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Submitted by mrcreosote 612d ago | article

1996: A Vintage Year | Gamereactor UK

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. (Culture, Retro)

MurderOfCrows  +   612d ago
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
Septic  +   611d ago
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*
Cam977  +   611d ago
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.
Septic  +   611d ago
Nah I never did man. In fact, I only heard about it last year! That would have been a shock to the system!
gillri  +   611d ago
I got TR a a 13 year old all those years ago, still best TR game out, followed closely by the rebbot IMO
Redgehammer  +   611d ago
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
Coach_McGuirk  +   611d ago
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.
Picnic  +   611d ago
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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