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I was just looking up lists of notable games that came out every year since 2000. 2001 is just insane with big releases.



Pro skater 3


Gran turismo 3 a spec


Advance wars 

Final fantasy X

SSB Melee

Conkers bad furday 

Golden Sun

Twisted Metal black


Jak and Daxter 

Civilization 3

Shemue 2

Max Payne


Silent hill 2

Super monkey ball

That is one legendary list of games. There were even more I didn't bother listing.

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Personally I'll take 2010.

Mario Galaxy 2, Bayonetta, Mass Effect 2, Halo Reach, Vanquish, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Monster Hunter Tri, (In the West) Sin & Punishment Star Successor, Bioshock 2...

Either 1998:
Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Half-Life, Resident Evil 2, Tekken 3, Crash 3, Pokemon Yellow, F-Zero X, Spyro the Dragon, Banjo-Kazooie, Sonic Adventure (in Japan)...

Or 2007:
Super Mario Galaxy, Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, Uncharted, Metroid Prime 3, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl (Overseas), Super Paper Mario, Team Fortress 2, Assassin's Creed, The WItcher...

Edit: 2017 is also a very strong contender:
Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, Cuphead, Splatoon 2, Resident Evil 7, Tekken 7, Metroid: Samus Returns, Dragon Quest XI (in Japan), Sonic Mania...

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There's definitely sentimentality in this year in gaming for me as it was basically the year I was finally able to purchase my own games and picked what I wanted after buying GameCube at launch - vs just having my dad come home with a game of his choosing every month or so or getting games as gifts from like '90-2000.

As is the case with rock music, the early 2000s was my golden era in some ways, at least second to the early 90s (Mario 3, Turtles in Time, Mario RPG, Secret of Mana, etc). 

Loved SSBM, Conker, Tony Hawk 3, Golden Sun, Halo, Advance Wars, Pikmin, Monkey Ball. Plus I was really getting into PC gaming around this time and stuff like Everquest (with the first few DLCs), Roller Coaster Tycoon, Counter Strike. And was getting catching up on Dreamcast stuff like Grandia II, Crazy Taxi, Chu Chu Rocket, Power Stone 2, etc.. Was the first time I was really broadening my gaming horizons beyond just NES/Super NES/N64. Then the following year there was Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime, and other gems.

I think I'll have to pick up FFX as my first FF game and recapture some of that 2001 gaming magic. I remember watching my friend play it when I'd come over and loving the atmosphere, and Blitz Ball looked like a good time.


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Id say 1998 with some of the very best games ever made that not only go down as legendary but also defined genres.
Zelda Ocarina of Time, Half Life, Banjo Kazooie, Metal Gear Solid just to name a few.

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2020!! Why ? The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Persona 5 Royal = 100 % legendary Games.
In the same Year (the first quarter) are coming: Cyperpunk, Yakuza-Collection, DBZ-RPG, Ni-Oh2. And then: Tales of Arises, Granblue Fantasy Versus, Yakuza 7, many new big Games-Trailer for the Future ect

The Year with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and GTA San Andreas was fantastic too.

1987 was the best year for gaming in North America at least. That was the year that NES was actually released nation wide. It also had a very solid list of titles at that point like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. The home console market went from completely dead to getting several of the best IP ever created all in the same year.

1987 - for North America it's no contest.

2017 for me.. Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Breath of the Wild, Nier and Mario Odyssey. I love all these games more than anything that came out since 2018.

2001 and 1998 are constantly battling for "best year ever" in my head.

The holy trinity of Unreal - Half-Life - Thief alone would make 1998 a strong contender even if nothing else had been released that year, but it had a bunch of other timeless classics both on PC and consoles. Interesting that only Half-Life made it to the consoles. I'm currently playing it on PCSX2, at first I was sceptical, it has a slow start, and I don't mean only the intro, but it gets a lot more fun after the first few levels.

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Deus Ex (2000) - a game that pushes the boundaries of what the video game medium is capable of to a degree unmatched to this very day.