Your Favorite Game From Each Gen?

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#1 Telekill
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With the new gen upon us, I thought it would interesting to see what everyone's favorite game was for previous gens they've been gaming. What was your stand out title for each? A few ground rules to clarify here.

1. A single game. Not a list of games. Not an entire series. A single game per gen.

2. If you're a PC gamer, use the cut offs of console gens with the game's release dates to set your markers. Do the best you can.

3. Switch will count as Gen 9 with PS5 and XSeX for this thread. Doesn't matter if you feel it's a Gen 8 system.

4. Not going to include handhelds in this. Switch is the exception due to its nature.

5. To push towards a bit more variety, only one game per series can appear in your list regardless on if it has seen multiple gens. Choose wisely.

Alright, that should be clear enough for the groundwork to get this going. As I started with Gen 3... here's mine:

Gen 3 (NES, Master System)

  • Ninja Turtles (1st) - NES

Gen 4 (Genesis, SNES)

  • Jurassic Park - Genesis

Gen 5 (PS1, Saturn, N64)

  • Resident Evil (original) - PS1

Gen 6 (DC, PS2, GC, XB)

  • Tomb Raider Anniversary - PS2

Gen 7 (PS3, 360, Wii)

  • Uncharted 2 - PS3

Gen 8 (PS4, X1, Wii-U)

  • Witcher 3 - PS4

Gen 9 (Switch, PS5, XSeX)

  • Zelda BotW - Switch

Nintendo automatically gets the Gen 9 win for me thus far given that the new systems just started. We'll see how it plays out in the coming years.

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#2 warmblur
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Gen 3 (NES, Master System)

  • Super Mario Bros 3 NES

Gen 4 (Genesis, SNES)

  • Mortal Kombat 2 - SNES

Gen 5 (PS1, Saturn, N64)

  • Wipeout 1995 - PS1

Gen 6 (DC, PS2, GC, XB)

  • GTA San Andreas - PS2

Gen 7 (PS3, 360, Wii)

Skipped this console gen

  • F.E.A.R. 2005- PC

Gen 8 (PS4, X1, Wii-U)

  • Ghost of Tsushima- PS4

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#3  Edited By Ghosts4ever
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  • Early 90s: Quake 1
  • Late 90s: Half life
  • Early 00s: Deus Ex
  • Mid 00s: Half life 2
  • Late 00s: STALKER
  • Early 10s: Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Mid 10s: Doom 2016
  • Current/Now: Doom Eternal

I dont play consoles so I go with eras instead.

All FPS. all era. all gens, FPS are one that stand out.

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#4 Nike_Air
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  • Gen 5 - Metal Gear Solid
  • Gen 6 - God of War II
  • Gen 7 - The Last of Us
  • Gen 8 - God of War , The Last of Us Part II , Bloodborne!
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#5 Djoffer123
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Could you maybe put some years on each console gen? Would make it a bit easier for us hermits:)

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#6 Mozelleple112
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Atari, NES, and SNES game = Was not born so will not comment.

PS1 era - Tekken 3

PS2 era - Final Fantasy X

PS3 era - Metal Gear Solid 4

Ps4 era - The Last of Us 2

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#7 Pedro
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There was no gen in which one game ruled over all for me. That sounds crazy.

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#8 Telekill
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@djoffer123: Eh, there's overlap to be sure but here's a range...

Gen 3 - '85 - '90

Gen 4 - '89 - '94

Gen 5 - '95 - '00

Gen 6 - '00 - '06

Gen 7 - '05 - '13

Gen 8 - '13 - '20

Gen 9 - '20

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#9 Archangel3371
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Gen 2:

- River Raid Atari 2600

Gen 3:

- Final Fantasy NES

Gen 4:

- Chrono Trigger SNES

Gen 5:

- Final Fantasy VII PlayStation

Gen 6:

- Resident Evil 4 GameCube

Gen 7:

- Bayonetta Xbox 360

Gen 8:

- Devil May Cry 5 Xbox One

Gen 9:

- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch

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#10 Blazepanzer24
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Gen 2: Missile command Atari 2600

Gen 3: Felix the cat NES

Gen 4: Sim city SNES

Gen 5: Nascar Rumble

Gen 6: Ace combat Zero the Belkan war

Gen 7: Mount and Blade Warband

Gen 8: Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet

Gen 9: Pokemon Sword (Might change to Disaster Report 4 summer memories though)

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#11 Renegade_Fury
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  • Gen 2 - Snafu (Intellivision)
  • Gen 3 - Mega Man 4
  • Gen 4 - Streets of Rage 2
  • Gen 5 - Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight
  • Gen 6 - Halo CE
  • Gen 7 - Sonic Generations Rodea the Sky Soldier
  • Gen 8 - Sonic Mania Plus
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#12 Seabas989
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I guess this:

  • Gen 2 - Pac-Man
  • Gen 3 - Megaman 3
  • Gen 4 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Gen 5 - Final Fantasy IX
  • Gen 6 - Metroid Prime
  • Gen 7 - Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Gen 8 - Persona 5
  • Gen 9 - Breath of the Wild (Switch)
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  • Gen 4: Shining Force II
  • Gen 5: Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Gen 6: Persona 3
  • Gen 7: MGS4
  • Gen 8: Bloodborne
  • Gen 9: idk probably Game Dev Story on Switch
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#14 sakaiXx
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@blazepanzer24 said:

Gen 6: Ace combat Zero the Belkan war

YES! Loved AC Zero, my fav AC game as well and there is something about the story of Pixy and Cipher that is so entralling. Not to mention the OST is just superb especially when that spanish guitar kicks in. Where is the PS2 remastered collection Bandai Namco been waiting for a long time.

