Game of The Year, Every Year

So I basically stole this idea from @recspec. You should go check out his list over here.

This is my Game of the Year for every year as far back as I could. My list keeping for games is more of a recent trend, but I could always point to one or two games from a given year and say "These are my favorites." Around 2007, things started to get more vague and a few times I had some trouble coming up with any good runners up.

It's kind of interesting to look back over my "Game of the Years" when I was younger. This list goes from middle school, high school, college, and post-college. It was certainly a different time back then, but this list is also impacted by fun stuff like "I was a teenager and didn't have a lot of money to buy games back then."

(I started this list way too late. I'll finish the write ups and do proofreading tomorrow. Good night!)

List items

  • (2018 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Celeste)

  • (2017 Game of the Year)

    (Runners Up: NieR:Auomata / Yakuza 0)

  • (2016 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Zero Time Dilemma)

  • (2015 Game of the Year)

    I guess this is a spoiler since I haven't wrote up my official 2015 GOTY list yet, but here it is: my favorite game of 2015. It isn't a perfect game, but it is by far one of the funnest games I have ever played. Even with the few rough edges here and there and some disappointment with how this game doesn't wrap up as well as the previous Metal Gear Solid games, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a massive, sophisticated game that is a joy to play.

    (Runner Up: Life is Strange)

  • (2014 Game of the Year)

    Hearthstone got me like no other game has before. I avoided a lot of the big persistent multiplayer games out there, and I never signed up for an MMO or invested in a game that had that "games as a service" philosophy. But somehow for both 2014 and 2015, Hearthstone was my "one game" for long stretches of times. It is elegantly designed and has that Blizzard flair, which makes it both simple to get up and play, but difficult to master. For god sakes, it sort of got me into e-sports!

    (Runner Up: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair)

  • (2013 Game of the Year)

    The Last of Us appeals to me on so many levels. First, I got pulled in through the artistry of the world. Then it was the setting. While I would like to see a sequel someday, The Last of Us doesn't really need it, since each location tells its own story of what it's like living in that cordyceps infected world. Then it was the narrative, which gradually became more complex and heartbreaking as it went along. All of these reasons would make it my Game of the Year and one of my favorite games period. The multiplayer, which is one of my favorite multiplayer experiences period, is just icing on the cake.

    (Runner Up: BioShock Infinite)

  • (2012 Game of the Year)

    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward has some similar strengths to the Danganronpa series. It is simply a great, crazy story. A story so crazy in fact, it will make you scream internally, wishing you had somebody next to you, so you could shout, "Oh my god, did you see that?!" It isn't just the fact the story is nuts. There's much more to the game than that. What exactly? Well, it's probably best you go play it yourself and see why.

    **Technically the true GOTY is Persona 4: Golden. It seems a little unfair for Persona 4 to win twice though.**

    (Runner Up: XCOM: Enemy Unknown)

  • (2011 Game of the Year)

    In November 2011, I told myself I wasn't going to play Skyrim until I finished my last semester and graduated college. With 161 or so hours put into the game from January to March 2012, that was probably a good idea.

    (Runner Up: Rayman Origins)

  • (2010 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Heavy Rain)

  • (2009 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum)

  • (2008 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Fallout 3)

  • (2007 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Guitar Hero III)

  • (2006 Game of the Year)

    Runner Up: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

  • (2005 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Shadow of the Colossus)

  • (2004 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

  • (2003 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: <shrugs> Probably not Enter the Matrix, but...I don't know)

  • (2002 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Maybe...Grand Theft Auto: Vice City?)

  • (2001 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Silent Hill 2)

  • (2000 Game of the Year)

    (Runner Up: Diablo II)