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Best Year for Gaming, From the Last 10?

2018 470 26.87%
2017 731 41.80%
2016 36 2.06%
2015 73 4.17%
2014 30 1.72%
2013 131 7.49%
2012 30 1.72%
2011 78 4.46%
2010 76 4.35%
2009 94 5.37%

This week's front page poll continues the GotY theme. 

Here are the 10 games that received the most GotY Awards for each year in the poll (, for reference:

2018 (God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, Celeste, Fortnite: Battle Royale, Return of the Obra Dinn, Tetris Effect, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Monster Hunter: World, Kingdom Come: Deliverance)

2017 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, NieR: Automata, Persona 5, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Assassin's Creed Origins, Divinity: Original Sin II, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard)

2016 (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Overwatch, DOOM, Battlefield 1, The Last Guardian, INSIDE, Dark Souls III, Final Fantasy XV, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine, Dishonored 2)

2015 (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Fallout 4, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Life Is Strange, Super Mario Maker, Undertale, Rocket League, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Batman: Arkham Knight)

2014 (Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. WiiU, Far Cry 4, Alien: Isolation,Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Destiny, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft)

2013 (The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, Gone Home, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Papers Please, Rayman Legends)

2012 (The Walking Dead: The Game, Journey, Far Cry 3, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed III, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Halo 4, Guild Wars 2)

2011 (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dark Souls, Gears of War 3, L.A. Noire)

2010 (Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Heavy Rain, God of War III, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Bayonetta, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach)

2009 (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Assassin's Creed II, Demon’s Souls, Borderlands, Street Fighter IV, Left 4 Dead 2, Killzone 2)

Last edited by Machina - on 30 December 2018

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How does one even break down and compare entire year's worth of great games? Impossible I say, so I'm just going to go with the year that is my favorite vintage of Pepsi Cola: 2009

- "If you have the heart of a true winner, you can always get more pissed off than some other asshole."

I don't know.

2010 had Alan Wake,
2012 had The Walking Dead,
2013 had Super Mario 3D World.
2015 had Undertale.
2018 had Celeste.

My favorite games are from different years. I don't think I can choose one...

Damn ... The last 3 years have been great!. From a console release view also their place in my top 50 of all time;

2016: Firewatch (49), Alone With You (48), Oxenfree (47), INSIDE (11), Stardew Valley (2), Dishonoured 2 (12)

2017: What Remains of Edith Finch (46), Cosmic Star Heroine (43), Undertale (37), Dishonoured: Death of The Outsider (21), Pyre (10), Pillars of Eternity (4) and my GOTG Night In The Woods (1)

2018: Donut Country (42), Flipping Death (39), The Banner Saga Switch (20), Celeste (15), Hollow Knight (5), Divinity Original Sin II (3) & 3 games that will be in my top 50 2019 edition being Gris, Into The Breach and Dead Cells.

Im going to have to go with 2017.

Last edited by VersusEvil - on 30 December 2018

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Nice one. As we currently have the greatest 50 games thread, I just counted how many games from each year I had in the list. From the last 10 years 2012-1015 all had the same amount. So I go with 2015. It had Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Pillars of Eternity, Disgaea 5, Armello and Splatoon.

EDIT: Oh, and I see the current poll result shows no recency bias at all. Maybe the question should have been which year of the 90s or 00s was the best. In these cases recency would be out of the window.

Last edited by Mnementh - on 30 December 2018

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my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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Lots of good years here, but nothing beats 2017

NightlyPoe said:

Fortnite is a 2017 game. With that in mind, I think that the leading years would be 2017, 2013, and 2010.

But I'll go with 2017. It was the battle royale genre broke out in a big way leading to Fortnite becoming a cultural phenomenon the likes of which are rarely seen. The Switch's launch year was the best we've seen from any platform. Then you can add on Persona 5 as a cherry on top.

Blame the sites voting for it here -

2014 or 2017

Pocky Lover Boy! 

Darn, that's a good question. I still have so many games to play from the last ten years, so this could certainly change...but I think I need to go 2017. Breath of the Wild gives it a huge leg up. 2013 is really close. I dunno

I'd probably go...


I just realized the odd years tend to be a lot better for me. Weird.

*if we include Xenoblade Chronicles

Between 2013 and 2017, hard to pick.
Will pick 2017, but you gotta add Nioh on there, it was my GOTY.