Some things to think about:
Systems we'll count as current gen: PS4, XB1, Wii U, 3DS, PSV, PC, mobile, and your shiny Switch.
PC & mobile: Any games that came out on or after Nov 15, 2013 (PS4 launch)
Enhanced, remasters, remakes, and straight ports: These won't count as current gen games unless it was the 1st time that title was available in your region for any system (e.g. FF Type-0.) Of course these games could be in your list, they just won't count as current gen games.
Cross gen games: These count (e.g. Persona 5, MGSV, Yakuza 0, etc, etc.)
Expansions & DLCs: They can be included in the total package of a game (e.g. Witcher 3: Heart of Stone, Blood & Wine) but the base game needs be released on or after Nov 15, 2013.
Episodic games: If the final episode is released on or after PS4 launch, it counts.
Early access: Same as PC and mobile, need to have gone early access on or after Nov 15, 2013.
My opinion on putting "trilogy" in your top five as one game: It's a lame move and that's taking up 3 spaces buddy.
Games in contention for me:
MGSV: I had so much fun with this game and I spent so much time with it. It was such a pleasurable gaming experience and one of the best playing games of all time. However, it probably won't ever take a spot in my top five 'cause MGS2 is in my list and it's still my favorite in the series. Of course the story is a big knock against it but I'm not as harsh on it because having spent a great deal of time with Peace Walker on the PSP, I had a strong gut feeling going in the story was going to be bad. All that said, I still definitely consider MGSV pretty highly and think it's worth having the conversation.
The Witcher 3: Okay, this game is a fucking achievement. I can't comprehend how they made this game in 3 years. I love being in the world they created and absorbing the people and stories in it. The reason it'll probably not break into my list is mainly 'cause of the combat. I played it on blood and broken bones difficultly and I just can't defend it. It's not engaging and it's not hard, it's boring. It's probably enough for a 20 hour game but I put 160 hours into this game and a big chunk of that was me tolerating the combat. Still, there is no denying the amount and depth of the characters I met along the adventure so I definitely think super highly of W3. I just recently finished Blood & Wine so I have to wait and see how I feel about the game overall with it further back in my rear view.
The Last Guardian: I'm not a pet person but I'm actually pretty into digital pets and this is the best time I've ever had with a virtual pet. The game just worked for me and I bought the illusion, I bought the magic. I was surprised by how much actual storytelling there were and start to finish, I was fulfilled by the promise of the game. I'm super hot on this game still, having played it a little over a month ago but I guess I have to see how I feel about it perhaps at the end of the year.
Anyway, out of the 3 I'm considering, TLG is the closest to breaking through 'cause there has never been a game like it and probably will never be. It's such a special game and depending on what day you catch me at, I might utter the words "instant classic".
My ever rotating top five:
- Pokemon R/G/B
- Metal Gear Solid 2
- Final Fantasy X
- StarCraft + Brood War
- Killer 7