1996 Voted as ‘Best Year in Gaming’ by UK Public

1996: the year football came home and Gazza thrilled at Wembley; the Spice Girls hit number one with Wannabe, Oasis played Knebworth; the nation was drinking alcopops, Take That and Charles and Diana went their separate ways and a buxom British icon called Lara Croft entered the homes, lads mags and imaginations of millions of Brits. Maybe that’s why 1996, the year the first ever Tomb Raider was released, has been voted the most memorable year for gaming by British gamers.

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ShugaCane1162d ago

As far as I'm concerned, my favourite year in gaming is 2003. PoP : The Sands of time, Beyond Good and Evil, Ratchet and Clank : Going Commando, Rayman : Hoodlum Havoc, Silent Hill 3, Worms 3D, Warcraft 3 : The Frozen Throne. Damn, Nostalgia.... That was probably the time I enjoyed video games the most. When the industry was not crowded with TPS, FPS, DRM, micro-transactions and DLCs. It was perfect back then. (Personal opinion here).

shikamaroooo1162d ago

I still play Frozen Throne

CalvinKlein1162d ago (Edited 1162d ago )

1998 is the best year in gaming, period. fact. no debating.

Below, dont forget half-life(my personal favorite game ever) and starcraft, or residient evil 2 etc

I love the 1995-2000 years of gaming. On the PC, N64, PS1 and Dreamcast I was in gaming heaven.

If you can look at this list and disagree about 1998 being the best year ever then you are blind :

GamersRulz1162d ago

I agree with you, 1998 was best year in gaming ever. IMHO

Nick_5151161d ago

Yep, definitely. Too many of my favorite games. Maybe I'd put 96 as #2, but damn, that list.

Andreex1161d ago

95 to 200 best years no doubt

AZWification21162d ago

You forgot Wind Waker. The best game of that year.

Perjoss1162d ago

he was just testing you

Apollosupreme1162d ago

Didn't KOTR2 drop around that time?

tommygunzII1161d ago

I fell in love with FFXI and SOCOM around that time, many great games around 2003, EA Sports were at the top of their game as well. It's hard to compete with the PS1/N64 era though, when 3D gaming was introduced.

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knifefight1162d ago

I'm more of a 1998 guy (Metal Gear Solid, Xenogears, Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy Tactics...), but yeah, I can dig 1996 too.

mathsman1162d ago

Yes buddy, yes. I'm with you on this one. ;)

kostchtchie_1162d ago

exactly, glory days for decent music and great video games

Reverent1162d ago

I second the hell outta that.

stu8881162d ago

Oasis played Knebworth and Maine Road that year. Great times!!

wenaldy1162d ago

Dont forget Gran Turismo ;)

Apollosupreme1162d ago

That was a fine year. The late 90's in general was a JRPG renaissance.

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Sweelix1162d ago

2011 is easily the best

finalfantasy XIII-2 released, it's also the greatest game ever made

KangarooSam1162d ago

No one is gonna agree with you... Lol

GiggMan1162d ago

lol. I agreed out of spite.

specialguest1162d ago

Lol i agreed with your comment post because it was funny.

jakmckratos1162d ago

I kinda think 2009 was awesome..Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, Infamous, Ratchet and Clank Crack in Time, Assassin's Creed 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, Beatles Rock was definitely the year I was happiest to have a ps3

Washington-Capitals1162d ago

Uncharted 2 is an amazing game. Killzone 2 was a good game. Amazing visuals, great single player but overall the game was alright and MP sucked. Infamous was also good. Rachet and Clank was also good. Notice how I keep saying "good". Not great. 2009 couldnt hold 1996/98's jock strap if it wanted too. No comparison.

IcyEyes1161d ago

"overall the game was alright and MP sucked"


I will help you .

"overall the game was alright and MP is not so great for me"

Thats better.

sjgamer1161d ago

Notice all the 2's? I wouldn't say it was the best year for gaming if the releases were mostly sequels. Look at that 1998 list, so innovative and original. I would have to agree that 1998 was THE year.

Trago13371162d ago

That title belongs to 1998 in my opinion, 2007 is a close second though.

OmniSlashPT1162d ago

My thoughts exactly, as well as 1997, 2001 and 2009/11. 2013 is shaping to be one of the best ever, absolutely phenomenal ending-gen titles, next gen lauch titles, new consoles...

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