The Best Year For Gaming, Decided By Gamers

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But what is the best year for gaming overall? That question has been debated for years and is difficult to answer definitively. However, a new study by online gaming site Spades Challenge may have found the answer – at least according to gamers.

We all have our favorite years when it comes to gaming. Whether it’s the year that our favorite console was released or the year that saw the release of our favorite games, there’s always a special place in our hearts for certain years in gaming history.

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The study found that 2003 was the best year for gaming, with 199, or 9.95% of the 2,000 titles studied released in 2003. The highest-rated games included Fire Emblem, Gothic II, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Day of Defeat.

2003 FOR THE WIN

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2004 comes second in the study, with 168, or 8.4% of the total titles studied released that year. 2004 saw the release of games like Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Burnout 3: Takedown. Handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS and PSP were also released in the same year.

GRAND THEFT AUTO RETURNED IN 2004

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In third place is 2005, with 141, or 7.9% of the total games studied, released that year. The highest-rated titles from this year were Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening, Resident Evil 4, Shadow of the Colossus, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Late 2005 also saw the release of the Xbox 360.

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TOM CLANCY IN 2005

With 141 or 7.05% of total games in the study being released in 2002, it takes fourth place in the list. The highest-rated titles to be released that year include Mafia, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Metroid Fusion, and Shenmue II.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

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2006 takes fifth place, with 129, 6.45% of the 2,000 titles studied being released this year. Among those titles are God Hand, Okami, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Kingdom Hearts II.

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1998 only had 25 entries in the top 2,000, yet it had the highest-rated selection of games out of any year, with an average user score of 8.9 out of 10. That year, titles that were released included The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Resident Evil 2, Fallout 2, Metal Gear Solid, and Half-Life.

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