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#1 Edited by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -

This idea came from the AIAS Awards, since it started from 1997. I would like to ask what were your choices for GOTY from 1996 to 2009? 
 
These are my GOTY picks: 
 

  • 1997: The Last Express (It's a very overlooked masterpiece from Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia series.)
  • 1998: Half-Life tied with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 1999: Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings
  • 2000: Deus Ex
  • 2001: Shenmue 2 (I bought the European version for the Dreamcast)
  • 2002: Metroid Prime
  • 2003: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • 2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • 2005: Resident Evil 4
  • 2006: Okami
  • 2007: Super Mario Galaxy
  • 2008: World of Goo 
  • 2009: Demon Souls
#2 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -

*sighs* views and my thread still doesn't have any replies.

#3 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist:  I've seen threads like this before.  The problem I have and I assume a lot of people have is it's hard to make a list like this.  I have a hard time remembering what games came out in 2008 let alone what I was playing in 1997, or God forbid earlier.  It's a cool idea but it's hard for people to reply.
#4 Posted by Atlas (2444 posts) -

You have quite diverse tastes. Lot of different game varieties there, and about half of them Japanese and the other half Western. I like that in people's lists. Also, Age of Empires II, fuckin-a!

#5 Posted by Linkin10362 (602 posts) -
@Diamond said:
" @DoctorOptimist:  I've seen threads like this before.  The problem I have and I assume a lot of people have is it's hard to make a list like this.  I have a hard time remembering what games came out in 2008 let alone what I was playing in 1997, or God forbid earlier.  It's a cool idea but it's hard for people to reply. "
Pretty much this.
#6 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@Diamond: It was easier for me, since I'm somewhat of a gaming historian. I thought people at least research it, but I guess it would be difficult to look up a lot of games.
#7 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6197 posts) -
  • 97 - Star Fox 64
  • 98 - Tekken 3
  • 99 - Super Smash Bros./Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • 00 - Vagrant Story/Counter-Strike
  • 01 - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 02 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City/Halo
  • 03 - Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne/Call of Duty
  • 04 - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • 05 - Call of Duty 2/Jade Empire/Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • 06 - Gears of War
  • 07 - Halo 3
  • 08 - Grand Theft Auto IV
  • 09 - Battlefield 1943
#8 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist:  I generally have some idea when major games came out, but what to consider of games we continued to play from previous years?  For example, in 1997 I was mostly playing GLQuake, but I know Quake came out in 1996.  Mid 1997 I got my first 3DFX card, so that's when I played a lot of GLQuakeworld...  In 1999 I was playing lots of Dreamcast and in 2000 lots of PS2 as well.  I have no idea what game I considered to be my favorite of those years...  Similar for 2002, 03, 04, 05, and 06...  I played a bunch of good games each of those years, I have zero recollection of what game I would have considered 'the best'.
#10 Posted by Xtrememuffinman (958 posts) -

1997: Final Fantasy VII
1998: Ocarina of Time
1999: Final Fantasy VIII
2000: Chrono Cross
2001: Final Fantasy X
2002: Kingdom Hearts
2003: Fire Emblem 7
2004: Metal Gear Solid 3
2005: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
2006: Baten Kaitos: Origins
2007: Super Mario Galaxy
2008: Metal Gear Solid 4
2009: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
 
This is what I used to look through the years. I would say there aren't going to be niche games, but Baten Kaitos Origins was listed, and that's my niche game (everyone has at least one, and most people only have one...like me). Some of my decisions might be questionable to some (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009), but trust me. There were some close calls in there. 
 
You can probably also tell what kind of games I like...they're all made by Japanese people and are from either Nintendo, Square SOFT, or Kojima.

#11 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
#12 Posted by GunstarRed (5174 posts) -


I could probably go from about 2000/2001  because I write a ton of lists in books. There was a couple of  years where I didn't play anything though. I remember playing Metal Gear Solid about two months before Metal Gear Solid 2 was released.  
 
00 Final Fantasy IX 
01 Devil May Cry 
02 Metal Gear Solid 2 
03  Jak 2
04 Ratchet & Clank 3/UYA 
05 Metal Gear Soild 3 
06 We <3 Katamari 
07  Earth Defense Force 2017 (and by this I mean Okami or Call of Duty 4)
08  Metal Gear solid 4
09 Street Fighter IV 
10  At the minute Heavy Rain. 
 
