As of the release of the Nintendo Wii U, the 8th generation of video game consoles has officially begun. Video game publishers are focusing entirely on games for the 7th and 8th generation consoles and some aren’t even publishing for 7th generation any more. Despite the inevitable march of progress, not all gamers even have 7th generation consoles, let alone the new Wii U. For gamers still using a PS2, Xbox, or GameCube, no new games are being released, but there are plenty of old games still available. A few of those old games are so good that they actually compare favorably with sequels or similar games on later consoles. The following are the best of the games that hold their own against 7th generation counterparts.
Final Fantasy X (PS2) – Final Fantaxy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV have both been released for the 7th generation consoles, but neither reached the level of quality of Final Fantasy X. The former broke with tradition so much that many fans of the series rebelled and the latter was so bad that it never left free-to-play. Final Fantasy X is arguably one of the top three games ever made in the series and is as fun to play today as it was years ago.
Halo 2 (Xbox) – Many fans of the series would argue that the Halo series peaked with Halo 2. It had a compelling storyline and an addictive multiplayer mode. It is still possible to play online on Xbox Live even though the new generation is out. The later Halo games are all good games, but none improved so much as to invalidate this classic.
God of War / God of War 2 (PS2) – The God of War games are action orgy. Button mashing has never been as fun. The PS3 sequel, God of War 3 was gorgeous, but other than ending the mesmerizing storyline of the first two games, it wasn’t a notably better game than its predecessors. Anyone who doesn’t absolutely insist on the newest and best graphics will find the early games just as fun as the latest one.
Metroid Prime (GameCube) – Metroid Prime is one of those rare games that is arguably the best of its generation. The first person shooter continues the intriguing story of Samus that Nintendo fans know and love. A Wii sequel exists, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but that game actually got worse reviews than the original. Given that the Wii is only mildly technologically superior to the GameCube, this original is definitely as good as or better than its 7th generation counterpart.
Disgaea / Disgaea 2 (PS2) – Like many tactical RPGs, the Disgaea series does not focus on graphics. As such, the PS3 sequels are only mildly better looking than the PS2 versions of the game. Game play is almost identical and the stories and characters of the first two games are honestly more interesting. The original has the best story and characters while the sequel has slightly better mechanical elements. Both games provide hours and even days of high quality fun.