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#1 Posted by endoworks (286 posts) -

I was going back listening to old bombcasts and the 2008 Game of the Year discussion reminded me that wow, that was a heck of a list Burnout Paradise, Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, Gears of War 2, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Dead Space, Braid, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, and Fable II. There isn't a game on this list I dont look back at and think "Damn, i really liked that game"

But looking at this got me thinking, what do you think is the best year for games of the past generation of consoles?

#2 Edited by Yummylee (21615 posts) -

Tied between 2009 and 2010 for me.

2009:

  • Uncharted 2
  • Silent Hill Shattered Memories
  • InFAMOUS
  • Demon's Souls
  • Borderlands
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • The GTAIV DLC
  • Tales of Vesperia

2010

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!.. Undead Nightmare.
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Darksiders
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

2009 wins for bringing in the quantity (a fair amount of my all-time top ten favourite games of the generation are in there), but 2010 has RDR, so... still a tough choice. If RDR was a 2009 release (and was still the same game of course) then it would take it without a doubt in my mind.

EDIT: OK... I think 2009 would probably take it after looking over those picks some more.

#4 Posted by Fattony12000 (7403 posts) -

1885 was a pretty good year, that was when Louis Pasteur and Émile Roux developed a vaccine to rabies, which previous to that point had been 100% fatal in all human cases.

#5 Posted by Pie (7097 posts) -

Yeah it was probably 2008 just for MGS4 and GTA4

#6 Posted by L1GHTN1N (456 posts) -

@yummylee said:

Tied between 2009 and 2010 for me.

2009:

  • Uncharted 2
  • Silent Hill Shattered Memories
  • InFAMOUS
  • Demon's Souls
  • Borderlands
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • The GTAIV DLC
  • Tales of Vesperia

Also Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed 2, Street Fighter 4, Killzone 2 (I loved it, both the single and multi), Punch-Out!!, and Bowser's Inside Story. I'd argue it's up there with '98 as one of the greatest years in games period.

#7 Posted by BaneFireLord (2933 posts) -

2010, definitely.

@yummylee said:
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!.. Undead Nightmare.
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Darksiders
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

All those plus:

  • Just Cause 2
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Bayonetta
  • God of War III
  • Alan Wake
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Halo Reach
  • Rock Band 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Metro 2033
  • Dragon Age Origins Awakening
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Blur
  • Skate 3

Little something for everyone there.

#8 Posted by Huey2k2 (490 posts) -

I would just like to use this thread to remind everyone that video games are the best.

#9 Posted by Gruebacca (519 posts) -

I would have to say 2007. Objectively speaking, 2007 brought a boatload of awesome new IPs as well as several long awaited sequels like Halo 3 and God of War II.

#10 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5476 posts) -

I partial to 2011.

#11 Posted by Landmine (525 posts) -

2008, as it was the year Giantbomb was officially born. As for the games, I'm getting too old to remember these days.

#12 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

2010:

Nier, Metro 2033, Alpha Protocol, Resonance of Fate, Fallout: New Vegas, Stalker: Call of Pripyat

#13 Posted by ThePickle (4182 posts) -

2008: Fallout 3, MGS 4, GTA IV, Braid, Persona 4, and Rock Band 2.

#14 Edited by ThePickle (4182 posts) -

2008: Fallout 3, MGS 4, GTA IV, Braid, Persona 4, and Rock Band 2.

OR

2010: Civ 5, Fallout New Vegas, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, Super Meat Boy, Pac-Man CE DX, StarCraft II, and Costume Quest.

#15 Posted by Nightriff (5075 posts) -

2011, i was getting a new game every week that year, im on my phone right now so i cant multi task and list the games but skyrim, sr3, arkham city just to name a few.

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#16 Posted by Nightriff (5075 posts) -

2011, i was getting a new game every week that year, im on my phone right now so i cant multi task and list the games but skyrim, sr3, arkham city just to name a few.

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#17 Posted by MocBucket62 (1224 posts) -

I'm going with 2007 not only because the games that year were fun, but 2007 is a landmark year for this gaming generation. The year had so many games that would start current trends in gaming and/or create new franchises that could define this generation of gaming. Games include:

  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Mass Effect
  • Bioshock
  • COD Modern Warfare
  • Uncharted
  • Rock Band
  • The Orange Box (which includes Team Fortress 2 and Portal)
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Metroid Prime 3
  • Halo 3
  • Forza Motorsport 2

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#19 Posted by GreggD (4505 posts) -

2010, definitely.

