Best games released in the years 1991-2000

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#1 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

These are my favorite games released in 1991-2000:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64-1998)

2. Super Mario World (SNES-1991;GBA-2002)

3. Super Mario All-Stars (SNES-1993)

4. Super Mario 64 (N64-1996)

5. Banjo-Kazooie (N64-1998)

6. GoldenEye 007 (N64-1997)

7. Banjo-Tooie (N64-2000)

8. International Superstar Soccer '98 (N64-1998)

9. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES-1995;GBA-2004)

10. Wario Land 3 (GBC-2000)

11. Pokemon Gold/Silver (GBA-2000)

12. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES-1992;GBA-2002)

13. Circle of Blood (PC-1996)

14. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES-1995;GBA-2002)

15. Donkey Kong Country (SNES-1994;GBA-2003)

16. Donkey Kong 64 (N64-1999)

17. Prince of Persia (SNES-1992;GBC-1999)

What are yours?

#2 Posted by jasean79 (2371 posts) -

1. Tomb Raider 2 (PS1 - 1997)

2. Madden 92 (Genesis - 1991)

3. NHL 94 (Genesis - 1993)

4. Road Rash II (Genesis - 1993)

5. Tomb Raider (PS1 - 1996)

6. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PS1 - 2000)

7. Metroid 2 Return of Samus (Game Boy - 1991)

8. Syphon Filter (PS1 - 1999)

9. Dave Mirra's Pro BMX (PS1 - 2000)

10. NBA Jam (Genesis - 1994)

#3 Posted by Gamerno66666 (161 posts) -

Chrono trigger, FF6, System Shock 2, Half Life, Duke Nukem, The Longest Journey, Road Rash, Tomb Raider 2, Fallout, Age of Empires etc.

#4 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III
  • Heroes of Might and Magic II
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Perfect Dark
  • Battletanx
  • Castlevania SotN
  • Resident Evil 3 Nemesis
  • Metal Gear Solid
#5 Edited by kingcrimson24 (458 posts) -

Half Life

StarCraft

Metal Gear Solid

Resident Evil 3

Crash Bandicoot : warpad

Crash Bandicoot

Gran Turismo

these are the best i played . yeah i know , the biggest games back then were for nintendo :/ but i never had Nintendo . I actually got into gaming around 2001 with a PS1 , then on PC and Xbox and played most of these games in 2002 - 2003 ( i was only 8 - 9 years old :O)

#6 Posted by SovietsUnited (2275 posts) -

From what I've played:

1991: Another World, Super Castlevania IV
1992: Flashback, Kid Chameleon
1993: Doom, Shinobi 3, Rocket Knight, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Mortal Kombat 2, Gunstar Heroes
1994: Super Metroid, Contra Hard Corps, Tempest 2000
1995: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Marathon 2: Durandal, Comix Zone, Tekken 2, Alien Soldier, King's Field 2
1996: Duke Nukem 3D, Tomb Raider, Quake, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Slug, Super Mario 64, Twisted Metal 2
1997: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Castlevania SotN, HeXeN 2, Quake 2, G-Darius, Soul Blade
1998: Half-Life, Resident Evil 2, Unreal, Thief, Rainbow Six, KKND2: Krossfire, Tekken 3
1999: HoMM 3, Planescape: Torment, LoK: Soul Reaver, Unreal Tournament, HL: Opposing Force, Resident Evil 3, Syphon Filter, System Shock 2, Spyro 2, Driver, Metal Slug X
2000: Medal of Honor Underground, Diablo 2, Counter-Strike, Spider-Man PS1, Rayman 2, Tomba 2

I might be missing some though, can't remember

#7 Posted by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

Stronghold Crusader, Tomb Raider 2, Road Rash, Need for Speed 2, Half life, Castlevania Symphony of the night, Metal Slug, Metal gear Solid, Golden axe and all mame32 and SEGA games.

