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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    Definitely the best year for gaming. The shear amount of fantastic high quality games released this year is absolutely incredible.

    SKYRIM! so yeah it is. I played more fun games this year than last year.

    And 2011 the year that finally answered the question of how good Duke Nukem is.... really really crap.

    It's not possible to say... but...

    Zelda, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Assassins Creed revelations

    It has to be up there

    I think this is the best year since 2007, and 2007 was a freakin' top year.

    I think this is the year I've bought the most games on release instead of waiting, but that might have more to to with me having gradually increased my income. :P

    - Dead Space 2
    - Shadows of the Damned
    - Portal 2
    - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    - Gears of War 3
    - Batman: Arkham City
    - Modern Warfare 3
    - Saints Row the Third
    - Assassins Creed Revelations

    Also, love it or hate it, 2011 saw the release of Duke Nukem Forever.

    So it was a big year for games but at the same time everything felt a bit lacklustre. Nothing blew my mind. It was all a bit 'been there, done that'. I'm excited about new games, but not 2007 excited. Is it because the games are getting stale or am I old and jaded? I remember watching E3 demos for Assassin's Creed and being amazed by how exciting it looks. Now I'm playing the 4th game in that series and wondering why I'm not more impressed by the refining of the controls and freecliming/freerunning, the additional features, the improved combat.

    Is it really time for a new generation of consoles? Will a new generation of consoles really make any difference at this point? Do I just need to STFU and play Demon's souls or Skyrim?

    Wait. Having just looked at 1998

    Resident Evil 2, Zelda:Ocarina OF time, Banjo-Kazooie, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft

    Hard to beat

    I look back to 1993 and 1994.

    1993:

    Ridge Racer, X-Wing, Doom, Mortal Kombat II, Starfox, Day of the Tentacle, Virtua Fighter, Secret of Mana, SimCity 2000, Return to Zork (come on, any year that has Return to Zork released in it needs to be a contender, surely?)

    1994:

    Super Metroid, Final Fantasy III/VI, Tie Fighter, Sonic 3, Earthworm Jim, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong Country, Doom II, Warcraft, Tekken, System Shock, Darkstalkers, Heretic, Daytona USA

    And an honourable mention for 1995 for me personally with the release of two of my favourite games of all time, Sega Rally Championship and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, and for 1996 for kicking off the Legacy of Kain series with Blood Omen.

      Also, 2002, for releasing Metroid Prime (damn has it really been almost 10 years?)

      SUPER METROID FTW!

    2007 got me back into gaming, so I'd have to say that.

    2009
    Awesome new games: Batman Arkham Asylum, Braid, Bayonetta, Demon's Souls
    Great Sequels: Uncharted 2, Monsterhunter Tri (Japan release), Assassin's Creed 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    Super-hyped stuff: Streetfighter 4, Resident Evil 5, Modern Warfare 2

    Just finished Metal Gear Solid 2 HD and now I'm completely lost in the universe all over again. Totally pumped for 3 and Peace Walker.

    2011 wins for quantity of good/great games, but 1998 is hard to beat with Half-Life and Baldurs Gate, oh the memories. Diablo could also be counted in 98, well its Mac and Playstation release was that year. PC WAS 96-97

      The original Half-Life was a phoenominal game however I never liked the original Baldurs gate i preferred its later release baldurs gate 2 100x better IMHO definately a rememberable title.

    1987-
    Zelda II : The Adventures of Link
    Contra
    Castlevania
    Metal Gear
    Street Fighter
    Mega-Man
    Final Fantasy
    The Legend of Zelda
    Dungeon Master
    Double dragon

    Nearly all of these games still have a franchise and these were the ones to start it off. 1987 was the best year for games. Nuff Said

      Whilst a lot of those went on to become big series, some of them were actually crap in their own right. I'm looking at Zelda 2 and Metal Gear.

    Just to review some of the more major releases of 2011:

    - Witcher 2
    - Portal 2
    - DXHR
    - Skyward Sword
    - Batman: Arkham City
    - Skyrim
    - Uncharted 3
    - Gears 3
    - Dark Souls
    - Modern Warfare 3
    - Battlefields 3
    - Dragon Age 2
    - Duke Nukem Forever
    - Rage
    - Star Wars: The Old Republic
    - inFamous 2
    - L.A. Noire
    - Mortal Kombat
    - BulletStorm
    - Dead Space 2
    - Minecraft
    - Assassins Creed: Revelations
    - Crysis 2
    - Why are we still talking here?

