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published Thursday, Jan 21st

Games Of The Decade – 50-31

If you hadn’t noticed already it’s 2010, which means that another decade has passed. What a decade it has been though, the ‘noughties’ has brought the next generation consoles, online gaming, downloadable content and most importantly some of the best gaming titles ever release. Take a look at what the Gamebrit Staff have decided are the best and most important 50 games of the last decade. First up 50-31.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

50 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The biggest step up in the franchise since GTA 3, San Andreas saw you take on a much larger map with more detail, excellent voice acting, and a plot that actually made you care about the characters. As with all GTA games, this title was met with bad press due to the violent content, but this is still one of the pinnacles of the PS2 and an excellent game.

Platform: PS2 Developer: Rockstar North Year: 2004



Professor Layton & The Curious Village

Professor Layton & The Curious Village

49 – Professor Layton & The Curious Village

Professor Layton already had three adventures released in Japan before Nintendo brought him to the UK. This first title was a cross between a French graphic novel and a GCSE maths exam, but was strangely compelling all the same.

Platform: Nintendo DS Developer: Level-5 Year: 2008


Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus

48 – Shadow of the Colossus

Team Ico knew it would take something ‘Colossus’ to topple their debut game, but spiritual sequel Shadows of the Colossus more than matched its predecessor. Bringing down one of the game’s 16 colossi was an exhilarating but strangely emotional experience.

Platform: PS2 Developer: Team Ico Year: 2006


God Of War 2

God of War II

47 – God of War II

Taking all that made the original God of War so special, the developers dialled the action, puzzles and epic scale up a few notches. The result was even bigger environments to traverse, vastly improved graphics and brutal combat that even today is seen as a benchmark for hack and slash titles.

Platform: PS2 Developer: SCE Studios Santa Monica Year: 2007


Fable 2

Fable II

46 – Fable II

Hyped as an RPG giving real consequence to your choices, Fable II fell short of that promise. Instead it offered immersion in a story polar to the familiar po-faced, Kung-fu-onion filled JRPG. The game allows you to fart and puppet theatre your way to popularity or infamy.

Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Lionhead Studios Year: 2008



Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock

45 – Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

While Guitar Hero III wasn’t the title that brought the Guitar Hero franchise the acclaim it so rightly deserved it certainly brought the idea of being able to download additional songs to the masses on the next generation of consoles. That and you could play as guitar legends Slash and Tom Morello.

Platform: Multi Developer: Neversoft Year: 2007


Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker

44 – Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker

Nintendo took a big risk with the toon-shaded art style, but it paid off, as Wind Waker is still one of the most beautiful looking games ever. It may have been too short, too easy and had one of the most frustrating fetch-quests ever, but it still stands as an epic entry in the long-running franchise.

Platform: GameCube Developer: Nintendo EAD Year: 2003


The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

43 – The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

It takes the RPG of yore and puts flesh, bone and decent acting to the text adventures that enthralled so many way back when. ES:IV melded adventure gaming perfectly with FPS’s. Creating the path for genre crossing games like Fallout 3 and Bioshock, introduces RPG elements to FPS games and paves the way for COD: Modern Warfare.

Platform: Multi Developer: Bethesda Year: 2006


Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata

42 – Viva Pinata

Attracting piñata animals with sweet-based names to a garden in order to breed them – the concept of Viva Pinata in a nutshell. Rare’s weird and wonderful take on animal breeding provided one of the most unique gaming experiences of the last decade. Delightfully colorful, wonderfully charming and incredibly additive, gardening has never been so much fun.

Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Rare Year: 2006


Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

41 – Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Set in Miami with story components similar to those found in the Scarface films, Vice City offered an all-round action fest involving guns, drugs, and even rock and roll – depending on which station you listened to. You play as GTA III’s Tommy Vercetti who has just been released from jail and attempts a simple job for his old boss. Of course this simple job goes sour and you end up on a rollercoaster ride until you eventually become the top man of Vice City. Vice City is truly a masterpiece of sandbox gaming. “It’s time for the Lance Vance Dance!”

Platform: PS2 Developer: Rockstar North Year: 2002


Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime

40 – Metroid Prime

Nintendo took a big gamble giving one of their greatest franchises to Retro Studios, but the Texas-based studio more than delivered. The moody atmosphere of the SNES title was recreated perfectly in 3D, as were all the other series’ staple elements, like epic bosses and unique alien worlds to explore.

Platform: GameCube Developer: Retro Studios Year: 2003



Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee

39 – Super Smash Bros. Melee

Nintendo’s curious N64 beat-em-up was fully upgraded for the GameCube’s release, with over twenty of the company’s mascots fighting in themed arenas that took in nearly every facet of their illustrious history. Brawl may have expanded on every aspect of Melee, but this is by far the purer title.

