GameCentral readers name their favourite ever video diversion consoles, from a SNES to a PlayStation 2.
The theme 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.
The PlayStation 2 is my favourite console since of a perfect volume of fun we had on it. Timing was a key, in a early 2000s I’d recently bought my possess home and console gaming was still comparatively new to me.
Being means to do accurately what we wanted when we came home from work led to some critical gaming. we frequently stayed adult late with a PlayStation 2 and put in several all-nighters, many particularly with Grand Theft Auto III and Metal Gear Solid 2.
On a face of it Sony’s second console wasn’t that special, both a Xbox and a GameCube were technically improved machines. But a PlayStation 2’s immeasurable program library was unfit to ignore.
If we owned a PlayStation 2 we never felt we were blank out. Fans of mainstream games were catered for, as good as players of peculiar and outlandish role-players.
I have to acknowledge a initial pattern of a console wasn’t that good yet a slimline chronicle is a thing of beauty. That epoch of consoles (is it called a sixth?) is by distant a best we’ve had in my opinion.
GC: Yes, that’s a sixth generation.
A genuine looker
Looking behind my favourite console is a GameCube. It was my initial Nintendo console and we got it in my early teenagers when we had a lot of giveaway time to play games. It might not have had a decisive editions of Mario or Zelda yet it had a lot of good games nonetheless. Metroid Prime and F-Zero GX were highlights, as good as good third celebration games such as Resident Evil 4 and SoulCalibur II with Link!
The controller was good and during a time personification wirelessly regulating a Wavebird felt futuristic. The console itself was also charming, in my opinion a tiny purple brick is a best looking console ever made.
I always felt a console was foul ignored and deserved better.
The PlayStation was/is my favourite console. It came out when we was eleven and even yet we desired a Atari, Amiga, and Sega consoles we had, this felt like a large step forward.
The T-Rex demo whetted my ardour for a initial games we owned: WipEout, Worms, Destruction Derby, Raiden, and International Track And Field.
Then it nurtured my adore for a Japanese role-playing game. Suikoden, Breath Of Fire, Wild Arms, Tactics Ogre, and of march Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, and Tactics.
Even yet it’s not my favourite diversion on a system, Tomb Raider will always have a many jaw dropping moment; of march it’s a T-Rex again.
This console also coincided with my initial forays into shopping and trade games and also pirating, with it being chipped and games being bought from Daz a few streets over.
My crony still has my PlayStation and we infrequently play it still with many of a games we play still being utterly good (lots are terrible though).
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When it came to favourite consoles, we always used to usually contend a SNES true off. No question. But I’ve cooled on it a bit lately. Playing Virtual Console versions of games has done me notice a slack for PAL versions, a borders feel like some-more of an emanate than they used to. we usually used to accept yet doubt that Street Fighter II usually took adult about one-third of a shade since that’s what console games were like for some reason. Maybe it’s also nostalgia wearing a bit thin.
The Game Boy Advance is a console that we always feel fondly towards. Sort of. More so a games library, that is excellent. But it’s let down by a outrageous proliferation of counterfeits – it’s roughly unfit to feel secure in shopping a lax GBA diversion on eBay now, and even during MCM a other month we beheld loads of feign games in among a things of retro diversion stands. That creates it a frustrating console to buy for now, singular it to sentimental purposes.
Of march a biggest problem with a GBA is a tangible console itself. Three attempts Nintendo took during it, and nothing of them strike all a right notes. The initial has a best shape, yet a faith on batteries feels primitive and a skip of a backlight is crippling. we favourite a SP during a time, yet a front-light looks uncanny now and it’s usually too tiny and awkwardly done to use for prolonged periods, with really clacky, skinny buttons that feel odd. And a Micro is usually too small.
So in all, I’d contend my favourite console now is a Wii U. It’s got a plain (if small) catalog of a possess games, and a outrageous operation of games from prior consoles available, that are a correct versions for once and flattering priced. The GamePad’s Off-TV functionality is handy, even if it’s generally under-utilised and has terrible battery life. But a Pro Controller is a nicest joypad ever done and lasts so long. I’ve had one about dual years now and have had to assign it 3 times. It’s a contrition a Wii U hasn’t had a same success as a Wii, since we consider it deserves it more.
Choosing a favourite console is really difficult. we have had so many yet did skip out on a SNES and PlayStation 1, that are really rarely regarded.
- There is a N64 with Goldeneye and Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
- The Dreamcast with a preference of arcade greats and also Skies Of Arcadia.
- The PlayStation 2 with a really different games selection, including a lot of good Japanese role-playing games and God Of War.
