Allkeyshop Game of the Year Winners From 1972-2021

March 24, 2021 at 3:25 AM in Digital Download News, Gaming News, GNews with no comments

We have for you the Allkeyshop Game of the Year Winners from 1972 up until 2021. You may still be playing some of the games on the list and some you may have already forgotten that you played.

By  Author Ingo  Ingo  |  Author Daniel Burrows  Windfell

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1972 | Pong


Pong

Facts:

  • An arcade game that is table tennis-themed.
  • Originally supposed to be a training simulation that ended up being a game.
  • The game is inspired by another table tennis game from Magnavox Oddysey which resulted in a lawsuit.

Platform:

  • Arcade

Genre:

  • Sports

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1973 | Space Race


Space Race

Facts:

  • A two-player rocket ship race where the first ship to reach the top of the screen wins.
  • Asteroids must be avoided at all costs. When hit, this will bring you back to the bottom of the screen.
  • This is the second commercial video game after Pong.

Platform:

  • Arcade

Genre:

  • Racing

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1974 | Maze War


Mazewar

Facts:

  • A first-person set in a 3D perspective. Players can walk forward, backward, and make turns.
  • This game very well be the inspiration for the modern FPS and RPGs.
  • The first game features multiplayer using peer-to-peer computers.

Platform:

  • Imlac PDS-1, Macintosh, NeXT Computer, X Window System

Genre:

  • FPS

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1975 | dnd


DND

Facts:

  • Create your character and go on a multi-level dungeon adventure where you have to look for the two ultimate treasures.
  • The very first game to feature bosses.

Platform:

  • PLATO system

Genre:

  • RPG

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1976 | Breakout


Breakout

Facts:

  • Break layers of bricks using a ball that bounces of a paddle that you control.
  • Whenever the ball falls at the bottom of a screen, you lose a life.
  • The arcade version of the game is actually a black and white monitor with colord cellophane on certain areas which makes some of the bricks look colored.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600

Genre:

  • Action

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1977 | Combat


Combat

Facts:

  • This is a launch title for Atari 2600.
  • Included are 27 games in one cartage and it comes gameplay involving biplane, jet and tank.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600

Genre:

  • Shooter

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1978 | Miniature Golf


Minature Golf

Facts:

  • Comes with nine playable holes.
  • Striking the ball will add a stroke to the score.
  • Players mainly would have to secure the ball in each hole.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600

Genre:

  • Sports

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1979 | Space Invaders


Space Invaders

Facts:

  • Aliens in the game are modeled after crabs, squids and octopuses.
  • First game ever that allows players to save high scores.
  • The game made more than $600 million in 1978, which is roughly $13 billion now.
  • Highest score recorded for the game is 184,870.

Platform:

  • Arcade

Genre:

  • Shooter

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1980 | Superman


Superman

Facts:

  • One of the first video games to be licensed.
  • Superman has three powers: x-ray vision, strength, and flight.
  • Two players are able to play the game.
  • This is one of the first games to use the pause button.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600

Genre:

  • Action Adventure

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1981 | Asteroids


Asteroids

Facts:

  • Destroy all the flying saucers and asteroids.
  • Highest score recorded is 41,336,440 in 1982, set by a 15-year-old.
  • This is the best-selling arcade game for Atari.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600

Genre:

  • Arcade Shooter

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1982 | David’s Midnight Magic


Davids Midnight Magic

Facts:

  • Features four-player gameplay and is already multi-colored.
  • The five upper targets are 5,000 points, the right targets are 3,000, the white bumper gives 500 points, lower kicker gives 300 points and the orange targets are 250 points.

Platform:

  • Apple II, Atari 2600, Commodore 64

Genre:

  • Pinball Simulator

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1983 | Ms. Pac-Man


Ms Pac Man

Facts:

  • Eat pellets to earn points and make sure to avoid the monsters.
  • When Ms. Pac-Man dies it is a bit dramatic.
  • The game is the 5th on the Best Video Games of All Time list.

