Matt Bertz's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

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Given the amazing run of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, I could have gone several different directions with this top five list. I could have focused on the best of the best, delivering a predictable list featuring stand-outs like BioShock, The Last of Us, Mass Effect, Fallout, and countless Rockstar games. I could have favored the trailblazing efforts of indie upstarts, highlighting personal favorites like Braid, Limbo, or Journey. Neither approach would be wrong. 

Instead, I chose to highlight the games I spent the most time in during the last generation. Not only were these titles great, but I found myself returning to them in between playing other games as the years went by. Here are my top five games of the last generation:

Matt Helgeson's Top Five Game Of The Last Generation

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It was the longest console generation in history, beginning with the release of the Xbox 360 in 2005 and generally ending in the fall of last year. Looking back, it also may have been the best. With three successful consoles, there were more games than ever before, and console game designers finally had the technical power to accomplish things they'd only dreamed about in past generations.

It really was a great time to be a gamer, and I'm very grateful that I was able to be a part of it. Here are my top five games of the last generation.

5. Super Mario Galaxy

Wade Wojcik's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

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The seventh generation of video game consoles was an era that rivaled the golden age of the late ‘90s. Though I could only afford a Wii at the time, I eventually got an Xbox 360 and was able to be a part of some great new franchises. And while I didn’t get to play all the best games from this nine-year timespan, here are the ones that affected me the most.

5. Battlefield 3

To me, the most striking aspect of this game initially was the combination of motion capture and photorealism. I’ll never forget how the first few minutes of released gameplay looked remarkably like a first-person movie. When I finally got my hands on the game I breezed through the single-player campaign (what little there was) and became hooked on the matchmaking experience. There’s nothing like the first time you load up in a helicopter with five other soldiers and ride along side U-boats, jet fighters, and tanks while you storm the beaches of the enemy team. The variety of weapons and equipment, level design, difficulty of driving a vehicle, and team tactics kept me playing this game for many epic matches. 

Joe Juba's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

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My ranking of juggernaut franchises doesn’t really say much about what games define my experiences in the last generation. I could try to explain whether I like Mass Effect 2 more or less than Uncharted 2, but I’m going to focus on something a little more personal instead.

I loved Fallout 3. I loved BioShock. I loved Skyrim. I loved God of War 3. However, practically everyone loved those games. I can’t add much insight to the discussion of what made them interesting or successful; these are the clearly visible pillars that serve as a shared experience for many people who are enthusiastic about games.

When I look back on the most memorable experiences of the last generation, I think of what I played in the gaps between the blockbusters – the surprises that I ended up liking just as much as the major franchises. With a widening gulf between the high-profile hits and everything else, the previous generation highlighted the excitement of finding a diamond in the rough, sinking a ton of time into it, and breathlessly recommending it to anyone who will listen.

Andrew Reiner's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

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In 1986, my parents gave me Dragon Warrior as a Christmas gift. It was the top item on my wish list, yet I knew nothing about it. I was one of those dumb kids who would open up catalogues, and jot down gift ideas as I leafed through the pages. I thought Dragon Warrior's box art looked amazing, thinking at the time that it would be an action game.

When I opened the gift – the only one that was shaped like a NES game – I was disappointed. I didn't voice my disapproval of the game choice, and instead thanked them. I was more so upset with myself for making a lengthy list with a bunch of stuff I didn't want. I learned a lesson that year.

When we were done opening gifts, I brought the game downstairs and popped it into my NES. After just a few minutes of play, I deemed it the worst game I had ever played. That didn't stop me from playing more of it, however. After another 20 to 30 minutes, I finally started to understand what the game was about. An hour later and my tune changed from "disaster" to "the best gift ever." Although the game's story was hardly present, I rushed upstairs to tell my mom and dad about the amazing adventure I was on. I was blown away by the game's immersion, the size of the world, and the story.

Six Reboots The Gaming World Is Ready For In 2015

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As each year fades away into memory, there are gamers the world over echoing the same thing. “I thought for sure this would be the year,” they whisper. “I just want one more game in my favorite universe.”

While we can’t guarantee that all (or, really, any) of these dreams will come true, the world is most certainly ready for them. I’ve done some scientific research consisting of a statistically significant sample size of one.

OK. Really, these are just my thoughts about reboots I’d love to see announced. If 2014 was “the year of delays,” then maybe 2015 can be the year that “everything old is new again.”

Game Informer Kicks Off 2015 With Editor Picks For The Best Of Last Generation

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Tomorrow, Game Informer is going to help you start 2015 with a heavy duty dose of gaming. Throughout the day, we're going to have new stories going up penned by 15 editors looking back at the best of last generation.

As we pondered a theme for this holiday, we realized that the time of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii are drawing to a close. Few games are being released exclusively on last-generation hardware, meaning the libraries are just about complete.

Each of us looked back at the generation that truly introduced connected gameplay to choose our five favorite games. Because the field is so wide, some of us opted to narrow our focus just a bit. You’ll find some surprises and plenty of room for debate.

Kim's Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2015

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Kim's Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2015

As the year comes to close, I’m always anxious to look at what’s in store for the next, especially for my favorite genre: role-playing games. The best part? I usually find more is coming out than I even realized. Plenty of cool RPGs are due to hit in 2015, such as Final Fantasy Type-0, Bloodborne, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, but this wouldn’t be much of a list if I included everything I’m interested in. Narrowing it down to a few titles was tough, but these are the games most on my radar. RPG forecast: Looking fantastic.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt