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#1 Edited by crimson26 (49 posts) -

With this gen coming to an end soon, im wondering what games you will consider classics from this gen that you will keep or remember and play later on similar to older games you still look back from nes, ps1 n64 and so on.

For me:


Dark souls

Heavy rain

Mass effect series

Red dead redemption

Ni no kuni

Fallout 3

Uncharted series

Batman: City and asylum


Walking dead

#2 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3835 posts) -

Hitman Blood Money

Red Dead Redemption

Assassins Creed II

Max Payne 3

Walking Dead


Mass Effect 1

Dragon Age Origins

Witcher 2

Call of Duty 4

#3 Posted by Morningstar (2161 posts) -

Demon's Souls.

#4 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

GTA IV and MGS IV get a lot of hate, but I genuinely believe that in 10-20 years we will still be learning from them. They are masterpieces in their respective fields.

I also expect Bastion to hold its value, regardless of what changes in the industry.

#5 Posted by BeachThunder (11941 posts) -

System Shock 2

#6 Posted by rentfn (1280 posts) -

Rock Band 2

#7 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

For me Dark Souls has been the best game this generation. I have yet to get bored with that game.

#8 Posted by mosespippy (4183 posts) -

Dark Souls, Red Dead Redemption and Valkyria Chronicles.

#9 Posted by Sackmanjones (4705 posts) -

Mass effect series for sure. Red dead redemption. Dark souls. Uncharted (mostly 2). The first batman.

#10 Posted by Tesla (1923 posts) -

Dark Souls and Journey for the way they handle multiplayer.

#11 Posted by Reisz (1497 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

Hitman Blood Money

Red Dead Redemption

Assassins Creed II

Max Payne 3

Walking Dead


Mass Effect 1

Dragon Age Origins

Witcher 2

Call of Duty 4

Woah, I had to take a serious second to think about that. My first instinct was "Blood Money?! That wasn't this generation! Who is this guy!?" until upon retrospect sure enough that game came out in 2006 for 360. . . . I never really understood the complaints about this generation being overlong until right now.

#12 Posted by Warfare (1634 posts) -


#13 Edited by killacam (1284 posts) -


I'm so glad you said Ni No Kuni. Great list altogether.

#14 Edited by FLYmeatwad (154 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption is the best game made this generation. Fez and Mass Effect 2 are the games that 'define' this generation. I hate Mass Effect 2.

EDIT: And, obviously, CoD MW is the most influential game of this generation.
#15 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

Modern Warfare, Dark Souls and Mass Effect 1.

#16 Posted by believer258 (11909 posts) -

Skyrim, Mass Effect 2, Modern Warfare 1, Halo 3, Journey, Resistance 3, Crysis 1, Bioshock, Torchlight 2, Dead Space 1 and 2.

It seems like The Witcher 2 and Dragon Age Origins will make their ways onto that list but I have beaten neither.

#17 Posted by TheHBK (5485 posts) -

Maybe I didn't play or was overtly enthusiastic about any of these but I know people will see these as classics.

Halo Reach

Red Dead Redemption

Mass Effect 1 and 2

Call of Duty 4

Uncharted 2

Skyrim and Olbivion

Fallout 3

Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2

Super Mario 3D Land

#18 Posted by OldGuy (1557 posts) -

Deadly Premonition.
No, no. I'm serious.

#19 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
  • Minecraft.
  • Mass Effect 2,
#20 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

Many that I put a ridiculous amount of time into. It feels a bit to early to call things like Bayonetta a classic, but If someone told me they thought Call of Duty 4 was a classic I'd probably agree.

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
Except place a giant beat-em-up arrow/finger next to it.
#22 Edited by CJduke (788 posts) -

Demon's Souls, Red Dead Redemption, Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed II, Starcraft 2, Half Life 2 Episode 1, The Walking Dead, XCOM Enemy Unknown, Skyrim, 999... I'm sure there is a bunch more but I can't really think of any at this moment. I do think Demon's Souls should be recognized over Dark Souls because it came first and in a lot of ways is still the better game in my opinion. Also, I liked Arkham City better than Asylum, but in terms of calling a game a classic I would say Asylum should get mentioned over City because it was first and was what allowed Arkham City to be so great. Same with Assassin's Creed II. While there is definitely a solid argument that Brotherhood is the better game, II is what turned the series into something special.

#23 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Persona 4

Mass Effect 1 + 2

Dead Space

Street Fighter IV

Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Yakuza 3

Left 4 Dead

Team Fortress 2

and probably Pokemon X/Y (The move to 3D environments/battles makes this a very substantial entry in the series, pretty excited)

#24 Posted by timlump (152 posts) -

Half life 2

#25 Edited by Karkarov (3102 posts) -

Going to limit myself to 10 otherwise list will be meaningless to me. So in no particular order and probably without explanation...

