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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%
mZuzek said:
Hiku said:

I think Nioh and Yakuza 0 were notable games that year as well.

And I'd probably say 2017, for some of the reasons stated.
So many amazing games, and I still have yet to play several of them, like Breath of the Wild, Mario, and Horizon.

This is very much GotY material too, don't forget it.

Oh yeah, heard many good things about Hollow Knight as well.
Which reminds me, I have to play Undertale as well. Though it originally came out in 2015 on PC, it didn't hit PS4 until 2017, and Switch until 2018.

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2015 for sure.

Undertale, Witcher 3, Dying Light, Cities Skylines, Heroes of the Storm, Resi HD remaster, Grey Goo, Homeworld remastered collection, Zombie Army trilogy, War for the Overworld, Victor Vran, Satellite Reign, Act of Aggression, Transformers: Devastation, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Trine 3.

2015 was an especially good year for RTS/strategy games in general, compared to recent years, where RTS games have largely fallen into obscurity.


2009 - Uncharted 2, Killzone 2 Demon's Souls and Left 4 Dead 2 was amazing!!

2011 by faaaaaar. The amount of AAA games released that year was absolutely mind boggling. All platforms had something.
PC-Witcher 2, Star Wars MMO
PS3- Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 2, Resistance 3, Infamous 2
Xbox 360- Gears of War 3
Wii- Zelda Skyward Sword
3DS- Super Mario 3D Land

Not to mention the never-ending amount of third party games like Skyrim, Dark Souls, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City, Dead Space 2, Portal 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Crisis 2, L.A. Noire, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Saints Row 3, Rayman Origins, and Mortal Kombat 9.

I would definitely say 2017 comes close but in terms of pure AAA games 2011 hands down. 2011 was absolute madness

I know I'm an odd man out on this one when I say 2012 was best for me, but I'm not sure why, there were a ton of good games that year. Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored, Witcher 2 (360 version), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, The Walking Dead season 1, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3, Dead or Alive 5, Resident Evil 6, and Forza Horizon all released in 2012 and were all 8.5/10 or higher games for me personally, and I believe 7 of those were 9/10+ for me, by far the most 9/10 games from any gaming year in my lifetime. Some other noteworthy 2012 games include Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Xenoblade Chronicles, CoD Black Ops 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Max Payne 3, Trials Evolution, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, CS: GO, and Mass Effect 3.

2011 and 2015 were great as well, largely thanks to games like Skyrim and Deus Ex in 2011 and Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 in 2015. 2018 has been pretty good as well. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 30 December 2018

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2015 was probably the best time. Whenever I think about the past few years I don't really see myself and the 550 hours I have spent on PUBG, or the 500 hours on R6. All I see in my mind is the days and nights I would spend playing Fallout 4 and Halo 5 in my old living room. Such amazing games despite their flaws. The titles released in 2015 are what really saved me from the addiction I had to MC and CS:GO.

This list is a little screwed to be honest, Fortnite shouldn't be on the 2018 list, its from 2017 (It's also a bad game, but that's just my opinion). And Forza Horizon 4 should be on the list as well, it won basically every Racing game of the year award. It seems like racing/sports games get their own special treatment when it comes to the highest award of the year.

For me, it points towards 2017 being the best year for gaming. That year saw the release of so many great games that it feels no year could compete with. It also showed how to properly start off a console launch.



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COKTOE said:
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

In your case if we follow your 2009 Pepsi Cola theme , the year 1999 becomes the greatest year in gaming because it featured   the Pepsiman game .

To those naysayers who point out it's the wrong decade. I'm sure COKTOE would say It's not our fault  that in 2009 VGChartz was still a toddler who wet the bed , now we have to cope with a preteen .

paulrage2 said:
2009 - Uncharted 2, Killzone 2 Demon's Souls and Left 4 Dead 2 was amazing!!

My choice 2017, it ended up being between 2009 , 2013 and 2017 looking back every year had a great 4 or 5 games , but dropped off to varying degrees I ended up with 2017  but 2009 with the games you mentioned plus Minecraft - Batman Arkham Asylum - New Super Mario Bros - Borderlands - Infamous - Dragon Age origins - Bayonetta  gave it a run for its money and In my opinion it came down to 09's depth versus 17  having three of my favourite games BOTW - Horizon - Persona 5 followed up with Divinity 2 - Mario Odyssey - Xenoblade Chronicles 2  being a little fresher in my mind.  

Last edited by mjk45 - on 31 December 2018

If 2008 then I would probably pick that.

Still 2009 is a close 2nd. Wrath of The Lich King had been out and I developed into a raid leader of one of our 10 man groups and partial leader in our 25 man group. Our guild was peaking at around top 10 for Horde on our server which was a substantial achievement for our casual raiding group. I was doing well in pve and pvp, and other guilds even offered me positions, but I passed. Dungeon Finder unfortunately released in December, but it was only one month in 2009, and back then I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed Console gaming despite being hardcore PC, with Uncharted 2, CoD, Dragon Age, Demon's Souls, and many more.

2014 and 2018 are next, with the others lagging behind.