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Well it's another day and I'm in the mood to do another list. Why not? The following are my favorite games by year of release, starting with the first year I really got into gaming properly.

Note: I'm using American titles where applicable. Also, I'm not even going to pretend that this is an objective list of the highest-quality titles from any given year. This is just a list of my personal favorites that reflects my personal tastes and biases.

1987: Metroid
1988: Phantasy Star
1989: The Guardian Legend
1990: The Secret of Monkey Island
1991: Out of This World*
1992: Alone in the Dark
1993: Secret of Mana
1994: Super Metroid
1995: Chop Suey
1996: Wonder Project J2
1997: Mischief Makers
1998: Magic Knight Rayearth
1999: Drakan: Order of the Flame
2000: The Longest Journey
2001: Ico
2002: Metroid Prime
2003: Beyond Good & Evil
2004: Yume Nikki
2005: Psychonauts
2006: Okami
2007: Portal
2008: Mirror's Edge
2009: Flower
2010: Heavy Rain
2011: Portal 2
2012: Papo & Yo
2013: Gone Home
2014: This War of Mine
2015: Undertale
2016: Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
2017: Butterfly Soup
2018 (so far): Celeste

*This game is called Another World in Europe.

So how about you? Can you create such a list of your own favorites, organized by year of release? (If you're forgetting release dates, Google and Wikipedia are always helpful that way.)

Last edited by Jaicee - on 27 June 2018

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1996: Tomb Raider
1997: Final Fantasy 7
1998: Resident Evil 2
1999: Final Fantasy 8
2000: Perfect Dark
2001: Final Fantasy 9
2002: Final Fantasy 10
2003: Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire
2004: Romance of the Three Kingdoms 8
2005: Star Wars Battlefront 2
2006: Medieval 2: Total War
2007: Halo 3
2008: Gears of War 2
2009: Borderlands
2010: Mass Effect 2
2011: Uncharted 3
2012: Borderlands 2
2013: Grand Theft Auto V
2014: Infamous Second Son
2015: Dying Light
2016: Motorsport Manager
2017: FIFA 18
2018: Haven't played any 2018 games yet



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Very cool thread idea :)

I actually did this experiment in 2016. If you're at all curious you can find 1977-2016 here, here, here, and here.

For 2017, it's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

For 2018, I guess it's Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux? I haven't gotten to God of War or Monster Hunter or Celeste or Far Cry 5 or Into the Breach or many others, so I can't really speak with confidence.



I'll start from 1996, runners up in brackets. Probably going to miss something I really like but oh well.

1996 - Pokemon Blue/Red (Super Mario 64)
1997 - Crash Bandicoot 2 (Age of Empires, Diddy Kong Racing)
1998 - Spyro the Dragon (Crash Bandicoot 3)
1999 - Crash Team Racing (Age of Empires 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Mario Party 2, Pokemon Gold/Silver)
2000 - Mario Party 3 (Crash Bash)
2001 - Jak and Daxter (Smash Bros Melee)
2002 - Wipeout Fusion (Super Mario Sunshine)
2003 - Knights of the Old Republic (Ratchet & Clank 2, Freelancer, Mario Kart Double Dash)
2004 - Ratchet & Clank 3 (The Sims 2, Star Wars Battlefront, Mario Party 6)
2005 - Mario Kart DS (Ratchet Deadlocked, Super Mario Strikers)
2006 - Animal Crossing Wild World
2007 - Mass Effect (Super Mario Galaxy, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters)
2008 - Mario Kart Wii (Fallout 3, Little Big Planet)
2009 - Ratchet & Clank: Crack in Time (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
2010 - Civilization V (Sonic & Sega Allstars Racing)
2011 - 
Terraria (Ocarina of Time 3D, Rayman Origins)
2012 - Persona 4: Golden
2013 - Tomb Raider (Rayman Legends, GTA V)
2014 - Mario Kart 8 (Dragon Age: Inquisition)
2015 - The Witcher 3 (Fallout 4)
2016 - Ratchet & Clank (Civilization 6, Uncharted 4)
2017 - Crash Bandicoot Trilogy (Persona 5, Super Mario Odyssey, Mass Effect Andromeda)



LTD: PS4 - 125m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 51m

2020: PS4 - 9m, Switch - 22.5m, XBO - 2.5m, PS5 - 4.5m, XBX - 2.8m

Didn't play all of these the year they launched, seeing as I was only born in '91, but they're my favorite games I remember playing from those years.