  • Red Dead Redemption - Likely the best game of the generation overall, if you want to make a case for games as more than disposable entertainment this is the game you point at.
  • Demon's Souls
  • Mass Effect 1
  • Skyrim
  • Dragon's Dogma - Yes most of you will not agree.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Borderlands 2
  • Saint's Row: The Third
  • Metal Gear Solid 4
  • Deus EX: Human Revolution - Again I expect many to disagree.
#26 Edited by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

Fallout New Vegas

Dark Souls

I still like a lot of the usual suspects, but these games stand way above. But, there are still a bunch of great games coming out for current systems, so we shouldn't start calling it just yet. Just, so far.

#27 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3835 posts) -

@Reisz said:

@ArtisanBreads said:

Hitman Blood Money

Red Dead Redemption

Assassins Creed II

Max Payne 3

Walking Dead


Mass Effect 1

Dragon Age Origins

Witcher 2

Call of Duty 4

Woah, I had to take a serious second to think about that. My first instinct was "Blood Money?! That wasn't this generation! Who is this guy!?" until upon retrospect sure enough that game came out in 2006 for 360. . . . I never really understood the complaints about this generation being overlong until right now.

haha. Yeah crazy to think! But it was one of those games that came out for both last gen consoles and this gen and I think the 360 version was definitely the best.

#28 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5511 posts) -

Uncharted 2, Bioshock , Dead Space 1 and 2, Mass Effect series, Skyrim, Portal 1 and 2, Dark Souls, Journey, Dishonored, Bayonetta, The Walking Dead, Ni No Kuni, Super Mario Galaxy, Valkyria Chronicles, Xcom Enemy Unknown, Darksiders.

Way too many to list. There have been plenty of downloadable and/or Pc exclusive games that I would consider classics too. Amnesia, Civ 5, FTL, Mark of the Ninja, Fez. There's been so many excellent games this Gen. I certainly can't wait to see what the next brings.

#29 Posted by MentalDisruption (1635 posts) -

Mass Effect 2, Persona 4, Borderlands, Dark Souls, Bioshock, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 1&2, The Witcher 2, Infamous, Darksiders, Amnesia.

#30 Posted by buft (3317 posts) -

Oblivion - simply because it was the first time i had seen such a lush realistic world rendered in such stunning detail and i mean stunning, my jaw dropped the first time i emerged from those sewers having only picked it up because i was desperate for a new game, sure i had seen previous games in the series but i'd never delved so deep as i did in the lands of Cryodil. The combat system was truly amazing too, playing with the sword and shield mapped to the triggers on my 360 controller just felt right.

Mass Effect - Mass Effect was a Weird one, i got it for Christmas simply because I asked for a game and my Girlfriend went out and grabbed the first actiony looking game she could find, come Christmas day i threw it on, played through the eden prime mission and when the shooting felt weak i put it down and it wasnt until just late april that i gave it another shot and fell in love, in 2 days with not much sleep i blasted through the entire game.

#31 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Super Meat Boy

Trials HD & Evo

Rayman Origins

Viva Pinata

@Reisz said:

@ArtisanBreads said:

Hitman Blood Money

Red Dead Redemption

Assassins Creed II

Max Payne 3

Walking Dead


Mass Effect 1

Dragon Age Origins

Witcher 2

Call of Duty 4

Woah, I had to take a serious second to think about that. My first instinct was "Blood Money?! That wasn't this generation! Who is this guy!?" until upon retrospect sure enough that game came out in 2006 for 360. . . . I never really understood the complaints about this generation being overlong until right now.

Technically, Blood Money only has one foot in this generation. It also released on xbox 1 and PS2.

#32 Posted by hooberschmit (25 posts) -

Perfect Dark Zero

#33 Edited by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -
  • RDR
  • Skyrim
  • CoD4: MW
  • GTA IV
  • Dark Souls + Demon's Souls
  • MGS 4
  • League of Legends
  • Assassin's Creed II
  • L4D1/2

There's some more that I feel fit for me, but I would also probably get yelled at for calling those games classic, so I'll leave it to this for now.

#34 Edited by Trilogy (2655 posts) -

In no particular order...

  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Grand Theft Auto: IV
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Starcraft 2
  • The Walking Dead
  • Portal
  • Skyrim
  • Bioshock
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Left for Dead 2
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Dead Space

It's a very opinionated list on my part. To step outside my own shoes for a second...I could totally see throwing the Souls games and Uncharted 2 on there. Also, the Super Mario Galaxy games are pretty fucking dope. I could see one of them making the list. Also Street Fighter 4. I've not played it at all, but I bet people look back fondly on it. Fuck, I just realized I could keep naming games off for a while.

Edit: I fucking forgot about Portal. Portal was amazing!

#35 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2463 posts) -

MGS 4, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted series, Call of Duty 4, Castlevania Lords of shadow, among others...

#36 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

If I had to boil it down to one, it'd be Fallout 3. But there are a lot of really awesome alternatives as well!

#37 Posted by mancopter (72 posts) -

@OldGuy said:

Deadly Premonition.

No, no. I'm serious.

Yep. This, really.

#38 Edited by sgjackson (529 posts) -

Fallout 3: Was my gateway drug into the wonderful world of Bethesda games. Clunkier than Skyrim from a gameplay standpoint, but I still enjoy its quirky post-apocalypse more than Skyrim's relatively straight fantasy.

