Top 10 Video Games of the 2000s

 

Hey Dudes, in today’s article we will be looking at the top 10 video games from the 2000s.

The 2000s were a decade of massive changes in technology, with the releases of the 6th and 7th generations of consoles including the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. This decade was the time where the internet became a staple in the average household, leading to the feasibility of gaming online with friends and the upgrades to HD graphics. These major upgrades have turned the gaming industry into a multi-billion dollar industry along with creating an entirely new set of console wars. Whether, you started gaming in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s it is inarguable that the first 10 years of the 21st century were some of the most important in gaming history. The games in this list stand apart from the pack; and even though there are so many games to come from this decade, these are games you must play at least once in your life.

 

10. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4

The original 1999 “Tony Hawks Pro Skater” launched an entirely new genre, which included the SSX games and even BMX games. However, the 2002 iteration of Tony Hawk perfected the genre by adding a career mode that spanned the games nine levels. The formula for the game is much like the first three. You’ll have to reach certain score plateaus by pulling off long strings of tricks, you’ll still have to collect or break various goal-specific items, and you’ll still collect the letters that spell skate. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 contains just about every real skating trick you’d want to see in a game and, as usual, contains a huge array of insanely exaggerated tricks as well. Of course, the soundtracks of the Tony Hawk series have always been an eclectic mix that is as varied as skateboarding style itself. Tony Hawk 4 is no exception, from the AC/DC title track to the inclusion of NWA’s classic radio hit “Express Yourself.” The deep career mode in itself makes Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 the most jam-packed instalment in the Pro skater series.

 

9. Wii Sports

The bane to the existence of the Nintendo Wii; having Wii Sports as the Wii launch title was both a gift and curse for Nintendo. It was a gift because the interactive tennis, bowling, and golf fully exploited the unique capabilities of the innovative new console—but it was also a curse because many Wii owners never felt the need to buy another game.

 

8. GTA: San Andreas

While it had a lot to live up to, San Andreas more than met expectations. As Carl “CJ” Johnson, you leave Liberty City to return home to Los Santos to face a broken gang, dirty cops (one voiced by Samuel L. Jackson), and never-ending drama. This installment introduces aircraft-jacking, swimming, bigger and better guns, and an awesome sense of ’90s G-Funk-era nostalgia. All that, and 13.9 square miles to terrorize. 

 

7. Bioshock

When BioShock was released in 2007, not much — if anything — was expected in the way of innovation for that most stalwart of genres: the first-person shooter. The fact that this shooting-people game offers a critique of political ideology (however heavy-handed) and a meditation on the notion of agency and on gaming itself, that is almost a miracle, however we take it for granted 10 years on. BioShock displays a sophistication and style that has already aged better than its lauded sequel BioShock Infinite, from only four years ago. BioShock lingers, haunts, and what stands out most is the audacity and fecundity of character and place. Rapture feels real in an entirely unreal way, an alternative to reality, a world to discover, even as it reminds us: This is all just a game.

 

6. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


Oblivion is so much more than the forgotten bridge between Morrowind and Skyrim. It is the game that pulled the western RPG kicking and screaming into the mainstream. That means “popular on consoles”, for those of you in the expensive seats. It is to its genre as Halo and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare are to the first-person shooters that followed them: owed an incalculable debt and still setting the standard over a decade later. But aside from all that shite about its legacy, it is simply a fantastic game. All things considered, it’s not the best of Bethesda’s behemoth RPGs, but it is the breakout success that defined them and it deserves to be remembered fondly for it.

 

5. Halo 2

While Halo 3 is definitely entertaining, its impact doesn’t come close to last gen’s Halo 2. Innovative graphics? Check. Cool soundtrack? Check. Dope story? Check. Wielding the dual machine gun and staying up nights blasting fools online? Muthafuckin’ check! Halo 2 changed our lives and changed gaming. Enough said.

 

4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

While Ocarina of Time is a great game and it remains one of the most important titles in gaming history, I feel that Majora’s Mask perfected what OoT established. It told a more adult and moving story with characters you’ve come to care about, while retaining what made the dungeons and exploration enjoyable. It is my personal favorite Zelda title to this day and I would continue coming back to it as long as I live.

 

3. Resident Evil 4

Yes, its visuals maybe a little dated by now, though in its defence, it is a 11 year old game.  With the recent re-releases of Resident Evil 5 and 6, its still quite obvious to see that this is the superior game out of the three and it’s probably why Capcom left it until last.  It would have been fantastic to see this game get a full remake treatment, much like Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil back in 2003, but for now, we can sit back and admire one of the greatest games of all-time in its best reincarnation to date. Even after all these years, Resident Evil 4 still holds up well as a very playable game.  Evidence in that statement only has to be provided with the moment you pick up the controller to once again re-visit this all-time classic.  Even for fans of the series that may have missed its many releases up until this point, should quite comfortably find enjoyment with this game and it should be plain to see why so many people regard this as one of the best games of all-time.

 

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

When you look at the total package, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is hands-down one of the best first-person shooters out there, and a truly amazing offering across any system. It’s a fascinating follow-up to the original Modern Warfare, a game that changed the FPS genre in real, tangible ways. The campaign can be completed in as little as four and a half hours, and the missions make better scenarios and moment-to-moment adrenaline rushes than they do a cohesive, well-told story. It must be said though, Modern Warfare 2 was a series high point or the game that set a path towards ruination is down to personal opinion and taste. It remains, in any case, a fascinating sequel in a series that has dominated videogames for the past eight years.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

 

 

Naughty Dog returned to the spotlight with 2009’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It was difficult to decide between the first and the second Uncharted title. I decided on the second release due to the improvements in gameplay and graphics. Story-wise it is extremely difficult to beat the charm and initial excitement of the first. Each character is fantastically introduced and has an important role in developing the main story arc. As an improvement over the first title, this game doesn’t just take place on a single island and instead changes locales a handful of times over the course of the adventure. Additionally, this leads to different ways to fight enemies. Rather than fighting on flat ground, almost every battle scene features multiple levels and areas to use to your advantage.  To conclude, this game was easily one of the best game releases of all time. While many would not put this game as their own personal number one, I think it is inarguable that if you have played Uncharted 2, you have it in your own top 10.

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