Submitted by mathsman 973d ago | news

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. (3DS, Android, Culture, GameCube, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP, Resident Evil, Retro, Super Mario 64, Tomb Raider, Wii, Wii U, Xbox)

ShugaCane  +   973d 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).
shikamaroooo  +   973d ago
I still play Frozen Throne
Perjoss  +   973d ago
good call
CalvinKlein  +   973d 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 : http://doublebuffered.com/2...
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GamersRulz  +   973d ago
I agree with you, 1998 was best year in gaming ever. IMHO
Nick_515  +   973d ago
Yep, definitely. Too many of my favorite games. Maybe I'd put 96 as #2, but damn, that list.
Andreex  +   973d ago
95 to 200 best years no doubt
Munnkyman  +   973d ago
1998 was the best year, agree with you totally
AZWification2  +   973d ago
You forgot Wind Waker. The best game of that year.
Perjoss  +   973d ago
he was just testing you
ShugaCane  +   973d ago
Indeed !! Great game !
Apollosupreme  +   973d ago
Didn't KOTR2 drop around that time?
tommygunzII  +   972d 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.
knifefight  +   973d 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.
mathsman  +   973d ago
Yes buddy, yes. I'm with you on this one. ;)
kostchtchie_  +   973d ago
exactly, glory days for decent music and great video games
ANIALATOR136  +   973d ago
Oasis :)
Reverent  +   973d ago
I second the hell outta that.
stu888  +   973d ago
Oasis played Knebworth and Maine Road that year. Great times!!
wenaldy  +   973d ago
Dont forget Gran Turismo ;)
Apollosupreme  +   973d ago
That was a fine year. The late 90's in general was a JRPG renaissance.
Sweelix  +   973d ago
2011 is easily the best

finalfantasy XIII-2 released, it's also the greatest game ever made
jakmckratos  +   973d ago
lmao troll
KangarooSam  +   973d ago
No one is gonna agree with you... Lol
GiggMan  +   973d ago
lol. I agreed out of spite.
specialguest  +   973d ago
Lol i agreed with your comment post because it was funny.
Eamon  +   973d ago
he deserves a bubble for the humour
OpieWinston  +   973d ago
jakmckratos  +   973d 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 Band...it was definitely the year I was happiest to have a ps3
Washington-Capitals  +   973d 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.
IcyEyes  +   972d 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.
sjgamer  +   972d 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.
Trago1337  +   973d ago
That title belongs to 1998 in my opinion, 2007 is a close second though.
OmniSlashPT  +   973d 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...
tommygunzII  +   972d ago
Don't forget about 2004.

Brian1rr  +   973d ago
2013 might be the best in recent years
GiggMan  +   973d ago
I'll agree. It's shaping up pretty good.
LAWSON72  +   973d ago
And if i asked everyone what the best game of all time is cod would win i really just dont care about any opinion but my own
jcnba28  +   973d ago
I can't pick a year, but 1997, playing Goldeneye and Mario Kart with friends was epic.
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Yehshuah  +   973d ago
2001 hands down. ICO, Metal Gear Solid 2, Halo, Final Fantasy X, Silent Hill 2, Grand Theft Auto 3, Gran Turismo 3
gunnerforlife  +   973d ago
you missed devil may cry 1
Hellsvacancy  +   973d ago
I miss the old Mega Drive days, I use to batter Micro Machines 3D and Road Rash on a daily basis
Dj7FairyTail  +   973d ago
Nintendo 64 is the best console ever
best single player games
best local multiplayer games
4 players madness

Goldeneye 007
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong 64
Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Star Fox 64
Perfect Dark
Banjo Tooie

with Nintendo and RARE MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
smashcrashbash  +   973d ago
PS1,PS2,SNES.They have the best single player and the most games. N64 didn't even have as many treasures as those consoles did.Not even as good as Dreamcast
Dj7FairyTail  +   973d ago
Super Mario 64 outsold ever game on PS1 despite PS1 selling over 100m and N64 selling 32m.

PS1 didn't have better first parties or second parties games than N64 nor did PS2.
Super Mario 64
Wave Race 64
1080 Snowboarding
Star Fox 64
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Zelda Majora's Mask
Banjo Kazooie
Banjo Tooie
Super Mario 64
Donkey Kong 64
Animal Crossing
Super Smash Bros.
Killer Instinct
Goldeneye 007
Perfect Dark
Conker Bad Fur Day
Diddy Kong Racing
Mario Kart 64
Paper Mario
Mario Golf 64
Mario Tennis
Excite Bike 64
Kirby 64
Pokemon Snap
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Pokemon Puzzle League
Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Mario Party 3
Jet Force Gemini
Sin and Punishment
Yoshi's Story
Mickey Mouse Speed Way
Eyeco  +   973d ago
Most of those games were pretty mediocre I mean Mario Kart really the most overhyped game franchise ever.

