Notable game releases: GTA 5, The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Assassin’s Creed IV
We’ve come to the last five years on this list, and that’s the point where the rankings go from “difficult” to almost impossible. One can make a strong argument that any of these five years deserves to take first place.
2013 was undoubtedly marked by releases Grand Theft Auto 5 and The last of us. The first later became the second best-selling video game in history, while the second is one of those rare games that almost everyone agrees is a narrative masterpiece. 2013s BioShock Infinite may not have been generally accepted, but this controversial name remains a compelling lightning rod. It was also a year that saw Final Fantasy XIV turn into Final Fantasy XIV: The Revival of the Kingdom. The significance of this transformation is becoming more and more apparent every year that passes.
Other than that, you had the incredible Tomb Raider a reboot that few expected, smaller names like The Parable of Stanley, Went homeand Documents, please fight for GOTY rewards and constantly underestimate games like The legacy of outcasts, DmCand Metro: Last Light. All this and I barely have time to speak DOTA 2, The connection between the worlds, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Saints Row IV, Bloody Dragon, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeanceand Assassin’s Creed IV. Imagine you are trying to play all these games that year.
Honestly, one of the best things you can say about 2013 is that we’re still playing some of the best games of that year.
Notable game releases: Halo: Combat Evolved, Grand Theft Auto III, Melee Super Smash Bros., Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy X
If you ever hear gamers of a certain age complain that the emergence of new generations in games is not as interesting as before, try to forgive them. After all, some of us were lucky enough to be kids in the incredible 2001 Games.
Few doubted Microsoft’s ability to ultimately influence the console market, but fewer suspected that Halo will later become one of the most spectacular game launches ever. Keep in mind that those who bought the GameCube instead were too busy playing Melee Super Smash Bros., Luigi Mansion, Super Monkey Balland Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader on the mind.
During the first full year the PS2 evolved into one of the best software lines for one year. Indeed, it is sometimes hard to believe Metal Gear Solid 2, Professional skater Tony Hawk 3, Grand Tourism III, Grand Theft Auto III, Silent Hill 2, the devil can cry, SSX Tricky, Final Fantasy X, ICO, Red factionand Jack and Duxter: The legacy of predecessors all were released in the same year.
Even the N64 had fun with the release Paper Mario and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Add Max Payne, The Golden Sun, Return to Wolfenstein Castle, Alive or Dead 3and Aliens vs. Predator 2 to the mix and … well, the only way I can justify not putting this year at the top of the list is to move on to the three years left.
Notable game releases: Portal, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Halo 3, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, rock band, Super Mario Galaxy
Throughout this year, Den of Geek celebrated its 15th anniversary. I hope you will celebrate with us, but I know that many of you have entered 2022, ready to celebrate the 15th anniversary of what many consider to be the absolute best year in the history of video games.
2007 was the year that gave us Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 2and Portal y the same collection. It was a year when Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare perhaps offered the peak of one of the biggest gaming franchises ever Halo 3 delivered what was essentially the end of an era for another FPS series (though Bungie will still supply PAR and Achieve). If you first realize that all of these games were released in the same year, it’s probably because the noise they created was muffled by your Rock band sessions. Is it, or are you too lost WoW‘s Burning crusade extension to notice anything else.
However, most of all I will remember 2007 as a golden time for new bold ideas that became franchises. It was the year that gave us the very first BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Unknown, The crisisand Mass Effect games. Even Super Mario Galaxy was good enough to become short-lived Super Mario franchise.
There is something bitter about looking back on 2007. It’s easy to dazzle yourself with pink glasses, but at the time there really was something beautiful when the future of gaming seemed so bright because the present was so wonderful.
Notable game releases: Metal Gear Solid, Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Fallout 2, Resident Evil 2, Starcraft
I entered this list, fully expecting that 1998 will take first place. It wasn’t just a great year in games; it’s one of the few years in the games that I would argue was undeniably wonderful. I certainly can’t blame anyone who thinks this year has been absolutely the best.
Most of all, 1998 will be remembered as the year he gave us Half life, The legend of Zelda: The Acarina of Timeand Metal Gear Solid. More than just three great games, these were three very different games that represented the best of the three largest platforms available at the time.
If you need more proof of the greatness of 1998, you’ll find them at Starcraft, Fallout 2, Resident Evil 2, Star Siege: Tribes, Tekken 3, Gloomy Fandanga, Banja-Kazui, Thief: The Dark Projector even the debut of the NA Pokemon. Many of these games (and more since 1998) are rightly considered the best in their genres to this day.
Here are the best games of 1998. Like the best films of my favorite summer of 1982, the best games of 1998 have remained in our collective consciousness for so long that it is sometimes hard to forget that they were not released just yesterday. Many of them probably could still win GOTY this year if they were.
Notable game releases: Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Metroid Prime 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, World of Warcraft, GTA: San Andreas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
If I told you that Counter-Strike: Source, Killzone, Ratchet & Clank: Improve your arsenal, Everquest II, The legend of Zelda: a mini cap, Halo 2, Half-Life 2, As 3, Need For Speed: Underground 2, Metroid Prime 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Spider-Man 2, Metal Gear Solid 3and World of Warcraft all were released in one year, you’ll probably agree that it was one of the best years in gaming history, right?
Well, what if I tell you that all these games were released in the same month: in November 2004?
This is the funniest thing in 2004. In a year when the conversation was supposed to be dominated by perhaps the best month in video game history, we still got The Riddick Chronicles: Escape from Butcher Bay, GTA: San Andreas, Ninja Gaiden, Rome: Total War, Burnout 3: Takedown, Katamari Damacy, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, ESPN NFL 2K5, The Sims 2, Far Cry, and much more spreads for the rest of the year. Keep in mind that these are just games that were usually considered hits at the time. There are still many titles from 2004 that have since only grown in recognition. It’s even the year that the Nintendo DS has given us (though its lineup has only given an idea of how great this handheld will be).
If you’re one of the many who consider the PS2 / Xbox / GameCube generation of consoles to be the best generation of consoles in history, then chances are you also consider 2004 to be the peak of this particular era. We may never see such a year again, and I am, oddly enough, almost grateful for it. This is a year for games that requires long vacations with friends, lazy summer nights and many other moments of youth, on which we often feel truly nostalgic when talking about the best games of the past years.