Platform:

  • Atari 2600, Commodore 64, NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy

Genre:

  • Arcade


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1984 | Ultima III: Exodus


Ultima 3 Exodus

Facts:

  • One of the first RPGs that feature animated characters.
  • There are 11 classes to choose from at the beginning of the game. Fighter, Paladin, Wizard and Druid to name a few.
  • The first of the series that has 3D-looking dungeons.

Platform:

  • Apple II, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, NES, Sharp X1

Genre:

  • RPG

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1985 | The Way of the Exploding Fist


The Way of the Exploding Fist

Facts:

  • A two-player game that features 1 versus 1 karate matches.
  • There are 18 moves available two of which are jumping kicks and roundhouse kicks.
  • The soundtrack is inspired by an orchestral piece called Dance of the Yao People (1952).

Platform:

  • Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Acorn Electron, BBC Micro

Genre:

  • Fighting

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1986 | Gauntlet


Gauntlet

Facts:

  • A top-down dungeon crawler where players must reach the “Exit” per level.
  • There are four characters to choose from: wizard, warrior, elf, and valkyrie.
  • The creator of the game is Ed Logg. He is also the co-creator of Centipede and Asteroids.

Platform:

  • Commodore 64, Master System, ZX Spectrum, NES, MS-DOS, PlayStation

Genre:

  • Hack and Slash


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1987 | Out Run


Out Run

Facts:

  • Main goal is to reach the finish line before the time is up.
  • In the 80’s this is the most successful arcade game from Sega.
  • The game was worked on by 4 programmers, 5 graphic designers and a sound designer.

Platform:

  • Arcade, Master System, Game Gear, Sega Saturn, Nintendo Switch

Genre:

  • Racing


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1988 | Speedball


Speedball

Facts:

  • This is a top-down sports game.
  • There are 10 different courts to play at.
  • There are power-ups that will electrify the ball and teleport it to a teammate.
  • Two game modes: league and knockout.

Platform:

  • Amiga, Sega Master System, Commodore 64, Blackberry, PC

Genre:

  • Sports


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1989 | Kick Off


Kick Off

Facts:

  • A top-down football game.
  • Proper skills are needed for the ball to not stick on the player’s feet.
  • Comes with action replays, fouls, tactics, injuries, referees with different moods.

Platform:

  • Amstrad, Atari ST, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, NES

Genre:

  • Sports


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1990 | Rick Dangerous 2


Rick Dangerous 2

Facts:

  • Set during an alien invasion in London.
  • Rick can use a laser gun, punch, plant bombs, and fly a vehicle.
  • No sequel was made, making the game’s ending a cliffhanger.

Platform:

  • Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, MS-DOS

Genre:

  • Platform

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1991 | Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic the Hedgehog

Facts:

  • A side-scrolling platformer. Save the animals of the South Island from Doctor Robotnik.
  • No saves available. When you no longer have any lives, you have to restart the game.
  • There are six zones to finish. Each one has two acts and a boss battle with Doctor Robotnik.

Platform:

  • Game Gear, Master System

Genre:

  • Platform


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1992 | Street Fighter II


Street Fighter 2

Facts:

  • The game sold more than 15 million units making it one of the top three highest-grossing videos of all time.
  • This is a one versus one fighting game and is also a multiplayer.
  • Choose from eight playable characters.
  • There are different punches and kicks, special throw attacks and special moves.

Platform:

  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade

Genre:

  • Fighting


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1993 | Mortal Kombat


Mortal Kombat 1

Facts:

  • The game characters are digitized and based on real actors.
  • Seven playable characters with unique fatalities.
  • Meeting the conditions of the Pit will allow you to fight the secret character, Reptile.
  • The game earned $300 million in 1993. This is more than Jurassic Park’s gross earnings which released the same year.

Platform:

  • Arcade, Amiga, MS-DOS, Sega CD, SNES, Genesis

Genre:

  • Fighting


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1994 | Donkey Kong Country


Facts:

  • Side-scrolling platformer with 40 levels to retrieve Kong’s bananas from the Kremlings. Available for single-player or multiplayer. Characters are able to roll, jump, run and throw objects. This has been the fastest-selling video game as well as the third-best-selling game for SNES when launched.

