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I was not suspecting to get to a 7th blog based on the 7th Generation of Gaming what so ever but I've enjoyed doing blogs based around the 7th Generation of Gaming (2004-2013) there have been so many good moments and bad moments in gaming history. But during those years between 2004-2013 what have been my favourite games around that generation? It wasn't easy choosing and posting my Top 10 List on the 7th Generation, if you don't like my list everyone else has different taste and opinions on their favourite games-
10- Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP- 2010
This was the main reason why I pretty much wanted to get a PSP in the first place after hearing the first announcement on the Kingdom Hearts series going to multiple handhelds to the DS, PSP and Mobile Phone back in 2007 at Tokyo Game Show. Seeing the first Famitsu images and the first trailer for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep looked really impressive to look at on the PSP, as a fan of the series it’s one of those game franchises that I would follow to the end when it comes to gaming. But the story plot for this takes places 10 years before Kingdom Hearts (PS2) based around three Keyblade wielders Terra, Aqua and Ven; but Master Xehanort goes missing and everyone pretty much goes in to different directions in the story and entering other Disney world’s such as Snow White, Cinderella, Radiant Garden (Hollow Bastion) and Sleeping Beauty. The gameplay and graphics looked a little similar to what fans saw in Kingdom Hearts II (PS2) which had the same control system but set as a command deck for your attacks, magic and items and creating your own attacks and magic.
9- Demon's Souls (PS3- 2009 *2010- UK/Euro release*
I really don't know what to say about this game first off I would say that this game is hard and I mean it’s hard to complete. You really need to know what you’re doing when it comes to Demon's Souls its more about timing and patience when it comes to fighting and encountering enemies. I liked the idea of creating your own character and choosing what skills you want to have such as Warrior, Hunter, Mage or even Knight, travelling through various worlds taking down Demons you'll travel across Castles, Dungeons, Swamps and Mines. You will die a lot and the only way to level up and gain more weapons, armour and abilities is by collecting souls if you die you lose your souls but you can reclaim them if you can reach to the last place you died but if you die before then those souls will be gone. You even had the option to invade other worlds or help another player online including leaving a message if there is something ahead. After clearing the game on my first play-through I wanted to play the game again but this my second play-through I've managed to complete the game in one sitting which was painful started from 9 am and didn't end up finishing the game around 2.45 am but it was worth it.
8- Journey (PSN- 2012
I loved the art and concept for this game even though it was a very short game but it was worth the purchase and every penny. It was also the same with Flower (PSN) back in 2009 it was a great game for a downloadable title, Journey did feel like something out of Studio Ghibli for its artwork on its characters and animations. Wondering the sands and deserts and tapping and holding circle making sounds and tunes. Another fun part about it was sharing the same journey with other players online might to be your PSN friends but you were on a journey with a random player. Walking across the desert sands in Journey was the impressive part about this downloadable title as you progressed through your journey you come across various landscapes and environments which looks more like a game based on art.
7- The World Ends With You (DS- 2008
Yet another that great concept of art in gaming was The World Ends With You which was released on the Nintendo DS, this really made great use of using both the top screen and bottom screen during gameplay using pins as skills for both Attack and Magic for the bottom screen and the top screen was more of using the directional pad to perform move attacks. Nomura did create the Kingdom Hearts series and most of the characters in the Final Fantasy series, he created a bunch of characters in The World Ends With You where players had to defeat certain noises and enemies in order to move forward and not getting erased within 7 Days think of Battle Royale but set in the modern day world in Japan. Another why this game was that good was the stunning Manga/Anime visuals and of the Soundtrack yet alone is worth the purchase on its own.
6- Resident Evil 4 (PS2/Cube- 2005
This changed the concept of horror games back in 2005 Capcom released the 4th instalment in the Resident Evil series, taking after the events of Resident Evil 2 Leon Kennedy is sent to the ruthless parts of Europe where the President's daughters Ashley has been kidnapped by a Religious cult. Huge improvements were made for its gameplay set as a 3rd-person mode survival horror finding ammo at various places and not having to worry about to saving your game if you had no ink pads left. The quick time events were placed at various cutscenes and during gameplay if you weren't paying attention on the screen you can easily get killed just like that. There were quite a lot of memorable moments in Resident Evil 4 from hearing the Merchant say "Whatta you buying?" holding out inside an abandon building while enemies try to smash their way in or taking down a mutated plant.