      +1 holy crap there is so much i forgot! this year has been awesome!

      Even though a lot of those game are awesome, most are not all time best games. Morf has a point with all the old classics from 1987. 1998 should still win. Ocarina of time came out then. Best game ever made. ;)

    Dark Souls says 'yes'.

    And then stomps you and takes your humanity.

    I'm gonna say 1998 since Half-Life and the mods that were developed from it pretty much kick started my gaming obsession.

    1993 was the best year for me. Thats when I won my Super Nintendo :D

    BEST YEAR I RECKON. There were some close contenders but in think 2011. If Mass Effect 3 was out this year it would have sealed it.

      BioShock Infinite and Mass Effect 3 are waiting in the wings, the not-so-secret weapons of 2012. We'll be having this same conversation again this time next year. (While stock piling for the Mayan apocalypse...)

        Mayan apocalypse?? I better get back to my pile of shame...

    1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 (the best ever) and now 2011 have been the best year's for gaming.

    What year was double dragon II the revenge released?.. ;)

    2011 was the year I had just about enough of sequels and remakes. The disturbing lack of new IP's and originality made me sad.

    This is NOT the best year ever for games.

    That'll be 2017, after they bring out the USB attachment for my dongle.

    Looking at my selections in recent years lets see

    2007
    Halo 3; Call of Duty 4; Assassin's Creed; The Orange Box; Bioshock

    2008
    GTAIV; Lego Batman; Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts; Left 4 Dead; Mirror's Edge

    2009
    GTA Chinatown Wars; Arkham Asylum; Scribblenauts; Borderlands; Assassin's Creed II

    2010
    Mass Effect 2; Battlefield Bad Company 2; Splinter Cell Conviction; Red Dead Redemption; Alan Wake; Transformers War for Cybertron; Crackdown 2; Enslaved; Assassin's Creed Brotherhood; Monday Night Combat; Dead Rising 2; Halo Reach; Kinect Sports;

    2011
    Crysis 2; Portal 2; Lego Star Wars III, The Gunstringer; Fruit Ninja Kinect; Arkham City; Battlefield 3; Super Mario 3D Land

    I think based on this list I gotta say although 2011 has some great games, I've got more 2010 games and I still play most of them (I've still gotta get Vanquish at some stage!) It was also the last great year of Xbox Exclusives with Conviction and Alan Wake and WFC and MNC were real suprises that year

    2007 is a close second for me simply based on how much time I have sunk into Team Fortress 2!

    I think this year has been an awesome year -
    Call of Duty
    Assassins creed
    Saints row
    Skyrim
    Sonic Gen
    Uncharted 3
    Ace combat
    Batman
    Battlefield 3
    Dead Island
    anno 2070

    I have no free time and my wallet hates me!

    In terms of polish and innovation, no other gaming year beats 1998. Years like 2007 or 2011 have plenty of highly polished games but they are sorely lacking in terms of innovative concepts.

    Metal Gear Solid - redefined the action genre by emphasizing stealth gameplay and scripted events.

    Half-Life - redefined fps with advanced AI, a wonderful story and unique story-telling. FPS before were just 3D tech demos with a story and ai written as an afterthought.

    Zelda:OoT - redefined 3D games with its targetting mechanism, context controls, and 3D movement mechanics. Most of the things we treat for granted in third person games have their start here.

    StarCraft - redefined realtime-strategy games by emphasizing unit variety, balance and a killer story.

    Baldur's Gate - redefined western rpg's by introducing the Bioware-style of RPG. This was the foundation on which Bioware built its RPG chops.

    Resident Evil 2 - redefined action/survival horror by introducing the zapping system (e.g. the actions of one Claire Redfield will reflect on the steges involving Leon) and putting the emphasis on the horror atmosphere with haunting music and surroundings.

    Unreal - redefined 3D graphics in general (no hardware acceleration needed for drop shadows) and the concept of modding with the release of the user-friendly UnrealEd

    Grim Fandango - the last great adventure game for the PC

    Pokemon Red and Blue - the most successful cross media phenomenon that started with videogames. Spawned alot of "collect 'em all" copycats like Yu Gi Oh, Digimon etc.

    Guilty Gear - the spiritual predecessor of BlazBlue and made significant advances to 2D graphics

    Thief: The Dark Project - redefined stealth gameplay with its emphasis on light and sound.

    Radiant Silvergun - redefined 2D side scrolling shooters with its graphics and gameplay. The spiritual predecessor of Ikaruga.

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