If the early years of gaming were defined by invention, the last 25 years have been all about refinement and reimagining’s. And with a new generation finally here, musicMagpie has taken a nostalgic look at the last quarter of a century to see which year delivered the best games, according to Metacritic data.
We looked at the 1,000 highest rated games of the last 25 years to see when the medium peaked, and which consoles hit the most home runs: https://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/25-years-of-gaming
- According to the data, 2010 was the strongest year, with 40 games making the top 1,000, including Super Mario Galaxy 2 with a score of 97
- While many consider 2004 to be the benchmark for innovation and quality, only 24 games cracked the top 1,000, with the highest rated being the inimitable GTA: San Andreas
- Despite the much loved Nintendo 64 launching in 96-97, these 2 years only produced 5 and 8 of the top 1,000 titles which puts them last on the list
- GTA: V’s busy re-release schedule was enough to make it the only game to feature as the best reviewed game twice, across 2 years and 2 generations
However, with nostalgia fuelling much of our early experience with games, players who grew up with these consoles no doubt have their own views about which year takes the crown.
For the full analysis, along with console timelines: https://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/25-years-of-gaming
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