1988: Super Mario Bros. 3
1989: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990: Super Mario World
1991: Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
1992: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993: Myst
1994: Cruis'n USA
1995: Discworld
1996: Pokemon Red/Blue
1997: Tomb Raider 2
1998: Sonic Adventure
1999: Super Smash Bros.
2000: Deus Ex
2001: Halo CE
2002: Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
2003: Max Payne 2
2004: Halo 2
2005: Jade Empire
2006: Gears of War
2007: Mass Effect
2008: Gears of War 2
2009: Dragon Age: Origins
2010: Red Dead Redemption
2011: Dark Souls
2012: Dragon's Dogma
2013: GTAV
2014: Divinity: Original Sin
2015: Witcher 3
2016: Overwatch
2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2
2018: Monster Hunter: World (so far)

Looking back through the years, this was actually really hard, because there's barely any years where I thought it was a clear cut choice.



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1987: Super Mario Bros
1988: Gain Ground
1989: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
1990: Super Mario Land
1991: -
1992: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
1993: Mega Man X
1994: Donkey Kong '94
1995: -
1996: Kirby Super Star
1997: -
1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999: -
2000: Pokémon Trading Card Game
2001: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
2002: Tom and Jerry in Fists of Furry
2003: -
2004: -
2005: Pokémon Emerald
2006: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2007: Mario Party DS
2008: Mario Kart Wii
2009: Mario & Sonic on the Olympic Winter Games 2010
2010: Pokémon Heartgold & Soulsilver
2011: Mario Kart 7
2012: Pokémon Black & White 2
2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2014: Mario Kart 8
2015: Super Mario Maker
2016: Fire Emblem Fates
2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2018: -



I've played a lot of older games as well that I could list, but I think I'll start the list the year after I was born.

1988: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Technically, this wasn't released until 1991 in Europe, but 1988 was its original release year)
1989: Mega Man 2 
1990: Secret of Monkey Island
1991: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Still my favourite in the series)
1992: Dune II
1993: Secret of Mana (Still one of the best co-op RPGs ever)
1994: Final Fantasy VI 

1995: Command & Conquer (Chrono Trigger a very close second)
 1996: Super Mario 64 (Crash Bandicoot and C&C: Red Alert very close too)
1997: Final Fantasy VII (Followed by Total Annihilation, Goldeneye 007, Tekken 3 and Grandia, just to name a few. This was a really good year)
1998: Baldur's Gate (Honourable mentions to Metal Gear Solid, Spyro the Dragon and Caesar III, among many others. Another huge year this one)
1999: Freespace 2 (Final Fantasy VIII, Heroes of Might and Magic III, C&C: Tiberian Sun and Pharaoh)
2000: Final Fantasy IX (The best game ever as far as I'm concerned)
2001: The Legend of Dragoon (The second best game ever)
2002: Final Fantasy X (Finally got a PS2 in the summer of 2002, and the game I got it for was FFX)
2003: Soul Calibur II (Tales of Symphonia and Beyond Good & Evil deserve to be mentioned too)
2004: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 
2005: Kingdom Hearts II (Dragon Quest VIII a close second)
2006: Shadow of the Colossus (Okami very close second)
2007: Rogue Galaxy (Portal)
2008: Valkyria Chronicles (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and MGS4: Guns of the Patriots get an honourable mention)
2009: Persona 4 (Assassin's Creed II, Uncharted 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum)
2010: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
2011: Dark Souls (Followed by Portal 2, To the Moon, Uncharted 3 and Batman: Arkham City)
2012: Journey (Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line and Trine 2)
2013: The Last of Us (Ni No Kuni, Tales of Xillia, 
2014: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (The PC port was released this year, Dark Souls II a very close second)
2015: Bloodborne
2016: Dark Souls III
2017: Horizon Zero Dawn (A lot of games still left to play from last year, but right now, Horizon is probably the best open world game I've ever played)
Probably missing a number of games for honourable mentions, but the best games of each year are all there. 


