Published 15 November, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt20
Top 5 things I loved about this gen
My latest article for the website was entitled ‘The top 5 things I disliked about this gen,’ so it was just natural to come up with this as a follow up.
I know the next-gen started today in America, but seeing as I am from England….next-gen hasn’t started for us yet.
This generation of gaming has seen innovation like it has never seen it before: from the completely unique and brilliant Wii console all the way up Microsoft’s controversial love device — Kinect. It has been an action packed generation and picking 5 top points was no easy feat. This article only concentrates on the trio consoles of the gen: Playstation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.
#5 – E3 conferences
Throughout this entire generation, some of the most astonishing and embarrassing moments have come from E3. Even when the conferences were bad, they were good…just like a terrible film that makes you laugh throughout due to its pathetic acting and storytelling.
#4 – Playstation Plus
Even though I have never even owned a Playstation 3, when I heard about the amount of benefits you get when joining Playstation plus, I was gob-smacked. You get tons of free top quality and fairly recent games, as well special offers on other games.
Microsoft have started providing the same sort of service for Xbox Live Gold members, but the quality of the free games are no where near as good.
#3 – The Nintendo Wii
When I saw the Wiimote for the first ever time, I thought to myself: “how exactly is this going to work?” I was mystified and extremely excited. The Wii is as innovative as it can get. Nintendo took a huge risk and it paid off massively. Up till today, the Nintendo Wii has sold just over 100 million units, about 20 million more than its counterpart consoles PS3 (80 million) and Xbox 360 (79 million).
The Wii was aimed at a completely different market to the other consoles of the generation. It was catered for families, the elderly, fitness lovers and people with limited to non experience in gaming. The Wiimote made it extremely simple
Even though it was made for the ‘casual’ players, the console did have quite a few titles for the core gamer, such as Super Mario Galaxy 1/2, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Donkey Kong Country Returns, both the Zelda games and many more. At this moment in time, I have gone back to the Wii to replay some of my old games and I suddenly remembered just how much I loved the controls. for anyone to pick up and jump straight into a game, regardless of their gaming experience.
The Nintendo Wii fully deserves its place in my top 5 list.
#2 – Xbox Live and Playstation Network
Both Xbox Live and Playstation Network have been fantastic services for gamers. Obviously it provided us with a platform to be able to play with our friends over the net, as well as playing with strangers from the other side of the globe. This allowed us to play multi-player at any time of the day, any day of the week. There was also group chat (for the Xbox 360 anyway) which was always important for myself.
Another big thing about the two services is the how easy we have access to demos and trials to games. I know I am going to sound like an old man, but back in my day we had to pretty much judge a game by its cover and the screenshots on the back of the box. It just shows you have far gaming has come along.
#1 – Kinect
The Kinect changed gaming in a way our brains would have never imagined. When you look at the word innovation in the dictionary, it will have a little picture of the Kinect under it. It is an absolutely fantastic device and we all lov………sorry I can’t keep this up anymore. It was a load of crap! I am surprised I got this far!
The real #1 point is Playstation Home…..
#1 – Games, games and more games
Obviously the most important thing about a game console is the quality of its games. This generation delivered a lot of top quality titles of which kept me entertained for countless of hours.
But the thing that really took the biscuit for me is the games that we on Xbox Live Arcade, and Playstation’s equivalent. Some of my best games of this generation were on Xbox Live Arcade, such as Geometry Wars, ‘Splosion man and Super Meat Boy.
It has been a very exciting generation of gaming, that’s for sure. Lets just hope the PS4, Xbox One and the Wii U is as good, if not better.
What were the top things you loved about this gen? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.