Best Trilogy of this Generation

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#1 Posted by AdobeArtist (22845 posts) -

While there are games that have been great continuations of series that had their beginnings in previous generations, this gen has seen the rise of some amazing trilogies.

So the criteria is pretty clear for what qualified entry into the poll;

* 3 games to the primary series, not including spin-offs, prequels, etc...
* beginning and concluding in this generation.

I still haven't played AC3, but my experiences with the series up to Revelations have been a joy. I also think Gears of War really brought something to the shooter table, and would like the chance to play Uncharted some day. But the trilogy I pick as the best of this gen will probably surprise you.

Yeahhhhh, it's Mass Effect, for it's rich universe, diverse races, memorable characters and some epic set pieces. But most of all for having such strong continuity across a trilogy. Unlike other series, you don't play some tangent character loosely connected to the one you played in the first game, running their own parallel path to the overall story. Each instalment is a direct continuation of the story of your character, personalized to your design along the entire journey. And that's what a trilogy should be.

But now it's time to vote and have your say, System Warriors :)

#3 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6736 posts) -

As far as best balance, then Uncharted. Every one of those series in your list has bad games in it except Uncharted.

Mass Effect 1 sucked

AC 1 sucked

Gears of War 2 sucked

Resistance 3 sucked

All 3 Uncharted games were great.

Out of your list, I'll take Bioshock if it counts...assuming Infinite is as good as it looks.

#4 Posted by AdobeArtist (22845 posts) -

Metroid prime trilogy

Wiiyou

Actually began last gen. Only the 3rd game was in this gen.

#5 Posted by MrYaotubo (2682 posts) -
STALKER.
#6 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -
Assassin's Creed 3 without a doubt. The only series that got progressively better and still maintained its identity and its quality across every installment. Every other series you listed was too inconsistent: Resistance is overall just about average, and I don't even know why it's on there. Uncharted is great, but depending variously on whom you ask, either only the last two games are worth it, or the first two games are worth it. Sometimes, only the second game amounts to anything. Mass Effect blew it with the ending. A trilogy with a poor ending and a poor third act fails at being a cohesive trilogy. Gears of War has Gears of War 2, so it is automatically disqualified from consideration.
#7 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -

The choices in your poll are bad and you should feel bad.

inb4 the BioDrones line up and start chanting about how great MassEffect is like they were brainwashed to do

inb4 nobody except maybe Shake says Resistance

inb4 the Cows talk about how much they loved being a poor man's Indiana Jones

inb4 someone says Gears of War and actually tries to defend Gears of War 2

inb4 someone says Assassin's Creed and forgets that 1. It's not a trilogy and 2. How ridiculously uneven it's been

I vote for none of the above because they all failed spectacularly in their own special way.

#8 Posted by Cheleman (7625 posts) -

Naughty Dog's masterpiece.

#9 Posted by Z-Fatalis (1122 posts) -

I'd say Uncharted, it's the best all round trilogy imo, as I enjoyed all 3 games

#10 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

Mass Effect.

While I think Mass Effect 2 has some gameplay issues with basic RPG elements AND basic action that just makes it feel simple to play, I have grown to appreciate the characters and their individual stories very much on my replay of it. ME2 is the REASON why Mass Effect 3 is so emotionally charged at times.

It was planned as a trilogy, and THAT makes it the best. AC, Uncharted, Gears of War and whatever else was out this gen was not planned as such. So things just started to fall into place, really.

Too Human was planned but failed, but it looks like the next major trilogy we can look forward to is Halo's Reclaimer trilogy.\

Still, for this gen, Mass Effect stands as the best trilogy. It creates a wonderful and interesting universe, introduces a colorful cast of characters and brings it all to a rousing end. (And those end choices have been brought up since the first Mass Effect, so replaying the trilogy gives the endings context as well).

Even Mass Effect 2, which feels inconsequential from a story standpoint manages to highlight the true, final fate of the Protheans, builds up the Illusive Man as a genuine antagonist for ME3 and sets up much of the tragedy for ME3. It was all planned and so it works wonderfully.

#11 Posted by g0ddyX (3914 posts) -

All those games are GREAT and should be played and worthy of 'Best of Gen' and 'Game Of the Year' and one way or another, 'Raising the Bar of Gaming'

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

#12 Posted by free_milk (4368 posts) -

hmm interesting question....... I would have to say........

