In one month, some of us will be welcoming brand new consoles into our home. We will start another journey that will be filled with more memories and even better gaming moments. Sadly, with the start of a new console journey, it usually means the previous journey has to end. As we say goodbye to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, I wanted to take a look back and show you some of my favorite games from this generation.
(There are only 2 Xbox games on this list so I will get those out of the way first)
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
The first game that really welcomed me into this generation was Sunset Overdrive. This colorful world dominated by a soda company was such a fun and fresh gameplay experience. Whether it was grinding on the rails to get across the map, or the insane weapons you have access to, Insomniac didn’t disappoint in their first game that wasn’t published on a Sony console.
Sunset Overdrive is easily my favorite Xbox One generation game and I’m very much looking forward to playing it again on my PC or on the Xbox Series X.
Cuphead (Xbox One)
The second game is one that I actually never finished. Cuphead is a very unique game where the design is based off of cartoons from the 1930’s and it is all hand drawn. The moment this game was shown at the Xbox conference, I knew that I had to play it and it would be so unlike any other game I ever played, and boy was I right.
This game is frustratingly hard. I’m not a fan of the Dark Souls series, but this is Dark Souls as a platformer. While the game is super frustrating and I may never beat it, it is still a game that defines the Xbox generation that deserved all the accolades it received. Maybe one day I will beat it, but no promises.
With the Xbox One generation slowly transforming into the Series X, lets take a look at some games on the PlayStation side that defined this console as well as became my favorites.
inFamous: Second Son (PlayStation 4)
I’m first going to start off with inFamous: Second Son. While I was never a fan of the first two games in the inFamous series, there was something fresh about Second Son that made me pick it up. It could be that it seemed lighter than the past two titles or the need to play any brand new game on the PlayStation 4 at the time, but I’m glad that I put the time into this game.
I really enjoyed playing this game. I don’t really remember much about it since I played it 6 years ago, but I did complete the DLC very recently and it made me thirsty for another game in this new inFamous universe. Even though Sucker Punch has their new IP, Ghosts of Tsushima, to work on, I always have a glimmer of hope that we can return to this franchise in the new generation.
Detroit: Become Human (PlayStation 4)
Another game that I REALLY enjoyed was Detroit: Become Human. I have never played a David Cage game before but the concept of AI robots being a major part of society, as well as a demo at PAX East. Once this game came out and I put some time into it, playing as the different characters and seeing the flow map that has all the different outcomes, I knew that this game was going to be amazing and I was right.
I loved playing this game and at the time I was fully set on giving it another play through just to unlock different endings, but that need went away at some point and I never gave this game a second playthrough. Maybe that will change when I plug in my PlayStation 5.
Time to get into the BIGGER titles!
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4)
Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the best games this past generation. Unfortunately, it came out the week before the Nintendo Switch released so I didn’t pick it up until recently. And while I defend my decision on playing Breath of the Wild first, I do regret not picking this up sooner. While I am not the biggest fan of open world games, the gameplay really got me hooked. It might be the robot animals in the wild, or it could be the bow and arrow being the main weapon (which is usually always my favorite type of video game weapon).
I also didn’t really understand the story, it was a bit confusing for me but after I finished it, I watched a quick video which described everything that happened and boy was that a great game! This game got me so much more excited for the sequel, Horizon: Forbidden West (estimated 2021), and that will easily be a Day 1 purchase for me.
God of War (PlayStation 4)
Just like the original inFamous series, I was never the biggest fan of the God of War titles. I wasn’t a PlayStation kid growing up so I didn’t really have the opportunity to play any of the God of War titles until the PS3 era (where I still didn’t play any of the games) but watching the E3 tease of the new game got me excited. Once the game finally came out, I enjoyed it even more. The overall story of this game was amazing and it was nice to see Kratos take on a new role in his life, as well as go back to who he used to be.
Instead of being a battle loving God killer, he is now a protective father God killer, and that is called character growth. God of War is easily one of the best games on the PS4 and I am very excited to play Ragnarok when it comes out. (Currently estimated for a 2021 release)
The Last of Us Part II (PlayStation 4)
The second to last game on this list is a more recent and controversial one (for stupid reasons), it is The Last of Us Part 2. When the first game came out back on the PS3, I tweeted out that this was a masterpiece, one of the best games I have ever played in my life. I would’ve been so happy to leave it at that and never get a sequel because the game was perfect. That didn’t happen.
TLOU2 came out this year and it stirred some conversation. Some people didn’t like that the main character was of the LGBTQ community, some people didn’t like the other playable character being strong and having a toned body, some people thought they handled another character the wrong way there was also another suggestive scene that turned people the wrong way; so you can say that this game had a LOT of conversation going on around it that wasn’t so positive. I won’t go into much detail about my thoughts of the game, besides the fact that I LOVED it. (You can read my full thoughts of the game right HERE)
Finally. We made it to the my final favorite game of this PlayStation generation, and it just so happens to be my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE game from the PS4.
Spider-Man (PlayStation 4)
Spider-Man blew my mind in every single way. I remember watching the E3 teaser and immediately being onboard with this. Right before the game was announced, my mind was quenched for another Spider-Man game, or a game where I can sling through NYC. Spider-Man got announced and my quench got stronger. I needed to play this game. I remember sitting in a Ford Service Area the day that Game Informer had Spider-Man on their cover, and it was also the day they announced the Collectors Edition. I refreshed Best Buy every minute to see if it became available for pre-order.
Once the game finally came out in September of 2018, I couldn’t put it down. It was the only game I played until I was able to complete it and make it the first Platinum Trophy I ever achieved on PlayStation. The story of the game along with the feeling of the city and this new Peter Parker had me in love and I always wanted to play more and more. Whenever the new DLC came out, I played it immediately just because I wanted to get back into that universe. I never got into the New Game Plus mode, but I will guarantee you I will be playing this game again once the PS5 comes out alongside the new Miles Morales game.
Well there you have it. Those are my favorite games from this past generation. While it is a sad time to say goodbye to the consoles that have been in our hearts and on our desks for the past 7 years, we all knew the day would come when they would get sold, traded in or put to the side so the next great thing can take its place. While I am sad that I don’t have my PS4 and Xbox One anymore, I know that in such a short amount of time, I will plug that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in and be ready to make even more memories.