Best Games of 1996 - Page 4 of 4 - The Loresworn Order

Jul
09

Best Games of 1996

Honorable Mentions – T.J.: Civilization II, Super Mario 64, Tomb Raider

Honorable Mentions – D.M.: Diablo, Quake, Tomb Raider

The results are in from 1996, and here are the current standings for the Best Games-lympics, the data portion of this column! Each game we feature on these lists will earn a number of points for its platform, developer, and country of origin (with #1s earning 10 points, all the way down to #10s earning 1 point, and Honorable Mentions earning half a point), and we’ll keep you updated on the standings each week!

Platform

T.J.’s Picks D.M.’s Picks Combined
1. PC: 164 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. PC: 104 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. PC: 268 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
2. SNES: 51.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. NES: 63 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. SNES: 107.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
3. NES: 35 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
3. SNES: 56 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
3. NES: 98 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
4. Arcade: 29.5 pts.
(Last Week: 4 –)
4. Playstation: 33.5 pts.
(Last Week: 8 ^)
4. Arcade: 54 pts.
(Last Week: 4 –)
5. Genesis: 26.5 pts.
(Last Week: 5 –)
5. Genesis: 25.5 pts.
(Last Week: 4 ٧)
5. Genesis: 52 pts.
(Last Week: 5 –)
6. Game Boy: 17.5 pts.
(Last Week: 6 –)
6. Arcade: 24.5 pts.
(Last Week: 5 ٧)
6. Playstation: 43 pts.
(Last Week: 8 ^)
7. Playstation: 9.5 pts.
(New Challenger!)
7. Game Boy: 17 pts.
(Last Week: 7 –)
7. Game Boy: 34.5 pts.
(Last Week: 6 ٧)
8. Apple II: 7 pts.
(Last Week: 7 ٧)
8. Apple II: 11 pts.
(Last Week: 6 ٧)
8. Apple II: 18 pts.
(Last Week: 7 ٧)
9. Amiga: 6 pts.
(Last Week: 8 ٧)
9. Nintendo 64: 7 pts.
(New Challenger!)
9. Nintendo 64: 7.5 pts.
(New Challenger!)
 10. Mega Drive: 0.5 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)
10. MSX2: 6 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)
10. Amiga: 6 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)
 10. Nintendo 64: 0.5 pts.
(New Challenger!)
10. MSX2: 6 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)

Reigning Champion: PC
Weeks at #1: 4

The Playstation climbs the charts quickly, while its main rival, the N64, is just barely clawing onto the scene. Meanwhile, the Holy Trinity of the PC, the NES, and the SNES hold tight to the top of the list. With console cycles growing shorter, will any platform be able to crack the #3 spot?

Developer

T.J.’s Picks D.M.’s Picks Combined
1. Nintendo: 60 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. Nintendo: 66.5 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. Nintendo: 126.5 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
2. LucasArts: 32.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. Square: 55 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. Square: 80.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
3. Sonic Team: 26 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
3. LucasArts: 34.5 pts
(Last Week: 3 –)
3. LucasArts: 67 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
4. Square: 25.5 pts.
(Last Week: 4 –)
4. Capcom: 28 pts.
(Last Week: 4 –)
4. Capcom: 55.5 pts.
(Last Week: 5 ^)
4. Capcom: 25.5 pts.
(Last Week: 8 ^)
5. id Software: 19.5 pts.
(Last Week: 5 –)
5. Sonic Team: 43 pts.
(Last Week: 4 ٧)
5. Westwood: 20 pts.
(Last Week: 10 ^)
6. Sonic Team: 17 pts.
(Last Week: 6 –)
6. id Software: 38 pts.
(Last Week: 5 ٧)
6. Microprose: 19.5 pts.
(Resurrected!*)
7. Midway: 15.5 pts.
(Last Week: 7 –)
7. Midway: 31.5 pts.
(Last Week: 6 ٧)
7. id Software: 18.5 pts.
(Last Week: 5 ٧)
8. Konami: 12 pts.
(Last Week: 8 –)
8. Blizzard: 27.5 pts.
(Last Week: 7 ٧)
8. Blizzard: 18 pts.
(Last Week: 6 ٧)
9. Naughty Dog: 10 pts.
(New Challenger!)
9. Origin Systems: 25.5 pts.
(Last Week: 8 ٧)
9. Origin Systems: 17 pts.
(Last Week: 7 ٧)
10. Blizzard: 9.5 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)
10. Microprose: 20 pts.
(Resurrected!*)
10. Midway: 16 pts.
(Last Week: 9 ٧)
10. Westwood: 20 pts.
(New Challenger!)

* Challengers that have earned any points previously but were knocked off of the Top 10 still keep those points, and if they ever make it back onto the Top 10 again in a later year, they will be labeled as “Resurrected”.

Reigning Champion: Nintendo
Weeks at #1: 8

Like in the Platform race, our Top 3 have remained pretty static across all lists – though Capcom is shaking things up across the board with the unanimous praise for Resident Evil, and some legendary strategy developers are really hitting their prime. Naughty Dog, sure to be a strong contender on D.M.’s list going forward, is also just getting started.

Nation Wars

T.J.’s Picks D.M.’s Picks Combined
1. US: 188.5 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. Japan: 194 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
1. US: 355 pts.
(Last Week: 1 –)
2. Japan: 151.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. US: 138.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
2. Japan: 345.5 pts.
(Last Week: 2 –)
3. UK: 7 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
 3. France: 8 pts.
(Last Week: 3 –)
3. UK: 13.5 pts.
(Last Week: 4 ^)
 4. UK: 6.5 pts.
(New Challenger!)
4. France: 8 pts.
(Last Week: 3 ٧)

Gold: United States, Silver: Japan, Bronze: UK

With the help of Lara Croft and some Templars, the UK has pulled a Waterloo and soared back onto the medal podium after their defeat at the hands of Rayman last week. The US retains the gold, but their margin over Japan is small enough to be overcome by a single #1 game, so the contest is far from over!

Check back next week for the Best Games of 1997!

About The Loresworn Order

This post was written in collaboration between multiple staff members of the site.

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