Dang all the game I can think of are generic mainstream casual games:|

#13 Posted by dotWithShoes (4838 posts) -
None of the games in the poll have exactly three games in the series, except Mass Effect.
#14 Posted by WTA2k5 (3997 posts) -

Honestly, I wouldn't say that any gaming trilogy this gen was a total success. Out of all the series mentioned, each has at least one game with some pretty glaring problems.

#15 Posted by yellonet (7768 posts) -

My vote goes to Mass Effect, that's the only trilogy I've played through of the ones listed, but honestly I cannot imagine anything beating it.
It's a very captivating story with rich characters that invoked real emotion in me.
The ME games are among a select few that have made me really care about the choices I make in the game, and sometimes there were some really diffcult decisions to make, and I mean difficult in reality for me as a person, sometimes I had to remind myself that my choices in the game didn't affect my real life.
I think that says something about the game, or perhaps about me.
I loved the ending too, it just fit very well, and really good stories doesn't end like a childrens fairytale, this ending makes you deal with it, not just shrug and go for the next game.

#16 Posted by bobbetybob (19251 posts) -
None of the games in the poll have exactly three games in the series, except Mass Effect.dotWithShoes
That doesn't stop them being trilogies. I'd argue that out of all of them the only one you could argue isn't a trilogy is Uncharted. Despite there being 3 games all numbered they don't really follow a continuous narrative.
#17 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -

Honestly, I wouldn't say that any gaming trilogy this gen was a total success. Out of all the series mentioned, each has at least one game with some pretty glaring problems.

WTA2k5
I like you.
#18 Posted by PannicAtack (21021 posts) -

Out of your list, I'll take Bioshock if it counts...assuming Infinite is as good as it looks.

senses_fail_06

Infinite's story is completely unrelated to 1 and 2. I don't think that counts.

#19 Posted by KiZZo1 (3965 posts) -

Uncharted & Mass Effect for me.

#20 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16460 posts) -

While there are games that have been great continuations of series that had their beginnings in previous generations, this gen has seen the rise of some amazing trilogies.

So the criteria is pretty clear for what qualified entry into the poll;

* excatly 3 games to the series
* beginning and concluding in this generation.

AdobeArtist

None of the games in the poll meet that first criteria:

Gears of War: 4th one announced
Mass Effect: 4th one announced
Assassin's Creed: there have already been 6 or more games
Uncharted: 4 games have been released
Resistance: 5 games have been released

#21 Posted by BPoole96 (22792 posts) -

I haven't played all the games in any of the trilogies that started this gen. But if I were guess, Stalker would probably be my pick.

#22 Posted by Heil68 (43996 posts) -
I pick Uncharted and with that comes a big thank you to Naughty Dog.  For not only given us 3 of the best games of this generation but for making them exclusive to Sony and the PS3. You guys knew right away back in 2001 that Sony was the console to call home and you have been delivering the good ever since. With Uncharted 3 you have given us the pinnacle of gaming and another monster hit sure to sell millions. A special mention should go to Key people

Evan Wells   Christophe Balestra-Co-presidents Amy Hennig, Creative director and Bruce Straley  Game director, Thank you.

 and
#23 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

The Uncharted trilogy is my absolute favorite, but I think Mass Effect is the most important for what it represents and what it has done for the industry in terms of artistic merit and the innovative save transferring that was really cool.

#24 Posted by mems_1224 (46971 posts) -
Mass Effect is the best, easily.
#25 Posted by ps3theJT (1137 posts) -

Really close between Uncharted and Mass Effect but gotta give it to Uncharted.

#26 Posted by whiskeystrike (12068 posts) -

Why choose? I like games so I say all of them have good and bad things about em (though I've never played any resistance games)

#27 Posted by Slashkice (13092 posts) -

Uncharted wins out, but I wouldn't call it a trilogy. There just happens to be three numbered games in the series right now.

Not sure what else I'd go with though, nothing else really comes to mind.

#28 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

[QUOTE="AdobeArtist"]

While there are games that have been great continuations of series that had their beginnings in previous generations, this gen has seen the rise of some amazing trilogies.

So the criteria is pretty clear for what qualified entry into the poll;

* excatly 3 games to the series
* beginning and concluding in this generation.

