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Best Video Games 2000-2010 PT 1
What A Decade
For those of you that know my hubs well, you will know that I am a gamer, I love nothing more than throwing on a game and getting involved and it is my way of relaxing after a hard day at work or at the weekends. I have written a series of hubs on the different era's of computer/video games and they are Best 80's Computer games and Best 90's computer games, these two hubs were great and were good fun to write because they gave me the chance to reminisce over some great video games.
In the first decade of the new century however, video games took a huge leap forward and we are now experiencing video gaming that is beyond anything we could of ever imagined. So I am going to take a look at the first decade of gaming this century and try and bring to you my list of the best games, I will not be bringing you a top 10 video games list or a new computer game, a decade is a long time and there have been some great games so I will put in however many I feel were worthy, these games will be on the big three formats which is Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Released for xbox and pc in 2007 and the PlayStation 3 in 2008 this game broke several molds. It is a mix of survival Horror and First person shooter. Set in 1960 the game places you as a plane crash survivor who ends up in a mysterious underwater city called Rapture.
Walking around the creepy somewhat abandoned underwater city is a very unnerving experience and it is made even more so by the great graphics and creepy water dripping sound effects that are punctuated every now and then with a scream or a whisper or indeed a moving shadow.
I played this on my own and it certainly made me jump more than a couple of times. It is a great game and deserves to be on this list with the rest. If you haven't played it yet then it is relatively cheap now so is definitely worth a look.
The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind
This game which was developed by Bethesda game studios is one of the most important role playing games of our time, Without this game we certainly wouldn't have Oblivion or indeed Skyrim. It is an RPG where you are free to run around the open world acting pretty much as you please and it is this which is what attracted so many gamers upon its release in 2002.
You would always get the feeling with this game that no matter what house you were robbing or which citizen you were killing that the rest of the world would carry on as normal after you had left. It was quite a surreal feeling. There was however as there is with most large rpg's glitches and this led to some poor reviews from critics but nevertheless it did quite well upon release.
The story is too long to go into but if you have played Oblivion or Skyrim then you will be familiar with how the game plays. Go and get it now and you will not be disappointed, sure the graphics look a little dated but it is the gameplay you want this one for.
Metal Gear Solid
The first true stealth game of its kind and one which ushered in a huge amount of stealth games for all of us to enjoy, The game centres around Solid Snake a soldier who has to infiltrate a Nuclear weapons facility to avert a national disaster, Lots of sneaking around and killing people from behind as well as hiding in the shadows ensues.
When the game was released in 1998 and although technically outside my time frame Im going to include it anyway because of its importance to gaming. I believe it was the trailer which first got people interested in this game as the trailer was one of the first to also mix cinematic cut scenes and in game graphics and it did it so well that at times when watching it you could easily of believed you were watching a film, it was that good.
The game sold over 6 million copies upon release and this was quite a few 14 years ago, in fact the game does not look too dated today. If you haven't played it then this is one you must not miss.
It has spawned several new games but this although a little dated is certainly one of the best.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
With Call of duty you are either a fan or you are not, but either way you cannot deny its superb hold over the gaming industry and its capture of most of the war game genre. Up until Modern warfare was released in 2007 we mostly fought our way through wars by throwing grenades at nazi's and dodging bullets in the trenches. Modern warfare brought us bang up to date and gave us some of the hardcore weaponry that we know and love today.
The campaign mode in this game simply never lets up and pounds your senses from beginning to end, This is also true of the multiplayer and the mulitplayer modes were the best that had ever been seen and certainly solidified the games position at the top of the gaming charts.
It has spawned two sequels namely Modern warfare 2 and 3 and they continue to grow in popularity. In between the games the makers have released Black Ops games which are similar time zones but different regions and characters.
The call of duty games have not gone back to the old style wars which is a little bit of a shame and something I am hoping they do at some point, I think with today's new consoles the graphics and gameplay using old weapons and scenery could be awesome.
Grand Theft Auto 3
Every gamer has played or at least heard of grand theft auto, You would have to have been living under a rock to not know about it. When it was released in 2001 it was the first GTA to have a 3d world so no more top down killing for us. Although it won lots of acclaim for its gritty story-lines and superb open world game-play that more or less allowed you to do what ever you wanted, it also had its share of doubters who hated the way it depicted violence in such a casual way.
The amount of stuff you could do within the game was immense from carjacking to random killings to contract killings to gbh and other such violence or simply driving around pulling stunts in your car or on a bike. The list of possibilities was endless and this is why this game makes my list.
What also made the game was the non playable characters and the way with which they interacted with the world. It was sometimes very hilarious to aim for pedestrians with your car and then see if they screamed and ran or simply threw obscenities at you. There were also a myriad of radio stations at your disposal in every car and they were pre tuned depending on who was driving and what car it was.
Ok so it it isn't quite the same as playing GTA5 but you need to play this to see where GTA went from pretender to video game great. Believe me you still wont be disappointed.
This game inspired a generation and if you haven't played it then you haven't lived.
Gran Turismo 3
Without a doubt one of the best racing games ever made and one of the top selling games of the last 15 years, This game simply changed the way we view racing games and made all racing games from then on in simply better. The game was release worldwide for the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and considering this was now 11 years ago the graphics were simply breathtaking. Along with a perfectly scored soundtrack and visuals that were simply stunning this was a force to be reckoned with.
As of four years ago the game has shifted nearly 15,000,000 copies worldwide which is far more than all the rest of the gran turismo games put together, It is simply put as fine a racing game as you will get and it still is 11 years on.
The Forza motorsport series on Xbox is starting to catch up to Gran turismo and is looking to steal its crown but you need to check this game out before making a decision on the series you will stick with.
Well thats Part One done, dont miss out on Part Two which will be available shortly. Fantastic games and you need to make sure you play every single one before your time is up.