21 June 2014 07:15 | By Ben Griffin
10 console-defining video games

The titles that made success stories for their consoles



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A console is only as good as its games, even if the Xbox One and PS4 also happen to be Blu-ray-playing, movie- and music-streaming, message-sending plastic boxes. Over the years pretty much every console has witnessed one or a few games rise to the top to become synonymous with the platform they were released on.

The most recent game to aim to reach the heights of those that have gone before it is Xbox One's Titanfall. Released in March, it launches in the wake of a meaningful version of the popular Twitch.tv game streaming service as part of a two-pronged attack designed to harpoon the hearts and minds of those who have yet to delve into Microsoft's latest console.

Arguably, Titanfall has timing on its side. Halo's Master Chief is on holiday, Sonic is busy tarnishing his name, Crash Bandicoot has retired and Mario is going down with the sinking ship that is the Wii U. It helps, also, that the Xbox Live beta was played by around two million gamers, according to developer Respawn Entertainment. Impressive for a glorified demo.

So before you embark on multiplayer shenanigans involving giant mechanical robots, futuristic cityscapes and soldiers equipped with jetpacks, take a moment to remember 10 games that really defined their respective consoles. Titanfall could, after all, one day be remembered among their ranks.

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