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#15 Fedor
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Gen 3 - TMNT 2

Gen 4 - Chrono Trigger

Gen 5 - FF7

Gen 6 - MGS 3

Gen 7 - Dark Souls

Gen 8 - TW3

Gen 9 - BOTW

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Gen 5 - Tony Hawk's 2 or Crash 3

Gen 6 - GTA3

Gen 7 - Uncharted 2

Gen 8 - Persona 5 or FF7R

Sorry a bit indecisive lol.

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#17  Edited By uninspiredcup
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Including computers

Gen 2 - R-Type

Gen 3 - YS/Phantasy Star

Gen 4 - Street Fighter II: Turbo

Gen 5 - Halflife/Tomb Raider II/MGS/RE2

Gen 6 - Metal Gear Solid 3

Gen 7 - Dark Souls

Gen 8 - SFV

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#18 PAL360
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3rd. Super Mario Bros 3

4th. Streets of Rage 2

5th. Heroes of Might and Magic 3

6th. Halo CE

7th. TES Skyrim

8th. Dreams

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#19 blamix
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NES - Super Mario Bros

SNES - Super Mario World

PS - Final Fantasy 8

PS2 - Final Fantasy X

PS3 - Red Dead Redemption

PS4 - God of War

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#20 dimebag667
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Gen 2 - Galaga

Gen 3 - Super Mario 3

Gen 4 - A Link to the Past

Gen 5 - Diablo 2

Gen 6 - Halo CE (mainly multiplayer)

Gen 7 - CoD 4

Gen 8 - P.T.

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#21  Edited By briguyb13
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Gen 2: Combat

Gen 3: The Legend of Zelda

Gen 4: Chrono Trigger

Gen 5: Final Fantasy VII

Gen 6: Fire Emblem: PoR

Gen 7: Fallout: New Vegas

Gen 8: TLoZ: Breath of the Wild

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#22 Basinboy
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FFIX.

Halo CE.

Dark Souls/TLOU.

Bloodborne.

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#23 IMAHAPYHIPPO
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Gen 1: A little before my time

Gen 2: Yoshi's Island -- SNES

Gen 3: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time -- N64

Gen 4: TIE: Halo: Combat Evolved -- Xbox & Resident Evil 4 -- GameCube

Gen 5: Fallout 3: PC

Gen 6: God of War -- PS4

Gen Switch: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Switch

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#24 drummerdave9099
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Including an honorable mention for each...

Gen 3: The Legend of Zelda (Mario 3)

Gen 4: Link to the Past (Super Metroid)

Gen 5: Ocarina of Time (Resident Evil 2)

Gen 6: Resident Evil 4 (Windwaker)

Gen 7: Dark Souls (Minecraft)

Gen 8: Breath of the Wild (Rocket League)

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#25  Edited By GirlUSoCrazy
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Gen 2: Mario Bros

Gen 3: Super Mario Bros 3

Gen 4: Streets of Rage 2

Gen 5: Symphony of the Night

Gen 6: Dragon Quest 8

Gen 7: The Last of Us

Gen 8: Bloodborne

Gen 9: Demon's Souls

Arcade: Virtua Fighter 5

PC: GTAV

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#26 Sagemode87
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Calling Switch a gen 9 system is ludacris. Guessing if they release a new console next year, it's gen 10? Wii U bombing and forcing Nintendo to make another console isn't enough to consider Switch gen 9.

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#27  Edited By adsparky
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  1. Not available
  2. Not available
  3. Battle City
  4. Zombies ate my Neighbors
  5. Final Fantasy IX
  6. Persona 4 (This one was the most difficult)
  7. Valkyria Chronicles
  8. Nier Automata (Probably, still have to play a lot of games)
  9. Not yet available
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#28 Litchie
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You guys seriously have one favorite game from every gen? I don't, but I'll make a list anyway.

1st gen: I didn't exist.
2nd gen: Never owned anything from that gen.
3rd gen: Super Mario Bros 3.
4th gen: Zelda: A Link to the Past / Super Metroid
5th gen: Super Mario 64 / Zelda: Ocarina of Time
6th gen: Zelda: Wind Waker / Metroid Prime
7th gen: Super Mario Galaxy
8th gen: Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Wow ok. Nintendo wins, I guess. This list might make me look like a Nintendo fanboy (which I pretty much am), but there's a shitload of other non Nintendo games that could go into this list. But these games just edges all other games out in quality. It's not my fault.

