What Would Your 1980-2018 GOTY List Look Like?

Everyone has their own ideas for a "Game of the Year" list. But it's fun to take stock and see how acclaimed games have changed over the last three decades.

Just as a fun exercise, YouTuber Cussan has put together a short but sweet look at GOTY winners from 1980 all the way through to 2018. The criteria for "Game of the Year" here is largely personal and biased towards Nintendo releases - there's a ton of games I would have picked ahead of Donkey Kong Country, like Super Metroid or TIE Fighter - but it's a cracking list of games, and it's just a nice nostalgia trip for a Friday afternoon.

(Small FYI: there's a little RDR2 spoiler at the end of the video, so be aware of that.)

Most of that list is pretty solid, mind you. Apart from the obvious Nintendo heavy focus in the 90's - I will argue Civilization 2 to the death over Mario 64 any day of the week, and that's not an indictment on Mario 64 - what games would you swap out? (No Deus Ex for the year 2000 seems like a bit of a miss, but I can get the argument for The Sims.)

And what would your 1980-2018 Game of the Year list look like?


Comments

    Mario 64 revolutionised the way we play games. What did Civ 2 do?

      Im not sure I follow how Mario 64 revolutionised the way we play games. 3D platforming already existed when this game came out.

      You could say it improved an existing formula with modern ideas but the same could be said of Civ 2.

    Woah. Cracker of a question! I find it a lot easier just to make a list.

    Street Fighter 2
    Donkey Kong Country
    WarCraft 3
    Half Life
    System Shock 2
    Deus Ex
    Mass Effect 2
    Street Fighter 4
    Deus Ex - Human Revolution
    The Last of Us
    Horizon - Zero Dawn

    No idea of the top of my head, I would have to research the crap outta release years and then scoured have for games I might've accidentally forgotten about.

      That's why I just list the big ones for me.

    I know I have some unique choices on there, but meh.

    Also, CBF after 2001.

    1980 - Battlezone
    1981 - Galaga
    1982 - Microsoft Flight Simulator
    1983 - Dragons Lair
    1984 - Elite
    1985 - Super Mario Bros
    1986 - The Legend of Zelda
    1987 - Phantasy Star
    1988 - Wasteland
    1989 - Sim City
    1990 - Super Mario World
    1991 - Street Fighter 2
    1992 - Dune 2
    1993 - DOOM
    1995 - Time Crisis
    1996 - Resident Evil
    1997 - Gran Turismo
    1998 - Metal Gear Solid
    1999 - System Shock 2
    2000 - Deus Ex
    2001 - Halo

    Mass effect 2
    The Last Of Us
    Final Fantasy 7
    Baldur’s Gate 2
    Tony Hawk Skateboarding
    Mortal Kombat 2
    GTAIV
    Fallout 2
    The Sims
    Secret of Mana
    GTAV
    Red Dead Redemption 2
    Super Mario World

    That’ll do

    Last edited 30/11/18 6:26 pm

    I did one of these a couple of years back for Twitter. They're games that were important to me at the time, so there are a few interesting choices. I might not necessarily fully agree with 2016 me in 2018, but I don't feel particularly inclined to spend 3 hours making a new one:

    1981 - Bandai Plane and Tank (LCD game)
    1982 - Tandy Pirate (LCD game)
    1983 - Alley Cat
    1984 - Kings Quest
    1985 - Kings Quest 2
    1986 - Bubble Bobble
    1987 - R-Type
    1988 - Speedball
    1989 - Space Quest 3
    1990 - Commander Keen
    1991 - Scorched Earth
    1992 - The Incredible Machine
    1993 - Day of the Tentacle
    1994 - Rise of the Triad
    1995 - Full Throttle
    1996 - Quake
    1997 - Netstorm: Islands at War
    1998 - Thief: Dark Project
    1999 - Planescape Torment
    2000 - Deus Ex
    2001 - Baldur's Gate 2
    2002 - No One Lives Forever 2
    2003 - Beyond Good and Evil
    2004 - Anachronox
    2005 - Thief: Deadly Shadows
    2006 - Psychonauts
    2007 - Aquaria
    2008 - World of Warcraft
    2009 - Left 4 Dead 2
    2010 - Red Dead Redemption
    2011 - Binding of Isaac
    2012 - Botanicula
    2013 - Shadow Warrior
    2014 - The Wolf Among Us
    2015 - Invisible Inc
    2016 - Overwatch
    2017 - Heat Signature
    2018 - Dead Cells

