1998 in video gaming

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1998 saw many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Metal Gear Solid, F-Zero X, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Gex: Enter the Gecko, Xenogears, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and MediEvil. The year has been retrospectively considered one of the best in video gaming due to the release of several critically acclaimed, commercially successful and influential titles across all platforms and genres.[1][2][3][4]

Events[edit]

Game releases[edit]

The list of games released in 1998.

Video game platforms
GB Game Boy
GBC Game Boy Color
N64 Nintendo 64
Neo Neo Geo
NeoCD Neo-Geo CD
PS1 PlayStation
Sat Sega Saturn
Win Microsoft Windows
DC Dreamcast
Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
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8 No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! PS1 Puzzle [citation needed]
12 Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes Arcade Fighting [citation needed]
21 Resident Evil 2 PS1 Survival horror [6]
29 Bomberman World PS1 Action, maze [citation needed]
Bust a Groove PS1 Music, fighting [citation needed]
Panzer Dragoon Saga Sat Action-adventure, role-playing [citation needed]
31 Skullmonkeys PS1 Platform [citation needed]
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E
B
R
U
A
R
Y
9 James Bond 007 GB Action-adventure [citation needed]
11 Xenogears PS1 Role-playing [7]
24 Gex: Enter the Gecko PS1 Platform [citation needed]
26 Burning Rangers Sat Action, third-person shooter [citation needed]
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PS1 Action-adventure, stealth [citation needed]
X-Men vs. Street Fighter: EX Edition PS1 Fighting [citation needed]
28 1080° Snowboarding N64 Racing [8]
Battlezone Win First-person shooter, real-time strategy [citation needed]
Star Wars: Rebellion Win Real-time strategy [citation needed]
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A
R
C
H
9 Wario Land II GB Platform [citation needed]
19 Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War Win Space combat simulator [citation needed]
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers Arcade Fighting [citation needed]
25 Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit PS1 Racing [citation needed]
26 Dungeon Master Nexus Sat Role-playing [citation needed]
The House of the Dead Sat Rail shooter [citation needed]
The King of Fighters '97 Sat Fighting [citation needed]
Tekken 3 PS1 Fighting [9]
29 Parasite Eve PS1 Action role-playing [10]
31 Blasto PS1 Third-person shooter [citation needed]
StarCraft Win Real-time strategy [11]
Warhammer: Dark Omen Win Real-time tactics [citation needed]
World Cup 98 PS1 Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
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P
R
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4 Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die Sat Tactical role-playing, dating sim, visual novel [12]
7 Warhammer: Dark Omen PS1 Real-time tactics [citation needed]
9 G-Darius PS1 Shoot 'em up [citation needed]
14 GT 64: Championship Edition N64 Racing [citation needed]
17 Puyo Puyo Sun Win Puzzle [citation needed]
29 Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers Neo Fighting [citation needed]
Shining Force III Scenario 2 - Target: Child of God Sat Tactical role-playing [citation needed]
Super Tempo Sat Platform [13]
30 Bomberman Hero N64 Platform [citation needed]
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Win Role-playing [citation needed]
World Cup 98 Win Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
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A
Y
18 World Cup 98 N64 Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
21 Baroque Sat Role-playing [citation needed]
22 Unreal Win First-person shooter [citation needed]
28 Radiant Silvergun Arcade Shoot 'em up [citation needed]
The King of Fighters '97 PS1 Fighting [citation needed]
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U
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E
4 Atelier Marie Plus PS1 Role-playing [citation needed]
International Superstar Soccer 98 N64 Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
Vigilante 8 PS1 Vehicular combat [14]
11 Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix PS1 Fighting [citation needed]
12 Wetrix N64 Puzzle [citation needed]
24 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Win Real-time tactics [citation needed]
25 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Sat Action-adventure [citation needed]
29 Banjo-Kazooie N64 Platform [15]
30 Deep Fear Sat Survival horror [citation needed]
N2O: Nitrous Oxide PS1 Shoot 'em up [16]
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U
L
Y
4 Heart of Darkness PS1 Platform [citation needed]
9 FIFA 99 PS1 Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Sat Fighting [citation needed]
14 F-Zero X N64 Racing [17]
WWF War Zone PS1 Sports (professional wrestling) [citation needed]
16 Brave Fencer Musashi PS1 Action role-playing [citation needed]
23 Radiant Silvergun Sat Shoot 'em up [citation needed]