Borderlands: I was a little young for Diablo 2, so this was largely my introduction into loot-based games - and it took an appropriate number of hours from my life as a result. My favorite multiplayer gaming experience this gen is probably going to be having an impromptu LAN party and burning through this with three friends over a weekend.

Mass Effect (series): Mass Effect both combined shooter and RPG elements quite deftly, and created a storyline with both personal agency and investment I hadn't seen prior in a video game. It has faults, but I love that I cared about the adventures of Shepard and crew over so many years, even if I didn't like how it ended.

Saints Row: The Third: It's easy to be dismissive because of silly things like purple dildo bats and gimp suits, but SR: TT has a "we don't give a fuck, here's some insanity" sense to its humor that sucked me in. The fact that the shooting and driving has some of the best feel of any open world game I've played helps its cause immensely.

Rayman Origins: Captured the magic of being a kid and playing platformers on the Super Nintendo more than any overtly retro platformers ever dreamed of.

Pokemon: Black and White: The risk of having only new Pokemon be a part of the story quest worked really well for me - it captured the magic of not knowing what anything was, feeling out who your team was going to be, that I'd largely missed since Red and Blue. Smoothing out some of the quirkier design decisions in the series helped escalate it to a classic.

The Walking Dead: Might be a little early for this, but it's easily the best characterized video game I've ever played. I got all the episodes at once and burned through them all in a two day period, and cried at the end. An emotional roller coaster, which forced me to make tough decisions, and used game mechanics to drive home how tough they were.

Edit: Not sure if Persona 4 counts, but if it does it's probably at the top of the list.

#39 Edited by Bobby_The_Great (1004 posts) -

Halo 3, Walking Dead, Witcher 2, Demons Soul's, Dark Souls, Mass Effect series (especially 2), Red Dead Redemption, Street Fighter IV (all iterations), Mortal Kombat (2011), Bioshock, Uncharted Series, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Dragon Age: Origins, both Batman Arkham games, Lost Odyssey, Valkyria Chronicles, Metal Gear Solid 4, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Skyrim, X-Com, Super Meat Boy, Castle Crashers, FTL, Farcry 3, Dead Space 1 and 2, Mirror's Edge, Darksiders. God, I literally could keep going.

The list goes on and on for me.

#40 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

Rock Band 2

Uncharted 2

Gears of War


Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2


Mass Effect 2

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Geometry Wars

Metal Gear Solid 4

#41 Posted by hermes (1487 posts) -

Skyrim, Mass Effect (the series), Uncharted, Bioshock, Dead Space, Walking Dead, Red Dead Redemption...

#42 Posted by 9cupsoftea (654 posts) -


Alpha Protocol


Portal (1 & 2)

Grey Matter

Gemini Rue

Phoenix Wright 1

Arkham Asylum

#43 Edited by Roger778 (957 posts) -

Pretty much every game I own, because they were all made from this Gen.

The ones I really want to play again are Dragon Age 1 and 2, and maybe another playthrough of the Mass Effect games with all of the DLC installed.

#44 Posted by jorbear (2517 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption

#45 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2220 posts) -

Fallout 3, Gears of War, Uncharted 2 and Mass Effect 2.

#46 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -
#47 Posted by TheStandardToaster (131 posts) -

portal 1 and 2

#48 Posted by Deadlypixels (72 posts) -

Mirror's Edge, Oblivion, Sleeping Dogs. I would have said Perfect Dark Zero, it was a fantastic game at the time and there was nothing else like it, but it's aged terribly.

#49 Posted by bananaz (256 posts) -

Alan Wake: Awesome stoytelling. If Survival horror survives, ti will be because people take risks with it, like in this game.

The Darkness: Awesome characterizations. I felt like I knew these people.

Halo Reach: I never really "got" Halo until I played this game. Now I get it and it's still the best one. I don't want a story about a chosen one. I'd rather see more of just soldiers, even spartans, with no special destiny, doing their part. Also, the multiplayer was the best.

Mass Effect 1: Now THIS is how you do a Star Trek game. The first game really made me feel like an explorer in the galaxy. I personally loved the Mako and exploring mysterious, sometimes boring planets in between serious missions. It made the galaxy seem so big.

Batman: Arkham Asylum: A perfect game. It set a standard for melee combat, and for stealth, and had a Metroid-like dungeon structure.

Bioshock: Everything has been said, really.

Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim: Just play this game, if you haven't. You have to see this thing, man.

Left 4 Dead: Everybody else is just tossing co-op multiplayer at a wall and hoping it sticks to their game. Left 4 Dead is the real thing. You need all four to survive. It's by design. The stories you can tell about playing this game are so nuts.

Borderlands series: Talk about bringing us something new. Years from now, "Borderlands-like" may just be a thing.

Portal: This is the game I would give somebody if they've never played anything ever. It's masterfully designed to teach you without being dumb about it, and everything about it is whip-smart.

Super Meat Boy: My favorite platformer ever.

#50 Edited by DarthOrange (3864 posts) -

Call of Duty series, BioShock, Mass Effect series, Fallout 3, Gears of War series and Uncharted series will go down as the biggest game changers of the generation for sure, regardless of how we personally feel about each of them.