What Was Your Favorite Year In Gaming?

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#1 Posted by mjorh (4887 posts) -

Well, this can be challenging and interesting ! actually the question is from Gameinformer's "Reader Discussion" section ....and i really wanna know which year is your favorite gaming year!

I'd go with 2011 as my fav year in gaming u know there were seriously top games in that year like Batman Arkham City , Portal 2 , Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2 and Elder Scrolls Skyrim , to be honest my memory doesn't serve right now i can't exactly remember which games came out in like 10 years ago so my "fav gaming year" may change during the discussion here...

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#2 Posted by Ballroompirate (25480 posts) -

Have to go with 2011 as well, also The Witcher 2 came out that year as well

  • Skyrim
  • Dark Souls
  • TW2
  • Batman Arkham AC
  • Uncharted 3
  • MK9
  • Bastion
  • BF3
  • LoZ SS

Such an amazing year

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#3 Edited by ChristianGmr14 (157 posts) -

Pretty good topic, I'd say either the year that Zelda Ocarina of Time came out, I was a kid back then but I was amazed when I first saw it. That huge open field, the music, the dungeons.....it all felt truly epic! Goldeneye 64 was a good year too, stayed up all night playing 4 player split screen on an old TV, probably the best moments of my childhood (which is sad because I didn't have a very good childhood). This is also the time frame that Poke'mon red and blue were released, loved them!

Hmm....what else? Last gen? I'd say 2008ish? That year Fallout 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, GTA 4, Little Big Planet, and I think Halo 3 were released. Had a pretty fun time with all of them. Also the year that Red Dead Redemption came out, I was never really into mulitplayer but my friends got me hooked to it, best online experience I have had in my life.

The year that Smash Bros Brawl was released, had so much fun with my friends over, we sat on the couch for hours playing that game.

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#4 Edited by R3FURBISHED (11803 posts) -

2010 for me.

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#5 Posted by drekula2 (3349 posts) -

2001

Paper Mario
Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Max Payne
Advance Wars
Silent Hill 2
ICO
Grand Theft Auto III
Tony Hawk Pro Skater III
Golden Sun
Metal Gear Solid 2
Dead or Alive 3
Halo:Combat Evolved
Super Smash Bros Melee
Pikmin
Jak and Daxter

case closed

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#6 Posted by happyduds77 (1688 posts) -

2011

It was an incredible year for everybody.

You got Gears Of War 3, and Forza 4 for Xbox 360

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Infamous 2, Killzone 3, Resistance 3 and Little Big Planet 2 for PlayStation 3

Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for PC

And then you got these multiplats like Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2, Dark Souls, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Saints Row The Third and Mortal Kombat Reboot.

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#7 Posted by Blabadon (32814 posts) -

2010 or 2011.

2010 had quality beyond belief. SMG2, 999, God of War 3, etc.

2011 had quantity, and so many damn games.

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#8 Edited by cainetao11 (29270 posts) -

Cant be one for me. 1987 I got a Sega Master System and found Zillion; 1994 NHL95 was the greatest they made on the Genesis; 2007 GTA4, Halo 3, ME, Bioshock, and 2011 for the above mentioned games.

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#9 Edited by mjorh (4887 posts) -

@happyduds77 said:

2011

It was an incredible year for everybody.

You got Gears Of War 3, and Forza 4 for Xbox 360

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Infamous 2, Killzone 3, Resistance 3 and Little Big Planet 2 for PlayStation 3

Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for PC

And then you got these multiplats like Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2, Dark Souls, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Saints Row The Third and Mortal Kombat Reboot.

Now i can definitely say 2011 ! Man there were more than i thought...

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#10 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

1997.

