It’s tough to recall what video games were like in the previous millennium, but it’s not difficult to recall all of the fantastic titles released in the recent decade. The advances in video games come from the vastness of great MMO games and sandbox games on the Xbox and Playstations and the attention devoted to story, morality, and yes, even beauty. This will be remembered as the decade when gaming evolved into something more than just games. Here are 10 titles that pushed the boundaries.
The top 10 list of unforgettable games of 2000s
10.Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Developer: BioWare for LucasArts
Platform(s): XBOX, PC
The Star Wars world is rife with unlimited possibilities, and Bioware capitalized on this by creating one of the Xbox’s most memorable titles and, in my opinion, the finest Star Wars game ever. The RPG’s tale, set 4,000 years before the Vader period, provides a much-needed dose of uniqueness while paying homage to the never-ending war between Jedi and Sith. Way, far, way better than Hayden Christensen and company did.
9.God of War
Developer: SCE Studios Santa Monica for Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3, PS2
In this classic third-person action-adventure, Kratos, a simple mortal, embarks on an epic odyssey to assassinate Ares, the god of war (and the sadistic fuck who tricked Kratos into slaying his own family while working as his servant). This game established the benchmark for modern hack-and-slash entertainment, so much so that “God of War-Esque” has become a common phrase to characterize potential new entries in the genre. Unlike archaic Greek women’s mustaches, this mythology is enjoyable to review.
Developer: BioWare for Microsoft
Platform(s): 360, PC
Sci-fi games are typically characterized by loud fanfare, ridiculous weaponry, gimmicky boss fights, and narratives that are as scientific as creationist ideas. Mass Effect feels like you’ve been transported into an engrossing serial drama with genuine intrigue, intriguing conversations with multiple-choice significant choices, expansive settings, and mounting suspense, all while satisfying our primal human want to murder things that look different than ourselves.
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems for MTV Games
Platform(s): 360, Wii, PS2, PS3, PSP
Guitar Hero was a significant introduction to the world of music games, but it left us wanting more. Thankfully, Rock Band stepped in to fill the hole. With two guitars, a drum kit, and a microphone, the game became a cultural phenomenon that appealed to music fans, non-violent families, and Toledo residents looking for something to do on Friday evenings. So, though GH may have opened the door, it was RB who raised the bar. And it didn’t even have to stoop to homoerotic advertisements starring Kobe and A-Rod!.
6.Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal for Ubisoft
Platform(s): PS2, XBOX, GC, PC, GBA
Quite arguably the best-designed game of the last generation, masters the platforming gameplay clichés of yesteryear with the technical brilliance of contemporary 3D systems and the pure fluid magnificence of motion and movement at play—but really, we simply like messing with the space-time continuum. Even Jake Gyllenhaal on HGH won’t be able to destroy this one.
5.Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Developer: Infinity Ward for Activision
Platform(s): 360, PS3, Wii, PC
While thwarting rebel commanders as USMC and SAS soldiers are fun in narrative mode, it’s the multiplayer combat in this gorgeous first-person shooter that really shines. Get your friends together online and shoot the crap out of modern conflict zones in the Middle East and Eastern Europe for a true gangbang! That is contemporary warfare.
4.Resident Evil 4
Developer: Capcom Production Studio 4 for Capcom
Platform(s): PS2, GC, Wii, PC
Rare is the game that rips out the heart of an established, well-loved franchise and reanimates it into an unbreakable masterpiece. The movement is flowing, the mood and intensity are amplified, and the plot is more cinematic than most multiplex offerings. Add hundreds of mad, blank-eyed townies who will go to any length to get their filthy hands on you, and you have the finest RE ever. And that’s saying a lot.
3.Gears of War
Developer: Epic Games for Microsoft
Platform(s): 360, PC
In this brutal third-person shooter, hardened Delta Squad troops combat the Locust Horde, a horrible subterranean species that has awakened to wipe out civilization. The value of taking cover and moving intelligently is incredible, but it all comes down to two words: chainsaw bayonet!
2.Halo: Combat Evolved
Developer: Bungie Studios for Microsoft Game Studios
Platform(s): XBOX, PC
Prior to Halo, anything from Microsoft was pretty much a farce. Following Halo, there’s the Zune. Okay, not exactly, but this now-legendary first-person shooter was Bill Gates’ moment in the gaming spotlight, and it was the title that finally made that massive controller make sense. It’s a love/hate relationship since we’re not sure if we’ll need those hundreds of hours of our life back.
1.Grand Theft Auto III
Developer: Rockstar North for Rockstar Games
Platform(s): PS2, XBOX, PC
It is the most technically significant video game released since Super Mario 64, which successfully transitioned games into the 3D era. GTA III will be recognized as the first game of its sort to give players the nearly impenetrable illusion of playing in a live, breathing, and the thoroughly filthy world—almost a decade and one next generation later, modern gaming is still the home that GTA built.