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I think the best is...

1980s 2 4.35%
 
1990s 24 52.17%
 
2000s 14 30.43%
 
2010s 6 13.04%
 
Total:46

I am a 90s kid and had every console, but... 2000s wins easy.

Best console and PC games. 90s was also good, but definitely worse in PC games. 7th gen was a letdown, but it didn't matter because the early 2000s were that good.



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Most certainly the 90s. Just take a look at the consoles within that era: SNES, Mega Drive, Gameboy Color, PS1 and N64. All of them had huge amounts of excellent, amazing, beautiful games.



Gameplay > Graphics

Substance > Style

Art Direction > Realism

NobleTeam360 said:
BraLoD said:

You are doing 2000s a disservice there.

Shadow of the Colossus, Demon's Souls, Disgaea 1/2/3, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy XII, Resident Evil 4, Bully, Digimon World 3, Diablo 2, Okami, Metal Gear Solid 3/4, Persona 3/4, Uncharted 2, Pokemon Gen 3/4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and so much more (Gran Turismo, Ace Combat, Phantom Brave, etc.)

You picked some weak ass games on such a amazing decade xP (FF10, CoD, AC, ME... seriously xD)

Well, the games I mentioned were really amazing imo, plus I've only recently started going back and playing some "older" gen games like the ones you mentioned, primarily Persona 3/4, FF9 and XII, etc... Loved Ace Combat 4 and the Gran Turismo series though (before 4 that is). 

Have some fun then! 2000 was certainly a great decade.



2000s. Lots of great games, not too many bad business practices yet. 2010s was full of business practices and in the 90s, the industry was still developing despite some amazing games. Many games considered great in the 90s are considered very outdated today, but games from the 2000s have aged better.



90's, it is the evolution and leap of games that was insane for me..

We went from Wolfenstein, to doom, to Quake, to Half life
We also got so many games from a franchise because of shorter dev times and sometimes it was bad like Tomb Raider every year but sometimes it was great like the FF games.






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Oof, the last three decades all some real masterpieces in them. Personal highlights:

90s:
FF7, Ocarina of Time, Symphony of the Night, Pokémon Silver/Gold

00s:
Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia, Warcraft 3, Half Life 2, SSBB

10s:
Portal 2, Witcher 3, Starcraft 2, DDLC, God of War, Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Skyrim

I think the 10s had the highest volume of games I really loved, but ToS and Warcraft 3 are my all times favorites, so I have to go with the 00s



All 4 are great, but my choice would be the 2000s probably. They were definitely the most formative years for me with videogames.

A ton of my absolute favorites. My top 3 RPGs, with Symphonia, Baten Kaitos Origins and SMT III.

Wind Waker, Path of Radiance, Viewtiful Joe, Minish Cap, Mario Galaxy, Hotel Dusk, Kirby Air Ride to name a few more.



Let's have a champion time!

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konnichiwa said:
90's, it is the evolution and leap of games that was insane for me..

We went from Wolfenstein, to doom, to Quake, to Half life
We also got so many games from a franchise because of shorter dev times and sometimes it was bad like Tomb Raider every year but sometimes it was great like the FF games.

I think one of the things that made the 90s so great was that games hadn't yet become so expensive and production times so long that companies were afraid to take risks the way they are nowadays with the ballooning of AAA budgets and 4-5 year cycles.

Not only did it mean we got more games, but they had less disincentive to try bold new things.



I didn't think there would be a direct this week, cos I'm a pessimistic dunce.

Poor 80s, not a single vote. :(
Looks like the 90s has this in the bag, unless there's a massive influx of 2000s/2010s voters.

I think another factor in the appeal of the 90s is the amount of progress made within the decade; it took us from the launch of the SNES to the Dreamcast, from Mario World and F-Zero to the likes of Half-Life and Soul Calibur. Gaming changed so dramatically in such a short space of time.



I didn't think there would be a direct this week, cos I'm a pessimistic dunce.

The 90s, hands down. Going by U.S. release dates, here's some of the notable games released in just the first half of the decade:

1990: Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 3, River City Ransom, Batman, Double Dragon II, Final Fantasy, Super C, Ninja Gaiden II, Castlevania III, Dragon Warrior II, StarTropics, TMNT II: The Arcade Game, Phantasy Star II, Thunder Force III, Strider, Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, Bonk's Adventure, Splatterhouse, Legendary Axe II, Devil's Crush, Valis II,

1991: Street Fighter II, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Gradius III, Final Fantasy IV, Super R-Type, UN Squadron, ActRaiser, Super Ghouls & Ghosts, Super Castlevania IV, Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star III, Streets of Rage, Turrican, Rolling Thunder 2, Mega Man 4, Battletoads, Ninja Gaiden III, Bonk's Revenge, Ys III, Fatal Fury

1992: Mortal Kombat, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Contra III, TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, Super Mario Kart, Super Star Wars, The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse, Axelay, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Soul Blazer, Sonic 2, Golden Axe II, Steel Empire, Streets of Rage 2, World of Illusion, Ecco the Dolphin, TMNT III: The Manhattan Project, Dragon Warrior III & IV, Valis III, Gate of Thunder

1993: Doom, Star Fox, Super Turrican, Batman Returns (SNES), E.V.O., Super Empire Strikes Back, Secret of Mana, Super Mario All-Stars, Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, Zombies Ate My Neighbors (both SNES & Genesis versions), Disney's Aladdin (both SNES & Genesis versions), Sonic CD, Lunar: The Silver Star, Thunder Force IV, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron, Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure, Rolling Thunder 3, Mutant League Football, Rocket Knight Adventures, Shinobi III, Kirby's Adventure

1994: Super Metroid, Mega Man X, Final Fantasy VI, Donkey Kong Country, Breath of Fire, Illusion of Gaia, Super Punch-Out, R-Type III, Earthworm Jim, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Castlevania Bloodlines, Contra Hard Corps, Mega Turrican, Killer Instinct


The latter half of the 90s had some good ones, too, though I always felt the transition to 3D was a rough one. The N64 had great games like Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Banjo & Kazooie, Super Smash Bros., and Blast Corps. The PS1 had Final Fantasy VII, which was the entire reason I even bothered getting a PS1 in the first place, and it had other games for it that I enjoyed (at the time, at least), including Resident Evil 2, Einhander, Mega Man 8, and Colony Wars. And the SNES kept getting gems like Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, and the Donkey Kong Country sequels in its later years.

There's a reason why I look back fondly at this time period.