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The Best Year in Gaming History, According to Metacritic
Spades Challenge conducted a study that looked at 2,000 of Metacritic's highest-rated games to determine once and for all when the best year of gaming was. While some fans might bet on 2011 for “Minecraft” and “Dark Souls,” or even 2007 for “Halo 3” and “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” players will have to look a bit further back for the best year in gaming.
199 of the 2,000 highest-rated games on Metacritic were released in 2003 — a year that saw hits like “Grand Theft Auto Vice City,” “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” and “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.” The next closest contender was 2004 with 168 highly-rated titles.
Of course, the declaration of “Best Year in Gaming” will always be something that can be contended. Before the early 2000s, and before video games really took off as a mainstream form of home entertainment, game reviews and scoring was far less common; in fact, there are entire generations of titles that remain professionally unscored.