Weekend Hot Topic, partial 3: What’s your favourite games console?
Is a SNES still a best console?

GameCentral readers name their favourite ever video diversion consoles, from a SNES to a PlayStation 2.

The thesis for this week’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader Grackle, who wanted to know that console (or home computer) is your favourite, and why. Do we still use a console in doubt and what diversion done best use of a format and how?

To a warn frequency anyone mentioned a Mega Drive or Xbox 360. With instead many votes separate between a SNES, N64, and GameCube; a PlayStation 1 and 2; and a Dreamcast. In other words, it was a sixth epoch of consoles that many people regarded as a best.

Ahead of a time

Easiest Hot Topic ever. The SNES was and stays a biggest games console ever and anyone who says differently can accommodate me on a stadium after propagandize to arrange it out! OK, so we might have complicated doses of nostalgia nonetheless a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, expelled in 1992 (Europe), tops my list of a many ideally crafted video games machines.

The winding morality of a form (let’s omit a unusual Famicom) was loyal from a Audi pattern propagandize and belied the, for a time, slicing corner record inside. 16-bit, high peculiarity 8-channel audio, and a mind floating 32,768 colours authorised for abounding diversion worlds full of fact and colour. And afterwards on tip was Mode 7, a mythical, world-altering ability to spin and stagger levels with palliate and best utilised, in my memory, in F-Zero and one sold turn of Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts.

Which brings me to a games. The SNES ushered in a loyal golden age of creativity and innovation. There were some-more expel iron classics than arguably any other console nonetheless my personal favourites had to embody Super Castlevania IV, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. Just reminiscing over them creates me feel nostalgic. For anyone who has missed any of these games their undying peculiarity keeps them as playable now as they’ve ever been. Try observant that about PS1 games!

The SNES supposing overtly noted gaming moments via my childhood, moments that have grown in appreciation as we have aged and gaming evolved. I’m vehement for a destiny and innovations such as VR, nonetheless we can’t suspect looking during another console with utterly a nostalgia evoked by a once strong SNES.
ProEvoSan78 (PSN ID)

The decider

I cruise my favourite console contingency be a PlayStation 2 as it was a console on that we initial motionless that gaming was my hobby. It wasn’t a initial console we had owned, as we had a Game Boy Colour and PS one previously and had played some kids PC games nonetheless we was a bit too immature during a time to unequivocally know what was going on. That altered with a PlayStation 2.

I remember opening it on Christmas morning and we contingency have been something imitative a Nintendo 64 kid. The graphics bewildered me during a time and a things probable on it were a genuine step adult from a PS one. Plus, it was good for personification DVDs. we wish Sony make a PlayStation 4 thesis formed on a PlayStation 2 like they did for a PS one anniversary, nonetheless with all a PlayStation 2 noises. So basically, my lustful feelings are all nostalgia nonetheless who cares?
Truk_Kurt (PSN ID)/Angry_Kurt (Twitter)
Now playing: Severed (PS Vita)

Still remember

I routinely have a sincerely endless collection of consoles bending adult to my TV: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Mega Drive, SNES, GameCube – nonetheless due to relocating residence soon, I’ve packaged all divided detached from a PlayStation 4, as it’s a one many used. Consequently, that’s got me looking brazen to removing them all out again once I’ve moved.

And a one I’m many looking brazen to playing? After years of essentially personification a aged 16-bit games, I’m astounded to find myself pining for a Xbox 360! The games we kept for it (amongst others) and demeanour brazen to personification again, are a Halo and Gears Of War series, as good as Dead Space 1 and 2. we cruise this is mostly due to a miss of identical games in a stream gen rather than feelings of nostalgia. So we theory it’s rather ban of a PlayStation 4 that zero most has been expelled in a final twin to 3 years that would make me forget a Xbox 360 like we did a strange Xbox.

I suspect we could have left Xbone in sequence to get a Halo and Gears Of War sequels, nonetheless that Xbone launch failure was adequate to sign that coffin for me!