    This year was a damn tough choice.

    No idea about years but the following games I’ve played far more than any others.

    Mario 64
    Resident evil
    Resident evil 4
    Resident evil 5
    Castlevania SOTN
    Castlevania 1
    Dark souls 1/2/3
    Demons souls
    Blood borne
    Resident evil revelations 2: raid mode
    Nioh
    Wipeout 3: special edition
    Bomberman (snes)
    Mickey and Donald world of illusion
    Super meat boy
    Tony Hawk 3
    Final fantasy 7
    The evil within
    Street fighter alpha 2
    Tekken 2

    1984 Duck Hunt
    1985 Super Mario Bros.
    1986 The Legend of Zelda/Castlevania
    1987 Zelda II/ Mega Man
    1988 Super Mario Bros. 3
    1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    1990 Die Hard
    1991 Sonic SMS Version/Battletoads
    1992 MarioKart/ Street Fighter 2
    1993 Doom
    1994 Super Metriod/Donkey Kong Country
    1995 Donkey Kong Country 2
    1996 Diablo/Duke Nukem 3D/Daggerfall
    1997 Final Fantasy VII/ Age of Empires
    1998 Zelda Ocarina of Time/Metal Gear Solid
    1999 Final Fantasy VIII/Crash Team Racing/Unreal Tournament
    2000 Diablo II/Counter Strike
    2001 Max Payne/Return to Castle Wolfenstein
    2002 Mafia
    2003 Tony Hawk
    2004 Half Life 2/World of Warcraft
    2005 None (Still playing WoW) :P
    2006 Elder Scrolls Oblivion
    2007 Team Fortress 2
    2008 Mega Man 9
    2009 Boarderlands
    2010 Super Meat Boy
    2011 Deus Ex Human Revolution
    2012 The Walking Dead
    2013 GTA V
    2014 None
    2015 Axiom Verge
    2016 Stardew Valley
    2017 Hollow Knight
    2018 Mega Man 11

    Some years is just too hard to pick only 1 and some games I played late like Chrono Trigger. Quick list to give me something to do.

    1994, 2005, 2006, 2010 each had two game releases so great I have to include both of them.

    85 Super Mario brothers
    86 the legend of Zelda
    87 -
    88 Mega man 2
    89 Castlevania 3: Dracula's curse
    90 Actraiser
    91 Zelda: a link to the past
    92 Super Mario kart
    93 Secret of mana
    94 Super metroid / Final fantasy 6
    95 Donkey kong country 2
    96 Super Mario 64
    97 Castlevania: Symphony of the night
    98 Zelda: Ocarina of time
    99 Heroes of might and magic 3
    00 Skies of Arcadia
    01 Ico
    02 Metroid Prime
    03 Prince of persia: Sands of time
    04 Half life 2
    05 God of war / Resident evil 4
    06 Final fantasy 12 / Zelda: the Twilight princess
    07 Bioshock
    08 Fallout 3
    09 Batman: Arkham asylum
    10 Mass effect 2 / Super Mario galaxy 2
    11 Dark souls
    12 Xcom: Enemy unknown
    13 the Last of us
    14 Bayonetta 2
    15 Bloodborne

    I havn't played enough games from 2016, 2017, 2018 yet so I leave those years out.

    Last edited 02/12/18 7:18 am

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