#8 Posted by Flubbbs (3050 posts) -
  • 1. Ultima Online (1997)
  • 2. Super Mario World (1991)
  • 3. Oddworld Abe's Exodus (1998)
  • 4. Resident Evil 2 (1998)
  • 5. Mortal Kombat 2 (1993)
  • 6. Super Mario Kart (1992)
  • 7. Oddworld Abe's Oddysee (1997)
  • 8. Mario 64 (1996)
  • 9. Mega Man X (1993)
  • 10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1991)
#9 Posted by thekingofirony (34 posts) -

Super Mario World,Street Fighter 2,Killer Instinct,Twisted Metal 2,Tenchu:Stealth Assassins,Spyro The Dragon.Only games i remember playing during that time frame.

#10 Posted by elkoldo (1038 posts) -
  • Resident Evil trilogy.
  • Syphon Filter trilogy.
  • Crash Bandicoot trilogy.
  • Twisted Metal.
  • Dracula 2: the Last Sanctuary
  • the original Metal Gear Solid

Can't think of anything else.

#11 Posted by AcidTango (565 posts) -

Can't list them all here. Too many awesome games from that timeline.

#12 Posted by Old_Gooseberry (3569 posts) -

Ultima 7, Syndicate, Theme Hospital, Jagged Alliance 1-2, Magic Carpet 2, Simcity SNES, Simcity 2000-3000, Donkey Kong Country 1-3, Chrono Trigger/Cross, Warcraft 2, C&C, Red Alert, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Sam and Max Hit the Road, Leisure Suit Larry 6 & 7, Full Throttle, Jones in the Fast Lane, Civilization 1-2, Privateer, Simfarm, Lost Vikings, Wolfenstein 3d, Clouds of Xeen, Carmageddon, Doom 2, Monkey Island 1-3, Scorched Earth, Dune 2, Contra 3 Alien Wars, Final Fantasy 2 SNES

tons more im missing but these come to mind, some better then others but still all classics

#13 Posted by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@jasean79: Interesting choices, think I didn't play any of those games. XD

@gamerno66666: Great list! Those are all considered classics!

@bowchicka07: You seem to have great taste by choosing Goldeneye 007, but I haven't played any of those other games. XD

#14 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

@bowchicka07: You seem to have great taste by choosing Goldeneye 007, but I haven't played any of those other games. XD

The first two are PC games, HOMM, RTS' with a different approach with hours and hours of replay value and great strategy in every move you make and everything you buy.

Perfect Dark, Battletanx and GoldenEye are all N64 games of course.

Perfect Dark was a futuristic shooter which was a response to GoldenEye's sucess but offers bots for MP ( one of the first games to sucessfully do so) which in turn offers a lot of scenarios for MP.

Battletanx was just a straight up tank vs tanks MP but offered strategy and map control which made it endless fun.

The rest are PS1 games which saw a lot of good games for it's console making it hard to choose my favorites from.

Honorable mentions would be RE 1 & 2, Silent Hill, Spyhunter, Half-Life, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Super Smash Bros., Driver, Tekken 3, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Twisted Metals, Crash Team Racing, Vigilante 8

#15 Posted by jasean79 (2371 posts) -

@bruno_fmenedes:

Oh man, you're missing out on some awesome games. I was big into Sega Genesis and PS1 in the 90's. Not much of a Nintendo fan other than Gameboy.

#16 Posted by thereal25 (401 posts) -

Master of Orion 1 & 2, xcom enemy unknown

duke nukem

half life

doom

quake

street fighter 2

mortal kombat

#17 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@kingcrimson24: and I never played any of those games hehe lol, but great list and thanks for your contribution!

@SovietsUnited: great list of games man! my intention was for you to make a list of the overall best games of that decade, not for you to list the best games of each year of that decade, but I liked it nonetheless =) thanks for your contribution!

@geniobastardo: I think I didn't play any of those games XD thanks for your contribution!

