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LudicrousSpeed said:

2020 - Ori and the Will of Wisps (Xbone) so far...

Thanks for reminding me I really need to get this one. Would probably be my pick for the year too, heard so many good things.

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1979: Asteroids
1980: Pac-Man
1981: Galaga
1982: Ms. Pac-Man
1983: Mario Bros.
1984: 1942
1985: Super Mario Bros.
1986: Castlevania
1987: Super Hang-On
1988: Super Mario Bros. III
1989: Tetris
1990: Mega Man 3
1991: Street Fighter 2
1992: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
1993: Doom
1994: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles
1995: Sega Rally Championship
1996: NiGHTS: Into Dreams
1997: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999: Crazy Taxi
2000: Spyro: Year of the Dragon
2001: REZ
2002: TimeSplitters 2
2003: Burnout 2: Point of Impact
2004: Second Sight
2005: Shadow of the Colossus
2006: Okami
2007: Portal
2008: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
2009: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
2010: Limbo
2011: Portal 2
2012: Resident Evil Revelations
2013: Super Mario 3D World
2014: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
2015: Ori and the Blind Forest
2016: Inside
2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2018: Red Dead Redemption 2
2019: Haven't played enough from 2019 yet

Dulfite said:
BraLoD said:
Any and all lists without The Legend of Dragoon are objectively wrong and thereby void.

Just void? Not null and void?

Yes, null and invalid too.

Ka-pi96 said:
COKTOE said:

Unlike the VGC greatest games event, this one is actually doable for me. I'm going to try to participate, and this post signifies that intent, as well as serving as a reminder. And I will NOT use this space to create my list, instead making a new post for extra VGC points.

Yep, just realized this may be messy. For the last decade or so,  I'm usually playing games from previous years. Take 2020 for example. I have played 23 different games, and not one of them is from this year, ranging from 1982 to 2018. Anyways, glad I could clutter up the thread for nothing.

Doing the greatest games event actually makes this a lot easier though.

I've got my 50 greatest games in a spreadsheet so just had to sort by year and then ranking to find my best game from each year.

Yeah, it definitely would have made completing this list a snap.

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

Tagged for later, have to compile that list first...

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BraLoD said:
Dulfite said:

Just void? Not null and void?

Yes, null and invalid too.

Here I'll make it easier for people.

The Legend of Dragoon
JP 1999
NA 2000
EU 2001

The_Liquid_Laser said:
BraLoD said:

Yes, null and invalid too.

Here I'll make it easier for people.

The Legend of Dragoon
JP 1999
NA 2000
EU 2001

Best list ever.

2000. Shenmue/Grandia II/Skies of Arcadia

2001. Smash Bros Melee

2002. Metroid Prime

2003. Wind Waker/Zone of the Enders 2/Panzer Dragoon Orta (3-way tie)

2004.Otogi 2

2005. Ace Attorney

2006. Okami

2007. Blue Dragon

2008. Armored Core For Answer

2009. Assassin's Creed II/Klonoa/Raiden IV (2nd 3-way tie)

2010. VanQuish/Darksiders/Bayonetta/Sin & Punishment Star Successor/ I could add a dozen to 2010 as it was such a great year.

2011. Xenoblade Chronicles/Ys I & II Chronicles

2012. The last Story/E.X. Troopers/Kingdoms of Amalur/Persona 4 Golden/Binary Domain

2013. Dragon's Crown/Metal gear Rising

2014. Strider/Bayonetta 2

2015. Xenoblade X

2016. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE/Assault Suit Leynos

2017. Yakuza 0/Nier Automata/Astebreed/Bulletstorm/Nex Machina/Xenoblade 2

2018. Ruiner/Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise

2019. Astral Chain/Daemon X Machina/DMC5/Tales of Vesperia DE

Yes, I have multiple ties. Can't help it.

Last edited by Leynos - on 22 July 2020

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Leynos said:

2010. VanQuish/Darksiders/Bayonetta/Sin & Punishment Star Successor/ I could add a dozen to 2010 as it was such a great year.

Tell me about it, I still consider 2010 the best year for gaming ever, for my tastes anyway.

Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Halo Reach, Monster Hunter Tri, Sin & Punishment... 

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Flouff said:
1990 : mickey castle of illusion
1991: Sonic
1992: Mario Paint
1993: International Open Tennis, Alladdin, Mario all stars
1994: donkey kong country, tintin au tibet, the lion king
1995: worms
1996: Civilisation II
1997: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Aladdin, Goldeneye
1998: Zelda ocarina of time
1999: Pokemon Red
2000: Final Fantasy IX, shenmue
2001: FFX, Alien vs Predator 2, shadow of memories
2002: Smash bros Melee, Kingdom Hearts
2003: KOTOR, BGE
2004: Fable
2005: KOTOR II
2006: Kingdom Hearts II
2007: Bioshock
2008: Burnout Paradise, DMC4
2009: Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed II
2010: God of War III, Mass Effect II, Heavy rain
2011: Deus Ex, motorstorm apocalypse, Batman Arkham
2012: max payne 3, the walking dead
2013:the last of Us, AC IV, ni no kuni
2014: Infamous second son
2015: The witcher 3
2016: Persona 5
2017: Horizon Zero Dawn
2018: God of War
2019: plague tale innocence, Luigi's mansion, KHIII
2020: FFVII (didn't play a lot of games)

If i enjoyed a lot of games recently, i can see while making this list that the impact they have on me fall of a cliff year after year. Am i getting old, or the way i play, with only short sessions now, affects my feelings ?
Also very hard to know when the games came out !

There are always resources like Wikipedia or Google to remind one of a game's historical release dates!

Anyway, I'm above the median age of our contributors myself and I don't know that the phenom you describe is necessarily age. I say that because personally I actually like a lot of games from this last decade better than the many of the classics. I've actually never been happier with the gaming landscape, personally. BUT...then again, if you look over my list of selections, I figure the reasons for that may become pretty obvious: I have tastes that are considered unorthodox and definitely prefer to use female characters.

At the same time though...part of me also understands what you're saying. I definitely get nostalgic too. A lot. Gaming aside, I'm just not generally having a very good life and I have lots of happy memories that are attached to games I played when I was younger. Sometimes replaying them, or just playing newer games that remind me of those times, bring back those memories in a bittersweet way that I can't resist. For me, it's games like Super Metroid and Chop Suey, Out of This World, and Final Fantasy VI especially that I would say that's true of because those are games I associate with memories like my first girlfriend, my first kiss, first coming to really appreciate game narratives (i.e. mind being blown), and just good times with friends, and they've all aged well and have come to mean even more to me with age because they've impacted my perspective on life in different ways at different times as I've kept going back to them. Some games are just special to me for both objective and subjective reasons that way and always will mean more than most to me for that complex set of reasons. So I can relate to that kind of thing!

Anyway, I think you're the only person who included A Plague Tale on their list. Great choice! That was one of my favorite games from last year too. I really liked that game, Return of the Obra Dinn, Death Stranding, Knights and Bikes (honestly mostly for subjective reasons), Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Cadence of Hyrule, and a couple that were just insanely cute and funny: Untitled Goose Game and Gato Roboto. And Luigi's Mansion 3. That was fun!

Last edited by Jaicee - on 23 July 2020