Game Informer's Month-Long Retrospective Celebrates The End Of A Console Generation

by Matt Bertz on Jul 03, 2014 at 08:25 AM

The month of July is notoriously slow in the video game industry. With minimal game releases and a post-E3 news vacuum, we aren't given many conversation pieces as we wait for more information on the highly anticipated games coming out later in the year. To fill the void, we decided to discuss the legacy of the last-generation consoles.

Owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 still have several titles to look forward to in 2014, but let's be honest: With shiny new consoles serving as the centerpieces for the majority of game developers moving forward, the glory days of these systems are in the rearview mirror and its only a matter of time before they join the Wii in the console graveyard. That makes this as good a time as any to chronicle our favorite gaming experiences on these sunsetting consoles.

Throughout the month of July, Game Informer is dedicating coverage to celebrating this wonderful era of video games. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we analyze the trends that defined the generation, count down our favorite games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, as well as pay tribute to great games that get snubbed by these lists. If you prefer more granular breakdowns based on particular genres, we also plan to count down our favorite role-playing, shooter, action, sports, fighting, racing, and platforming games across all the platforms. If the staff later determines that one of the games coming to these platforms in the future deserves placement on these lists, we'll revise accordingly. 

To round out the month of coverage, several of your favorite game developers are contributing to the conversation by sharing their top-five lists of the best games of the generation.

Our first feature will post tomorrow. Let's kick-start this coverage by sharing your favorite memories of the 360/PS3/Wii era in the comments section below.

Here are the lists:

Top 25 Wii Games Top 25 Xbox 360 Games Top 25 PlayStation 3 Games


Top 10 Role-Playing Games Top 10 Racing Games Top 10 Shooters

Top 10 Sports  Top 10 Platformers Top 10 Action Games


35 Developers Pick Their Favorite Games Of The Generation 


Breaking Down The Developer Top Five Lists


Editors Pick Their "Top 25" Snubs