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Submitted by shodan74 58d ago | opinion piece

6 Greatest Years In Gaming History

With 2014 shaping up to be quite a time for new releases, Mark Butler found himself wondering which years have been the most significant, influential and downright entertaining in the medium’s history.

Following an enthusiastic discussion with fellow gaming enthusiasts, a number of action-packed eras stood out in particular. Prepare yourself for a serious nostalgia trip: here are the six greatest years in gaming history. (Culture, PC, PS2, PS3, Retro, Xbox, Xbox 360)

DanJenkoFMV  +   58d ago
2011 sticks out to me as a particularly good one. Skyrim, Portal 2, Uncharted 3, L.A. Noire and Rayman Origins are all amongst of my all-time favourites.
shodan74  +   58d ago
Interesting how it comes in clusters isn't it? 2010-11 was indeed a fruitful period - and 1996-1998 was just insane.
DanJenkoFMV  +   57d ago
Can't disagree with you there! Some of those early PS1 games hold up really well.
3-4-5  +   57d ago
1996 was the best year in entertainment history.

* Go check out all the Music of various genres, Games on different consoles, and movies that were released in 1996.

Most epic year ever really in terms of pure quality.
PostMesmeric  +   58d ago
1998 was the best year in gaming and it still is. The Nintendo 64, Playstation and PC all got multiple AAA titles, many of which are now classics in every sense of the word.
caseh  +   58d ago
'91 for me. I was allowed to 'test' Sonic for 30 mins or so a few weeks before Christmas. Then I had to sit there and see my Megadrive being wrapped and placed under tree.

Suffice to say, the next two weeks of my life were filled with sleepless nights as I played the game in my head everyday until I finally got to unleash it. Think I completed it 3 times before Christmas Day had drawn to a close. *sigh*
iceman1346  +   58d ago
2011 and 2013
oIITSBIIo  +   58d ago
2011 for me : Batman AC - The witcher 2 - Deus ex HR - Bastion - Dark souls - Portal 2 ... etc .
Septic  +   57d ago
That picture of Sonic makes me cry tears of nostaligia. :'(
gamejediben  +   57d ago
I'm STILL recovering from 1998 and probably will be for years to come.

Alundra
Worms 2
Resident Evil 2
Final Fantasy Tactics
Gex Enter the Gecko
Die by the sword
Battlezone
Yoshi's Story
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War
StarCraft
Dead or Alive
1080 Snowboarding
Forsaken
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Burning Rangers
Tekken 3
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Einhander
Gran Turismo
Rainbow Six
Unreal
Vigilante 8
MechCommander
Banjo-Kazooie
Tomba!
Heart of Darkness
Commando's Behind Enemy Lines
Shining Force III
Tenchu Stealth Assassins
Future Cop LAPD
People's General
Parasite Eve
Spyro the Dragon
Rival Schools
Shogo Mobile Armor Division
Fallout 2
Tales of Destiny
MediEvil
Space Station Silicon Valley
Xenogears
Metal Gear Solid
Turok 2
F-Zero X
WCW/NWO Revenge
Bushido Blade 2
Grim Fandango
Half-Life
OddWorld Abe's Exoddus
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Colony Wars Vengeance
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator
Brave Fencer Musashi
SiN
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
Heretic II
Myth II: The Soulblighter
Populous the Beginning
Starseige Tribes
Thief the Dark Project
Baldur's Gate
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Magic Knight Rayearth

But I would also like to mention some other years that were better than the ones mentioned in this article.

1992 and 1993 were much better than 1987 and 1991. I agree 1994 needs to be on the list as it was almost overwhelming. 1995 was better than 1996. And 1999 was slightly better than 2000. But you can kinda see a pattern emerge that the 90s was an especially good time to be a gamer and the last 8 years have been rather sparse by comparison...

I sincerely hope this next generation gives birth to a new golden age of gaming like we had back then.
Septic  +   57d ago
Holy!
patsrule316  +   57d ago
2007 didn't make the list, or even the honorable mentions?

I believe 2007 was:
Bioshock
Portal
Mass Effect
Assassin's Creed
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
Uncharted
Rock Band
Guitar Hero 2

among others. Hard to pass that year up!
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