In this latest instalment of Flamewar Friday, I’m keen to hear your thoughts on the best console ever made.
The answer is an intensely personal one, and I used to think it was likely to correspond with a golden age in a person’s life, like how a man's sense of fashion so often seems to get locked forever in their period of greatest happiness. (Going by my father's green flares, purple velour jacket and moustache, he had a wonderful time in the 70s.)
But now I know that tastes and opinions can change.
The Nintendo 64 used to be my nomination for the best console ever because of the astonishingly high quality of its leading titles.
The likes of Super Mario 64, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Goldeneye, 1080 Snowboarding, PilotWings 64, Perfect Dark, Paper Mario, Wave Race 64, Mario Tennis and Mario Golf are exceptionally good, and then there’s the flawed gems like Banjo-Kazooie, Star Fox 64, Blast Corps and Mario Kart 64.
The N64 is a wonderful, wonderful machine.
Today my favourite is Sony’s PlayStation 2 – a versatile machine that not only hosted many brilliant games but offered an absolutely astonishingly wide range of different experiences. It truly was a machine that had something for everyone.
Highlights included Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, Devil May Cry, Gran Turismo 3 and 4, Ico, SingStar, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Guitar Hero, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, Dragon Quest VIII, Katamari Damacy, Buzz and so much more.
If I could only take one console to a desert island, it would be the evergreen, super-flexible PS2.
What do you think is the best console of all time?