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Greatest PC Games of the Last Decade (2000 - 2010)

Updated on March 4, 2011

The Greatest PC Games of the Decade

I have compiled a list of what I think are the greatest PC Games of the last decade, being year 2000 to 2010. These are all predominantly 'single player' PC games. I have not included Massively Multiplayer Games in this list.

2000 - Deus Ex

The year is 2052 and terrorists are operating openly killing thousands of people and running drugs, disease and pollution to kill even more. An age old conspiracy has emerged which is bent on world domination. No one believes they exist, except for you!

This great game was the best PC game to come out of the year 2000. A must play if you haven't already. The scope of this setting adds up to a very satisfying experience.

2001 - Max Payne

Based on the man known as 'Max Payne', who is an undercover fugitive cop that was framed for a murder and is now being hunted by the police and the mob. This really brought the action to PC games, and this is game that brought us that 'slow-time bullet' action that we all know and love. If you haven't played this already, well, you know what to do.

2002 - Neverwinter Nights

Bioware's epic RPG Neverwinter Nights is based on the Dungeon & Dragons rule-set and encompasses a huge medieval fantasy world. Get involved for an epic tale of faith, war and betrayal. This is a classic RPG experience, Rogue/Warrior/Mage is all here. NWN also has a bunch of expansions and an amazing selection of community made mods.

2003 - Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Another BioWare release, this one knocked the socks off a lot of people. With access to loads of Star Wars characters, worlds, lightsabers and powers, this game was raved about for years after its release. Seriously, if you like Star Wars and haven't played this.... all I would say to you is, "!".

2004 - Half Life 2

A release from Valve, Half Life 2 focuses on Gordon Freeman, and you enter an alien-infested earth being picked to the bone.

Half-Life 2 boasted numerous new features. Specifically their facial customization was amazing, with 40 distinct 'facial muscles' to allow their characters to express the full array of human emotion. You should play this one, even if you never played the first.

2005 - Fahrenheit

A supernatural mystery thriller, Fahrenheit brought something a little fresh and new to the table, and was much enjoyed by many gamers. The premise is that you lead an ordinary life, only to suddenly find yourself standing over a dead man with a bloody knife. You have absolutely no recollection of doing anything, and you don't even know who the victim is. 

Staying a head of the cops and solving the supernatural mystery is the name of the game (and saving the world too, of course). A great release from 2005.

2006 - Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

If you haven't heard of Oblivion, then it's likely that you were living under a anti technological rock during 2006. Boasting to be the 'most richly and vibrant game world ever created', Oblivion certainly is a feast for the eyes and those RPG fantasy hearts. The Game Of The Year Edition features the expansion and all of the DLC's. Definately worth checking out if you missed this one.

2007 - The Witcher

The Witcher follows Geralt - a one-of-a-kind mutant swordmaster and professional monster slayer. The game was inspired by the writings of Andrzej Sapkowski, and features a lot of adult themes. With a whole range of skills and abilities to learn, and a great twisting story-line, The Witcher was the best RPG to come out of 2007.

2008 - Mass Effect

Bioware does it again with Mass Effect. The sci-fi story orientated action RPG is LOADED with epic goodness. You fly around the galaxy as Commander Shephard, and your trusted team of specialists.

Save the world from certain doom? Tick! Preserve the safety of civilized life in the galaxy? Tick! Act outside the law with no remorse to do what you must to be 'the tip of spear for humanity'? Tick!

Jokes aside, this is considered one of the best Science-Fiction Roleplaying games. Ever.

2009 - Borderlands

If you like shooters at all, this game will blow your socks off with it's awesome art style and frenzied combat. A wide range of arsenal, you must search Pandora for a 'The Vault', a secret and powerful stockpile of Alien Technology. Considered to be an RPS (Role Playing Shooter), this game mixes them both very well. 

2010 - Fallout New Vegas

Post apocalypse junkies eat your heart out. Fallout: New Vegas, is the new stand alone game based in the Fallout Universe by Bethesda Softworks and Obsidian Entertainment. With a massive open-world based around 'New Vegas', this game hosts a bunch of feuding factions and colorful characters for you to sink your teeth into. You won't have too much trouble letting the good times roll with this beauty.


So there it is. My list of the greatest PC games of the last decade. Certainly you may disagree with it, but if that's the case, go write your own list! ;-)

Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave a comment.


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      5 years ago

      where the hell is GTA San Andreas on your list?

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      6 years ago

      nice list, especially kotor and mass effect. But i couldnt help but noticing there are nearly only rpgs here. And no strategy games at all.

      one of which could EASILY replace half life 2 imo. But thats me :)

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      6 years ago from The Uknown

      Some of those games bring back bunch of memories of my cousin and I playing those games. My 2 favorite on the list is Borderlands, and Elder scrolls 4 Oblivion.

    • RGB1961 profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't entirely agree with your list, but you do have some great ones there. You don't mention any RTS games :)

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      7 years ago from Australia

      @mpj75 - Haha, agreed! :)

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      7 years ago

      Borderlands and KOTOR were the best!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      @Jowy2000 - Thanks for your comment :) Every game listed here is worth a play through I reckon!

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      7 years ago from USA

      surprised to see Fahrenheit on there, but I loved that game so much. Very unique gameplay too. No list of great PC games would be complete without half-life 2 either. I'd say the same for oblivion as well.

      I'm tempted to check out some of the other games on this list I haven't played though.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      @TwoDee - Yeah you cannot go wrong with Oblivion for Fantasy RPG action! Thanks for your comment. I think I could recommend quite a few more as well, but I only let myself pick one for each year for this Hub!

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      7 years ago from UK

      Elder scrolls is in my top 5 for sure, Borderlands was fun. Good list but I could recommend a few more :)

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      7 years ago from Australia

      @craigarthur - Thanks for your comment. Deus Ex was brilliant :)

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      7 years ago from St. Louis

      Totally agree with Deus Ex! AMAZING GAME!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      @Gyldenboy - Yeah, the expansion for NWN was definately better then the original, I agree with you there. I'm looking forward to Dragon Age 2 though, that's for sure!

      @reballare - Agreed, Half Life 2 is STILL an awesome game and compares amazingly well against some of the new releases, especially seeing how it was released in 2004.

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      7 years ago from Scotland

      Its ridiculous that HL2 still stands up well against games in 2011. The graphics and gameplay are still amazing.

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      7 years ago from Burnaby, BC, Canada

      Neverwinter Nights, that brings back memories. The expansions were impressive. Especially Hordes of Underdark, which beat the original campaign a hundred times over in roleplaying and storytelling in my opinion.

      Now we have Dragon Age, which is even better. The only thing DA doesn't match, is in the modding and user created modules of NWN. While DA does offer development tools, NWN seemed somehow more accessible with it's tools.

      Which is probably why, for the longest time you could see a lot of new content being put out regularly by users even when NWN 2 was released.

      That's a nice list of games though. I may have to check some of those out. Thanks.


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