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#11 Edited by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

late 2007- early 08

I got my 360 when halo 3 came out and played the shit out it,

cod 4 was out and was great

oblivion 200+ hours in that

gta 4 came out that spring

Time was a blast

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#12 Posted by Mystery_Writer (8269 posts) -

2007

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#13 Edited by elkoldo (1768 posts) -

2005 We had shit loads of first-class games ;

  • Resident Evil 4
  • Fahrenheit
  • God of War
  • NFS Most Wanted
  • FEAR
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Mortal Combat Shaolin Monks
  • Quake 4
  • Serious Sam 3
  • Tekken 5
  • Winning Eleven 9
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Resident Evil Outbreak File 2
  • Black And White
  • Stubs The Zombie
  • Shadow of The Colossus
  • Burnout Revenge

2010 with Alan Wake ,Heavy Rain and Red Dead Redemption and 2013 with Last of Us alone ,were honorable runners-up.

@drekula2 said:


case closed

This ! ^

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#14 Posted by Renegade_Fury (18898 posts) -

1994:

  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Sonic 3
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Super Metroid
  • Tie Fighter
  • Castlevania:Bloodlines
  • Mega Turrican
  • Mega Man X - US release date
  • Sparkster
  • Wing Commander III
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Doom II
  • System Shock
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#15 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

every year!

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#16 Posted by Netret0120 (3327 posts) -

From a personal POV. 2007 was amazing for me. I had free time and recently started online gaming and the rest is history!

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#17 Edited by UnbiasedPoster (1134 posts) -

2010 if we are referring to last gen.

1998 is the best of all time though.

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#18 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (11926 posts) -

Yeah 2011 was a great year.

But hard to go past 2004 for me... mainly because of Half-Life 2. And San Andreas.

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#19 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (4657 posts) -

Hard to choose. 2010 had:

No More Heroes 2

Darksiders

Final Fantasy XIII

Red Steel 2

Splinter Cell: Conviction

Monster Hunter Tri

Metroid Other M

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii)

Red Dead Redemption

Alan Wake

Halo Reach

Samurai Warriors 3

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Fable III

Sonic Colors

TrackMania Wii

2011:

Mortal Kombat

Shadows of the Damned

Dirt 3

Dead Island

Modern Warfare 3

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Batman: Arkham City

Gears of War 3

2012:

Lollipop Chainsaw

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Resident Evil 6

Blades of Time

Devil May Cry HD Collection

Dust: An Elysian Tail

Kirby's Dream Collection

Halo 4

Definitely gotta go with 2012 because of those top 4 masterpieces.

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#20 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (20906 posts) -

1994 stands out as an awesome year.

On the PC, there were the following games I loved:

Steel Panthers

1942: Pacific Air War

Day of the Tentacle

Tie Fighter

Jane's US Navy Fighters

plus...... OS2 Warp

There was also quite an assortment of CPUs, all great for gaming:

80486

80486DX2

80486DX4

Pentium

1994 was also the year I owned a 3DO with:

Madden 3DO

Road Rash 3DO

Need For Speed 3DO

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#21 Posted by santoron (8582 posts) -

2026. You'll see.

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#22 Posted by BlbecekBobecek (2885 posts) -

There are several great years, but the single best one I can think of is 1999, because these games were released that year:

Planescape: Torment - the best RPG of all time.

Quake 3 Arena - the best arena shooter of all time

Unreal Tournament - the second best arena shooter of all time

Counter-Strike - the best tactical MP shooter of all time

System Shock 2 - probably the best PC game of all time

Dungeon Keeper 2 - the last and in my opinion the best Bullfrog game of all time

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 - the game I was the most addicted to of all time

Honorable mentions: Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri, The Longest Journey, Shadowman, Homeworld, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, Age of Empires II, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Now that I'm reading it... oh my God! Was there really so much greatness in a single year? What went wrong with gaming since then?

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#23 Posted by faizan_faizan (7869 posts) -

2004. No one can forget Half-Life 2, Far Cry, UT2004 and Hitman: Contracts. 2003 was good, too.

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#24 Posted by sukraj (26608 posts) -

@lostrib said:

every year!

This

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#25 Edited by ConanTheStoner (13930 posts) -

I choose one of these pairs.

