2007: Best. Year. Ever?

A Review Score Cycle

Still, let’s not throw the review scores out altogether. Look closely enough and there is a bright silver lining hidden among the figures.

The last generation of hardware began in October 2000 with the introduction of the Sony PlayStation 2, and continued in 2001 with the launches of the Nintendo GameCube and the Microsoft Xbox. Then in 2003 and 2004 the review scores for those platforms peaked.

Now this generation began in November 2005 with the Microsoft Xbox 360 and continued with the 2006 launches of the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. If history is a guide, then their review scores will peak in 2008 and 2009.

The last time games reviewed exceptionally well, we were playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Halo 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. We may well be on the verge of another golden age of great games.

Certainly, those who say 2007 is the best year ever aren’t completely wrong. What we may realize in the years ahead is that 2007 was simply the beginning…

Source: GameRankings provided the review data used in this article.