Tell Us Dammit! Is This Year The Best Ever For Gaming?

2011 Has been a slow burn. There were only a handful of games I truly enjoyed during the first six months but now? Well, let's just say I didn't stay up until 2am last night for the good of my health. I feel swamped with quality, must-play games for the first time in years. So kindly tell us dammit — 2011. Great year or greatest year?

As far as I can see it there are a handful of contenders...

2007: BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Mario Galaxy, The Orange Box, Rock Band, God of War II...

2004: Half-Life 2, Halo 2, MGS3: Snake Eater, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, World of Warcraft...

1998: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Half-Life, Baldur's Gate, Grim Fandango, Starcraft, Soulcalibur...

Personally? My favourite year is a tie between 2007 and 1998, but hindsight and nostalgia may push 2011 into the top three.


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    2008: MGS4 and GTAIV

    2009: Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Street Fighter IV

    2011 was a great year, but far from the greatest. 2007 is the winner for me. BioShock and Orange Box were killer apps.

    1998 for sure!!!

      Yeah it's hard to beat 1998

      1080 Snowboarding
      Banjo-Kazooie
      Crash Bandicoot 3
      F Zero X
      Half Life
      Ocarina of Time
      Metal Gear Solid

      It's hard to beat a list like that

    For this generation, I think was the best. 2009 - UC2, Arkham City, ACII, Shadow Complex, Flower, Demons Souls. So many surprises/siginificant improvements over predecessors.

      Totally agree notorious, that was the year I finally realised i was a gamer :P
      Although Demon souls completely destroyed me for quite some time...

    Out of those three you listed, I'd have to say 2007 was my favourite as it was the only year that your listing had more than two games I truly loved. But 2011 has been pretty amazing, I've loved Arkham City, Portal 2, Uncharted 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and I'm about to begin Skyrim tonight. It has been awesome!

    I think it's pretty impossible to say, really. It HAS been a damn good year, though. Let's hope 2012 does a better job of evening it out across twelve months. :D

    2007 I'd say gets it.

    On a related note, 1986 was undoubtedly the best year for comics. Watchmen, DKR and Maus Volume 1, among other notables.

    Somewhere around 1999 for me.
    This year has some good games but I wouldn't say it was the greatest ever.

      Good point, that was the year of System Shock 2 and Gabriel Knight 3.

    In 2008, Mario Kart Wii was released. The previous year was a contender for one of the best years of gaming.

    In 2005, Mario Kart DS was released. The previous year was a contender for one of the best years of gaming.

    In 2011, Mario Kart 7 was released. I'm more inclined to believe that 2010 stands a better chance of being an awesome year of gaming compared to 2011 :p

    It appears that Mario Kart comes a year after greatness.

    Seriously though, this year hasn't been as great as it feels like it should have been.

    2011 is definately the best year just look at the big titles! Skyrim, Gears of War 3, Saints Row 3, Assassins Creed: Revelations, MW3, Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Dark Souls, Dead Island .... The list just goes on and on the only downside of the year was they were all release around the same time so the first 9 months of 2011 were pretty bland.

      Soooooooo.... the best year for video games is because of all the SEQUELS...???

        Yes i base my merit on the sole fact that they are sequels, get over yourself I suppose you play tetris and ping pong all day due to its originality

          Not quite what i meant, but if you want to take offense to it....

        you like space marine. your argument is invalid.

          Because i like Space Marine? Which, by the way, is certainly no game-of-the-year contender, but a solid title none-the-less.

          Bravo, sir.
          Bravo

            thank you thank you

            So if your opinion is invalid

            Space marine is GOTY but not a solid title?

    I think the 'best' year comes after the nostalgia kicks in too. Not only were those years mentioned good, but we've also had time to ponder just how good. We won't get that perspective until later.

      I agree -- when we look back 2011 will be seen as one of the greats.

        I'm not 100% sure on this.

        A lot of the quality titles this year were sequels. They certainly were good sequels, but I'm not certain that they will outshine their predecessors in the light of nostalgia.

          go back to the year of the originals - 1987.

    Hmmmm... well this year DID have Space Marine...

      *Scratches neck*

      Did TIE Fighter release in any of those years?

      Space Marine should get GOTY. Pew, pew, pew.. SMASH FACE :D Titus is a bit of an idiot though, "Oh, the world is ending, let's damn ourselves while we're at it". (Note: I haven't finished it yet).

    I was not overwhelmed by this year's games. I bought a bunch, but played them and forgot them (though enjoyed them at the time). More AAA titles than I ever remember seeing before. But I agree with Trjn, most of these games had twinges of disappointment in them.

