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Here are some of the best video games released at the end of a console's life cycle

August 26, 2018 1 min read

I like to cling onto my consoles for dear life (as shown by my recent PS3 buying guide). I'm a little wary of anything new, I like what I know, and I'm incredibly tight-fisted when it comes to shelling out for new tech; this all means I'd much rather spend my hard-earned cash on games for the consoles I already have, rather than saving up for a new one – *ahem* Switch *ahem*.

Often, consoles become targets in their dotage for shovelware, movie tie-ins and pure kids' games, but you can find a handful of unsung heroes and surprising classics at the tail-end of console life cycles, if you dig into gaming history. And yes, this period in the life of a console contains a lot of JRPGs, but it is by no means dominated by the genre. There are even a few titles that you might not have known originally came out on a completely different, dying-out console, or were successfully ported to that console. So, let's check out a few critically acclaimed games that came out on a console that was heading into retirement.

I have not included games that also came out on the console's successor, so noPersona 5 orBreath of the Wild. Sorry!

Here are some of the best video games released at the end of a console's life cycle screenshot

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