Theyre all UK release dates so thats why some of them are a little out.

 
#13 Edited by litrock (173 posts) -

97: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (originally Star Fox 64, bad at dates)
98: Pokemon Red and Blue 
99: Final Fantasy VIII 
00: Skies of Arcadia 
01:  Silent Hill 2
02: Rez
03: Prince of Persia Sands of Time
04: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
05: Killer7
06: Elite Beat Agents or Final Fantasy XII, 06 kind of sucked for games, neither of these are ones I'd fight too hard for. 
07: Portal, though Mass Effect is a close 2nd
08: Fallout 3, Mirrors Edge, and No More Heroes are all strong contenders. Probably Fallout
09: Batman: Arkham Asylum 
 
Game series that exist in this time that I feel bad about not putting on here: the portable Castlevanias, though SotN is the best and came out in 96; (EDIT: I'm an idiot, and SotN is apparently 97, list updated to reflect that) and the Professor Layton games, which are never the best but always awesome.

#14 Posted by ZeroCast (1869 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" @CitizenKane said:
"2009: Modern Warfare 2"
 Really? "
Really.
#15 Edited by Icemael (6320 posts) -
#16 Edited by infamous021 (122 posts) -

The OP's list is pretty kickass (OKAMI WOO!!!11), but I'll reserve this spot for my list later.

#18 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@litrock said:
" 97: Star Fox 6498: Pokemon Red and Blue 99: Final Fantasy VIII 00: Skies of Arcadia 01:  Silent Hill 202: Rez03: Prince of Persia Sands of Time04: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater05: Killer706: Elite Beat Agents or Final Fantasy XII, 06 kind of sucked for games, neither of these are ones I'd fight too hard for. 07: Portal, though Mass Effect is a close 2nd08: Fallout 3, Mirrors Edge, and No More Heroes are all strong contenders. Probably Fallout09: Batman: Arkham Asylum  Game series that exist in this time that I feel bad about not putting on here: the portable Castlevanias, though SotN is the best and came out in 96; and the Professor Layton games, which are never the best but always awesome. "
Actually, it was '97.
#19 Edited by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

1997 -  Age of Empires /   Need for Speed II
1998 - Fifa World Cup 98 
1999 -  GTA 2 / Unreal Tournament / FIFA 99
2000 -  Soldier of Fortune
2001 -  Max Payne / Halo: Combat Evolved
2002 -  ?
2003 -  Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne / Call of Duty 
2004 -  GTA: San Andreas / Half-Life 2
2005 -  Battlefield 2
2006 -  Gears of War
2007 -  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Crysis
2008 - GTA IV
2009 - Assassin's Creed 2 /  Batman: Arkham Asylum
2010 - Red Dead Redemption

#20 Posted by TheKing (834 posts) -
  • 1997: Final Fantasy VII
  • 1998: Pokemon Red and Blue
  • 1999: Sonic Adventure
  • 2000: Shenmue
  • 2001: Grand Theft Auto III
  • 2002: Kingdom Hearts
  • 2003: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
  • 2004: ESPN NFL 2K5
  • 2005: Shadow of the Colossus
  • 2006: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • 2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV
  • 2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • 2010 So Far...: Red Dead Redemption
#21 Posted by litrock (173 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist: Thank you! Time to go edit. SotN > Star Fox 64.
#22 Posted by MaskedGamer (179 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" @CitizenKane said:
"2009: Modern Warfare 2"
 Really? "
Omg no he didn't
#23 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@ZeroCast: Wow..... 
 
  
#24 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" *sighs* views and my thread still doesn't have any replies. "
You have to be a little patient with replies. 
#25 Posted by NTM (7375 posts) -

I can't make a list 'cause I like too many good games from each of those years. So, I'm not going to make a list.
#27 Posted by MaskedGamer (179 posts) -
  • 1997: FF VII 
  • 1998: Half Life 
  • 1999:   Unreal Tournamnet/   Street Fighter III3rd Strike    
  • 2000: The Sims    
  • 2001: Halo    
  • 2002: Kingdom Hearts(Its been that long!!)
  • 2003: Freedom Fighters
  • 2004: San Andreas
  • 2005: Battlefield 2
  • 2006: Gears Of War
  • 2007: Mass Effect
  • 2008: Fallout 3
  • 2009:  Batman: Arkham Asylum/Street Fighter IV
  • 2010: So far Mass Effect 2
#28 Posted by Innovacious (237 posts) -

1997: Lego Island
 
I might do the rest of the years later, its just that whenever i think of 1997, lego island is the first thing that pops into my head. Even though i dont think ive even played it since 1997 and still replay other games from that year.

