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411 Games Top 5 06.29.13: Top 5 Gaming Systems

June 29, 2013 | Posted by Sean Garmer

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there, forget about next-gen, it is time to find out what is the best ever gaming system?

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Stephen Randle (Games Zone Reviewer, Quizmaster of Four Player Co-op, Organizer of Co-op Multi Games Podcast and Writer of Wrestling News Experience)

5. Playstation Vita – I continue to stump for Sony’s handheld, which will be getting a big boost for the next generation. Think about this for a second, if you own a Vita, you already own a device capable of playing next-gen games! That’s why they’re implementing Remote Play with it, after all. But seriously, it’s a completely underrated device, and if Sony’s latest plans work out, the future could be bright.

4. Wii – Nintendo’s greatest accomplishment and potentially the point at which they went too far. The Wii was a good system. It sacrificed top-of-the-line graphics in favour of relying on a gimmick and strong first-party games, and to their credit, it worked better than anyone could have ever predicted. When done correctly, motion control was shockingly addictive, especially for someone like me, who has only ever wanted the ability to throw a baseball or swing a bat for real in my virtual baseball game. I threw my shoulder out playing Wii Sports, for crying out loud!

3. Super Nintendo – The console that came into prominence when I was hitting my teen years (yes, I’m old, shut up), and the one where a large chunk of my most memorable games resided. Also, I will assert that the SNES controller was the best controller ever designed, and all others are only imitations of its perfect size, shape, and configuration.

2. PC – I’ve never had a super-hot gaming PC, but I’ve always managed to game on whatever computer I’ve had, through a combination of key modifications and the ability to mess with my computer settings until I could do things like play Unreal Tournament on a computer with only 1 GB of available hard drive space. Plus, thanks to Steam, I can play all those big games I missed for incredibly reasonable prices. If it weren’t for the constant need to upgrade (even now, my latest PC is starting to use all “low” graphics settings for new games), it would be my favourite gaming device. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford that banging box that all the cool kids have with the ability to set all the sliders to “Extreme”. Ah well…

1. Playstation 2 – And it’s the console that came into prominence when I could actually afford to purchase one, and thus the one that, if nothing else, I played the largest volume of games on. It’s still the best-selling console of all time, and for a damned good reason: if there was a genre of game you wanted, you could find it on the PS2. Hell, they only stopped making them a few months ago, and we’re on to the PS4! I’d be willing to bet the PS3 won’t still be in production seven years from now,

Lee Jones (Reader Voice)

5 – Playstation – I remember doing this topic ages ago and my thoughts then are the same now, each console keeps getting better so my list will reflect that, sadly means I’ve cut the SNES off my list now. Wasn’t the 1st PS great? I’m really glad my mum didn’t listen to the Nintendo fanboy wanting the N64 and went with the better console. Those CD’s eh, no one will ever go for that :-S course alot of the games are abit too hard on the eyes nowadays, the price of going for realism in such a fast moving industry. I did love that I could now get games with multiple discs, it felt like I was getting more games, still too ignorant of the world to realise it was the format holding it back. I still get this out at times to link up with my bro’s and play some old school Command & Conquer Red Alert.

4 – Playstation 2 – Now if I was voting ‘for its time’ then this console would be top. It gave people a DVD player and has a fantastic library of games. This console is the argument for not having 3 big consoles, masses of developers only having to focus on 1 console led to great things. Ahh remember when almost every game had split screen? That’s what I miss most about this era. A console so loved that re-releasing games with a touch up became a way to make money this gen.

3 – PS Vita – Yes this is the most recent of my picks (despite my opening comment) but it can’t touch my top 2 picks due to the size limits of its games. I’m late to the Vita party but so far I’ve been impressed. There have been months where I’ve played it more than my PS3. Its hard to imagine how handheld gaming can get much better (roll on Gaikai). People who own a Vita like it alot and rake up some crazy playtime a week for what is meant to be a time filler on commutes. I doubt this will ever become as ingrained with consumers as the DS Lite but to me its more appealing.

2 – XBOX 360 – Yes I have my issues with this machine but I can’t take away its abilities. With things like Xbox gold, achievements, summer of arcade, gamercards, its pushed the industry forward. It gave us games like Bioshock, Limbo and Mass Effect well before Playstation owners got some of that, Halo, Forza and Gears still rack up the sales and have fans that would argue lead their genres. It used to have the biggest HD as well which was very welcome. I believe the future will see this gen as Microsofts (cause the hardcore will be too ashamed of growing up on the Wii)

