I’ll play! Most of the early games were played through a computer games ‘club’ at primary school (one BBC Micro for the whole school) or at mates house who were lucky enough to have something to play games on. It is so much easier to choose favourite games from earlier years as there were much less available and you could only afford one or two that you could play to death.
Now, with a little bit of disposable income and cheap games over digital distribution, time to play is a greater issue. Also in recent times I could pick out 10 games a year that I would call outstanding and find it difficult to choose between them. We’re spoilt for choice!
1982 Donkey Kong (ColecoVision)
1983 Chuckie Egg
1984 Daley Thompson’s Decathlon
1985 Super Mario Bros
1990 The Secret of Monkey Island
1991 Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
1992 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Ultima VII & Ultimate Underworld joint close second)
1993 Day of the Tentacle (X-Wing, Gabriel Knight so close - good year for games)
1994 TIE Fighter/UFO: Enemy Unknown. Couldn’t split them.
1995 You Don’t Know Jack (with Jake Cake)
1996 Duke Nukem 3D (we carted computers around just to play across a network)
1997 Fallout (Final Fantasy VII came out this year, but I played it a few years later.
2000 Deus Ex - Next few years are going to be hard to pick, not much gaming due to travel
2001 Grand Theft Auto III
2002 Ratchet & Clank
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2004 Half-Life 2
2005 God of War
2006 Okami (release 2007 in AU so kinda cheating here)
2007 God of War II (or Peggle???)
2008 Burnout Paradise
2009 Uncharted 2
2010 Red Dead Redemption
2011 The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (what a cheat right?)
2013 The Last of Us (Persona 4 Golden close second)
2014 South Park: The Stick of Truth (Games can be funny)
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (great year what with Bloodborne and Rocket League)
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn so far…