R4gn4r0k

None of the games in the poll meet that first criteria:

Gears of War: 4th one announced
Mass Effect: 4th one announced
Assassin's Creed: there have already been 6 or more games
Uncharted: 4 games have been released
Resistance: 5 games have been released

I believe he's referring to currently released numbered entries, so spin offs (like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), and sequels that have yet to release (like Gears of War: Judgement, which is also a non numbered entry, and Mass Effect 4 which is still a long ways off and doesn't even have a concrete name) don't ruin the criteria.

#29 Posted by whiskeystrike (12068 posts) -

The Uncharted trilogy is my absolute favorite, but I think Mass Effect is the most important for what it represents and what it has done for the industry in terms of artistic merit and the innovative save transferring that was really cool.

SPYDER0416

Golden Sun on the GBA did it first and I'm sure there are other titles even before that transferred saves between games.

#30 Posted by padaporra (3406 posts) -

Mass Effect, of course. There is not even a debate about this.

#31 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -

The Uncharted trilogy is my absolute favorite, but I think Mass Effect is the most important for what it represents and what it has done for the industry in terms of artistic merit and the innovative save transferring that was really cool.

SPYDER0416
The save file transferring wasn't even all that innovative, considering so many other games did it before...
#32 Posted by Nanomage (2417 posts) -

[QUOTE="AdobeArtist"]

While there are games that have been great continuations of series that had their beginnings in previous generations, this gen has seen the rise of some amazing trilogies.

So the criteria is pretty clear for what qualified entry into the poll;

* excatly 3 games to the series
* beginning and concluding in this generation.

R4gn4r0k

None of the games in the poll meet that first criteria:

Gears of War: 4th one announced
Mass Effect: 4th one announced
Assassin's Creed: there have already been 6 or more games
Uncharted: 4 games have been released
Resistance: 5 games have been released

Pretty much this. I´d say the Stalker trilogy.
#33 Posted by Lief_Ericson (7082 posts) -

Mass Effect for sure

#34 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16460 posts) -

[QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

[QUOTE="AdobeArtist"]

While there are games that have been great continuations of series that had their beginnings in previous generations, this gen has seen the rise of some amazing trilogies.

So the criteria is pretty clear for what qualified entry into the poll;

* excatly 3 games to the series
* beginning and concluding in this generation.

SPYDER0416

None of the games in the poll meet that first criteria:

Gears of War: 4th one announced
Mass Effect: 4th one announced
Assassin's Creed: there have already been 6 or more games
Uncharted: 4 games have been released
Resistance: 5 games have been released

I believe he's referring to currently released numbered entries, so spin offs (like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), and sequels that have yet to release (like Gears of War: Judgement, which is also a non numbered entry, and Mass Effect 4 which is still a long ways off and doesn't even have a concrete name) don't ruin the criteria.

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

#35 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -

[QUOTE="SPYDER0416"]

[QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

None of the games in the poll meet that first criteria:

Gears of War: 4th one announced
Mass Effect: 4th one announced
Assassin's Creed: there have already been 6 or more games
Uncharted: 4 games have been released
Resistance: 5 games have been released

R4gn4r0k

I believe he's referring to currently released numbered entries, so spin offs (like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), and sequels that have yet to release (like Gears of War: Judgement, which is also a non numbered entry, and Mass Effect 4 which is still a long ways off and doesn't even have a concrete name) don't ruin the criteria.

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P
#36 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wiiyou"]

Metroid prime trilogy

AdobeArtist

Actually began last gen. Only the 3rd game was in this gen.

I would've said Metroid Prime Trilogy.

But I only played Mass Effect 1; I have Mass Effect 2 but since I couldn't complete Mass Effect 1 I couldn't play Mass Effect 2. I plan on purchasing Mass Effect Trilogy on the PS3; I got the PC versions free since my friend gifted me his extra copies of those two games through Steam but my PC isn't that good and the reason I couldn't complete the first game was framerate issues.

I only played 5 minutes of Gears of War and I thought it sucked so I stopped playing and didn't play the sequels.

I never played a game in the Resistance series.

I completed Assassin's Creed but I thought it was terrible that I didn't play the sequels but I'm interested in Assassin's Creed III.

So the only game I could pick by default is Uncharted since I played Uncharted and Uncharted 2; I also completed both games I still need to play Uncharted 3.