The PS1 was easily the better console of that era, if you were a fan of RPG's the N64 was pretty much irrelevant, if you were fan of fighting games the N64 was almost irrelevant. The PS1'S library was simply stronger.
Reverent  +   973d ago
I really want to disagree simply because I do not believe that the N64 is the best console, certainly up there, but not the best of all time... But I cannot deny the serious nostalgia I feel for every single one of those games you listed. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Nintendo. Dunno what it is.
Nick_515  +   973d ago
Well said.
Qrphe  +   973d ago
The nostalgia is strong on this one.
Tommymk2  +   973d ago
1998 , metal gear solid & resident evil 2 my 2 fav games ever :)
LordOfAdmirals  +   973d ago
2007 is the best year for xbox 360.

Halo 3
Ghost recon
Blue dragon
Bad company
Assassins creed
Mass effect
Cod 4 (the good one)
Colin mcrea dirt
Quality year
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imsocool1234  +   973d ago
Holy wall of text, Batman lol!
LordOfAdmirals  +   973d ago
What wall of text?
MacDonagh  +   973d ago
I'm just going to hang around the bar. I don't want to look conspicuous.

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Jerkstore81  +   972d ago
You forgot BioShock, Orange Box, Rock Band, Unreal Tournament III. Uncharted came out for PS3, too.
smashcrashbash  +   973d ago
@ Dj7FairyTail.Yeah I would like to list the amount of games the PS1,PS2 and SNES that were better then the N64 but that would take to long.Also the only reason the N64 had lots of first party games is because third parties ignored it because of their refusal to change the format from cartridge.You are twisting the facts just to try and make Nintendo look good.I could take lots of games from the PS1 and PS2 that sold better then a lot of games you mentioned there but you are trying to specifically leave out third parties to make you system look better.
megalonagyix  +   973d ago
my favs:
RE2, Unreal, Quake 2, Starcraft, MGS, Fallout 2, Half-Life, LOZ: OOT, Baldurs Gate, Thief and a lot more

FarCry, Doom3, Half-Life 2, UT2004, WoW, MGS3, GTA: SA, R:TW, KOTOR2 and a lot more

Mass Effect, COD4, Halo 3, Uncharted, WOW:TBC, GoW2, STALKER, BioShock, The Orange Box (Portal, HLEP2, TF2), The Withcer, CRYSIS, UT3 and more
Tommymk2  +   973d ago
Far cry 1 what a great game one of best fps cryteks best still
2pacalypsenow  +   973d ago
This tomb raider hype is getting a little out of control
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telekineticmantis  +   973d ago
Half Life, Metal Gear Solid, nuff said.
BozoLoco  +   973d ago
lol nice photo
Picnic  +   972d ago
1997- The Curse of Monkey Island
Quake 2
Tomb Raider 2

1998 - Banjo Kazooie
Ocarina of Time
Half Life
Resident Evil 2

1999 -
Crash Team Racing
Donkey Kong 64
Quake 3 Arena
Rayman 2
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Silent Hill
System Shock 2
Tomb Raider : The Last Revelation

2000 - Banjo Tooie
Jet Set Radio
Perfect Dark
American McGee's Alice
Crazy Taxi

2001 - Alone in the dark : The New Nightmare
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Devil May Cry
Halo : Combat Evolved
Luigi's Mansion
Max Payne
Silent Hill 2
Sonic Adventure 2
Wave Race : Blue Storm

2002 - Eternal Darkness
Jet Set Radio Future
Kingdom Hearts
Metroid Prime
Resident Evil remake
Resident Evil Zero

2003 - 1080 Avalanche
Beyond Good and Evil
F Zero GX
Grabbed by the ghoulies
Gregory Horror Show (very niche).
Mario Kart : Double Dash
Max Payne 2
Legend of Zelda : the Wind Waker (very late 2002 in Japan)
Outrun 2
Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time
Rayman 3
Silent Hill 3
Viewtiful Joe

2004 was essentially 'the year of the sequel' - LOADS of them (although two the great Half Life 2 and GTA: San Andreas). But in general that year arguably saw a shift to games companies playing a bit safer and less about risks.

So its easy to pick 1996 as the source of so many types of games and 1998 as the year that a few critics darling games came out but in terms of quality and quantity it is unfair on 1999 , 2001 or 2003.
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Roccetarius  +   972d ago
Warcraft 3 also released in 2002, while Frozen Throne released in 2003. Great addition both of them.

Warcraft 3 actually started what we see as MOBA's today.
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o-Sunny-o  +   972d ago
Best Time for Nintendo was N64.
Best Time for PlayStation was PS2.
Best Time for MS is Old Xbox.

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