97-98 or 04-05

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#26 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -

Last time somebody made a thread like this a poster ruined the whole thing by saying: "This is my favourite year in gaming because I can still play all the other games from previous years".

And how can one argue with that ? So yeah.... The best year is always the current one.

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#27 Edited by AdrianWerner (28437 posts) -

1997 easily. The best year in PCgaming's history IMO.

Duneon Keeper, Longbow 2, Sid Meier's Gettysburg, Fallout, MDK, Jed Knight, F/A-18 Korea, Age of Empires, X-COM: Apocalypse, Flying Corps, Quake II, Extreme Assault, Last Express, Hexen II, Warlods 3, DArk Reign, Panzer General II, Tone Rebellion, Imperialism, Achtung, Spitfire, Legacy of Kain, 688(I) Hunter/Killer, Shadow Warrior, Wing Commander: Prophecy, Incubation, Outlaws, Realms of Arkania III, F22 ADF, Blood, Oddworld, iF-16, X-Wing v Tie Fighter, Blade Runner, Uprising, Lords of Magic, Lands of Lore II, Inerstate 76, Theme Hospital, Virtual Pool 2, Zork; Grand Inquisitor,Duneon Keeper, Longbow 2, Sid Meier's Gettysburg, Fallout, MDK, Jed Knight, F/A-18 Korea, Age of Empires, X-COM: Apocalypse, Flying Corps, Quake II, Extreme Assault, Last Express, Hexen II, Warlods 3, DArk Reign, Panzer General II, Tone Rebellion, Imperialism, Achtung, Spitfire, Legacy of Kain, 688(I) Hunter/Killer, Shadow Warrior, Wing Commander: Prophecy, Incubation, Outlaws, Realms of Arkania III, F22 ADF, Blood, Oddworld, iF-16, X-Wing v Tie Fighter, Blade Runner, Uprising, Lords of Magic, Lands of Lore II, Inerstate 76, Theme Hospital, Virtual Pool 2, Zork; Grand Inquisitor, Esctactica 2, Dark Earth, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, Final Liberation, Broken Sword II Esctactica 2, Dark Earth, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, Shivers II, Birthright, , Sub Culture , , Red Baron II, Emperor of Fading Suns, Heavy Gear, Archimedean Dynasty

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#28 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -

Maybe the year of Mario 64? I've never seen a game to come out, to this day, to have such a massive following. EVERYBODY liked it, EVERYBODY wanted to play it, and stores dedicated entire sections to display it. What made it so special is that it wasn't any target demographic either.

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#29 Edited by lionheart22 (551 posts) -

2004 = Far Cry, HL2, Doom 3, Halo 2, UT 2004 and of course San Andreas, a great year.

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#30 Edited by SecretPolice (29513 posts) -

1997 and 2007 were just nuts man, hard to keep up and in fact the glut of great gaming created many of backlogs.

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#31 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

2002 or 2011. Some of my favorite games were released then. Though last year was pretty solid

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#32 Posted by uninspiredcup (21215 posts) -

1998 is a wonderful memory. An innocent time full of craftsmanship, creativity and love.

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#33 Posted by Telekill (6711 posts) -

My favorite year in gaming is 2009. Both Uncharted 2 and Resident Evil 5 released giving my at the time favorite series great installments.

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#34 Edited by Lucianu (10131 posts) -

A tie between 1998

  • Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Xenogears
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Fallout 2
  • Grim Fandango
  • Half Life
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Suikoden II
  • Starcraft
  • Unreal

And 2004

  • Unreal Tournament 2k4
  • Far Cry
  • Half Life 2
  • Halo 2
  • Metal Gear Solid 3
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
  • Burnout 3: Takedown
  • Doom 3
  • Rome: Total War
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

The best two years to be a gamer.

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#35 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (10669 posts) -

2006

Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Vegas and Ghost Recon

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Those three games have I have put more hours into, than complete gaming libraries on other systems.