My kids also favourite to drop into some Bomberman, ‘Splosion Man, and some of a other Arcade games too when a Xbox 360 was out, so it’s not usually me in my family either!
AbominableSloth (PSN ID)

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Personal favourite

My favourite games console? No doubt about it: a GameCube. I’d even go so distant as to contend that a whole sixth epoch of consoles (roughly a Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube era) is my comprehensive favourite and that gaming has never been improved before or since, nonetheless I’m removing forward of myself.

It was a day one squeeze for me, and we still remember picking it adult from my internal Woolworths (remember those?). Just a demeanour of a thing was adequate to locate a eye; tiny, charming and distinct any other games console adult to that point. I’m not certain a lift hoop ever had unsentimental use, nonetheless it unequivocally gave it a singular look. Same with a diversion discs; they always looked so frail to me, like they’d mangle if we reason on usually that tiny bit too hard.

As for a controller… Well, we don’t cruise any controller has ever managed to recapture usually how ‘right’ it felt in my hands (the Xbox 360 controller came closest). You know how infrequently we feel a certain something was done usually for you? Well, we had that feeling with a GameCube’s controller. It slotted gentle in my hands, a buttons were in easy reach, and a shoulder ‘plungers’ winding unequivocally easily with my fingers. It was a fun to reason and use.

This is all before we even get started on what was an implausible choice of games to me. The GameCube plays horde to Metroid Prime, that we arrange as my comprehensive favourite diversion of all-time, and also to a array of other games that we enjoyed immensely. Games such as Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, a Resident Evil remake, killer7, Viewtiful Joe, Zelda: The Wind Waker (which is positively in my personal tip 3 Zelda games) and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time kept me awestruck for many happy hours (yeah, we realize some of them are multiformat, nonetheless we still associate them with my GameCube library).

Sadly, my GameCube is now packaged away, nonetheless we did recently conduct to get a used duplicate of F-Zero GX for a reasonable price. Perhaps we should puncture it out again…
Andrew Middlemas

Easy answer

When we suspicion about it, this wasn’t a tough doubt to answer during all really.

Going by lifetime sales nonetheless I’m going for one of a slightest renouned home consoles ever produced, positively a slightest renouned in new generations: a Wii U.

I adore it for a one reason many seem to hatred it, nonetheless we don’t trust a haters have indeed spent any genuine time with it. we adore it given of a GamePad.

Whether it’s personification Splatoon or Star Fox Zero on a twin shade set-up, or personification Call Of Duty with a mate, Lego Dimensions with my daughters or many other games where we any have a possess full shade to use, it’s a shining square of tech.

People blink usually how modernized it is. we have a decent Samsung TV, I’ve enabled diversion mode, incited off all of a post estimate we could and even ventured into a use menu on it to invalidate other pieces that supplement latency too, nonetheless a GamePad with a uncompressed video feed has a reduce latency. There is a manifest difference! If we reason a mirrored shade adult and press glow or jump, a GamePad is clearly ahead. Keep that in mind when your VR headsets arrive with cables attached!

It’s adequate to urge my normal kills to deaths ratio in Call Of Duty from 1.5 to 2.25 (ish) when going from a TV to a GamePad.

Getting games for it in shops is problematic, nonetheless we don’t caring given they are roughly all right there on a eShop, a difference being Activision titles.

It usually has 32GB of storage, nonetheless we don’t caring as we have a 2TB unstable tough expostulate plugged into it.

It doesn’t have as many games as other consoles, nonetheless again we don’t caring about that either, as it has some-more games we like than we have time to play.

Between my family and we we have clocked 126 hours this month alone opposite 13 titles and over 4,800 hours opposite 91 titles given we got it behind in Nov 2012.

With any other home console where we need a TV to play, we would have managed maybe twin hours a week over a same duration with substantially 30 games by a finish of a tenure. That or carrying to select to spend time removed from my family, that was never going to happen.

It might usually be a Wii U nonetheless it’s been all we could have asked for in a console.
Antony white

Marvellous failure

My favourite console is a usually retro console that we still have henceforth setup: a Dreamcast.