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#30  Edited By RuthParks
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I like strategy games. It can be played with many of my friends. Development mindset. Especially, the apk mod versions on the TechGara homepage help us to experience a better game.

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#31 PurpleMan5000
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Gen 3: Mega Man 2

Gen 4: The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past

Gen 5: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Gen 6: Ninja Gaiden Black

Gen 7: Not much stands out. Arkham City maybe?

Gen 8: Hollow Knight

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#32 AhReQueNoMori
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@Pedro said:

There was no gen in which one game ruled over all for me. That sounds crazy.

Are you afraid of showing your list? Do you even play games?

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#33 SheevPalpamemes
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Gen 3 (NES, Master System)

  • Mike Tyson's punchout - NES

Gen 4 (Genesis, SNES)

  • chronotrigger

Gen 5 (PS1, Saturn, N64)

  • mario 64

Gen 6 (DC, PS2, GC, XB)

  • Halo: CE

Gen 7 (PS3, 360, Wii)

Skyrim

Gen 8 (PS4, X1, Wii-U)

  • Witcher 3 - PS4

Gen 9 (Switch, PS5, XSeX)

  • Zelda BotW - Switch
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#34 PurpleMan5000
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Even if we are going to call the Switch a Gen 9 system, I have trouble saying that Breath of the Wild is a Gen 9 game, since it's a port from the Wii U.

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#35  Edited By AhReQueNoMori
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Gen 3:

  • TMNT

Gen 4:

  • Chrono Trigger

Gen 5:

  • Final Fantasy IX <--- Best game ever made.

Gen 6 (DC, PS2, GC, XB)

  • MGS3

Gen 7:

  • Uncharted 2

Gen 8:

  • TLOU2
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#36 SolidGame_basic
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Gen 5 - Metal Gear Solid, Ocarina of Time, Starcraft Brood War, FF7, FF8, Xenogears, Vagrant Story

Gen 6 - MGS 2, Resident Evil 4, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Shenmue 1/2

Gen 7 - MGS 4, The World Ends With You, Persona 4 Golden (Vita), XCOM, Starcraft 2, Skyrim, Bayonetta 2

Gen 8 - Bloodborne, God of War, XCOM 2, Persona 5, Yakuza 6, Divinity Original Sin 2, Breath of the Wild, Nier Automata, Bayonetta/Vanquish Collection, Resident Evil 2 Remake, FF7 remake, Forza Horizon 4

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  • Gen 4- Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Gen 5- Final Fantasy IX
  • Gen 6- Persona 4
  • Gen 7- Folklore
  • Gen 8- Persona 5
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#38 judaspete
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3: Super Mario Bros

4: Super Metroid

5: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

5.5: Soul Calibur

6: F-Zero GX

7: Motorstorm: Pacific Rift

8: Forza Horizon 3

9: ARMS

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#39 iambatman7986
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Gen 1: Pong

Gen 2: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain

Gen 3: Super Mario Bros 3

Gen 4: A Link to the Past

Gen 5: Mario 64

Gen 6: Halo Combat Evolved

Gen 7: Demon's Souls

Gen 8: Bloodborne

Gen 9:Breath of the Wild if it counts. If not then Super Mario Odyssey so far. It's very early in the Gen for 2 competitors.

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#40 Seiki_sands
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Gen 1: Only played Pong from that era, so...Pong

Gen 2: Tempest

Gen 3: Ninja Gaiden II: Dark Sword of Chaos

Gen 4: Super Metroid

Gen 5: Age of Empires II

Gen 6: Metroid Prime

Gen 7: Bayonetta

Gen 8: Red Dead Redemption II

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#41 VFighter
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@Pedro: I'm actually with you on this, I'm trying to narrow down just one game per gen that ruled over all the rest but I can't. Each gen has had a large number of amazing games that have stuck with me over the years, can't really narrow it down to just one game.

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#42 CTR360
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Psx era resident evil ps2 xbox dreamcast game cube era ninja gaiden xbox 360 ps3 wii era last of us ps4 xbox one wii u god of war 2018 ps5 xsx switch era demons souls

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#43 thehig1
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Gen 3 - Castlevania (NES)

Gen 4 - Evo Search For Eden (SNES)

Gen 5 - Final Fantasy VII (PS1)

Gen 6 - Resident Evil Remake (GC)

Gen 7 - Mass Effect 2

Gen 8 - Rust

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#44 Jag85
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Gen 1 - Pong (Arcade)

Gen 2 - Pac-Man (Arcade)

Gen 3 - Ninja Gaiden (Sega Master System)

Gen 4 - Streets of Rage 2 (Sega Mega Drive)

Gen 5 - Final Fantasy VII (PS1)

Gen 6 - Resident Evil 4 (GC)

Gen 7 - Vanquish

Gen 8 - Streets of Rage 4