@yummylee said:
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!.. Undead Nightmare.
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Darksiders
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

All those plus:

  • Just Cause 2
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Bayonetta
  • God of War III
  • Alan Wake
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Halo Reach
  • Rock Band 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Metro 2033
  • Dragon Age Origins Awakening
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Blur
  • Skate 3

Little something for everyone there.

Yup, 2010 for me.

#20 Posted by GreggD (4505 posts) -

2010, definitely.

@yummylee said:
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!.. Undead Nightmare.
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Darksiders
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

All those plus:

  • Just Cause 2
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Bayonetta
  • God of War III
  • Alan Wake
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Halo Reach
  • Rock Band 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Metro 2033
  • Dragon Age Origins Awakening
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Blur
  • Skate 3

Little something for everyone there.

Yup, 2010 for me.

#21 Posted by csl316 (8646 posts) -

'07. One of the best years in any generation, I think.

#22 Posted by Nodima (1197 posts) -

I didn't play a lot of games when they came out, but 2009 was probably the height of my time spent gaming so I'll go with that. Between Skate 2, inFamous, nearly 1,000 online games of NBA 2K9/2K10 and taking taxi rides in Liberty City so I could load and smoke a bowl, gaming was everything right in my life that year.

This generation was the first where I had actual responsibilities like bills and buying my own food, so I wasn't able to keep up year to year like I was in previous generations. It's all a blur to me as a result.

2013 probably comes in close second thanks to Playstation Plus allowing me to play all sorts of games I thought I would NEVER get to play, from Street Fighter IV to XCOM.

#23 Posted by Nodima (1197 posts) -

I didn't play a lot of games when they came out, but 2009 was probably the height of my time spent gaming so I'll go with that. Between Skate 2, inFamous, nearly 1,000 online games of NBA 2K9/2K10 and taking taxi rides in Liberty City so I could load and smoke a bowl, gaming was everything right in my life that year.

This generation was the first where I had actual responsibilities like bills and buying my own food, so I wasn't able to keep up year to year like I was in previous generations. It's all a blur to me as a result.

2013 probably comes in close second thanks to Playstation Plus allowing me to play all sorts of games I thought I would NEVER get to play, from Street Fighter IV to XCOM.

#24 Posted by LackingSaint (1811 posts) -

Gotta go with 2010. Fallout: New Vegas, BioShock 2, No More Heroes 2, Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, Alpha Protocol, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Limbo, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and of course Deadly Premontions. What a seaso- uh, year!

#25 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

1998 is 2013's year of the year.

#26 Edited by Slaegar (709 posts) -

I'm going with 2007 not only because the games that year were fun, but 2007 is a landmark year for this gaming generation. The year had so many games that would start current trends in gaming and/or create new franchises that could define this generation of gaming. Games include:

  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Mass Effect
  • Bioshock
  • COD Modern Warfare
  • Uncharted
  • Rock Band
  • The Orange Box (which includes Team Fortress 2 and Portal)
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Metroid Prime 3
  • Halo 3
  • Forza Motorsport 2

Also Crysis. Everyone loves Crysis. Except people who don't (People who hate punching down a building while people are still in it. Or picking up turtles)

Also

No More Heroes

STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (I'd argue that was when WoW was at its best)

#27 Posted by Pr1mus (3904 posts) -

Every year more or less have a strong set of games that are great for a while and then are quickly replaced by newer shinier games. For me it comes down to how good the top 3-4 games of the year are and how long they remain meaningful and influencial.

In that regard 2013 has the potential to be it for me and it's all riding on GTA V's shoulders. If it's as great as it looks and if Watch Dogs also delivers then 2013 will tough to beat.

At the moment i don't think there's any other years that can stand to 2007 this gen. Most of the great (and in many cases better) games of subsequent years are all sequels to franchise being established in 2007 in the first place. Portal, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Bioshock, TF2, HL2: Episode Two (Which is the best HL2 content for me) and of course the juggernaut that is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

#28 Posted by Tobiass (150 posts) -

@yummylee said:

Tied between 2009 and 2010 for me.