Platform:

  • SNES, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance

Genre:

  • Platform


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1995 | Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest


Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddys Kong Quest

Facts:

  • Play as Diddy and Dixie Kong as they try to save Donkey Kong.
  • Varying levels include swimming, riding karts, and swinging on vines.
  • Bonus levels can be accessed via bonus barrels.

Platform:

  • SNES, Game Boy Advance

Genre:

  • Platform

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1996 | Super Mario 64


Super Mario 64

Facts:

  • This is the very first 3D Mario video game.
  • Set in Princess Peach’s Castle.
  • There are 120 stars all in all.
  • Mario can long jump, wall jump and backflip.

Platform:

  • Nintendo 64

Genre:

  • Platform

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1997 | Final Fantasy VII


Final Fantasy 7

Facts:

  • This game won a lot of Game of the Year Awards including the first D.I.C.E. Awards.
  • Play as the mercenary Cloud Strife who is helping the eco-terrorist group to take down Shinra.
  • When the game was being written it was originally set in New York and the year is 1999.

Platform:

  • PlayStation, iOS, Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Genre:

  • RPG


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1998 | The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


Ocarina of Time

Facts:

  • Fifth game of the series and is the first 3D Zelda game. The game introduced Z-targeting and context-sensitive actions. There are 12 melodies to learn to solve the music-based puzzles.

Platform:

  • Nintendo 64, Gamecube

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


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1999 | Unreal Tournament


Unreal Tournament

Facts:

  • A fast-paced arena FPS where players go head to head to become the Grand Champion.
  • Different game modes like Assault, Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, and Domination.
  • Matches are player-vs-player or against bots. The skill level of bots can be adjusted.

Platform:

  • Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, Linux, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast

Genre:

  • First-person shooter


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2000 | Deus EX


Deus Ex

Facts:

  • Set in a cyberpunk world and the year is 2052. This is when people can get superhuman abilities with nanotechnology.
  • Deus EX won more than 30 “Best of..” awards.
  • A part of “Greatest Games of All Time” lists some of which are from IGN and GameSpy.

Platform:

  • PC, PS2, PS3

Genre:

  • Action RPG, FPS


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2001 | Halo: Combat Evolved


Halo Combat Evolved

Facts:

  • Started as a real-time strategy game, changed to a third-person shooter, then to a first-person shooter.
  • The game gave birth to the modern FPS genre and is the reason for Xbox’s success.
  • This is the fourth-best FPS of all time according to IGN.

Platform:

  • Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Genre:

  • FPS


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2002 | Grand Theft Auto III


Grand Theft Auto

Facts:

  • This is the first game from the series to have a 3D over-the-shoulder perspective.
  • Highest selling game of 2001. In 2002, this is the second highest-selling game.
  • Offers an open-ended gameplay. IGN and GamingPro dub the game as the most influential and important games ever.

Platform:

  • PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, PC

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


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2003 | Grand Theft Auto: Vice City


GTA Vice City

Facts:

  • Set in Vice City and the year is 1986.
  • Right after completing missions, some game members will attack you while some will fight with you.
  • This is the first to feature a fully voiced protagonist.

Platform:

  • PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


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2004 | DOOM 3


Doom 3

Facts:

  • A prequel to the game’s series.
  • Includes 4 game modes which are all deathmatches.

Platform:

  • Xbox, PC, Linux, Mac OS

Genre:

  • FPS survival horror


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2005 | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


GTA San Andreas

Facts:

  • A huge game with a map size of 38.2 square kilometers.
  • The games with about 212 vehicles as compared to GTA 3 with only 60.

Platform:

  • Xbox, PlayStation 2, Android, iOS, Fire OS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Genre: 

  • Action-adventure


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2006 | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


The Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion

Facts:

  • An open-ended game where a player continues to play even after completing it.
  • There are 12 spells available in combat, magic, and stealth.
  • NPCs are able to make choices to achieve their own goals.