5- BioShock Infinite (2013
I could have easily mentioned the first BioShock as well because both games were really impressive for a First-Person Shooter in the 7th Generation which isn't Call of Duty in general. The first BioShock was set in Rapture in the 60's under the sea while BioShock Infinite's story was set in 1912 but in the Sky City of Columbia, where Booker has a debt he wants to wipe away "Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt" that is the mission you've been sent to do. As you set foot in Columbia you find out you’re the black sheep and everyone pretty much wants you dead, but when you meet Elizabeth you really start to care about her more than anything. She'll pretty much take cover while you’re taking down enemies or even help you find any health or ammo nearby which really helps especially if you've trying to clear the game on the hardest difficulty which is 1999 Mode. It was one of those games that you couldn't really put down for an FPS game the more you progressed you learn more about Elizabeth and of the ending itself really did shock everyone indeed.
4- Uncharted 2 (PS3- 2009
Second game in the Uncharted series the sequel had a ton of improvements from the first game, for an action-adventure game this felt more of a blockbuster movie then a video game itself. Nathan Drake this time is on adventure looking for the Cintamani Stones which leads them to the path to finding Shambhala. Uncharted 2 had a lot of memorable moments including my favourite which was clearing through a wave of enemies on a moving train just like you would see in an Indiana Jones movie which really fits in well in the Uncharted series looking for treasure and lost artefacts and uncovering a hidden secret behind it. I wasn't that bothered about the multiplayer but the multiplayer made an impact for both Uncharted 2 and 3 where you can be in teams for Death matches or Co-operative missions. I'm aware that The Last of Us is Naughty Dog's best-seller and will likely win multiple awards for 2013 but most gamers and fans of the series have claimed that Uncharted 2 was the best in the series.
3- Okami (PS2- 2006 *2007- UK/Euro release*
Once again Capcom knew how to make a good action-adventure game but this was released on the PlayStation 2 at first and then released for the Wii in 2008 and then got a HD version in 2012 for the PS3. Based on a Japanese folklore Okami is set in Nippon (Japan) you play as a white wolf named Amaterasu who knows how to defeat the eight-headed demon Orochi who has once again appeared after a 100 years from defeat. Liking a moving painting the art for Okami was impressive to look at for game being released for the PS2 back then even the gameplay had some good ideas using the miracle paintbrush to take out certain enemies and creating miracles with a stroke of that paintbrush of yours. If you've seen the movie Princess Mononoke you get the idea what I'm talking about when it comes to the game itself and the setting around it.
2- Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3- 2008
Everyone thought that Metal Gear Solid 4 was going to be the final game in the series based on Solid Snake, Hideo Kojima has always played a lot mind tricks and knows how to throw in a complicated story based on war. If you've been following the series like I have you will notice a lot of thing going on around the story. Metal Gear Solid 4 was shown in the past E3 and TGS shows after the first announcements of the PlayStation 3 as mentioned. After a few delays and waiting the release of Metal Gear Solid 4 was worth the wait the story had a lot emotional and memorable moments at the same time. For a stealth game you had no idea what you were going to come across including when it came to boss battles which made you think on what's the quickest way in defeating them and yes there was a lot of Easter Eggs and flash backs from the past Metal Gear Solid games.
1- Persona 4 (PS2- 2008
You could never really find the perfect game in life but Persona 4 really much had everything you would want in a JRPG game. Set in a Japanese high school and being transferred to a small town you start to find out on the mysterious rumours on the Midnight Channel where people can see their soul mates on the TV around Midnight but however as you progress through the story you find out that students are being thrown in the TV world and it's up to you and your friends to save them within a time limit after a number of days or they will die. Persona 4 is set as a traditional role-playing game you'll go through multiple dungeons you have to use Persona's in order to defeat enemies which are like monsters which you can summon each party member has a persona, the manifestation of one's true self, that they can use in battle. Each has its own unique Skills, and a specific set of strengths and weaknesses to certain attacks. Personas gain experience from battle and learn new Skills as they gain levels. The fun part about the game is that when you’re in High School or not in the TV you can Socialise with other characters in the game this is called Social-Links where you can hang out with your friends or attend an after school club more you hang out with them your Persona's will become stronger. Not only that the story based around Persona 4 really does teach you about friendship in general and that this is more to life and having friends is something that you have to treasure.
Not just that Persona 4 has gotten more and more popular after 2008, it got released on the PlayStation Vita in 2012 with more features and extra stuff being added in. There was even an Anime series based on the story around Persona 4 which had 25 episodes and an OVA episode, it even had its own fighting game Persona 4 Arena (PS3/360) and over in Japan there have even been Live Concerts on the Persona series over in Japan every year.
I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog series based on the 7th Generation of Gaming, what have been your favourite games and memorable moments in video games between 2004-2013?