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Alright, let's see then. I'll go by original release dates in the west, so remasters are out, but I'll include full remakes.

2016:
1. Dark Souls III
2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
3. Uncharted 4
4. Final Fantasy XV
5. The Last Guardian

2017:
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
2. Nier: Automata
3. Hollow Knight
4. Yakuza 0
5. Tales of Berseria
(This is a difficult year to rank. I'm already leaving out games like Trails in the Sky the 3rd, Gravity Rush 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Breath of the Wild, all of which I love.)

2018:
1. Shadow of the Colossus Remake
2. God of War
3. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
4. Celeste
5. GRIS

2019:
1. Trails of Cold Steel III
2. A Plague Tale: Innocence
3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
4. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
5. Indivisible

2020:
1. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Haven't played any games released in 2021.



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2016:
1. Final Fantasy XV
2. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
3. Doom
4. King of Fighters XIV
5. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

2017:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Super Mario Odyssey
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
4. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
5. Persona 5

2018:
1. Valkyria Chroncles 4
2. Octopath Traveler
3. Smash Ultimate
4. Ni no Kuni 2
5. Celeste

2019:
1. Dragon Quest XI S
2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (are you surprised about this one?)
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening HD
4. The Outer Worlds
5. Astral Chain

2020:
1. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
2. FF7 Remake
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
4. Trails of Cold Steel IV
5. Sakura Wars

2021:

Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster for the Switch, SaGa Frontier HD Remaster for Switch, and VF5 Ultimate Showdown on PS4 are the only 2021 releases I've played so far, and VF5 is my favorite fighting game of all time, but there are four games I want coming out in July including MH Stories 2, Disgaea 6, and Skyward Sword HD,  a couple more in August and September, and then SMT V in November.

Last edited by SanAndreasX - on 26 June 2021

GoOnKid said:


Star Fox Zero

You know, normally I'm against cancel culture, but this is just unacceptable. Please go back and edit this selection out.



Jaicee said:
GoOnKid said:


Star Fox Zero

You know, normally I'm against cancel culture, but this is just unacceptable. Please go back and edit this selection out.

No way. I even go a step further and say that from the three games I've listed from that year Star Fox Zero is easily the best by a comfortable margin.



Gameplay > Graphics

Substance > Style

Art Direction > Realism

I can't make a top 5 per year, there are many years where I truthfully only liked two or three games, and other times I didn't even play more than three.

So I'd rather make an overall list, which goes like:

1. DOOM Eternal
2. DOOM 2016
3. Ys VIII
4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
5. Zelda: Breath of the Wild



My bet with The_Liquid_Laser: I think the Switch won't surpass the PS2 as the best selling system of all time. If it does, I'll play a game of a list that The_Liquid_Laser will provide, I will have to play it for 50 hours or complete it, whatever comes first. 

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Darashiva said:


2017:
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
2. Nier: Automata
3. Hollow Knight
4. Yakuza 0
5. Tales of Berseria
(This is a difficult year to rank. I'm already leaving out games like Trails in the Sky the 3rd, Gravity Rush 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Breath of the Wild, all of which I love.)

I know what you mean about 2017! I'd have actually preferred to list more games for each year actually, but I felt like requesting more than five per year might be too unreasonable or overwhelming a task for many if not most, so I opted for a consistent rule of five per year.

Had I NOT gone with a consistent rule for the sake of there being any structure here, my list of favorite games from each year would've instead looked like this:

2016:

1) Diaries of Spaceport Janitor
2) Ittle Dew 2
3) That Dragon, Cancer
4) Pony Island
5) The Last Guardian
6) Inside
7) Stardew Valley
8) The Flame in the Flood
9) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
10) VA11-Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
11) Dishonored 2
12) One Night Stand
13) 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
14) Oxenfree
15) Hyper Light Drifter
16) Overwatch
17) A Little Lily Princess
18) Virginia

2017:

1) Butterfly Soup
2) What Remains of Edith Finch
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
4) Night in the Woods
5) Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
6) Nier: Automata
7) Dream Daddy
8) The Shrouded Isle
9) Tales of Berseria
10) Cosmic Star Heroine
11) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
12) Little Nightmares
13) Sonic Mania
14) Star Fox 2
15) Hollow Knight
16) Persona 5
17) Metroid: Samus Returns
18) A Hat in Time
19) Pyre
20) Horizon Zero Dawn
21) Super Mario Odyssey
22) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
23) Life is Strange: Before the Storm

2018:

1) Celeste
2) Donut County
3) Return of the Obra Dinn
4) Alwa's Awakening
5) God of War
6) Florence
7) Shadow of the Tomb Raider

2019:

1) Knights and Bikes
2) Death Stranding
3) A Plague Tale: Innocence
4) Gato Roboto
5) Untitled Goose Game
6) A Short Hike
7) Cadence of Hyrule
8) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
9) Control
10) Mutazione
11) Deadeus

2020:

1) The Last of Us Part II
2) Spiritfarer
3) Hades
4) Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
5) ScourgeBringer
6) Streets of Rage 4
7) There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
8) Mission: It's Complicated
9) Demon's Souls
10) Animal Crossing: New Horizons
11) Ghost of Tsushima
12) Astro's Playroom
13) Ori and the Will of the Wisps

2021:

1) It Takes Two
2) Returnal
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3) Oddworld: Soulstorm
4) The Medium

Honorable Mention: Kentucky Route Zero

That's not all my games from any of those years, it's just a list of the ones I replay or intend to. Crash 4 is excluded from this version of the 2021 list because I haven't replayed it and don't really plan to in the foreseeable future. Anyway, as you can see, this version of the list is a little unwieldy and thought it might get that way for other people too, so that's why I went for the rule of five.

Last edited by Jaicee - on 29 June 2021

Five games per year is a lot by my standards... think only 2017 will turn out with a decent looking list. (edit: I guess 2016 isn't too bad either)

2016
1. Persona 5
2. Thumper
3. AM2R
4. Hyper Light Drifter
5. Star Fox Zero

2017
1. Hollow Knight
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. NieR: Automata
4. Metroid: Samus Returns
5. Splatoon 2

2018...
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
3. Celeste
4. Super Mario Party
5. Mario Tennis Aces
...couldn't find any more games from 2018 that I've played, other than ports/remasters like Shadow of the Colossus on the PS4 and Hollow Knight's Switch release. None of these make my top 50 of all-time, and Mario Tennis is something I only played like two or three times anyways. (edit: there's Super Mario Party, I guess.)

2019
1. Astral Chain
2. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
3. Football Manager 2020 (really any FM is the same, but this is the one I played for a long time)
gonna have to stop the 2019 list early too, but here at least there are some other games I'm interested in playing eventually, like RE2 remake, Outer Wilds, and Control.

2020
1. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
2. Cyberpunk 2077
3. Persona 5 Strikers
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I need to play Hades...

Think I've only played 2 games from 2021 so far, those being Biomutant (which I haven't finished yet), and Persona 5 Strikers, which is technically 2020 anyway. Should be at least three more to come with Guilty Gear Strive, Guardians of the Galaxy, and METROID DREAD but if I make more money later I might buy more.



GoOnKid said:

No way. I even go a step further and say that from the three games I've listed from that year Star Fox Zero is easily the best by a comfortable margin.

While I understand it makes good practice for a metal concert (all the head-banging), when you can honestly describe your experience with a game as a literal pain in the neck...oh forget it.



mZuzek said:


I need to play Hades...

I agree.

But lots of good selections on your list! Hyper Light Drifter was a nice choice in particular, in addition to the stuff we already agreed on obviously.



The_Liquid_Laser said:


3. West of Loathing (Switch)

Lots of good choices!

How's West of Loathing? That's another game I saw trailers for back when and thought it looked neat but just forgot about with amidst a whole bunch of other releases and never actually got.