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When was the last great game released and what was it in your opinion? It seems they stopped being produced in the early 2000s. For me it must have been Tribes 2 (2002) or possibly WoW, although Path Of Exile is pretty close and was released quite recently; I just can't seem to become immersed in it though, which may or may not be due to me beginning to grow up due to having a full-time job, etc.
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There have been a lot of great games recently but the only one that has really left an impression was Borderlands 2.

That game really made me go "wow".

GTA V was amazing but doesn't have much replayability IMO, the multiplayer didn't do much for me. Skyrim is also a phenomenal game but didn't leave the impression that BL2 did.
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WoW was amazing before the dumbed it all up with this panda nonsense. It could've used some improvements for matchmaking for RAIDs and stuff for people who were more casual players and not in giant guilds but i remember the vanilla beta and it was awesome.

But my personal opinion is that the greatest games ever created were Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. I never had a Wii but i did opt in for a WiiU when it came out and I've been left disappointed by the titles released thus far. Wind Waker HD was fun but it still left me wishing they would release a new original Zelda title for it and I wish that Nintendo would quit making Mario games for little kids because i remember Mario 64 being much more challenging and involved than Mario 3d World.

Half-Life 2 is up there when referring to PC games specifically but I think that all the best games ever made were either a few N64 games that really hit the mark, or HL2 or WoW.
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WoW was amazing before the dumbed it all up with this panda nonsense. It could've used some improvements for matchmaking for RAIDs and stuff for people who were more casual players and not in giant guilds but i remember the vanilla beta and it was awesome.

But my personal opinion is that the greatest games ever created were Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. I never had a Wii but i did opt in for a WiiU when it came out and I've been left disappointed by the titles released thus far. Wind Waker HD was fun but it still left me wishing they would release a new original Zelda title for it and I wish that Nintendo would quit making Mario games for little kids because i remember Mario 64 being much more challenging and involved than Mario 3d World.

Half-Life 2 is up there when referring to PC games specifically but I think that all the best games ever made were either a few N64 games that really hit the mark, or HL2 or WoW.


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For me, gaming was in it's prime between 95-06.

  • Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, Code Veronica, REmake & 0
  • Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, & 3
  • Sled Storm
  • Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic 2
  • World of Warcraft
  • Halo: CE
  • Half Life 1, Blue Shift, Opposing Force
  • Half life 2
  • Pokemon red, blue, yellow, gold, silver .etc
  • Rome: Total War
  • Age of Empires 1 & 2
  • Theme Hospital
  • Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3, The Last Revelation
  • Quake 1 & 2
  • Unreal Tournament


(I am sure I have missed loads, these are just a selection)



To answer your question; the last great, amazing, best thing since sliced bread, blow my socks off games in the past few years would be:

  • Metro 2033
  • Metro Last Light
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Shogun 2: Total war / Fall of The Samurai
  • Bioshock 1, 2 & Infinite
  • Mass Effect 1,2 & 3

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The last game that amazed me...gosh its been a while. There has been a lot that I liked...Sleeping Dogs, Just Cause 2, Maphia 2, Witcher 1&2...a lot of good games out there in the last few years.

But amazing? The last one would probably be Fallout: New Vegas...which took the trophy from FEAR 1...prior to that I'd probably go all the way back to Baldur's Gate. In my opinion there hasn't been a RPG that has came close to any of the Infinity Engine based games to this day.

Though it really depends on the genre you are talking about. Because I'd probably give BF2142 an amazing tag for a mutliplayer shooter, but as much as I love the game I can't put it in the same league the other games I mentioned.
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You last couple guys seem to have some low expectations from games. That or it's just me. I think the last single player game I truly actually enjoyed was Matharon Infinity (1996).
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I tend to find a great game almost every year, sometimes even more. This is coming from someone who has been gaming since the late 90s.