2009:

  • Uncharted 2
  • Silent Hill Shattered Memories
  • InFAMOUS
  • Demon's Souls
  • Borderlands
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • The GTAIV DLC
  • Tales of Vesperia

2010

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!
  • Red Dead Goddamn Redemption!.. Undead Nightmare.
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • BioShock 2
  • Darksiders
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

2009 wins for bringing in the quantity (a fair amount of my all-time top ten favourite games of the generation are in there), but 2010 has RDR, so... still a tough choice. If RDR was a 2009 release (and was still the same game of course) then it would take it without a doubt in my mind.

EDIT: OK... I think 2009 would probably take it after looking over those picks some more.

2009 sucked. I remember not having any games to buy. Hell 2009 made uncharted look good. Uncharted sucks.

#29 Posted by Yummylee (21615 posts) -
#30 Posted by rachelepithet (1391 posts) -

It's gotta be 2007, all future years were just sequels to franchises made in 07. I hated GTA4 and thought MGS4 was unplayable

#31 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (1696 posts) -

2011:

  • Skyrim
  • Portal 2
  • The Witcher 2
  • Arkham City
  • Uncharted 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • LA Noire
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Dark Souls
  • Battlefield 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Little.BigPlanet 2
  • Killzone 3
  • inFamous 2
  • Bastion
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Resistance 3
  • Rage
  • Rayman Origins
  • Saints Row The Third
  • Skyward Sword
  • Mario Kart 7
#32 Posted by development (2309 posts) -

2011:

  • Skyrim
  • Portal 2
  • The Witcher 2
  • Arkham City
  • Uncharted 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • LA Noire
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Dark Souls
  • Battlefield 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Little.BigPlanet 2
  • Killzone 3
  • inFamous 2
  • Bastion
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Resistance 3
  • Rage
  • Rayman Origins
  • Saints Row The Third
  • Skyward Sword
  • Mario Kart 7

Yep. Definitely the year of the generation. I remember during 2011 everybody was complaining that too many games were coming out and they couldn't afford them all. Plus, it had GoTY winner Saints Row the Third.

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#33 Edited by Korwin (2864 posts) -

2007 was objectively the most significant.

#34 Posted by Korwin (2864 posts) -

2007 was objectively the most significant.

#35 Edited by falserelic (5436 posts) -

Can't really say, but I will say ps2 generation was the best for me. Since I've played such an asowme amount of epic memorable games.

#36 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -
@korwin said:

2007 was objectively the most significant.

#38 Posted by fisk0 (4097 posts) -

2011 was a really strong year in my opinion, but, we had some pretty good years earlier this gen too, 2006 (Oblivion, Battlefield 2, Hitman: Blood Money, Chromehounds, Prey, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Dead Rising, Just Cause, Rainbow Six Vegas) and 2007 (Crysis, Shadowrun, The Darkness, Bioshock, Unreal Tournament 3, Super Mario Galaxy) come to mind.

#39 Posted by markini6 (445 posts) -

Definitely 2007 for me. Massively influential, and Crackdown. The most pure fun you can have.

#40 Edited by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -

'07

#41 Edited by AlexW00d (6274 posts) -

2010 had Victoria 2, but 2013 has Europa Universalis 4...

#42 Posted by mikey87144 (1772 posts) -

2009 and 2010. Probably 2010 if I gave it more thought.

#43 Edited by Lien_the_swede (25 posts) -

For me? The last time a worthwhile game was launched (GTA IV 2008).

I rememner being angry at IQ and framerate, but still it was great!

#44 Posted by Brendan (7804 posts) -

Definitely 2007.

#45 Posted by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

2010.

#46 Posted by mikey87144 (1772 posts) -

2009 and 2010. Probably 2010 if I gave it more thought.

#47 Posted by Confirm4Crit (142 posts) -

2007 Holiday Season rocked my little world

Mass Effect, Halo 3, MW1, RockBand, BioShock, and probably something else I forgot.

#48 Posted by Ares42 (2661 posts) -

Again, this comes down to if you qualify it as "most influential" or "best executed".

Personally I think 2010 might've been the year I was most enamored with the "new" consoles, but it was probably mostly due to a combination of being a late investor and games starting to re-iterate on the new ideas. Although, at the same time, if I were to make a list of my favorite games of this generation I don't think 2010 would be that well represented.

#49 Posted by ninnanuam (281 posts) -

It has to be 2010 for me. With 2011 coming a close second

#50 Posted by DarthOrange (3860 posts) -

2011 for me personally.

  • inFamous 2
  • Resistance 3
  • Tales from Space: About a Blob
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Skylanders
  • Uncharted 3
  • Mortal Kombat
  • LittleBigPlanet 2