreciate the beauty in video games? I don't exactly know. But I do know that there are a number of games from the previous generation that caused me to feel moments of happiness, sadness and many more emotions, which was weird at first because I never thought video games could cause me to have legitimate feelings for people that were not friends and family. The most important thing is that video games made me feel immersed in their respective worlds and I legitimately cared for the characters I played as. I no longer viewed video games as a simple hobby to take my mind off of life for a bit; I began to view video games as art. Anyways, enough with the rambling. These are three of my favorite games from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Nintendo Wii generation.
Metal Gear Solid 4- I know the Metal Gear Solid series can get incredibly confusing. But when you know the stories and the characters, the series becomes that much stronger. I played MGS4 (Metal Gear Solid 4) a few years after its release. Leading up to this epic game, I completed Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 and 3 and studied the original Metal Gear titles so I could understand everything prior to MGS4. Within the first five minutes, I immediately fell in love with the setting for MGS4. That OctoCamo? Badass, my friends. The story was gripping for me, even as a standalone story. But because I was so invested in the characters throughout the series (Even though Metal Gear Solid 3 did not invoke Solid Snake), I felt much more attached in an emotional sense. Spoilers: That final fight against Liquid Snake was something else. When they played the songs from the previous Metal Gear Solid installments, chills ran through my body. And at the end when Solid Snake met Big Boss after attempting suicide, tears ran down my face. Metal gear Solid 4 was the perfect ending to the perfect soldier.
The Mass Effect Trilogy- Bioware has created some of my favorite games ever - Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins. Mass Effect, in particular, is my favorite among their works because space fascinates me. The idea that humans found technology, which was able to thrust them 200 years into the future, was an awesome premise for a video game. Role-playing games are my favorite genre in video games, so Mass Effect felt right at home when I played it. The worlds (quite literally) in Mass Effect were unique and different from one another. There were many races, all with different origins, political views and interesting people. The characters were my favorite part of the Mass Effect trilogy. Some characters would travel with you across all three games, others only for one game. But these characters all had back stories and different issues they had to face. Like Commander Shepard, I grew to love these characters. They trusted you and you trusted them. I prefer a smaller cast to grow attached to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the larger group you of people who join Shepard through the trilogy. That was the beauty of Mass Effect and I hope to experience that joy and emotion again with future games.
The Last of Us- Last (Pun intended) but certainly not least, the greatest video game I have ever played. I have written about this game before and my love for it. But The Last of Us - at least for me - is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It has a deep story with complex characters, the world feels realistic and it features a beautiful score to mix this beautiful package together. No other game has given me an experience like the one The Last of Us gave me. I kept wondering why certain characters did or said certain things, I felt so attached to the protagonists and the world. It was amazing seeing how Joel and Ellie learned from each other and how their relationship grew. The scene where Joel and Ellie encounter the giraffes was so beautiful and completely unexpected for me; the second time a video game has caused tears to stream down my face. I felt bad completing this game in less than a week. But because I was so immersed and in love, I could not hold back. The second I completed the game, I played through it again. The picture below epitomizes what The Last of Us means to me.
The Xbox 360/PlayDtation 3/Nintendo Wii generation is quite possibly my favorite generation of video games. I have so many great memories and I hope to grow new memories with the new consoles and new games we will be receiving. There are so many amazing titles. Honorable mentions include Dragon Age: Origins, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Dead Space and many more. What are some of your favorite games from the previous generation? Share your thoughts!