#18 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17113 posts) -

Way, way too many:

  • Thunder Force IV-V, Gold Pack 1-2
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Sonic 1-3 & Knuckles, CD, 3D Blast (Saturn), Adventure
  • Streets of Rage 1-3
  • Virtua Fighter 1-3
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Panzer Dragoon I-II, Panzer Dragon Saga
  • Virtual On: Cyber Troopers
  • Virtua Cop I-II
  • VR Virtua Racing
  • Cyber Speedway
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Batman (Genesis)
  • Shinobi III, Shadow Dancer
  • Robo Aleste
  • Whip Rush
  • Steel Empire
  • Road Rash
  • Mutant League Football, Hockey
  • X-Men 1-2
  • Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage
  • Ristar
  • Pulseman
  • Alien Solidier
  • Battle Mania: Daiginjou
  • Gley Lancer
  • Verytex
  • Galactic Attack
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • DoDonPachi
  • Burning Rangers
  • Rebel Assault II
  • Dark Forces, Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  • Tie Fighter, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter
  • Rogue Squadron
  • Street Fighter II, Zero 1-3
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom
  • Darkstalkers 1-3
  • NFL 2K
  • NBA Jam T.E
  • Mega Man X-X4, Mega Man 7-8
  • Pokemon gens 1-2
  • Super Metroid
  • Rocket Knight Adventures, Sparkster
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, A Link to the Past
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • WWF Attitude, No Mercy

etc.

#19 Posted by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

@geniobastardo: I think I didn't play any of those games XD thanks for your contribution!

Somebody thanked me, Oh I feel loved. You're most welcome.

#20 Edited by Jacanuk (4324 posts) -

What a strange post

OP what made you chose those years?

But this

1991: Another World, Super Castlevania IV

1992: Flashback, Kid Chameleon

1993: Doom, Shinobi 3, Rocket Knight, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Mortal Kombat 2, Gunstar Heroes

1994: Super Metroid, Contra Hard Corps, Tempest 2000

1995: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Marathon 2: Durandal, Comix Zone, Tekken 2, Alien Soldier, King's Field 2

1996: Duke Nukem 3D, Tomb Raider, Quake, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Slug, Super Mario 64, Twisted Metal 2

1997: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Castlevania SotN, HeXeN 2, Quake 2, G-Darius, Soul Blade

1998: Half-Life, Resident Evil 2, Unreal, Thief, Rainbow Six, KKND2: Krossfire, Tekken 3

1999: HoMM 3, Planescape: Torment, LoK: Soul Reaver, Unreal Tournament, HL: Opposing Force, Resident Evil 3, Syphon Filter, System Shock 2, Spyro 2, Driver, Metal Slug X

2000: Medal of Honor Underground, Diablo 2, Counter-Strike, Spider-Man PS1, Rayman 2, Tomba 2

Pretty much covers some of my list since they are way to many to remember and its been so long.

#21 Posted by Donaldparker (10 posts) -

hello...

I'd like to share some games which i remember

1.Super Mario World

2.GoldenEye 007

3.Banjo-Tooie

4.International Superstar

5.Soccer '98

6.Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

7.Tomb Raider 2

8.Madden 92

9.NHL 94

10.Road Rash II

11.Tomb Raider

12.Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

13.Syphon Filter

14.Perfect Dark

15.Battletanx

16.Castlevania SotN

17.Resident Evil 3 Nemesis

18.Metal Gear Solid

#22 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71179 posts) -
  • Goldeneye
  • Tetris
  • Wario Land 3
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • FIFA World Cup 98
  • Perfect Dark
  • Heroes Might and Magic 2
#23 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@Flubbbs: Great list! Even though I didn't put it on my list, I had a lot o fun playing Super Mario Kart =) Thanks for your contribution!

@thekingofirony: I also remember having fun playing Street Fighter II =) Thanks for your contribution!

@elkoldo: Of those I only saw my cousin playing Resident Evil 2, I think, for a few hours, but didn't play any of the other ones lol. Thanks for your contribution! =)

#24 Posted by elkoldo (1038 posts) -
#25 Posted by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@AcidTango: Try to list only your most favorites of them all! =)

@Old_Gooseberry: Fantastic list! Thanks for your contribution! =)

@bowchicka07: Thanks for the reply! I enjoyed very much reading your description of those games. Made me want to play them. =) I also had many hours of fun playing Mario Kart 64 with my friends in a couple of Summers. All the best for you!

#26 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

  • Heroes Might and Magic 2

Since when do you like HoMM 2 better than 3? hmm? '~,.,~'

#27 Posted by GameBandit8 (65 posts) -

the best games up to 2000 are by Rareware.

#28 Edited by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

@gamebandit8 said:

the best games up to 2000 are by Rareware.

