Your Memories Of A Generation

Over the last week or so the team here at TSA have been posting our Memories Of A Generation, a series of retrospective glances at our defining moments of what is now last generation. We’ve discussed everything from Modern Warfare to Minecraft, from BioShock to Burnout – and (thankfully) you lovely chaps seem to have enjoyed reading our thoughts as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them.

So, before we put Generation 7 to bed entirely, and all pack our PlayStation 3s and Xbox 360s away in the spare room, we thought we’d ask you good folk to discuss your Memories Of A Generation with us.

In the same way you would for our weekly WeView feature, we want you to share your thoughts about the past generation of consoles, and games – and it couldn’t be easier – all you need to do is leave us a comment below, and we’ll do the rest.

A couple of things to remember: Firstly, whilst you’re most certainly more than welcome to write us a 4,000 word monologue, and every word will be appreciated, we know you’re a busy bunch, so a couple of paragraphs about that one stand out moment is more than enough. And finally, we merely ask that if you want to be included in our round-up post next week, you try to leave your comments before the evening of Sunday December 15th – as that gives us a bit of time to read them all and once again reminisce on what has been a monumental period for gamers.

Over to you!



  1. I have really enjoyed the Memories of a Generation series. It’s been a joy to read through everybody’s highlights and see what resonated with people and what displeased others. Last Friday I did a blog post of my own in the same vein as these because of how much I liked the idea.

    So, here are my Memories of Generation 7.

  2. This generation of gaming arguably I think has been the best for gaming. It has generated some truly outstanding games with mature narratives and expansion for player choice seen from the likes of Fallout to even Spec Ops: The Line.

    My favourite moment of this generation was the first time I sank my teeth into Warhawk. On the surface, it is a limited multiplayer only game yet beneath its skin is a game in which nothing occurs in the same way twice, teamwork wins and skill wins. Its also a really really good laugh playing with 3 other people splitscreen in a 24 player lobby.

    I also really loved Uncharted, my first PS3

    • game.

      As the next generation arrives, I certainly won’t be abandoning the PS3. With the great games untouched from Bioshock Infinite to The Orange Box, great games and consoles live on.

    • What happened there with your first PS3

    • Uncharted was My first PS3 game too. I was a bit out of gaming for a few years then saw an Uncharted ad at the Cinema that blew me away!

  3. I have a few brief moments that stand out to me, although they may not seem much now (as nostalgia can play tricks), but at the time they were awesome:

    CoD 4: Modern Warfare: I’m not sure I’ll ever forgot the start of “Ghillie in the Mist”, not even noticing you lying in the long grass. Was blown away by that, and catching the light blink off the enemy’s snipers’ scopes in the distance. Not to mention this was the game that got me into multiplayer, having missed the whole Counterstrike era.

    Modern Warfare 2: Killstreaks – manning a Predator Missile, Chopper Gunner or AC130 during a round of multiplayer was incredible, being able to take out handfuls of enemies at once was so satisfying, watching them try to run away! Even more of an adrenaline rush when on for a Nuke.

    Uncharted 2: climbing the fallen train in the snow. The game is brilliant visually and that part was ace. On par with playing the original Tomb Raider for the first time.

    Dead Space: amazing how well the sound and lighting was used, and the lack of HUD really added to the immersion. I was (embarrassingly) scared when first playing this. Later went back to it a long time after and it has since become one of my favourite series.

    The Orange Box: Half Life has some of the best (linear) level design I’ve ever seen.

    • Doing MW2 spec-ops with you was really fun. Probably some of the best level design found in any of the Call Of Duty’s.

      • I agree, the Spec-Ops missions were always a high-light for me, really good fun! The one where you had to hold down Burger Town with the Sentry Guns was brilliant fun. “I’m down, I’m down!!” Lol.

        Really gutted IW got rid of those in Ghosts for (yet another) hoard mode….at least MW3 had both.

      • Or that mission with the juggernauts at the oilrig and one of them attacked us immediately :’)

        Yeah, put me off unfortunately. Hopefully Killzone has something like this when its co-op releases.

  4. 1. Skate – had been waiting for this game since I first started skating in 1993. Perfect.

    2. Red Dead Redemption – as a huge GTA fan, I found this journey into the wild west an exceptional and unique experience.

    3. Uncharted 2 – games like this are by far my favourite genre. Bit of climbing, bit of shooting, bit of puzzling, bit of collecting. I thought this was the stand out game of the genre though.

    4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – the best FPS ever. It’s the only one I actually remember in the overly saturated market.

    5. Buzz – the reason why I bought a PS3 in the first place! Hours of fun spent with friends & family.

    Honourable mentions: GTA, Bioshock, Dead Space, Assassin’s Creed, Batman, Infamous, Tomb Raider.

    • I loved the Skate series. I hope they do a ‘reboot’ on the new consoles. I doubt I’d get rid of the PS3 until I could replace titles like BUZZ and Singstar – they always get a look-in when family come round.

  5. For me this generations big game was MAG. I spent hours on that game but not just sat on my own in my cave being sad, but discussing tactics frantically with friends in the same room and across the globe.

    With it being the first game to have 256 simultaneous players on a console it was incredible to say the least, but more importantly it brought together all manner of players. Hardcore shooters were side by side with casual gamers and interspersed between them were military strategists.

    It really changed the way I play games, now always opting for using my headset and being up for a chat or tactical discussions. It also added many new friends to my friends list who I still play online with today, some even from move than half a world away.

    Finally I will close by saying I joined the generation at the start and was with it will it grew and I think the industry and the gamers grew along with it. I’m excited to see how this generation brings gamers forward into more mainstream viewing and possibly start to see video game TV and tournament play coming to the limelight.