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers NeoCD Fighting [citation needed]
30 Star Ocean: The Second Story PS1 Action role-playing [citation needed]
31 F-1 World Grand Prix N64 Racing [citation needed]
Heart of Darkness Win Platform [citation needed]
Iggy's Reckin' Balls N64 Racing [citation needed]
A
U
G
U
S
T
1 Gex: Enter the Gecko N64 Platform [citation needed]
Pokémon Stadium N64 Role-playing [18]
6 Resident Evil: Director's Cut - Dual Shock Version PS1 Survival horror [citation needed]
Wachenröder Sat Tactical role-playing [citation needed]
11 WWF War Zone N64 Sports (professional wrestling) [citation needed]
21 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Win Tactical shooter [citation needed]
27 Black/Matrix Sat Tactical role-playing [citation needed]
S
E
P
T
E
M
B
E
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3 Metal Gear Solid PS1 Action-adventure, stealth [19]
9 NASCAR 99 N64 Racing [20]
NFL Blitz N64 Sports (football) [21][20]
10 NFL Blitz PS1 Sports (football) [22]
Spyro the Dragon PS1 Platform [23]
12 Pokémon Yellow GB Role-playing [24]
17 Suikoden Sat Role-playing [citation needed]
23 Digital Monster Version S: Digimon Tamers Sat Virtual pet [citation needed]
Madden NFL 99 N64 Sports (football) [20]
Shining Force III Scenario 3 - Bulzome Rising Sat Tactical role-playing [citation needed]
25 Dragon Warrior Monsters GBC Role-playing [citation needed]
26 Dance Dance Revolution Arcade Music [citation needed]
30 Body Harvest N64 Action-adventure [citation needed]
Caesar III Win City-building [citation needed]
Delta Force Win Tactical shooter [citation needed]
Fallout 2 Win Role-playing [citation needed]
Gex: Enter the Gecko Win Platform [citation needed]
NHL 99 PS1, Win Sports (ice hockey) [citation needed]
Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 PS1 Vehicular combat [citation needed]
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Win First-person shooter [citation needed]
O
C
T
O
B
E
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1 MediEvil PS1 Action-adventure [25]
NHL 99 N64 Sports (ice hockey) [26]
2 NFL Blitz Win Sports (football) [27]
12 Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit Win Racing [citation needed]
14 Grim Fandango Win Adventure [28]
21 Turok 2: Seeds of Evil N64 First-person shooter [29]
Tetris DX GBC Puzzle [30]
Wario Land II GBC Platform [31]
22 Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Sat Fighting [citation needed]
31 Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Win Real-time strategy [citation needed]
Apocalypse PS1 Third-person shooter [citation needed]
Blood II: The Chosen Win First-person shooter [citation needed]
Centipede Win Shoot 'em up [citation needed]
Crash Bandicoot: Warped PS1 Platform [32]
FIFA 99 Win Sports (soccer) [citation needed]
Glover N64, Win Platform [citation needed]
Heretic II Win Action-adventure [citation needed]
NBA Live 99 PS1, Win Sports (basketball) [33]
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus PS1, Win Platform [34]
Railroad Tycoon II Win Business simulation [citation needed]
SiN Win First-person shooter [35]
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O
V
E
M
B
E
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1 Red Comrades Save the Galaxy Win Adventure [citation needed]
4 NBA Live 99 N64 Sports (basketball) [36]
10 Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA N64 Racing [citation needed]
11 Sonic R Win Racing [citation needed]
19 Half-Life Win First-person shooter [37]
20 The Settlers III Win Real-time strategy, city-building [38]
Tomb Raider III PS1, Win Action-adventure [39]
21 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 Action-adventure [40]
27 Puyo Puyo Sun GBC Puzzle [citation needed]
30 StarCraft: Brood War Win Real-time strategy [citation needed]
Thief: The Dark Project Win Stealth [citation needed]
Starsiege: Tribes Win First-person shooter [41]
D
E
C
E
M
B
E
R
1 Gex: Enter the Gecko GBC Platform [citation needed]
3 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Win Action [citation needed]
4 Magic and Mayhem Win Real-time strategy [citation needed]
7 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron N64 Action [citation needed]
12 Falcon 4.0 Win Combat flight simulator [citation needed]
Hey You, Pikachu! N64 Virtual pet [42]
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX GBC Action-adventure [43]
17 Suikoden II PS1 Role-playing [citation needed]
18 Mario Party N64 Party [44]
Pokémon Trading Card Game GBC Digital collectible card game [45]
21 Baldur's Gate Win Role-playing [46]
South Park N64 First-person shooter [47]
23 Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon 2 PS1 Roguelike [48]
Sonic Adventure DC Platform [49]
28 Myth II: Soulblighter Win Real-time tactics [50]
31 Akuji the Heartless PS1 Action-adventure [citation needed]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

Critically praised games[edit]

GameRankings and Metacritic are aggregators of video game journalism reviews. GameRankings covers a wider scope of games from the fifth generation and earlier, while Metacritic generally considers expansions and re-releases as separate entities.