They did make a lot of good games in the 90s, no doubt. Square Enix, 3D0, Nintendo and Capcom had some great ones as well. Not as many as Rareware except maybe Nintendo?

#29 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@jasean79: I never had a PS1 or a Sega Genesis =/. But Nintendo published a huge number of extremely awesome and with very high quality games in the 90s. More so than any other company on any other decade, in my humble opinion. Many of them I didn't even got the chance to play, like Super Metroid, Mario RPG and Perfect Dark, just to name a few, and Yoshi's Island and A Link to the Past I only played on an GBA emulator on my PC, many years after their original SNES release, even though I had a SNES lol. Funny thing is I was never into Gameboys and I never actually owned one. I only played on my friends' Gameboy a few times and the GBC or GBA games on my list were all played on an emulator on my PC, a number of years after they were released, because I don't want to play games outside my own house. In the street there are other things to do and see and I don't like to spend time playing games on a tiny screen =P, but maybe that's just me... Thanks for your contribution! =)

#30 Edited by The_Last_Ride (71179 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:
  • Heroes Might and Magic 2

Since when do you like HoMM 2 better than 3? hmm? '~,.,~'

was that made before 2000?

#31 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@thereal25: Of those I only played Street Fighter II. Thanks for your contribution! =)

#32 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: 1999 I believe. Don't get me wrong because I love 2 a lot. It was the first RTS I took seriously but 3 offered way more.

#33 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71179 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: 1999 I believe. Don't get me wrong because I love 2 a lot. It was the first RTS I took seriously but 3 offered way more.

Oh then i choose 3, because i wasn't sure that counted. So yeah 3 is better

#34 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@Renegade_Fury: Wow! That's a lot of games man! And I didn't play almost any of them XD. And wow! You have a lot o different gaming systems! Thanks for your contribution! =)

#35 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@Jacanuk: I chose these years because the first game I've ever played, Super Mario World, was released in 1991, and because I think it's more reasonable to make a "best games list" or a "favorite games list" of only that decade instead of making a list of "best/favorite games of all time", like many I've seen in these forums. The gameplay engineering, the graphics, the sound and the hardware supporting all that has changed so much since those years that I think it's unfair and nonsensical to compare those games with the games released in the last 12 months, for example. But maybe it's just me seeing things like this... Thanks for your contribution! =)

#36 Edited by Jag85 (4455 posts) -

My choices would probably be:

  • 1991 - Final Fantasy IV, Sonic, Street Fighter II, Streets of Rage, Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • 1992 - Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy V, Ninja Gaiden, Sonic 2, Streets of Rage 2
  • 1993 - Doom, Lunar, Secret of Mana, Sonic CD, Super Street Fighter II
  • 1994 - Final Fantasy VI, Live-A-Live, Lunar 2, Streets of Rage 3, Super Street Fighter II Turbo
  • 1995 - Chrono Trigger, Hexen, Lufia II, Seiken Densetsu 3, Toshinden 2
  • 1996 - Corpse Party, Resident Evil, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Tekken 2, Wipeout 2097
  • 1997 - Alundra, Final Fantasy VII, Grandia, Tekken 3, Tomb Raider 2
  • 1998 - Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon Yellow, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears, Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 1999 - Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy VIII, Shenmue, Silent Hill, Star Ocean 2
  • 2000 - Final Fantasy IX, Grandia II, Majora's Mask, Street Fighter 3rd Strike, WWF Smackdown

#37 Posted by RimacBugatti (1246 posts) -

@bruno_fmenedes: Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles

Terminator

Zelda

Army Men

Tekken

Virtua Fighter

Ready 2 Rumble

Tokyo Extreme Racer

Soul Calibur

Dead or Alive

#38 Edited by blackember36x (30 posts) -
#39 Posted by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: Great list! Every game that I've played I liked it! I had a lot of fun playing Mario Kart 64 for a couple of Summers and also remember having fun playing Diddy Kong Racing for a while. But Tetris was released for the Arcades in 1988 and for both NES and Gameboy in 1989, so you can't put it on that list, sorry. Thanks for your contribution! =)

@gamebandit8 said:

the best games up to 2000 are by Rareware.