    Here’s hoping and eagerly awaiting.

  6. Test Drive Unlimited was a breath of fresh air for driving games. The map was huge. The whole of Hawaii’s main island recreated in great detail for you to explore (and find locations that you had seen on episodes of LOST). The way that the multiplayer worked, showing a number of players in your immediate location, made it seem like the island was full of other real players. You could still easily meet up with a group of friends to blast around the island and show off your latest car. Buying a new car was an event in itself. Exploring the showrooms and choosing the car options made the car feel more special than just being given or unlocking a new ride. Adding motorbikes expanded the game even more, especially since you could use the low super-cars as high speed ramps for getting the bikes into normally out of bounds areas.

    Burnout Paradise was another game that was just great fun to play. I got 1000GS on the Xbox 360 version and then went on to platinum the game on PS3. The co-op challenges were a genius idea and made for a great online community within the game. More experienced players would help out newer ones in completing online events, showing them tips and what they should be doing. The ‘Year Of Paradise’ that Criterion committed to resulted in some great game modes and car packs. I’ve yet to play another game with the same online spirit. Need For Speed: Most Wanted tried to improve on the formula, but the online scoring was broken and the magic just wasn’t there.

    Coming right up to the present day, GTA Online has showed glimpses that it could flourish into something special. All of the ingredients are there – A character you can progress, items and vehicles that actually feel like your own, cooperative missions as well as competitive ones and a massive, detailed world for you to explore with friends. It’s such as shame that it has appeared so close to the launch of new machines. If it can make the leap to PC and next-gen, we may still be talking about it in future retrospectives.

  7. Should do a poll!

  8. Disappointed not to get credited with the idea :-( lol.
    There’s so much I could write about for this. I think my most lasting memory overall of this generation is online gaming, both competitive and cooperative. It existed towards the end of the ps2 life cycle but it’s become embedded in the ps3 to the point where it’s often my first port of call when I buy a game.
    Then there’s trophies/achievements. My game completion percentage has shot up because of these and I love comparing my achievements in a game against other people.
    On top of that, digital downloads will be a lasting memory. Towards the end of my time with my ps3, most of my games were downloaded and saved on my hdd.
    In terms of games I think the ones I spent the most time on were:
    1 modern warfare – first time I’d ever experienced online shooters and I loved it.
    2 sid meiers civilization revolution – best strategy game I’ve played (never play games on pc).
    3 Tom clancy’s end war – good strategy game, excellent voice control.
    4 skyrim – complete madness when you think about what they achieved on that system (ps3).
    5 – uncharted – astounding at the time, visually, voice acting, story, gameplay. It had the lot.
    I’m just hoping the new generation can do as good a job of providing so many happy memories.

    • Thanks ;)

    • I was part of that Twitter chat and it’s just a slap in the face, eh? ;-)

      Seriously, though, for me… it’s the social and internet aspect of the generation that’s now retiring gently into the background. Sure, the games were wonderful and you can work out why. Journey, LittleBigPlanet, Left4Dead2, GTA V, Flower, Limbo, State of Decay, etc., but they also share a lot to do with what I really love.

      Barriers continue to be broken down with digitally delivered games (read: PSN, Steam, etc). Wipeout was one of the first. A game that could have easily had a hire RRP but was a very keen sub-£20 price, I believe.

      Then we have the gems like Journey, Limbo, Flower, etc. All delivered through the power of the internet and in a manner that showed devs and consumers alike that we could have tiny little gems (iOS games) and genuinely wonderful sized games like State of Decay or anything in between.

      My second but equally thankful mention goes to co-op gaming online and how that’s become so very social and integral to my love for gaming. Hundreds of hours poured into Left 4 Dead 2. Hundreds of hours filled with laughter and silliness. So many games played with Nemesis, AG2297, Teflon, Yogdog, Hannypoppie (who I met on TSA and are now 25 months into our relationship!), plus countless others (gazzgb, RyanMartin, etc) who’s more recent to the shenanigans but ever-so welcome. :-)

      So, to wrap things up. What I love about gaming is how much more it’s given me and how it continues to leave me awestruck by what a great hobby it is.

    • Don’t talk to me about Skyrim! It hasn’t left my console for weeks, 80+ hours in and not bored yet. Getting a bit laggy now tho…

  9. Too many to list so i’ll stick with the ones from a previous comment i made

    The first time i played flow and was so engrossed in the gameplay i didn’t realise i had been standing up the whole time while playing it.
    The same thing happened when i took my PS3 to a friends place, he stood there, silently engrossed and gently swaying with the sixaxis. I still dip into it now and again – and when i’m not feeling too lazy i play it standing up for the ‘authentic’ experience ;)

    LBP .. it looked like real puppets running around a garden when i saw the first video and the game itself exceeded anyone’s expectations in terms of the creativity it enabled and the value-for money it provided with the millions of free community levels.

    And now for my surprise .. Tumble. I thought it was awesome how i could reach in and manipulate those blocks in a 3-dimensional space using the Move, such a shame it was never developed any further but it was the defining moment for me in terms of motion control in gaming. I don’t think any other game since then has done anything as impressive in terms of giving the player 1:1 control.

  10. In brief: Dark Souls, The Last of Us, Oblivion, Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3, Uncharted 2, Bioshock, White Swan and Journey.

    My first game in this generation was Oblivion, my girlfriend still remembers the soundtrack. The story behind the Last of Us took me away. Uncharted 2 made me a PS3 fan (I started the last gen with XBOX 360). And the game that I have played and enjoyed the most, by far, Dark Souls. (I am gutted that Dark Souls 2 is not coming to PS4.)

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