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1984: Car* Fighter/Athletic Land
1985: The Castle/Gradius
1986: Penguin Adventure
1987: Final Fantasy
1988: King's Valley 2
1989: The Revenge of Shinobi
1990: Metal Gear 2
1991: Zelda: A Link to the Past/Final Fantasy 4
1992: Final Fantasy 5
1993: Mortal Kombat 2
1994: Final Fantasy 6 (Sorry.. Super Metroid)
1995: Chrono Trigger (with a big fat DUH!)
1996: Resident Evil
1997: Final Fantasy 7
1998: Metal Gear Solid
1999: Crash Team Racing.. or Chrono Cross
2000: Zelda Majora's Mask
2001: Devil May Cry
2002: Medal of Honor AA/GTA Vice City
2003: Jak 2/C&C Generals
2004: GTA:SA/MGS3
2005: Shadow of the Colossus
2006: Gears of War
2007: Bioshock
2008: Metal Gear Solid 4
2009: Uncharted 2
2010: Red Dead Redemption
2011: Batman Arkham City
2012: I don't think I played a single game from that year...
2013: The Last of Us
2014: .. nothing worth mentioning
2015: Bloodborne
2016: Edit: The Last Guardian
2017: NieR Automata

Last edited by Kyuu - on 27 June 2018

1978 Space invaders
1979 Asteroids
1980 Rogue
1981 Donkey Kong
1982 River raid
1983 Bomberman
1984 Tetris
1985 Jet set willy 2
1986 Space quest
1987 Space quest 2
1988 F19 Stealth fighter
1989 Sim city
1990 The secret of Monkey island
1991 Civilization
1992 Dune 2
1993 Doom
1994 Warcraft
1995 Command & Conquer
1996 Duke Nukem 3D
1997 Final Fantasy 7
1998 Half Life
1999 Everquest
2000 The sims
2001 ICO
2002 Windwaker
2003 Beyond good & evil
2004 Half Life 2
2005 Shadow of the Colossus
2006 Okami
2007 Super Paper Mario
2008 Little big planet
2009 Ratchet & Clank: A crack in time
2010 Gran Turismo 5
2011 Dark Souls
2012 Journey
2013 Ni No Kuni
2014 Alien isolation
2015 Fallout 4
2016 Rez (PSVR)
2017 RE7 (PSVR)
2018 Gran Turismo Sport

GTS came out in 2017 yet I'm still playing it daily, deserves the spot of 2018 for me as it keeps getting better.

Jeez I've been gaming for 40 years already. On to the next 40!

Last edited by SvennoJ - on 27 June 2018

1985: Super Mario Bros.

1986: The Legend of Zelda

1987:  Double Dragon

1988:  Super Mario Bros 3.

1989: Tetris 

1990: Super Mario World

1991: TMNT: Turtles in Time

1992: Shinning Force

1993: Sonic CD

1994: Super Metroid

1995: Chrono Trigger/Donkey Kong Country 2

1996: Super Mario 64

1997: Castlevania Symphony of the Night

1998: Final Fantasy Tactics/TLOZ Ocarina of Time

1999: Pokémon Gold/Silver

2000: Jet Set Radio

2001: Super Smash Bros Melee/ICO

2002: Eternal Darkness

2003: Fire Emblem

2004: Katamari Damacy/GTA San Andreas

2005: Shadow of the Colosssus/Resident Evil 4

2006: Hitman Blood Money

2007: Super Mario Galaxy

2008: Dead Space

2009: Uncharted 2

2010: Heavy Rain/Red Dead Redemption

2011: Rayman Origins/Motorstorm Apocalypse

2012: Gravity Rush

2013: The Last of Us/Fire Emblem Awakening

2014: Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS

2015: Fallout 4/Undertale

2016: Persona 5

2017: Cuphead/Super Mario Oddysey