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2008, not as cool as 1998


Now I wont go into the other games in as much detail, but there were many that came out in 1998 that either still influence the gaming world today or were memorable as amazing games. To name a few, Marvel vs. Capcom came into the arcades on Jan 23, 1998. Resident Evil 2, which absolutely blew my mind when I first played it, as I was 12 and it scared the living hell out of me, but as much as it scared me, I couldn't put it down and it came out January 21,1998. Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit did not invent police chases, but rather was the first game to do it well and came out March 25, 1998. Thief: The Dark Project was another stealth game, but went medieval on our collective asses and came out just after MGS on November 30, 1998. Rare's way-too-happy-but-still-amazing-even-to-this-day Banjo-Kazooie dropped on June 29, 1998. Tom Clancy's first game, Rainbow Six, which also got me started reading Tom Clancy, came out on August 21, 1998. Insomniac's Spyro the Dragon came out, which eventually led to anther favorite series of mine (Ratchet and Clank), was released September 10, 1998. A game I never got into, but that people still fiend off of, StarCraft, came out on March 31, 1998. The list goes on and on, Fallout 2 (another game I can write a whole page on, but won't here), Grim Fandango, Time Crisis II, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Mario Party, Bauldur's Gate, and personal guilty pleasure's Gex: Enter the Gecko and Rival Schools: United By Fate. There are literally games upon games which people still talk about and revere. Well maybe people dont revere Gex, but still, games that are coming out today are still compared to these. 1998 set a golden standard for quality. Any RTS is compared to StarCraft. FPS, Half-Life. Adventure game: OoT, etc., etc.

There were other greats that year, but I feel like I made my point. 1998 is arguably the greatest year in the short history of video games, not even in review score's, but rather in terms of games that have withstood the test of time. 2008 has its share of greats, from Gears 2 to MGS4, from Left 4 Dead to Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and Valkyria Chronicles and Persona 4, there was no shortage of greats, but as for games that can withstand the test of time and be remembered as well as these greats, we will have to see. Personally I think the year that came closest in greatness to 1998 was 2007, where the Next Generation finally matured into the current generation, with epics like Mass Effect, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Bioshock and many others. I'm not writing off 2008, there were many games I enjoyed, and I plan on playing Persona 4 for a very long time. Also, 2009 looks to be a year of true originals, with Brutal Legend, Prototype, InFamous, Borderlands, Rage and a number of other, AAA titles lined up for 09. We'll have to see. Goodbye 2008, you were good, you just got beat by 1998 is all.

(Note: All games release dates were based off of Wikipedia and this article was about the North American release dates. If I forgot a great game, sorry, but there were so many great games that I remember from that year that I dont think I could remember them all, but feel free to politely let me know why you loved it. And yes Spice World did come out in 1998. Special thanks to whoever made the Half-Life cereal box image.)
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About ArcticFoxone of us since 2:36 PM on 12.02.2008

Games I have enjoyed over the years:
Metal Gear Solid Series
Half Life Series
Ratchet and Clank Series
Ace Combat 4-6 (and X)
Mass Effect Series
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Persona 3
The World Ends With You
Castlevania series
Advance Wars
Puzzle Quest
Star Fox
Rock Band
God of War Series
Grand Theft Auto Series
Call of Duty: MW & MW2
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Persona Series
Comix Zone
Sonic 1-3 and Knuckles
Die Hard Arcade

All Time Top 10 in no particular order
Half Life
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Metal Gear Solid
Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Call of Duty 4
Mass Effect
OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

Consoles Currently in my room
XBox 360
DS Lite
PC Gaming Rig

My Room (you creepy stalker you):
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Those About to Die: The Bosses of the Metal Gear Series
Other Worlds Than These: OutRun your worries
Aaamaazing: Modern Warfare

Currently Playing (By System)
PC - Batman: Arkham Asylum
360 - Shift 2: Unleashed/Dead Space
PS3 - Sly Cooper Collection
PS2: Persona 4
PSP - Persona 3 Portable
DS - Pokemon Black
iPhone - Infinity Blade

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