What is or has been your favourite gaming system?



  • Having played on a host of different systems over the course of my life, it stands to reason I might have a favourite. It could be down to the games available, the experience we had, be it offline or online, or it could simply boil down to something a lot more specific.

    For me it was between the PS1, PS2, Dreamcast or the PC. Ultimately I went with the PS1, both due to the games on the system and my time/experience with it. So many PS1 games remain my personal favourites and I found that the the birth of 3D and the new genres and types of games it spawned was something that I'm not sure we'll ever experience again.

    So how about the rest of you?



  • This is a reeeeeeeal toughy. I am a firm believer that, generally (NOT entirely), the quality of games has improved over time so that the number of good games released each year has increased but, also, bad games are better than they used. This matters because my choice comes down to PS3, the system I have probably played the most, and Super Nintendo, a system I have played a lot but have never actually owned. I think, because of the lack of RPGs on the PS3 and also the fact that a large number of its good games are available in an improved form on PS4, my choice is the SNES. I've been catching up on what I missed on my Analogue Super NT recently and have been having a blast.



  • @e_zed_eh_intern said in What is or has been your favourite gaming system?:

    This is a reeeeeeeal toughy. I am a firm believer that, generally (NOT entirely), the quality of games has improved over time so that the number of good games released each year has increased but, also, bad games are better than they used. This matters because my choice comes down to PS3, the system I have probably played the most, and Super Nintendo, a system I have played a lot but have never actually owned. I think the lack of RPGs on the PS3 and also the fact that a large number of its good games are available in an improved form on PS4, my choice is the SNES. I've been catching up on what I missed on my Analogue Super NT recently and have been having a blast.

    Such a wonderful choice. It's always difficult for me, living in the UK to fully relate to the people on America that grew up on the Snes. First off is that the Genesis really kicked off here so a lot of people didn't experience the Snes. In addition though, we didn't get a host of the systems best games such as FF6 and Chrono Trigger



  • It's between:

    • SNES: A lot of Childhood nostalgia i'm sure, i didn't play many of the classics on the system back then like FF VI, Chrono Trigger or Link to the Past but i remember having a great time with SMW, Super Mario Kart, Secret of Mana and Evermore and the GOAT Super Metroid. All in all an amzing console.

    • PS2: Hit reight around when i was a young teenager, playing GTA, Final Fantasy games, Kingdom Hearts, DMC, etc.. was mindblowing). One of the best libraries in gaming history for sure.

    • PS3: I pretty much played all multiplatform games exclusively on PS3 last gen, still have around 170 PS3 games on my shelf. Maybe it's that the Generation was greater than the PS3 itself, but i have very fond memories with a lot of games i played on it. Also i still have my original PS3 from 2008 and it still works pretty well despite being used pretty much daily for 6+ years until the PS4 came out haha.

    although it feels like the PS4 is getting my favorite platform ever with each passing day. This gen was really great and the amount of high quality games is super impressive. if i had to choose today though i wpild probably go with the PS2.



  • I've only owned in my lifetime: GameBoy Color, SEGA Genesis, N64, PS1, GameCube, PS2, PS3, X360 (for a month before it broke), PS4, PS Vita, Switch.

    Hard to pick your favourite. The Ninteno 64 has all the childhood memories, the PS2 has those sweet sweet middle school memories, and PS3 was my peak video game playing years.

    I have to go with PS3. There were tons of amazing games, the graphics blew me away, the media features made it more useful than my laptop at the time. It was a full package system that released right when I had the most time in the world to play games.

    Runner ups would be PS2 or GameCube.



  • Dreamcast



  • @sheria Yeah, I grew up with Genesis and loved it and always got into the console war stuff and tried to defend my baby but deep down, I always knew I preferred the SNES - and that was before I even knew what RPGs were!



  • I also grew up with genesis and like many genesis games like sonic when i was kid. but then i shift to PC and never look back.

    although I play occasional on playstation 1, xbox but just couldnot really care about most console games. in late 90s and early 00s. PC was so ahead of console its not even funny. I mean most of PS1 games had bad camera and controls while PC games of that era from Quake, Half life, Deus Ex, System Shock and Max payne still age well more than MGS1, MGS3, early resident evil, early tomb raider etc. former are still playable, later are not.

    I never got into early 3D console games for some reason. genesis 2D games are far better imo.



  • I think I have to go PS1 because I really like early 3D games. They're weird and make cool visual and design decisions. The 2D games on the system were often like more polished 4th gen games. It also has one of the largest libraries of untranslated Japanese games too, so there's a lot to discover beyond just the stuff that was localized (and sometimes that was its own issue, like with Ace Combat 3 for example).



  • Personally, it has to be the PS2.

    The library combined with the PS1 backwards compatibility hit me in the most formative of my gaming maturation, so I'll always hold it as my number one. Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, God of War, Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank..... What a system.

    But a couple of Honorable Mentions though: The Xbox 360 for a combination of its controller, online service leading me to several friends, and of course games (Gears of War, Left 4 Dead, and Halo), and the PS4 because the exclusives are incredibly. Finally, the PSP doesn't get enough love.



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  • For me it's between the SNES, Mega Drive, PS2 and Gamecube. I don't know which is my favorite. I'm just very fond of the 4th and 6th generations of consoles.