#29 Edited by Ace829 (2083 posts) -
#30 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -
  • 1997: Star Fox 64
  • 1998: Half-Life
  • 1999: Counter Strike
  • 2000: Pokemon Silver
  • 2001: Max Payne
  • 2002: Kingdom Hearts
  • 2003: Max Payne 2
  • 2004: Half-Life 2
  • 2005: Fahrenheit
  • 2006: Half- Life 2: Episode 1
  • 2007: Mass Effect
  • 2008: Dead Space
  • 2009: Dragon Age: Origins
#31 Posted by GrandpaJelly (207 posts) -

I'm not going to make a complete  list mainly because I only got into games during the 2000s and even so I'm only a kid so I can't play every game that's come out since 1997. Though I have played some older games, and pretty much every other popular SNES game is my GOTY for 1997-1999. 
 
1999:
Silent Hill
2000: The Sims
2001: Halo:CE is the winner, but I had more fun with Max Payne, Pikmin and Paper Mario. However their sequels were much better. 
2002: Super Mario Sunshine. I just started Mafia and so far it seems like it could easily take it's place for me. I need to get Metroid Prime apparently.
2003: Good year. I have to go with Viewtiful Joe.
2004: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
2005: Nothing for now. Probably Jade Empire/Psychonauts.
2006: Half Life 2
2007: Portal
2008: Fallout 3
2009: Dragon Age: Origins

#32 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

1997   Fallout
1998   Grim Fandango
1999   Homeworld
2000   The Longest Journey
2001   Max Payne
2002   Syberia
2003   Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2004   Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
2005   Civilization IV
2006   Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007   Mass Effect
2008   Fallout 3
2009   Dragon Age: Origins
2010   Mass Effect 2 (so far)

#33 Edited by Bones8677 (3241 posts) -

Note: Some of these games I did not play during their original release year, but have placed them within their appropriate year for consistency.

  • 1997: Goldeneye 007
  • 1998: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 1999: Super Smash Bros.
  • 2000: Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2
  • 2001: Halo: Combat Evolved/ Grand Theft Auto 3
  • 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • 2003: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • 2004: Halo 2/ World of Warcraft/ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • 2005: Shadow of the Colossus
  • 2006: Gears of War
  • 2007: Portal
  • 2008: Fallout 3
  • 2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • 2010: Mass Effect 2 (so far)
#34 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

These are fascinating lists. They say a lot about individual tastes as you'd expect, but also which games manage to break through and become all-around favorites.

#35 Posted by BeachThunder (11927 posts) -
#36 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" @CitizenKane said:
"2009: Modern Warfare 2"
 Really? "
Not every GOTY should be some obscure sleeper hit. Besides, he's entitled to his opinion.
#38 Edited by PenguinDust (12512 posts) -

What I'd like to know is why that odd range of years.  Why start at 1997?  

Anyway, here is my list.  I tried to recall games I played the most those years.  Some games like World of Warcraft, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Civilization IV would become favorites a couple of years after their initial release.  They probably would have taken the awards had I discovered them when they came out and not much later on.

1997 - Quake II
1998 - Half-Life
1999 (tie)  -  Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri - System Shock 2
2000 - Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
2001 - Halo Combat Evolved
2002 - MechAssault
2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2004 - Burnout 3: Takedown
2005 - Call of Duty 2
2006 - Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion
2007 - Crackdown
2008 - Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
2009 - Dragon Age: Origins
2010 (inc) - Mass Effect 2

#39 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@Ace829: Yeah, but sometimes, taste comes into play. Modern Warfare 2 is filled with flaws, it's the equivalent of a Michael Bay movie. Even though, it's not as bad as the latest Transformers movie.
#40 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" @CitizenKane said:
"2009: Modern Warfare 2"
 Really? "
Yeah, along with Uncharted 2.  I love it.
#41 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

