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December 18, 2021

Since the late '90s, GameSpot has awarded Game of the Year to the one game each year that stood above the rest. After crowning the Game of the Year 2021, we decided to look back on the history and reflect on every game we decided was the best of the best.

From classics like Diablo and The Sims and blockbuster action titles like Resident Evil 4 and Gears of War, to peaceful meditations like Journey and competitive shooters like Overwatch-our GOTY award is an annual celebration of the diverse experiences video games can offer. Which games did you enjoy the most in these 25 years.

Here's every game we've awarded Game of the Year in GameSpot's entire history.

0:00 Introduction
0:28 Diablo (1996)
0:50 Total Annihilation (1997)
01:13 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time(1998)
01:30 Grim Fandango (1998)
01:48 Soulcalibur (1999)
02:05 Everquest (1999)
02:21 Chrono Cross (2000)
02:39 The Sims (2000)
02:58 Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001)
03:13 Serious Sam First Encounter (2001)
03:31 Metroid Prime (2002)
03:51 The Legend of Zelda: The Winder Waker (2003)
04:11 World of Warcraft (2004)
04:33 Resident Evil 4 (2005)
04:51 Gears of War (2006)
05:15 Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
05:41 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
06:08 Demon's Souls (2009)
06:29 Red Dead Redemption (2010)
06:52 The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim (2011)
07:10 Journey (2012)
07:33 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
07:51 Shadows of Mordor (2014)
08:09 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
08:27 Overwatch (2016)
08:47 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
09:10 Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
09:34 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
10:01 Half-Life: Alyx (2020)
10:43 Deathloop (2021)