1 – Playstation 3 – I made a promise to myself that the PS3 was going to be ‘my’ console, by that I mean that I got in at launch and have played near all the big releases, I’ve clocked over 300 games, I’m within touching distance of level 27 for trophies. It was the first console I went online with. It got me into smaller games via PSN. For years it was my only internet browser (I used to write this columns entries using the dualshock, it took forever), I’ve owned 60gb fat, 320gb slim, 500gb super slim. I’ve been a member of Plus since launch (anybody else miss the free PS games?) I have Christmas and Halloween dynamic themes I put up every year and the characters have been given names and back stories by my friends. Its due to the PS3 that I have become a hardcore gamer, I started reading games mags, listening to blogs, visiting games websites. I’ve ran forums for games and been an administrator for a community website. I’m an official Sony EU beta tester. Playstation 3 has inspired me and had a big impact on my life. No disrespect on the 360, it deserves to be well placed with everyone, but I made a promise that PS3 would be ‘my’ console. I doubt another gaming machine will ever play such a part in my life again.

Robert Cooper (Writer of Hammer of Doom Metal News Report, Weekly Contributor to Co-op Multi Games Podcast)

5. Game Boy Advance – This was one of the finer systems of my late childhood, I kind of include the Game Boy Color into this, because it can play all of the games from the GBC, so it’s almost a package deal. There were a lot of great games for this system, Advance Wars, Golden Sun (which had a really neat gimmick), Wario Ware Twisted, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Fire Emblem, numerous Final Fantasy games, some Metroid and Zelda games, and of course Pokemon! I couldn’t leave this system out of this list, too many great times had, and too much quality to ignore.

4. Xbox 360 – If this question had been asked to me before my 360 decided to croak, leaving me stranded with only 2 old systems for a year, I would have put the 360 at one of the Top 2 spots, but since it decided to die, it really made me contemplate the negatives rather than the positives, and while I still think it’s a good system. There are many good games for the system, and it was pretty affordable when it was all said and done. Not to mention in terms of the currents generation, the online features are also second to none.

3. NES – This is the system on my list that I have played the least, at least on the original system. But there was no way that I could keep this off of my list. I’ve more recently discovered the true beauty of 8-bit gaming, and it helps that this system had a innumerable amount of classics on it. It also brought videogaming back from the depths of hell, and without it, gaming wouldn’t be nearly as big as it is today.

2. Playstation 2 – So this was a really close decision, it almost made it in at the top, but my love and nostalgia for my number one, beat out what is honestly the high bar for video gaming in this modern age. Games, there are so many games and great franchises that got their start here, and there are many franchises that went to a new level once they reached the PS2. The library of games for it insane, when you consider that the PS1’s games were also included in it, it’s also nuts to think that Sony made the last game for the PS2 this year, and they stopped production of the system not long before. It is a testament to how great the system is, and I do regret never buying the system when it first came out.

1. Nintendo 64 – I usually always go with my head rather than my heart, but the system is still my favorite, and I still play it all the time. It was the last stalwart of the cartridge based consoles, and it did a great job with what it had. There were so many great games that I played as a kid, Ocarina of Time,Super Mario 64, WWF No Mercy, Star Wars Rogue Squardron, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Star Fox 64, Donkey Kong 64, Super Smash Bros, and of course, Goldeneye. It did the split screen multiplayer well, and the odd shaped controller worked out quite well at the end of the day. While the PS2 is the system I should put at #1, the N64 is where my heart is, and I feel like it needs some love. Plus, it has yet to break on me, you will have to drop it off of my room (all 1 story of it) to even try to damage it, and that is some quality that is hard to find nowadays (I’m looking at you, Microsoft).

Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer)

Honorable Mentions (do we still use these?)

Odyssey 2 – My very first game system. Will always have a spot on my list. It might not have been the best, but you can’t fault the one that got you started can you?

5.Nintendo GameCube – The GameCube was overlooked by some, and others saw the potential. I’ll admit it was the last system I picked up from the last generation, but games like RE4, and Viewtiful Joe made it worth it.

4.Xbox 360 – Could have been so much higher if the fucking things didn’t break all the time. At it’s launch, the Xbox 360 was the affordable next gen console. It had some great games, and the online features have only gotten better since it was released. Things like Streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Xbox video are just a few of the things that help the Xbox 360 make my list.

3.Sega Genesis – Mortal Kombat, with blood. That was the driving force behind me choosing a Genesis over the SNES. Granted beyond that, the SNES was easily the superior machine. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that the Genesis didn’t have some great games. There were plenty of reasons to love the Genesis. Eternal Champions, Comix Zone, Sonic! Those are just a few of the great games to bless the Genesis. In addition to that, Genesis does what ninten-don’t.

2.NES – Who doesn’t have great memories of this wonderful system? While the Odyssey might have been my first, the Nintendo is the one that got me hooked. The NES is what showed me the potential that video games could have. Things sure have come a long way, huh?

1.Playstation 2 – I was tempted to put the N64 here, but to be perfectly honest, the N64, for all of it’s good things, can’t even touch what the PS2 did for gaming. From GTA III, to the God of War series, the PS2 was where the benchmark was reset, and almost put out of reach.

