Greatest Games Recap

Back before Stew Over existed, I came up with a unique way to talk about our favorite games of all time. A podcast was scheduled, and Jim, Tyler, Kevin, Chas, and I decided we’d run down every year since 1985 and decide the best game from each particular year. Arguments were had, tough decisions made, copious amounts of beer consumed, and  a pretty ambitious project (27 articles in 27 weeks) finally came to an end last week. The purpose of this post is to put links to all the articles in one place and let you catch up on any you have missed. Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Part I: The 8-bit (NES) Era 1985: Super Mario...

Greatest Game of 2010: The Competition

2010 is one of the strongest years we’ve highlighted so far. Limbo was amazing, but so were a number of other games that came out this year. I had quite a bit to say about these games, so be prepared! Heavy Rain Many of the decisions you make when you play games tend to feel...

Greatest Game of 2010: Limbo

What happens when we die? No one knows for sure, but everyone can agree that the fate Undead Studios dreamt up for their main character in Limbo is hopefully not it. The game starts with a boy waking up in the forest and all you know is that he is looking for his sister. As the game...

Greatest Game of 2009: The Competition

While it’s hard to disagree with the panel and Kevin’s choice of Uncharted 2 for game of 2009, that doesn’t mean there weren’t other great games that year. These games are the main reason we never played Uncharted 2′s multiplayer. Not the least of...

Greatest Game of 2009: Uncharted 2

Uncharted 2 isn’t just the best game of 2009, it’s the best game ever released on the PS3 and probably the best of this generation on any console. It’s one of the few sequels that surpassed the original (a good game in its own right) in just about every way....

Greatest Game of 2008: The Competition

While I would not disagree with Jim and the panel in saying that Left 4 Dead was the Greatest Game of 2008, it was still a very strong year for gaming. Here are some of my other favorites from that year. Let me know in the comments which games you enjoyed! Grand Theft Auto 4 When...

Greatest Game of 2008: Left 4 Dead

Left4Dead saved gaming. For me. Sure, I had the original Xbox but that system had long been boxed  up in my parent’s basement. I was coming off of a 3 year stint sans pants (and videogames), when I decided to buy the Xbox 360. It was the advent of the console based social...

Greatest Game of 2007: Bioshock and Super Mario Ga...

2007 brought us two of the greatest games of our current generation, Bioshock and Super Mario Galaxy. While our panel selected Bioshock and I really can’t disagree with the selection, Super Mario Galaxy was also a great game. Today, I’ll talk about both and you can let me...

Greatest Game of 2006: Civilization IV

“Just one more turn…” With the possible exception of World of Warcraft and its real time strategy antecedents Warcrafts 1-3, the Sid Myer’s Civilization games have to be one of the greatest time sucks in the history of gaming. To hear tell of Civilization is to hear of...

Greatest Game of 2005: Shadow of the Colossus

I have to warn you before you read this article. If you have not played Shadow of the Colossus, STOP reading and pick up the game immediately. The game was just re-released with another classic, Ico, on the Playstation 3 in spectacular HD for $40. Do yourself a huge favor and go buy...

Greatest Game of 2004: World of Warcraft

Wow and Back Again, and Again… So, in High School I played video games, a LOT of video games.  In college I played video games, but not as many.  In grad school I rarely played more than online poker but it would seem I had for the most part “grown” out of my video game...

Greatest Game of 2003: Mario Party 5

I was 21 years old in 2003, a junior at Indiana University. My hobbies matched that of most kids on campus: basketball and drinking, and not always in that order. I had the good fortune of living in a house ideally located two blocks from campus and two blocks from our favorite bars....

Greatest Game of 2002: Eternal Darkness

To this point, only two games were unanimous choices for Greatest Game of the Year: Super Mario Bros. in 1985 and Goldeneye in 1997. Eternal Darkness is the third and last game on our list to be granted that honor. The reason for this is due to its excellent gameplay, stunning...

Greatest Game of 2001: GTA 3 (Sort of)

Originally our panel choose Grand Theft Auto 3 as 2001’s Game of the Year, however, I hate that game. We’ll get to why in a minute, but first, I want to talk about my favorite game of this year, Pikmin. I’m also running down the competition by  stealing from...

Greatest Game of 2000: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate...

In my opinion, 2000 was a weak year for games. The Playstation 2 was released in the U.S. in the fall, and the original Xbox wouldn’t show up for another year. PC game sales hit their peak in 1999 and have been in a steady decline ever since. The consoles (Playstation, N64)...

Greatest Game of 1999 and the Dawn of Next Gen: Se...

The date was September 9, 1999 (9-9-99), and this time I was fully prepared. If you’ve been keeping up with my video gaming articles you’ll know that the launch of the Dreamcast was not my first video game launch. Just three short years prior, the N64 came out, and information...

Greatest Game of 1999: Medal of Honor

Let’s start this off with the obvious — Medal of Honor deserves praise for starting a franchise that has lasted for well over a decade. It’s made a bazillion dollars for the Scrooge McDucks over at Electronic Arts. But the first installment also brought to the table a...

Greatest Game of 1998: The Competition

Welcome to the competition to Chas’ pick for 1998’s Game of the Year, Half-Life. I should say right up front that I am an unapologetic Half-Life fan. It is one of my top ten games of all time and is the height of first-person shooters, as far as I am concerned. I even have a...

Greatest Game of 1998: Half-Life

  Five reasons Half-Life is the best game of 1998:   1 – Crowbar Previous to Half-Life, the FPS genre was riding a non-stop train to ridiculoustown and their tickets were fictional weapons: Half-Life‘s crowbar stopped that train in its tracks with a swift swing...

Greatest Game of 1997: Runner-ups Rant!

1997 could be one of gaming’s greatest years.  Unlike most of my rants, I really can’t bring myself to ridicule James Bond’s best and most successful video game outing so lets proceed in a more happy fashion than usual. Final Fantasy VII In my opinion the...

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