GameRanking's games and expansions scoring at least 87.5% in 1998[51]
Game Developer N.A. Release Date Platform(s) Average score # of reviews
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo EAD November 23, 1998 Nintendo 64 97.54% 28 reviews
Tekken 3 Namco April 29, 1998 PlayStation 95.80% 23 reviews
Gran Turismo Polys Entertainment April 30, 1998 PlayStation 94.95% 20 reviews
Half-Life Valve November 19, 1998 Microsoft Windows 94.02% 26 reviews
Metal Gear Solid Konami October 21, 1998 PlayStation 93.24% 29 reviews
Resident Evil 2 Capcom January 21, 1998 PlayStation 93.13% 25 reviews
Grim Fandango LucasArts October 14, 1998 Microsoft Windows 92.97% 30 reviews
StarCraft Blizzard Entertainment March 31, 1998 Microsoft Windows 92.85% 13 reviews
Banjo-Kazooie Rare May 31, 1998 Nintendo 64 92.38% 15 reviews
Baldur's Gate BioWare November 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 91.94% 18 reviews
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Nintendo EAD December 15, 1998 Game Boy Color 91.21% 12 reviews
Xenogears Square October 20, 1998 PlayStation 90.99% 21 reviews
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Oddworld Inhabitants October 31, 1998 PlayStation 90.42% 12 reviews
NFL Blitz Midway Games September 12, 1998 PlayStation 90.13% 15 reviews
NFL Blitz Midway Games September 9, 1998 Nintendo 64 90.02% 13 reviews
1080° Snowboarding Nintendo EAD March 31, 1998 Nintendo 64 89.60% 23 reviews
Thief: The Dark Project Looking Glass Studios November 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 89.41% 23 reviews
Crash Bandicoot: Warped Naughty Dog October 31, 1998 PlayStation 89.07% 14 reviews
Battlezone Activision February 28, 1998 Microsoft Windows 89.03% 17 reviews
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Iguana Entertainment October 21, 1998 Nintendo 64 88.96% 21 reviews
FIFA 99 EA Canada October 31, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88.87% 16 reviews
Unreal Epic MegaGames May 22, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88.58% 25 reviews
NBA Live 99 EA Canada October 31, 1998 PlayStation 88.39% 14 reviews
Pokémon Blue Game Freak September 28, 1998 Game Boy 88.33% 15 reviews
NHL 99 EA Canada September 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88.11% 19 reviews
FIFA 99 EA Canada October 31, 1998 PlayStation 87.95% 17 reviews
Pokémon Red Game Freak September 28, 1998 Game Boy 87.86% 21 reviews
F-Zero X Nintendo EAD October 26, 1998 Nintendo 64 87.61% 18 reviews
Madden NFL 99 EA Tiburon September 30, 1998 Nintendo 64 87.59% 11 reviews
Metacritic's games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 in 1998[52]
Game Developer N.A. Release Date Platform(s) Average score # of reviews
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo EAD November 23, 1998 Nintendo 64 99/100 22 reviews
Tekken 3 Namco April 29, 1998 PlayStation 96/100 15 reviews
Half-Life Valve November 19, 1998 Microsoft Windows 96/100 24 reviews
Gran Turismo Polys Entertainment April 30, 1998 PlayStation 96/100 16 reviews
Metal Gear Solid Konami October 21, 1998 PlayStation 94/100 20 reviews
Grim Fandango LucasArts October 14, 1998 Microsoft Windows 94/100 15 reviews
Banjo-Kazooie Rare May 31, 1998 Nintendo 64 92/100 19 reviews
Thief: The Dark Project Looking Glass Studios November 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 92/100 18 reviews
Baldur's Gate BioWare November 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 91/100 16 reviews
Crash Bandicoot: Warped Naughty Dog October 31, 1998 PlayStation 91/100 12 reviews
Einhänder Square May 5, 1998 PlayStation 89/100 14 reviews
Resident Evil 2 Capcom January 21, 1998 PlayStation 89/100 13 reviews
Railroad Tycoon II PopTop Software November 2, 1998 Microsoft Windows 89/100 11 reviews
StarCraft Blizzard Entertainment March 31, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88/100 15 reviews
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Monolith Productions September 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88/100 13 reviews
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Oddworld Inhabitants October 31, 1998 PlayStation 88/100 13 reviews
Myth II: Soulblighter Bungie November 30, 1998 Microsoft Windows 88/100 12 reviews

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