Why 1996 Was the Best Year in Gaming - Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot and Diablo, oh my

"Which year was the best in video game history? Which 12 month period had the biggest releases and the most influential games? Join us over the next few days as we look back in time at five of the most outstanding years in games. Today, we look back at 1996.

In 1996, the industry landscape was forever altered with a handful of game-changing new franchises. It was a golden year for strong leading characters and equally strong new gameplay ideas, both from Japanese and Western studios. Icons that are now household names—including Lara Croft and Crash Bandicoot--were born in 1996. It was a good year to be a Mario fan as well, with still-beloved favorites from two branches of the franchise making their debut. Not to mention this was the year the world got Pokémon, a series that would reach dizzying heights of popularity nearly two decades later."

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CorndogBurglar1446d ago

Lol. This makes me feel old.

Morgue1446d ago

I like how I got a disagree for stating how old I am.

Oschino19071446d ago (Edited 1446d ago )

It's just great fun to confuse old people to the point that they are talking to themselves.

3-4-51446d ago

1996 was the best year in Media and entertainment period!

* Would take HOURS just to go through lists of all the good Music, Video Games & Movies that released in 1996.

Like....Legendary, best ever, classic type of stuff.

It was the last year where "walking the walk" mattered more than talking the talk.

TheStorm1446d ago

98 was one of the best years ever.

-Thief: The Dark Project
-The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
-Rainbow Six (which lead to all the Counter-Strike/COD type games)
-Grim Fandango
-Metal Gear Solid
-Baldur's Gate
-Banjo Kazooie

Just all around amazing games, many of them I still think are at the top of their class. Yet to be dethroned.

CorndogBurglar1446d ago

I'd have to agree. StarCraft is still the greatest RATS of all time in my opinion. The sequel was just as good, mostly because they didn't change a whole lot aside from upgrading the graphics.

Oceania of Time is still the best Zelda game as well to me. i wish they would remake that with updated graphics.

Revengeance1445d ago

That was the year I became a PS fan.

showtimefolks1446d ago

I feel like we say this every other year, i hate comparing gaming years(because it makes me feel OLD lol)

IMO if 2015 lives up to the hype than it will be the best

Big games of 2015

The witcher 3
Uncharted 4
Halo 5
Tomb Raider
Mad Maxx
star wars battlefront
NO man's sky
Legend of zelda
Persona 5
Mortal Kombat X
The Division
Mario part 10

not to forget about games like:

The order 1886
Project cars
dead island 2
dying light
new AC
Battlefield hardline
mighty no 9
Quantum Break

There is so much more we don't know about 2015, we know a new god of war is in development, we know just cause 3 is coming. WE know development in the last Guardian is moving along

than there are so many indie titles

2015 might just be the single biggest year in gaming history.

stalepie1446d ago (Edited 1446d ago )

It's definitely going to be a strong year. I think if games weren't so spread out across so many systems 2014 would be recognized as a pretty solid year?>

Xb1ps41446d ago

I'm willing to bet that a lot of those games will get pushed back to the new yr..

Hoffmann1446d ago

I would say 1994-2005 was a damn great time for gamers, maybe the best time ever.

Alone already we were not plagued by fucking DLC and "free 2 play" crap.

PiNkFaIrYbOi1446d ago

We would go from 1991-2007, basically 4th-6th gen consoles in our opinion at least.

scark921446d ago

Well one thing is for sure... 2014 is far from it! amiright!

GearsPP1446d ago

Maybe if you are a console gamer, but PC gamers have had a very good year with tons of exclusives and great ports.

scark921446d ago (Edited 1446d ago )

Divinity Maybe among some others, but I am not a fan of MOBA's

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