Best Of The Generation: The Games That Were Bought First
Just like the title of this award, the eGamer staff wildly discussed the first purchases for the previous generation of consoles. Some are utter horror stories and others are journeys of self-discovery, or just misguided purchases. These were the games that we bought for that very first Xbox 360 and PS3, and we remember them fondly. So join us for a trip down memory lane.
This award is pretty self-explanatory. In this article, all of games we bought first, this generation, will be listed with details given by each writer for their choice, explaining the circumstances and story of their first game purchase, be it for PS3 or Xbox 360. These are our own personal experiences. So we do warn you to ready yourself for some awesome tales of gaming nirvana and some rather sad ones. Just remember no matter how bad the game may be that you purchased in the previous generation, there is always someone out there with a worse horror story.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Adam says: When I finally had the chance to buy current-gen consoles I bought a PS3 as my first choice for its exclusives. One of the first games I bought was the first title in the Uncharted series, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. I was never strictly into adventure games with puzzle elements, such as Tomb Raider. But Uncharted changed my opinion with a very direct cinematic approach and brilliant set pieces that set a standard of quality for the games that followed in the trilogy. Add to this, the weird monster twist to the original Uncharted and the unexpected supernatural exploits that ensued made the game all that more memorable. Nathan Drake was also one of the most likeable characters I had encountered in a videogame and Naughty Dog truly sold me on the Uncharted series. In the process, I was made to be a proud PS3 owner and I am glad that I made the jump to playing consoles once more.
Resistance: Fall of Man & Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Azhar says: I never intended to get a PlayStation 3 at launch. It was actually extremely unexpected and a total surprise to me when it happened. Back when it launched in South Africa, it was time off from school and we were going out for a family supper at Spur. That was in 2007, six years ago, which meant I was just fourteen at the time. Anyway, this was way back before my parents split up, and on the night my brother got an iPod in part celebration for good results on his report. My dad turned to me after that and asked “What would you like?” To which I instinctively said, “Nothing why? I didn’t do anything special to earn something,” implying that I didn’t exactly deserve a reward. So he basically said screw that and asked me point-blank, so I admitted to saving up for a PS3. And there, right before Spur, he just goes off seemingly having short-circuited upstairs and buys me the console, with Resistance: Fall of Man and Splinter Cell: Double Agent, despite my insistence that I could use the money I’d saved to get games. The first game I fed to my PlayStation 3 was Resistance: Fall of Man, and back then I didn’t even have an HD TV, would you believe. So here I was experiencing the “next-generation” in SD, but blown away by it despite that, as much as a fourteen year old mind could be, and so excited that part of me was afraid my PlayStation 3 wouldn’t be there when I woke up the next morning. Interestingly, it was actually my first ever home console.
AG says: Quite conveniently, the first game I bought for my PS3 was also the first game that truly showed me what this generation’s games were capable of. I got my PS3 several months after it releleased locally and in the preceding months had been avidly following the development of the first Assassin’s Creed. It was the first time I completely engrossed myself in gameplay videos and developer diaries for a game, it was also my initial encounter with gaming media as a bright-eyed 14 year old. It was a game with such an intriguing premise of reliving genetic memories and being a historical assassin that I was inexitricably drawn to it. The game still holds a special place in my heart for the wonderment it brought me, I even remember setting up the fat white PS3 in my room and watching the game install.
Dragon Age II
Cavie says: Dragon Age II – I didn’t actually buy a game for a few years after getting a console. I won my console in a competition, early in 2009. It came with Fable II, so I guess you could say that was my first real Xbox 360 title not counting that disc of arcade games I never played. However, I was quite lucky in being able to procure a whole bunch of games before finally forking out and paying for my own real game, and that was Dragon Age II, which I pre-ordered back in January 2011. Ironically, I could have just asked for the review copy and got my money back for the pre-order, since it was around that time that I started writing for eGamer (March 2011), but this thought never occurred to me because I wanted to give my money to BioWare, for providing me with so many great games of late, and having played the demo as many times as I did, I was relentless about paying for the game myself. And so it became my first full-price purchase. My only other was Far Cry 3. I’m a frugal gamer. And I’m Indian, so, double the savings.
Marko says: Saints Row was technically the first game that I got this generation, but it wasn’t bought willingly. Mind, I was 13 years old when I got my first Xbox 360, so I while I was still in school, my mom went and bought me the console as an early Christmas present. Of course, having a console with nothing to play with would be unwise so she asked the dude behind the counter what game he would recommend and that game was Saints Row. Not the most responsible purchase, admittedly. These days the first Saints Row would be seen as a crappy GTA clone with shallow gameplay, but for my 13 year old self this was pure pixelated gold. The “HD graphics” and “amazing controls” were enough for me to play it for days on end and forgetting to do my spelling homework. I was finally in the new generation after playing Pokemon for 300 hours on an emulated Gameboy and I couldn’t be happier.
Gears of War 2
Rudolf says: I didn’t jump into this generation from the very beginning, so instead let’s use names of the first games that stood out graciously from the rest as I acquired both the Xbox 360 (first) and PlayStation 3. As soon as the Xbox 360 flew into my room and begged for a nice warm spot to sleep and something to nibble on; the first game I fed to it was Gears Of War 2, followed by Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell Conviction. Assassin’s Creed II takes that crown. When I stole my PS3, I accompanied my theft with quite a few games. God of War III took the PS3 crown.
FIFA World Cup 2006
Alessandro says: By now you’re probably laughing at this, but I promise you there is a story. So back in 2006 I purchased an Xbox 360 from overseas, because for some reason my hipster tendencies started at a young age and I just had to have a console that few others would get locally. Problem with that was the fact that the console had yet to release in South Africa, and so I was doomed to another year of getting games when my parents happened to go overseas, much like I did for my original Xbox. And so, with 2006 marking the German World Cup, it seemed logical for my parents to purchase the official game for my Xbox 360, setting me up for six long (but enjoyable) months with my only game for the console. My next happened to be Gears of War, so it was clearly all uphill from then on.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Peloma says: NFS Most Wanted was the first game I bought for my 360 and I was happy that it was not a purchase that I regretted. There was an actual fun story that came with the career mode. The story was terrible but what I made it fun was the cheesy cut scenes that drove the whole comical point of how terrible the plot is, my main gripe was that there were not enough of them. Every time I ranked up on the Blacklist and checked my increasing Wanted level it made me feel like such a badass. After becoming Number 1 on the Blacklist and evading the police and creating millions of damage I couldn’t help but do a fist pump. Overall it was the most fun I’ve had playing a racing game and that’s saying a lot cause Im not that much of a fan of the genre.
These were the first games we bought for our respective consoles, and there is always a fond memory attached to that first buy. Through a whole generation of consoles, these games have stuck with us as novel gaming experiences that defined our early years of the past console generation. They paved the way for more games for us to play, but also have a special place in our gamerscore. We will remember them fondly.