With the news that a GAME survey today saw gamers confirm 1996 as the most memorable year for video games - something we wholeheartedly agree with - we take a look back at a twelve months that was truly vintage.
I still remember when Tomb Raider came out, it has to be the first video game that people want to watch you play, even people that don't play video games
It was my first Playtstation game. I bought the PlayStation at Dubai airport and held the box for ages. I was looking at the back of the box which had little pictures of all the games and there was this one box showing off a pic from Tomb Raider. I stared at that box for ages until I could finally have enough money to buy a game (lol good ol pixelated traingle bum of Lara's). Then I finally got the game. Such an amazing experience. I remember there being a bit where this music starts when these two bears come at you. My little brother used to get so scared at the music when it came on. Oh and the T-Rex bit....I honestly dropped my control I was so shaken up and surprised when I saw it. I remember taking a nap after the T-Rex mauled me to death and dreaming about taking it out. Ah those golden gaming moments. And that startup music. *drifts into nostalgia*
That's a nice anecdote, did you ever find the Dinosaur in Tomb Raider:2; it was far from the main path of the first level to act as an Easter-egg referencing TR1.
Nah I never did man. In fact, I only heard about it last year! That would have been a shock to the system!
I got TR a a 13 year old all those years ago, still best TR game out, followed closely by the rebbot IMO
Wow? 96? My friends across the pond have a much different view than I do. 96 might have been the best year of the decade, and to me that's a big might. The best year of the 90s, IMO,would be 1998
Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, Daggerfall, Red Alert, Diablo.. pivotal year in gaming. It was also the year I got absolutely hooked on online gaming with Duke3d and the Total Entertainment Network.
And remind yourself of some of (my) highlights of the following years (I'll stop just before the year of the sequel 2004 - look it up just how many sequels there were in that year). Years are for PC / console release, not arcade release and generally European release. 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 Seaman Shenmue Silent Hill System Shock 2 Tomb Raider : The Last Revelation 2000 - Banjo Tooie Jet Set Radio Perfect Dark Timesplitters American McGee's Alice Crazy Taxi 2001 - Alone in the dark : The New Nightmare Conker's Bad Fur Day Devil May Cry GTA3 Halo : Combat Evolved Ico 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 From 1996 to 2003 it was a truly great run of gaming years. 2004, the year of the sequel, arguably saw a shift to games companies playing safer and, after that there only seemed sporadic numbers of great games before the next generation e.g. Resident Evil 4 in 2005 and it took a few years, perhaps until Bioshock and later Uncharted 2, until we started to see the quality of those earlier years which were largely formed by the brief life of the Dreamcast, the early blossoming of the Gamecube and some artsy games on the PS2. Looking at the above years, 96 may have had Mario 64, Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, the source of the future of gaming really, but how could you overlook 1999, 2001 , 2003 (or the years inbetween, smaller in great games but sometimes of very high quality)?
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