  • 2013 - Underhell, Metro: Last Light, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Rising Storm is great for a MP game, No More Room in Hell is a great co-op game, PAYDAY 2 is one of the best MP shooters ever, I have yet to play TWAU
  • 2012 - Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Black Mesa, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Natural Selection 2 is one of the best MP shooters, I have yet to play TWD
  • 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • 2010 - Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
  • 2009 - Dragon Age: Origins, also the greatest game ever made in my opinion, Killing Floor is a great co-op shooter
  • 2008 - Fallout 3, Penumbra: Black Plague
  • 2007 - Mass Effect, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, Penumbra Overture
  • 2006 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights 2
  • 2005 - I'm at a loss here
  • 2004 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords, Half Life 2
  • 2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • 2002 - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, I have yet to play Icewind Dale 2 but it also came out this year
  • 2001 - Silent Hill 2
  • 2000 - Icewind Dale, I have yet to play Baldur's Gate II/Deus Ex/Thief II
  • 1999 - Planescape: Torment, Silent Hill
  • 1998 - Thief: The Dark Project, Half Life, Resident Evil 2, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, plus I have yet to play Baldur's Gate and Fallout 2
  • 1997 - Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, I have yet to play Fallout

You name it, I've probably played it. These are the ones I find to be great. The most recent games that really impressed me were Metro: Last Light and Underhell, both from 2013. Multiplayer games just don't cut it for me... too shallow and repetitive.
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The last massively earth-changing game for me? November 16, 2007: Crysis 1. It got me into modding, and basically pushed me towards what I do today. It had an absolutely massive impact on my life.

Games that were genuinely great? There's lots:

2013: Metro: Last Light
2012: DayZ mod
2011: KSP (alpha)
2010: Metro 2033, Minecraft (Alpha)
2009:
2008: Stalker: Clear Sky, Mass Effect 1 (PC)
2007: Crysis, CoD4
2006: Company of Heroes, BF2142
2005:
2004: Half Life 2, CSS
2003: Rise of Nations, KOTOR
2002: Age of Mythology


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I tend to find a great game almost every year, sometimes even more. This is coming from someone who has been gaming since the late 90s.

  • 2013 - Underhell, Metro: Last Light, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Rising Storm is great for a MP game
  • 2012 - Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Black Mesa, Natural Selection 2 is one of the best MP shooters
  • 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • 2010 - Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
  • 2009 - Dragon Age: Origins, also the greatest game ever made in my opinion
  • 2008 - Fallout 3, Penumbra: Black Plague
  • 2007 - Mass Effect, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, Penumbra Overture
  • 2006 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights 2
  • 2005 - I'm at a loss here
  • 2004 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords, Half Life 2
  • 2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • 2002 - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, I have yet to play Icewind Dale 2 but it also came out this year
  • 2001 - Silent Hill 2
  • 2000 - Icewind Dale, I have yet to play Baldur's Gate II/Deus Ex/Thief II
  • 1999 - Planescape: Torment, Silent Hill
  • 1998 - Thief: The Dark Project, Half Life, Resident Evil 2, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, plus I have yet to play Baldur's Gate and Fallout 2
  • 1997 - Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, I have yet to play Fallout

You name it, I've probably played it. These are the ones I find to be great. The most recent games that really impressed me were Metro: Last Light and Underhell, both from 2013.

You really need to play Baldur's Gate and when I say Baldur's Gate I mean start BG1 and export into BG2. I look at it as one game. I always have a game going. I have it in my Windows install image.

Icewind Dale 2 is pretty cool too. Though I've never been a fan of D&D 3.0 rules. It is so easy to make over powered characters that they had to balance it by making lots of enemies meaning that if you get a few bad dice rolls it can be game over. For Neverwinter Nights they just only made you have one character with an underpowered henchman to balance it out...meaning you lose the greatest aspect of Baldur's Gate which was the party member interactions, but they really had no choice because a full party of you would be hard to stop. NWN2 handled it with buggy code though woulf have your party member getting stuck or just just stand there and a RNG that seldom let you or your party roll above a 10 on a D20...it is one of the very few games that I have never finished and it takes a lot for me not to at least play a game through once.

And I wish I could agree with you on the Dragon Age being a great game...but it got ruined in my opinion by the NPC party members. In order to keep the interesting members happy you had to do things that no "hero" character would do...many things that were actually borderline criminal psychopath. A character of that attitude would have never even cared about the blight. They'd just go off and use their insane ability to shotgun health potions to take over some mountain village and live out the good life til the taint took them. Since that wasn't an option you were pretty much forced to pick certain party members if you were role playing at all and they consisted of an old woman, a whiney dink, and a rougue that had alright character...if a bit teen-agerish...but rogues were a pretty worthless class in the game's mechanics. Mods changed a lot of this, but I am judging it for the vanilla point of view
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