After upgrading from a PlayStation, a ascent to a Dreamcast was phenomenal. we can still remember examination a opening cut stage for SoulCalibur (to this day, a best 3D kick ‘em-up) and marvelling during how good it looked. Games seemed so most bigger and richer than a prior generation.

The categorical reason we like it so most is simply given a games were so good. Pick roughly any genre and a best examples of it can be found on Sega’s tiny white machine. Games like SoulCalibur, Street Fighter III, Ikaruga, or Skies Or Arcadia all reason adult good to this day, and we will overtly never get wearied of personification Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, or Space Channel 5.

The Dreamcast was also a final time we can remember ‘arcade perfect’ being something to aspire to, and a final epoch of out and out ‘fun’ games before a pierce to dirty realism seemed to take over. How most of that is loyal and how most is my possess twisted memories I’m not certain though.

The Dreamcast is also a source of one of my saddest gaming memories: operative during Woolworths as a tyro and saying a outrageous arrangement of units, one year after a release, reduced to £35 given we could not sell them. Even during that comprehensive bonus cost we could not change those machines. we bought a backup section with my 20% staff bonus and have never even indispensable to open it given my categorical section still works perfectly.

I consternation how opposite a lifecycle, and by extension, complicated gaming, would have been if usually a few teenager changes had been made? A improved built-in modem, DVD support, and games that weren’t child’s play to bandit and we could have unequivocally opposite recollections of this tiny different machine.
Eiichihoba (PSN ID)

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Learning station

I’ve flattering most always had a games console or complement given a time of a Spectrum, and for me a PlayStation consoles have been my favourite. And out of them we have to contend a PlayStation 3 pips it for my favourite, even nonetheless we had such a good time with PlayStation 2. I’ve been a partner of Japanese games given a PS1 and that heavily shabby me flourishing up, as we started to learn Japanese in my late teenagers (partly to do with wanting to play Japanese games as they were expelled over there and we was ill of terrible localisation times).

I was a bit of a late adopter on a PlayStation 3, as we was still calm with my PlayStation 2 and genuine life was a bit some-more pell-mell during a time. But when we finally got one we was unequivocally happy due to it being segment free, as we could now import games most easier and finally put what was once a youthful dream to play Japanese games into reality. And given Japanese games fell rather from beauty it was an ideal time for me to put what we learnt into practice.

Some of a games have unequivocally helped urge my Japanese too like Sen No Kiseki (which we never suspicion would indeed be expelled in a West nonetheless is now Trails Of Cold Steel over here). For anyone who has played a diversion array know there is a vast overarching story and there was a lot of daunting vernacular in a game. we finished adult carrying to investigate about 10-20% of a kanji in a diversion nonetheless we had a lot of fun personification it and training more. we was also means to buy a lot of what we cruise good games that were never expelled here like Shining Resonance and Tales Of Vesperia (extended edition).

I also started importing American games given we could get them cheaper. DLC was also apropos some-more distinguished and DLC costs on American versions of games were some-more mostly than not 20 to 40% cheaper depending on sell rates and we felt US business always got treated improved than EU customers. Even some-more so now, looking during a stream EU PS blog and PlayStation store updates and sales.

Even nonetheless we have a gaming PC and a PlayStation 4 now, we will still mostly go behind to my PlayStation 3 to play some of my favourite games on there. When we have friends turn games like Everybody’s Golf are a contingency for us (at slightest until a PlayStation 4 chronicle is out). we have twin PlayStation 3s as we suspicion my aged strange indication one was failing on me so we got a Slim version. But to my surprise, and we am still uncertain why, my aged PlayStation 3 regenerated itself and now we have it placed in a vital room so we can swap where we wish to play.

I do like a PlayStation 4 nonetheless it has never unequivocally given me a same clarity of connection as a PlayStation 3 did. I’ve never unequivocally been into AAA games, with Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 being one of a few we am meddlesome in that are now out. Graphics don’t matter to me most as prolonged as a diversion is respectable (I have to acknowledge personification PS one classics on a 40-inch TV is a bit of a onslaught for me) and detached from graphics a jump from PlayStation 3 to 4 usually doesn’t seem as vast as a one from PlayStation 2 to 3 for me.
Syao

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