#37 Posted by Nanomage (2417 posts) -
[QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

[QUOTE="SPYDER0416"]

I believe he's referring to currently released numbered entries, so spin offs (like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), and sequels that have yet to release (like Gears of War: Judgement, which is also a non numbered entry, and Mass Effect 4 which is still a long ways off and doesn't even have a concrete name) don't ruin the criteria.

charizard1605

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Actually,it has eight,four from the main series and four spin offs.
#38 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

[QUOTE="SPYDER0416"]

I believe he's referring to currently released numbered entries, so spin offs (like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), and sequels that have yet to release (like Gears of War: Judgement, which is also a non numbered entry, and Mass Effect 4 which is still a long ways off and doesn't even have a concrete name) don't ruin the criteria.

charizard1605

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Someone is in denial here.

There are six games.

#39 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

Nanomage

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Actually,it has eight,four from the main series and four spin offs.

WAT!? That many?

I thought it was 1,2, Brotherhood, Revelations, 3 and Liberty. What else is there?

#40 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

NeonNinja

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Someone is in denial here.

There are six games.

Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Assassin's Creed III... I count five :?
#41 Posted by Jonwh18 (9350 posts) -

Assassin's creed. The parkour + open world + involving controvertal topics + time periods we don't see a lot of.

Also I just wanted to spite adobe because this is obviously another chance for him to be like "OMFG GUZ ME IS SOOO0O0O0O000000 G0OD"

#42 Posted by klusps (10381 posts) -

I would say Mass Effect trilogy. Never really been attached to a cast of characters like I would be in a TV or HBO mini-series.

#43 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="AdobeArtist"]

[QUOTE="Wiiyou"]

Metroid prime trilogy

Nintendo_Ownes7

Actually began last gen. Only the 3rd game was in this gen.

I

I only played 5 minutes of Gears of War and I thought it sucked so I stopped playing and didn't play the sequels.

That's legit.

Really good criteria for judging a game. Five minutes. Makes sense. Do it all the time, myself.

#44 Posted by Nanomage (2417 posts) -

[QUOTE="Nanomage"][QUOTE="charizard1605"] Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :PNeonNinja

Actually,it has eight,four from the main series and four spin offs.

WAT!? That many?

I thought it was 1,2, Brotherhood, Revelations, 3 and Liberty. What else is there?

Here is everything.

#45 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

Nanomage
Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Actually,it has eight,four from the main series and four spin offs.

Ah, we're counting handheld games too. Then we have: Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed Altair Chronicles Assassin's Creed II Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Assassin's Creed Bloodlines Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Assassin's Creed Revelations Assassin's Creed III Assassin's Creed Liberation
#46 Posted by AznbkdX (3152 posts) -

Assasin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Revelations, Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed 3, Liberation...

Altair Chronicles, Discovery, Bloodlines. Whoo there are a lot in the span of 5 years.

Oooohhh... got ninjad haha.

#47 Posted by bobbetybob (19251 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="R4gn4r0k"]

I thought so. Not a lot of people here seem to be having difficulty choosing their favourite trilogy, consisting of more than 3 games.

I just think its funny how trilogy and 'exactly 3' can mean more than 3 :P

NeonNinja

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :P

Someone is in denial here.

There are six games.

9 actually if we're counting all spin offs and handheld games.
#48 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16460 posts) -

Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :Pcharizard1605

The main series is five games. But don't forget about the ones on DS, PSP and PSV:P

That's 8 games in less than 5 years. AC is milked more than COD come to think of it :lol:

#49 Posted by charizard1605 (56957 posts) -

[QUOTE="charizard1605"]Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :PR4gn4r0k

The main series is five games. But don't forget about the ones on DS, PSP and PSV:P

That's 8 games in less than 5 years. AC is milked more than COD come you think of it :lol:

It's nine games if you count everything And nah, it isn't. If you want to count handheld games too, then the number of CoD releases in the last five years DOUBLES.
#50 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -

[QUOTE="Nanomage"][QUOTE="charizard1605"] Assassin's Creed has five games bro, not six :Pcharizard1605
Actually,it has eight,four from the main series and four spin offs.

Ah, we're counting handheld games too. Then we have: Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed Altair Chronicles Assassin's Creed II Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Assassin's Creed Bloodlines Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Assassin's Creed Revelations Assassin's Creed III Assassin's Creed Liberation

All remember that all of that came out within five years.

Most milked new IP of the gen, right here.