Consoles have come a long way since the days of the Commodore 64s and Amiga. A few generations ago console games consisted of not much more than a pixel bobbing along towards another pixel. The games were based on playability alone, and couldn’t offer anything much in terms of graphics or depth. Now look at them; as sharp and graphic as a HD movie, with epic amounts of data and gameplay fused with trailers and furious online play.
Still, many of the lists and meta-reviews available online point to an inescapable fact; sometimes the old-school games wipe the floor with the modern stuff, which tends to focus too heavily on jazzy cut-scenes, and misses out on the tear jerking storylines and addictive simplicity of the console games of the past. Here are 6 of the best console games ever made, old and new, taken from various lists and reviews, and with variety kept in mind:
Final Fantasy 7- PS1
The FF series really took off with the 7th installment. FF7 was way, way, ahead of its time, offering over 100 hours of RPG gameplay, cut-scene graphics that still manage to look good today, an orchestral sound track composed specifically to suit, and a storyline that turned this series into a cult classic. In the eyes of its fans FF7 can never be matched, by anyone, ever. It was rated an epic 97/100 by Playstation magazine at the time, and is still widely regarded as one of the most complete and beautifully written games ever to be made. This game will be in the heart of its fans forever.
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time- N64
Perhaps one of the leading games for the N64, Ocarina of Time has the player journey through the life of Link, as he travels through time and space to save the princess Zelda. An RPG based game, featuring a ton of side quests, an in-game fighting system that gave it action, and a compelling main story, Zelda was another pioneer of a game. It offered a non-linear world for gamers to explore; a refreshing break from the 2-dimensional games before it.
GTA4- PS3, Xbox 360
The controversial gangster series has always been a big hit, from its days as a strange birds-eye-view shooter/driver, to its development into a fully 3D gangster world. Set in fictional Liberty City (based on New York) the story follows Niko Bellic, a war veteran, through his life of crime and underground activity. Highly regarded and scoring highly in reviews, the GTA series has always been met with an equal force of criticism for its open display of drunk driving, prostitution, violence, and bad language.
Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare- PS3, Xbox 360
Call of Duty changed the face of shoot-em-up games, and set the bar for any more to come. It has since swept the market, and continues to make a success of its releases, despite the slightly samey feel of some of the games. The peak of the series, according to many reviews, was COD 4: Modern Warfare. For anyone not familiar with the game, the idea is to shoot the enemy. There are many game modes, and the game is developed with online battles at the heart of it. Look out for the up and coming COD: Advanced Warfare, which will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One (both getting affordable on sites like Gumtree
Super Mario- NES, SNES, Gameboy, N64
It was impossible to pick just one Mario game to add to the list. Impossible. The first Super Mario brothers for Gameboy was one of the best, and many that followed were just as good, including the massive SNES collection which featured color versions of most of the games in the series. The N64 took Mario to a 3D world; a scary thought for fans, but one which was highly successful, and made for one of the greatest games to date.
The music is haunting and stays in the mind of players for years to come, and the gameplay is simply phenomenal. Tetris is really not only a game; it is also a symbol for a simpler time. A time when finding the right space to best place a block was all that really mattered.