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20 Greatest Years In Video Recreation Historical past, Ranked

The Last of Us

5. 2013

Notable Recreation Releases: GTA 5, The Final of Us, BioShock Infinite, Last Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Murderer’s Creed IV

We’re right down to the ultimate 5 years on this checklist, and that is the purpose the place the rankings go from “powerful” to almost inconceivable. There’s a robust argument to be made that any of those 5 years should occupy the highest spot. 

2013 was undoubtedly highlighted by the releases of Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Final of Us. The previous would go on to grow to be the second best-selling online game ever, whereas the latter is a kind of uncommon titles that almost everybody agrees is a story masterpiece. 2013’s BioShock Infinite could have been something however universally acclaimed, however that considerably divisive title stays a compelling lightning rod. This was additionally the yr that noticed Last Fantasy XIV rework into Last Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The importance of that transformation has grow to be an increasing number of obvious with every passing yr. 

Past that, you had an unbelievable Tomb Raider reboot that few noticed coming, smaller titles like The Stanley Parable, Gone Residence, and Papers, Please vying for GOTY awards, and constantly underrated video games like Rogue Legacy, DmC, and Metro: Final Mild. All of that, and I barely have time to speak about DOTA 2, A Hyperlink Between Worlds, Brothers: A Story of Two Sons, Saints Row IV, Blood Dragon, Steel Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Murderer’s Creed IV. Think about attempting to play all these video games that yr. 

Actually, among the best issues you possibly can say about 2013 is that we’re nonetheless enjoying a few of that yr’s greatest video games to this present day. 

Grand Theft Auto 3

4. 2001

Notable Recreation Releases: Halo: Fight Advanced, Grand Theft Auto III, Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee, Steel Gear Strong 2: Sons of Liberty, Satan Could Cry, Last Fantasy X

When you ever hear players of a sure age lament that the beginning of recent gaming generations aren’t as thrilling as they was once, attempt to forgive them. In any case, a few of us had been lucky sufficient to be children within the unbelievable yr for gaming that was 2001. 

Few doubted Microsoft’s capacity to ultimately make an impression within the console market, however fewer nonetheless suspected that Halo would go on to grow to be one of the vital impactful launch video games ever. Thoughts you, people who purchased a GameCube as an alternative had been too busy enjoying Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi’s Mansion, Tremendous Monkey Ball, and Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Chief to thoughts. 

Throughout its first full yr, the PS2 turned in among the best single-year software program lineups ever. Certainly, it’s generally exhausting to imagine that Steel Gear Strong 2, Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 3, Gran Turismo III, Grand Theft Auto III, Silent Hill 2, Satan Could Cry, SSX Tough, Last Fantasy X, ICO, Crimson Faction, and Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy had been all launched in the identical yr. 

Even the N64 obtained in on the enjoyable with the discharge of Paper Mario and Conker’s Unhealthy Fur Day. Add Max Payne, Golden Solar, Return to Fortress Wolfenstein, Lifeless or Alive 3, and Aliens vs. Predator 2 to the combination and…effectively, the one manner I can justify not placing this yr on the prime of the checklist is to maneuver on to the remaining three years. 


3. 2007

Notable Recreation Releases: Portal, Name of Responsibility 4: Fashionable Warfare, Halo 3, World of Warcraft: Burning Campaign, Rock Band, Tremendous Mario Galaxy

All through this yr, Den of Geek has been celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Whereas I hope you’ll rejoice with us, I do know a lot of you entered 2022 able to rejoice the fifteenth anniversary of what many take into account to be the very best yr in online game historical past. 

2007 was the form of yr that gave us Staff Fortress 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Portal within the identical assortment. It was a yr when Name of Responsibility 4: Fashionable Warfare arguably supplied the height of one of many largest recreation franchises ever, whereas Halo 3 delivered what was basically the top of an period for an additional FPS collection (although Bungie would nonetheless ship ODST and Attain). If that is the primary time you’re realizing all these video games had been launched in the identical yr, that’s in all probability as a result of the noise they generated was being drowned out by your Rock Band classes. That, otherwise you had been too misplaced in WoW’s Burning Campaign enlargement to note anything. 