They did make a lot of good games in the 90s, no doubt. Square Enix, 3D0, Nintendo and Capcom had some great ones as well. Not as many as Rareware except maybe Nintendo?

Exactly! I think Nintendo developed more really great games overall in that decade, but Rareware was a close 2nd.

@Jag85: That's a big list of games man! My intention was for you to make your list of the overall very best games of that decade, not a list of the best games of each year of that decade, but I still liked it =) Thanks for your contribution!

@RimacBugatti: Good list man! Many thanks for your contribution! =)

#40 Posted by RimacBugatti (1246 posts) -

@bruno_fmenedes: No problem! I really didn't get into gaming until the Dreamcast came out but I played Genesis a little bit and Playstation a little bit. Nintendo did a very good job with Zelda and a few others. I was actually trying to Remember the original Dead or Alive. I can't remember that game or what system it was on?

#41 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -
#42 Posted by RimacBugatti (1246 posts) -

@bruno_fmenedes: Your welcome! I will maybe try to get a copy of Dead or Alive for Playstation.

#43 Edited by The_Last_Ride (71179 posts) -
#44 Edited by Jimmy_Russell (656 posts) -

That was the Golden Age of gaming. Such a glorious time to be alive. All the scrubs today will never experience the same glory we did. That's sad, isn't it?

#45 Posted by HipHopBeats (2892 posts) -

That was the Golden Age of gaming. Such a glorious time to be alive. All the scrubs today will never experience the same glory we did. That's sad, isn't it?

The same thing can be said about most genres of music. Anything good eventually becomes watered down and tainted with greed. Remember when games included thick ass instruction manuals with colored artwork and glossy pages? Now all manuals are on a menu screen if they even take time to that.

#46 Edited by bruno_fmenedes (544 posts) -

@jimmy_russell said:

That was the Golden Age of gaming. Such a glorious time to be alive. All the scrubs today will never experience the same glory we did. That's sad, isn't it?

The same thing can be said about most genres of music. Anything good eventually becomes watered down and tainted with greed. Remember when games included thick ass instruction manuals with colored artwork and glossy pages? Now all manuals are on a menu screen if they even take time to that.


True story! Yes it is sad... I still remember reading and seeing the awesome artwork in the old instruction manuals. I really miss that! Many thanks for both your contributions! =D

#47 Posted by Gelugon_baat (19405 posts) -

That was the Golden Age of gaming. Such a glorious time to be alive. All the scrubs today will never experience the same glory we did. That's sad, isn't it?

I am from that time too but I am not that nostalgic enough to call that the "Golden Age". That's just having rose-tinted glasses.

#48 Edited by Netret0120 (2082 posts) -

Every final fantasy when they were actually good.

#49 Posted by faizanhd (214 posts) -

These are my favorite games released in 1991-2000:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64-1998)

2. Super Mario World (SNES-1991;GBA-2002)

3. Super Mario All-Stars (SNES-1993)

4. Super Mario 64 (N64-1996)

5. Banjo-Kazooie (N64-1998)

6. GoldenEye 007 (N64-1997)

7. Banjo-Tooie (N64-2000)

8. International Superstar Soccer '98 (N64-1998)

9. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES-1995;GBA-2004)

10. Wario Land 3 (GBC-2000)

11. Pokemon Gold/Silver (GBA-2000)

12. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES-1992;GBA-2002)

13. Circle of Blood (PC-1996)

14. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES-1995;GBA-2002)

15. Donkey Kong Country (SNES-1994;GBA-2003)

16. Donkey Kong 64 (N64-1999)

What are yours?

Nintendo much ?

#50 Posted by thehig1 (1676 posts) -

Not really in order apart from number 1 .

Final fantasy VII (ps1)

Resident Evil (Sega saturn)

Super Castlevania 4 (snes)

Metal gear solid (ps1)

Silent hill (ps1)

Daytona USA (Sega saturn)

Alex kidd in miracle world (Sega master system)

Donkey Kong country 2 (snes)

Road Rash (Sega Saturn)

Night into dreams (Sega Saturn)

There's way more it's hard to narrow them down, back in the 90s most my gaming was on the saturn, yeah it was bad choice didn't get a ps1 until a few years later and never bothered with the 64.