    Mark's top three look pretty good to me, but I would probably rank 1998 and 2004 highest.

    2011 has been a very strong year but best ever - it's a very subjective question in my book. Depends on the games you like to play. As a primarily SP gamer, Witcher 2, Deus Ex: HR, Batman: AC and another Assassin's Creed title, yeah it's been pretty good for me.

    Will have to look back in about five years to see.

    I would like to see how many games each year got over 9.0 on metascore. I got a feeling that 2011 would win this.

      That's probably more due to score inflation than anything else. Review scores are a truly terrible metric.

    This year is a real contender and easily in my top 3 with 2007 and 1998. In terms of number of high-quality releases its probably the best. However, I also think we got mostly got high-quality sequels rather than seminal classics:

    - Witcher 2 (CRProjekt are the Bioware we wish we had, I think the standing of this game will increase dramatically once some console players get into it).
    - Portal 2 (better than the original, but nowhere near as novel)
    - DXHR (in many respects better than the original, but not as innovative)
    - Skyward Sword (innovative use of motion-controls, which may also mean it only achieves cult-classic status like Majora's Mask)
    - Batman (good, but still not the game we're waiting for, Batman: Gotham City proper. I'm not convinced it was as good as AA).
    - Skyrim (this game is blowing my mind right now. I think I like it more than Morrowind, which means it could be this years seminal classic)
    - Uncharted 3 (excellent, but not as mind blowing as its predecessor)
    - Gears 3 (a lot of fun, but far from a classic)
    - Dark Souls (I haven't played it - the impression I get is that its more Dead Souls, which is a good thing)
    - A crap-ton of others, mostly sequels

    I'm going to have to go with 2007 though - for personal reasons. I actually stopped gaming entirely (with a brief flirt with Twilight Princess) between late 2004 and late 2007, and it was the killer schedule, particularly the Orange Box that brought me back into the fold.

    I think the fact we all recognise that 2007 and 2011 are contenders, and I see people arguing for 2008 and 2010 as well, makes me think that maybe this is the best generation for gaming thus far.

      Though the recognition of the more recent years could be down simply to the fact that this generation was gamings boom

      The people who were around pre 2000 are substantially outnumbered these days

    I seem to remember last year being pretty damn good... Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Halo Reach, Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, Starcraft 2... I reckon I could keep going, too.

    So for me personally, 2010 was the best year so far for gaming. 2011 was really not too big for me, although that being said, some of the big games I've been looking forward to (i.e Skyrim, Uncharted 3) are on my Christmas list so I havent played them yet.

      I bought my PS3 in January of 2010 too, so I have all these other games like Uncharted, Uncharted 2 and inFamous that I associate with that year. (Even though they didn't come out then. Cheating, I know. :D)

    For me... Yes... I have not doubt that my spending was a record high this year compared to others.

    I think there are too many games this year. That may seem absurd to say, but seriously if you are lucky enough to own all the good ones, finding the time to play them all is challenging. Skyward Sword remains on the shelf, barely up to the first Temple. I am about 15% though Batman, and 10% through Rayman. I played through BF3 and MW3 once each, and spent about an hour on multiplayer.

    It's too taxing to play all these unless you get paid for it.

    2004 is probably the year I remember most. Doom 3, UT2004, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Far Cry, Battlefield: Vietnam, Need for Speed: Underground 2, Silent Hill 4, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Painkiller, Hitman: Contracts, Burnout 3, Def Jam: Fight for NY, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines and probably some others I forgot too. :)
    Good year indeed.

      PC version of KotOR came out in '04 too, I believe.

        I think it was late '03 when KotOR was released on the PC. I could've picked 2003 just based on that game. KotOR is one of my all time favourites along with Deus Ex.

      2004 was about all those and one more... San Andreas - 2004 was the high watermark of the sixth generation.

    I dont think it was the best year at all, to me this year reminds me of 09 for games. In 09 we had a new Uncharted, Batman, MW, Assassins Creed, Halo, etc. Not much has changed really. Its been a good year.......if youre a fan of sequels!

    This year has been good but how many of the games will you want to play 2 or 3 years from now. For me there are only 3 or 4 game that I can think of. So in my opion I think that 1998 is the best over all year because there are still game that i enjoy going back and playing 13 years later.

    2010: Starcraft II, Demon's Souls

    Hands down winner!

      Actually...

      2011: Starcraft II, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls may top it

    2011 also gave us closure, for better or for worse, with Duke Nukem Forever.
    Now let us never speak of it again.

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