Platform:

  • Xbox, PlayStation 2, Android, iOS, Fire OS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


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2007 | Gears of War


Gears of War

Facts:

  • Set 14 years after the Locust attacked Sera.
  • The character Marcus has blue eyes based on Cliff Bleszinski’s father’s eyes.
  • The Boomers were named after the Bubblegum Crisis robots and inspired by Blade Runner.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC

Genre:

  • Third-person shooter


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2008 | Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare


Call of Duty Modern Warfare

Facts:

  • First from the franchise that is not set in World War 2.
  • An award-winning game with GameSpot giving it third place in the “Top 10 Best FPS Game Ever”.
  • Remastered releases of the game launched in 2016 and 2017.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

Genre:

  • FPS


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2009 | Fallout 3


Fallout 3

Facts:

  • Created by Bethesda after buying the franchise.
  • First of the series to have 3D graphics as well as real-time combat.
  • Can switch from third-person to first-person easily.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Genre:

  • Action RPG


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2010 | Mass Effect 2


Mass Effect 2

Facts:

  • Saved games from previous titles can be used to create a new character.
  • Introduced the rechargeable shields and limited ammo.
  • Won many Game of the Year awards with the studio getting the Studio of the Year award.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Genre:

  • Action RPG, third-person shooter


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2011 | Portal 2


Portal 2

Facts:

  • Shares the same universe as the game Half-Life.
  • Comes with a cooperative campaign and a single-player campaign too!
  • GLaDOS is voiced by Steven Merchant.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac OS

Genre:

  • Puzzle-platform


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2012 | The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Skyrim

Facts:

  • Includes 60,000 recorded lines of dialogue.
  • Several characters are voiced by Jim Cummings and Charles Martinet. They are the voices behind Mario and Winnie the Pooh.
  • Those are not dragons by wyverns.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4

Genre:

  • Action RPG


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2013 | Grand Theft Auto V


Grand Theft Auto 5

Facts:

  • The map is larger than that of Red Dead, GTA IV and San Andreas combined.
  • There are three types of players represented by the three main characters.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X

Genre:

  • Action RPG


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2014 | Dark Souls II


Dark Souls 2

Facts:

  • Comes with eight playable characters like tanks, fighters, spell casters.
  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin launched in 2014 brings updated visuals and improved enemies for the base game and all three DLC campaigns.

Platform:

  • Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Genre:

  • Action RPG


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2015 | The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt


Witcher 3

Facts:

  • Set in a continent where the monsters, humans, dwarves, and elves co-exist.
  • The game’s map is larger than that of Skyrim by 20%.
  • An increase in sales by 554% when the Netflix series of the same game launched.

Platform:

  • Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch

Genre:

  • Action RPG


   

2016 | Dark Souls III


Dark Souls 3

Facts:

  • Has lesser maps than Dark Souls 2 but is more extensive for exploration.
  • Includes a luck stat and removes the adaptability stat from Dark Souls 2.

Platform:

  • Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4

Genre:

  • Action RPG


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2017 | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Breath of the Wild

Facts:

  • The Satori Mountain in the game is named after the late CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata who passed away in 2015.
  • Hyrule is 10 times larger than the Twilight Princess.
  • Breath of the Wild is the best-selling Zelda game ever.

Platform:

  • Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


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2018 | Fortnite Battle Royale


Fortnite Battle Royale

Facts:

  • The game reached 125 million players in less than a year of its release. That is more users than Netflix.
  • In 2018, the game made $2 billion.
  • Fortnite coaches are hired by parents to train their children to be better at the game.

Platform:

  • PC, MacOS, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Android

Genre:

  • Battle Royale


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2019 | Resident Evil 2


Resident Evil 2

Facts:

  • Set just two months after the events of Resident Evil.
  • The characters will only start with handguns but will have access to more powerful ones as you progress in the game.

Platform:

  • PC, PS4, Xbox One

Genre:

  • Survival Horror


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2020 | The Last of Us Part II


The Last of Us Part 2

Facts:

  • Set five years after the events of the original game.
  • When you read notes in the winter, they get wet.
  • Zooming in will let Ellie squint.

Platform:

  • PlayStation 4

Genre:

  • Action-adventure


             
Author Ingo

Ingo

Ingo is fast! Studied e-commerce and has his roots for now in lively Germany. At the same time, as an ambitious influencer consultant, he is close to gaming communities & game developers. He often knows what trends are currently going on. Ingo has a special fascination as game review editor.

 

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