- The strange Xbox with Halo and Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic.
- The Wii with a Super Mario Galaxy games.
- The PlayStation 3 with a Uncharted series, The Last Of Us, and Valkyria Chronicles.
- And a Xbox 360 with all of that generation’s best third celebration games, and Halo 3 and Gears Of War 2.
Yet nothing of those make a tip two.
The curtain adult mark goes to a PS Vita. we know this is a bit left margin yet a Vita is indeed my favourite games appurtenance formed usually on a console itself. A unstable console with twin sticks, touchscreen/pads and utterly a bit of estimate power. Sadly, it never got a games choice it deserved yet a Danganronpa series, Virtue’s Last Reward, and Disgaea 4 were positively highlights. It also let me play PS1 and PSP games we had formerly missed.
And a leader is a DS due to a hugely different games library and Nintendo’s creativity. The fact a DS was behind concordant with a GBA is also a large boon, as together they offering a series of SNES remakes such as Chrono Trigger and classics like Advance Wars. During a lifetime we never went anywhere yet my DS and as it was segment unbarred we bought many games while travelling.
Currently playing: Hitman Go, Trails in a Sky: Second Chapter, Destiny and Life is Strange.
First time essay for a Hot Topic yet we couldn’t pass this one up. My favourite console? Easy: PlayStation 2. I’d dabbled with gaming before a PS1 epoch as a child, yet didn’t get concerned until many after on. Skip brazen to 2002, when we was operative and had disposable income so we bought a PlayStation 2.
I was blown away, this tiny box non-stop a star of sorcery with unconstrained worlds of possibility: Final Fantasy X, Devil May Cry, Onimusha, and Silent Hill 2. we also, by a console, detected a golden epoch of PS1 games that I’d formerly missed: Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve, Metal Gear Solid, etc. The list goes on and on.
As Spock would say: gigantic farrago in gigantic combinations. It totally rekindled my adore for gaming and will always be my favourite console. Not usually that, yet by personification Japanese role-playing games we found myself removing into anime and from there Japanese cinema and literature. The PS2 altered my life for a better!
I even have an NTSC chronicle to play games from a US that we never got, and still possess about 100 games. we will continue personification PlayStation 2 games until a really end. Keep adult a good work!
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Better than good
Favourite games console ever is flattering tough. The NES, SNES, and PS1 are all really clever contenders. But for me it has to be a Sega Saturn.
Back when we initial got it, it was simply ‘good’. It had what are to this day dual of my favourite role-playing games ever: Shining Force III Scenario 1 and Panzer Dragoon Saga – as good as some other fun ones such as Mysteria, Story Of Thor 2, and Shining The Holy Ark.
It also boasted an forlorn collection of glorious arcade conversions, such as Virtua On and Fighting Vipers from Sega themselves. As good as clever showings from SNK and Capcom in their heydays, including King Of Fighters ’95 and X-Men: Children Of The Atom – one of my all-time favourite fighting games. There were also some good console exclusives from Sega, such as Burning Rangers, Fighters Megamix, and NiGHTS Into Dreams (though particularly not a correct Sonic game, that would turn a outrageous bruise mark among owners).
But it was years after when we started deliberation it a best. Once we got an Internet tie adult and using in a failing days of a Saturn, we found out about a implausible Japanese-only library.
First in CeX behind when they sole import games, and after on eBay we solemnly picked adult shining games like Blast Wind, Shining Force III Scenarios 2 and 3, Hyper Duel, and Taromaru. we consider a time it took me to get some of these games during reasonable prices might have combined to my affinity for a console too, as my now modded Saturn has been kept in use flattering many from a time Sega forsaken support right adult to this day by not usually aged favourites yet also a solid tide of titles new to me.
The revised Saturn controller (with a smaller L/R buttons) is still one of a many gentle joypads I’ve ever used, and we diversion on PC with a USB chronicle of a pad for any diversion that doesn’t need an analogue joystick. The strange UK joypad was terrible and roughly put me off shopping a console in a initial place, and had that been a usually controller for a life of a console we substantially wouldn’t have selected a Saturn as my favourite.
So for me a Saturn’s pivotal strengths were a illusory extended program library and a revised controller (as an aside we also desired a 3D spaceship CD actor interface). As for a diversion that done best use of a format, a large lift for a Saturn/PS1 epoch was a CD drive, and a diversion that done best use of this on a Saturn was substantially Panzer Dragoon Saga. Coming on 4 discs each singular impression in a whole diversion was entirely voiced, that was most unheard of on consoles during a time.
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