Stewart Lange (Games Zone & Music Zone Reviewer, Writer of Retronomicon in Games Zone)

5. Game Boy Advance SP: I still, to this day, have my GBA on me most of the time. Why? Pokemon Ruby. That’s it. As simple as that. This console deserves a spot on my list purely because it can keep it’s place in a 28 year old man’s rucksack incase he gets 5 minutes to train his Marshstomp (that’s what she said).

4. Nintendo 64: I still find the N64 a really endearing, playable system. More than any others on this list, it makes it on due to the sheer playability and number of timeless classics that were released exclusively on it. Ocarina, Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye….. All still hold up and are as playable now as they were all those years ago.

3. SEGA Saturn: Yes, the Saturn. Yes, in a top 5 games machines list. Why, you ask? Well, it was the first console I bought with my own money, rather than got as a gift so boy, did I take such care of this thing. It was the first thing I owned I really treasured and let’s face it: the games weren’t all bad either. Mostly.

2. Xbox 360: My Xbox is the hub of my living room. It’s probably on for at least 60% of the time I’m home and awake, if not for gaming, then for Netflix, or DVDs, or iPlayer, or……….

If I had a PS3, it would be in this spot. I don’t own one, don’t hate me.
1. Dreamcast: My true love. It has like 3 of my favourite games ever on it, the VMU is my favourite peripheral ever and it was totally before it’s time. Gone, but not forgotten.

Francisco Ramirez

5. PSP – I know I’m going to catch some heat for this one, but damn, I’m a niche gamer and this catered specifically to me. While it was far from successful, the PSP was the perfect portable, again for me. I paid no mind to UMD movies, had few songs in it, but what I did have was a plethora of titles from NIS, Gust and Atlus. Persona 2: Innocent Sin finally made it to the states on th PSP. As well as fantastic I bet you never heard of it titles like Crimson Gem Saga, and Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman. The occasional original title like the 3rd Birthday and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was received like rain from heaven. Not the best portable out there, but I enjoyed the hell out of mine.

4. Playstation 2 – The most successful console of all time. Why not, great library, great exclusives, DVD player, what’s not to like? For a console to be successful it all comes down to the games. The PS2 had plenty, and while the XBOX came out during that generation, the PS2 won the battle with a focus on no particular genre. You wanted to play FPS, get and XBOX, everything else PS2. Mine is still out, niche Japanese titles are waiting to be finished, Ar Tonelico 2 for example, and the occasional Fire Pro Wrestling Returns match.

3. Playstation – To think the Playstation was at first intended to be an add on for the SNES. The victor in the 32-bit era of gaming, the Playstation is home to great games like Metal Gear Solid, Mega Man Legends, Tomb Raider, Tonba, and of course Final Fantasy VII, Suikoden II, Breath of Fire III, Final Fantasy Tactics. There is a reason the Playstation was so damn successful, a simple system, good controller and a damn good library.

2. SNES – It all comes down to the games I play, RPG’s. The SNES still is the measuring stick for the JRPG’s of today, Final Fantasy VI, the epitome of the series, Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire I and II, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Ogre Battle, hell even Tecmo Secret of the Stars was ok. Even for people who don’t like that genre of game, the SNES has classics that hold up even in today’s ultra-graphical titles. Contra III, Super Punch Out, Demons Crest, Super Metroid and one of my favorite games that has been lost to time, Super Turrican. Damn those were good times. Cherry on top, 2D fighters like Street Fighter II, Weaponlord, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat II.

1. PC – First and foremost I have to drop the disclaimer, I in no way, shape or form condone the illegal use of ROMS and Emulators. Now that my ass is covered, If we are talking about the ultimate gaming machine nothing beats a PC. Game systems come and go, and we are barely hitting the stage where we can play Imports without the need of modding, backlogs from old systems are just being available at a price via PSN Store or XBOX Live. Let’s face it though, while the PC is home to some great PC only games, Baldurs Gate II, Fallout 1 and 2, World of Warcraft, etc. It is also home to emulation. My SNES bricked a long time ago, I still have the cartridges though, when I felt a jonesing for play Ogre Battle I had a couple of options, purchase a new SNES, purchase a high cost copy of the PSX version, or download it. It is also the only place to play certain games that will never be imported, Mother 3 springs to mind, and the translation community is there. Meaning, the only way to play Mother 3 is to import a Japanese GBA with the game and read it in Japanese, or download the game with a translation patch. So when it comes down to it, the PC can not only play high end PC games, you also have at your disposal the possibility to play damn near every game, from every previous console incarnation, including Arcade’s, the legality of it is still at question. Especially if you have the original copies. Still, taking those facts into account, how can the PC not be the end all of gaming machines?

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