Does the massive popularity of the new Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 mean that the RPG games played on previous generation consoles such as PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii should be discarded, forgotten, thrown into the trash bin?
We think not! Indeed, the last 10 years were great for fans of RPG games (known as role-playing games).
Some of the best RPG games ever were released during this time and nobody is going to quit playing these games just because a couple of fancy new game consoles have been released.
Tomb Raider Anniversary (2007)
What makes the Tomb Raider series so popular is that it is the first major game to feature a female protagonist. Lara Croft is a compelling character, perhaps the greatest in the history of RPG games. She has since been played by major Hollywood star Angelina Jolie in a major Hollywood blockbuster based on the game. Tomb Raider Anniversary, released in 2007 was designed specifically for PlayStation 2, and was the main reason for people to favor PlayStation 2 over competitors such as Xbox. Tomb Raider Anniversary has been released on Xbox 360 too, but we like the PS2 version better. Tomb Raider is a great example of how to make a game so much more than just a game. In fact, millions of Tomb Raider fans have seen the movie and are familiar with the game and its characters, without actually playing it themselves. Really, the game is much better than the movie!
God of War 2 (2006)
God of War 2 has a terrific protagonist in Kratos, and is a shining example of how to get the best out of an old generation game console. It was one of Sony Santa Monica’s greatest triumphs and features some of the most amazing characters in the history of video games. The entire game flows well and the sword fights are legendary. The combat sequences in the God of War 2 are the best you get in gaming. This is a game you should play soon, if you haven’t already.
Pokemon: Black and White (2011)
Pokemon is an incredibly popular game and easily Nintendo’s very best. Over 5 million gamers have played Pokemon since its release, which just shows how success it has been. Pokemon: Black and White remains the best DS game ever. Nintendo has since moved on to 3DS since then, but it still retains DS just for Pokemon – why change such a winning formula! Now, critics don’t think much about the character development for Pokemon: Black and White, but the people who matter – the gaming fraternity– isn’t complaining.
TOCA Race Driver 3 (2006)
TOCA Race Driver series was released first on PS2 in 2006 and has been a tremendous success. When the TOCA Race Driver 3 was released, most people were already familiar with it. The 2006 version of TOCA Race Driver built upon that. The game has since shifted to PS3 and Xbox 360 and has gone on to become one of the most popular racing games on both consoles. TOCA Race Driver 3 introduced so many innovative concepts that have since been duplicated by many new racing games such as Forza 5 and Gran Torino 6. TOCA Race Driver 3 was a sensation when released, and still remains a great game to play.
Gran Turismo 6 (2013)
Gran Turismo is without question one of the best racing games ever made. Gran Turismo 6 is a much improved version, with amazing visuals, superior handling and a great progression system. The older versions of Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 4 and Gran Turismo 5 had become somewhat boring, which is why a complete remodeling of the game was done. Gran Turismo 6 is one reason not to get rid of your old PlayStation 3 on eBay, even though you’ve got the latest PlayStation 4 at home.
Raghav Hegde, Bangalore
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