2000: The Sims 
2001: Conker's Bad Fur Day 
2002: Kingdom Hearts 
2003: Ratchet and Clank 2: Locked and Loaded. 
2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 
2005: Tekken 5 
2006: Kingdom Hearts 2 
2007: Mass Effect/Crysis 
2008: Persona 4 
2009: InFAMOUS 

#42 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:
" @Ace829: Yeah, but sometimes, taste comes into play. Modern Warfare 2 is filled with flaws, it's the equivalent of a Michael Bay movie. Even though, it's not as bad as the latest Transformers movie. "
No doubt it's like a Micheal Bay movie. However, nobody really plays MW2 for the story and the gameplay is still great. And while it has many flaws (mostly balance issues), it can still provide tons of fun for those who can look past it. It's still highly addictive because of the XP.
#43 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@PenguinDust: Actually, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was released at 1999. I will say, that I really love that game to bits. It's my runner-up for GOTY, it even beat System Shock 2 to that place.
#44 Posted by DoctorOptimist (502 posts) -
@Ace829: I like Modern Warfare 2, it's a fun game. However, I play multi-player for a challenging and competitive experience. Modern Warfare 2 is just self-gratifying with it's overuse of unbalance perks and killstreaks. It just becomes a random grinding experience to level up, it makes the game feel dull and obnoxiously repetitive. I liked the way Call of Duty 4 and World at War handled it's ideas, but Modern Warfare 2 just throws crap in there not thinking about the consequences of somebody abusing the overpowered stuff. While I do think the single-player fairs better, it's just not as good as the previous games in the series (Omitting Call of Duty 3 and the PlayStation 2 versions). While it is intense and chaotic, it's just one cheap Michael Bayish explosion thrill ride after another. While I can ignore the horrid storytelling, as it is a stable mark in the genre. Modern Warfare 2 has no excuse, because Call of Duty 4 had a solid and plausible plot. Modern Warfare 2 breaks the fourth wall with it's storytelling, it's more nonsensical and stupid than anything Hideo Kojima could ever write. At least I can grant the MGS series as fun B-movies with a good message behind them.
#45 Posted by SSValis (1136 posts) -
@CitizenKane: that was my exact list except Super Mario and Metroid, good work.
#46 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -
  • 1997: Goldeneye 007
  • 1998: Half Life
  • 1999: Pokemon Snap
  • 2000: Pokemon Gold and Silver I suppose, 2000 was kinda a wash
  • 2001: GTA3
  • 2002: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4
  • 2003: Rise of Nations
  • 2004: GTA: SA
  • 2005: Shadow of the Colossus or Civ 4 (can't decide)
  • 2006: Final Fantasy 12 or Bully
  • 2007: Stalker: SoC, Persona 3 or the Orange Box (don't make me choose D: )
  • 2008: Persona 4 (Tales of Vesperia came close though)
  • 2009: Left 4 Dead 2
  • 2010: Metro 2033 or Call of Pripyat or Strange Journey or Alpha Protocol (shut up)
#47 Edited by PenguinDust (12512 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist said:

" @PenguinDust: Actually, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was released at 1999. I will say, that I really love that game to bits. It's my runner-up for GOTY, it even beat System Shock 2 to that place. "

Thanks, I made the correction.  It's now tied with System Shock 2 for that year instead of Half-Life in '98.  I assume like a lot of folks, I had to look up year by year release lists to remember everything.  Wikipedia has it down as a 1998 release on one of their pages. LINK
#48 Posted by OroJackson (680 posts) -

1997:  Final Fantasy VII
1998:  StarCraft
1999: System Shock 2
2000: Diablo II
2001: Final Fantasy X
2002: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
2003: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
2004: Half-Life 2
2005: Call of Duty 2/ Guild Wars
2006: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007: Bioshock
2008: Grand Theft Auto IV
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum

#49 Posted by SpiralStairs (1020 posts) -

1997: Fallout 1
1998: Metal Gear Solid
1999: System Shock 2
2000: Deus Ex or Majora's Mask
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2
2002: The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
2003:
2004: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
2005:
2006: Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence
2007: Persona 3
2008: Metal Gear Solid 4
2009: Demon's Souls
2010:Strange Journey

#50 Posted by gamb1t (965 posts) -
@DoctorOptimist:  thats what i was thinking but doesnt have cod4 as goty???