    The original Game Boy and GBA are also some of my favorite systems.



  • N64, that's when rental stores existed, and I got to try so many different amazing games you never hear people talk about. Plus those were the days of Goldeneye 007, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party, Snowboard Kids, and the origins of Super Smash Brothers, so unforgettable couch versus memories that not even today's online multiplayer world can touch. Not to mention how rad the systems themselves were back then with all variety of colors including dope clear plastic and special editions like the Pikachu one. Top it all off with games like Pokemon Stadium that let you bring your Gen 1 and 2 Pokemon into 3D games to battle with an iconic announcer calling the shots, which at the time was nuts, and with some animations that still outdo what are in the mainline games today, and the absolute phenomenon that was Pokemon Snap, which let you bring your memory card to Blockbuster and print out sticker sheets of the photos you took in the game. There was also Hey You! Pikachu, which was a terrible experiment with voice controlling a character, but it is just one of many examples with how crazy interesting the N64 got with peripherals. I could sound off nigh endlessly about amazing games for the system, including the still infinitely replayable masterpiece that is the launch title Mario 64, or I could point out how revolutionary things like the Rumble Pack were, but I'm sure yall are all just thinking about the dumb controller and the alarming framerate of many of the games, so I guess you just had to be there to understand why the N64 is my favorite gaming system of all time until the Switch ends up topping it someday maybe.

    Oh and shoutout to PSP for being a runner up.



  • I think it has to be a toss up between PS2 and PS4 in large part because those have been the main consoles at times I've gamed the most, in high school and now, also on the previous gen it was previously spread across 360 and PS3 to go with one over the other.

    An unfair advantage for the PS2 was also that most of my SNES gaming was actually in the PS2 with a bootleg collection of 500 SNES and older games.



  • Easily the PSP for me. Had at least one of em for at least 10 years straight. My parents hogged the TV when I was younger, so I always preferred to play my PSP than disturbing them to play the consoles. I was also very shy, and would feel very uncomfortable when anyone is watching me play something, so the PSP hit two soft spots with me back then. The library of games are great: Crisis Core, THUG2 Remix, the GTA games, Resistance Retribution, Monster Hunter, and so on. The PSP also had so many good racing games, which was my go-to genre back then. The PSP modding scene was also very active back in those days. I thought hacking my PSP sounds like a good idea one day, so I did it and was constantly amazed by the stuff homebrewers make ever since. I still remember seeing Kurok for first time, and how cool it was that regular people can make that sort of thing. I honestly think I would be a very different kind of person if I never had the PSP, lol.

    PS4's not too far behind. This generation has just been an absolute blast for me, first and third party wise. I could see it beating PSP one day, but not anytime soon.



  • First of all, cool thread!

    So here's what I owned over the years: NES, SNES, Game Boy Color, GBA, PS1, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, DS, 3DS, Wii U, PS4, Switch.

    My top 5 would be: SNES, PS1, Xbox 360, 3DS, Switch.

    • SNES: The generational leap from the NES was mind-blowing back then, and it's the first console I remember actively anticipating. It has some of my favorite games ever, Super Metroid, Mega Man X, Secret of Mana, A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart... I didn't even play Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger until years later, and they became some of my favorites too, so it's not just childhood nostalgia talking.
    • PS1: Maybe the one that felt the most futuristic. It had CDs, you could listen to music on it! And 3D games! So many awesome new IPs were born (or strongly evolved) on this console, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Soul Blade, Tekken, Ace Combat... I'm probably forgetting a ton. I even played Diablo and Command & Conquer on this thing!
    • Xbox 360: Probably the console I owned the most game for in total, and the one I actively played for the longest time. It brought a lot of shiny new things to console gaming, or finally made them widely accessible: that slick "blades" interface, achievements, online, profiles, friends lists, HD, Xbox Live Arcade... And the games, so many games. Halo, Gears of War, Dead Space, Oblivion, Batman Arkham, Mass Effect, etc.
    • 3DS: It's hard to dissociate the DS and 3DS, but I was inexplicably hyped for the 3DS, got it day one, got my Ambassador bunch of free games to compensate. The 3D effect really worked for me, I still use it to this day on almost every game. I played a lot of Fire Emblem on this little thing, some great Zeldas, Marios, and all the classics. Played a lot of Virtual Console games too. Discovered Phoenix Wright. Definitely my favorite, and most played, dedicated portable.
    • Switch: Shot straight to my heart, what a perfect concept, having my home console always with me, allowing me to sneak half an hour of gaming here and there. And already some of my favorite games of all time, with Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, Octopath Traveler, all those indies finding a perfect home. Easily the console I'm the most "attached" to, but still too young to claim the top most. It if keeps up that pace for another 3-4 years, it will probably become my number one.

    I'd say the Xbox 360 wins in the end, with the SNES and PS1 close behind.



  • PC, because games are twice times cheaper than their console versions.

    Xbox One was closing the gap thanks to Xbox Game Pass, but now it works on PC too.



  • PlayStation 2. It has most of my favourite games of all time, and was the centrepiece to many amazing memories. Completing Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks in co-op with my cousin was so much fun. As was the co-op missions in GTA San Andreas.