Greater than something, although, I’ll bear in mind 2007 as a golden time for daring new concepts that grew to become franchises. It was the yr that gave us the very first BioShock, Murderer’s Creed, Uncharted, Crysis, and Mass Impact video games. Even Tremendous Mario Galaxy was ok to grow to be the transient way forward for the Tremendous Mario franchise. 

There’s one thing bittersweet about trying again at 2007. It’s straightforward to blind your self with rose-colored glasses, however there actually was one thing lovely about this time when the way forward for gaming appeared so brilliant as a result of the current was so nice. 

Metal Gear Solid

2. 1998

Notable Recreation Releases: Steel Gear Strong, Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Fallout 2, Resident Evil 2, Starcraft

I went into this checklist totally anticipating 1998 to take the highest spot. It wasn’t only a nice yr in gaming; it’s one of many solely years in gaming that I’d argue was undeniably nice. I actually can’t fault anybody who considers it to be the very best yr ever. 

Above all else, 1998 will at all times be remembered because the yr that gave us Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Steel Gear Strong. Extra than simply three nice video games, they had been three very totally different video games that represented the very best of the three largest platforms obtainable at the moment. 

When you want extra proof of 1998’s greatness, you’ll discover it in Starcraft, Fallout 2, Resident Evil 2, Starsiege: Tribes, Tekken 3, Grim Fandango, Banjo-Kazooie, Thief: The Darkish Venture, and even the NA debut of Pokémon. Lots of these video games (and extra from 1998) are rightfully thought of to be the perfect of their respective genres to this present day. 

That’s the factor about the very best video games of 1998. Like the very best motion pictures of the beloved summer season of 1982, the very best video games of 1998 have stayed in our collective aware for thus lengthy that it’s generally exhausting to neglect that they weren’t launched simply yesterday. Lots of them might seemingly nonetheless win GOTY this yr if they’d been.  

Halo 2 Xbox

1. 2004

Notable Recreation Releases: Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Metroid Prime 2, Steel Gear Strong 3, World of Warcraft, GTA: San Andreas, Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic 2

If I informed you that Counter-Strike: Supply, Killzone, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Everquest II, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Jak 3, Want For Velocity: Underground 2, Metroid Prime 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Spider-Man 2, Steel Gear Strong 3, and World of Warcraft had been all launched in the identical yr, you’d in all probability agree that was among the best years in gaming historical past, proper?

Effectively, what if I informed you that every one of these video games had been really launched in the identical month: November of 2004?

That’s the humorous factor about 2004. In a yr the place the dialog ought to have been dominated by arguably the very best month in online game historical past, we nonetheless obtained The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, GTA: San Andreas, Ninja Gaiden, Rome: Complete Battle, Burnout 3: Takedown, Katamari Damacy, Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic 2, ESPN NFL 2K5, The Sims 2, Far Cry, and extra unfold out throughout the remainder of the yr. Thoughts you, that’s solely the video games that had been typically thought of hits on the time. There are various extra titles from 2004 which have solely grown in acclaim since then. That is even the yr that gave us the Nintendo DS (although its launch lineup solely supplied a glimpse at how nice that handheld could be).

When you’re one of many many who take into account the PS2/Xbox/GameCube console era to be the very best console era ever, then there’s probability you additionally take into account 2004 to be the height of that exact period. We could by no means see the likes of this sort of yr once more, and I’m unusually nearly grateful for that. It’s the form of yr for gaming that calls for lengthy vacation breaks with buddies, lazy summer season nights, and most of the different highlights of youth that we are sometimes actually nostalgic for after we discuss the very best video games of years passed by. 



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