Platform: GameCube Developer: HAL Laboratory Year: 2002


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

38 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars games have always been hit and miss, but Bioware turned Knights of the Old Republic into one of the greatest RPGs of the last generation. Taking place a thousand years before the films, KOTOR took players on a whistle stop tour around that galaxy far, far away, during a great Jedi/Sith conflict.

Platform: Multi Developer: BioWare Year: 2003


Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed II

37 – Assassin’s Creed II

A thrilling continuation of the story of Assassins versus Templars, and a great step up in terms of gameplay. Following the usual sequel formula of bigger equals better, Assassin’s Creed II gave players more abilities, weapons and variety as well as a more personal story. While not perfect, it still eclipses its predecessor at almost every hurdle.

Platform: Multi Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Year: 2009


Pokemon Gold & Silver

Pokemon Gold & Silver

36 – Pokemon Gold & Silver

The original Pokémon games were both brilliant – but that wasn’t enough for Game Freak and Creatures Inc. Not only were 100 more monsters to catch added, the now essential Poke-gear, dark and steel types and the breeding concept were included in what was the most revolutionary (and thus seminal) title of the franchise.

Platform: Game Boy Colour Developer: Game Freak Year: 2001




35 – Ico

Fumitsa Ueda’s haunting title remains the pinnacle of the PS2’s library. With minimalist story telling, Ico’s world told its own tale as you escaped from the mysterious ancient castle with kidnapped princess Yorda. This is quite rightly lauded as one of the most beautiful games ever made.

Platform: PS2 Developer: Team Ico Year: 2002


Mass Effect

Mass Effect

34 – Mass Effect

Where other RPG’s have offered a nuclear war hit Washington DC or a fiction version of the Earth as their setting, Mass Effect gave us the entire Universe as a playground, all of it. Well almost. Bioware’s RPG combined the traditional RPG elements with a solid third person action adventure to create one of the most epic and adventurous titles ever made.

Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: BioWare Year: 2007


Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved

33 – Halo: Combat Evolved

A title which undeniably secured the future of the Xbox as a gaming platform. Launching alongside the system it was instrumental in the consoles initial success. Offering an engaging storyline that drops you right in the middle of a war. You battle on as humanity fights for its survival against the Covenant. In many gamers eyes, Halo is what made the Xbox what it is today as its flagship title in showing what the Xbox was really capable of at its launch.

Platform: Xbox Developer: Bungie Year: 2002


Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing

32 – Animal Crossing

Shigeru Miyamoto’s unique ‘communication’ title was originally released for the N64 but retooled for the GameCube for a western audience. It took two years to make it to the UK after the US release but the wait was definitely worth it. Few games in the last decade managed to soak up player’s time so effortlessly.

Platform: GameCube Developer: Nintendo EAD Year: 2004


Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

31 – Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Nintendo set out to surpass Ocarina of Time and very nearly succeeded. Twilight Princess was still a magnificent adventure in its own right, combining an epic world with an engaging story and featuring some of the best puzzles in the series.

Platform: GameCube & Wii Developer: Nintendo EAD Year: 2006



So there you have 50-31 of the 50 best games of the decade. Agree or disagree with out our choices let us know over at out forum. Next up positions 30-11. If you want spoilers go straight to the top 10.

published Monday, Nov 23rd

Top 5 Christmas Games 2010 – PlayStation 3

Christmas time. On one hand it’s a gamer’s paradise with most AAA titles hitting the shelves between the end of September up until the beginning of December. But for most of us it gives us a few hard decisions over which of those games to get. Do you feel like going for what is guaranteed to be an awesome game, or do you feel like giving a new IP a chance? So, without further adieu lets have a look at some of the best games to grace the PlayStation 3 this winter and what Old Saint Nick will be playing before heading off to deliver those wonderful presents to us.

5. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In TimeThe newest title in the Ratchet and clank series, a Crack in Time picks off from Quest for Booty, with Ratchet searching for Clank in a desperate rescue attempt. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the latest installment, with the game mechanics staying largely the same, with the usual dose of comical genius that the series usually supplies. This time around, Ratchet has a new ally – General Azimuth – who joins him in his quest, as they are the last two Lombax’s around, and of course Captain Qwark returns to be his useless – but funny – self. Featuring a few new weapons, including a Sonic Eruptor (basically a frog that stuns enemies) and a few new gadgets with the Hoverboots being the most useful, the latest installment is set to please the hardcore fans and newcomers alike. Now I wonder if Father Christmas will give me a pair of Hoverboots…

4. Borderlands


Boasting Cell-Shaded graphics and what can only be described as the baby of a First Person Shooter and a Role Playing Game, Gearbox Software’s newest title – and a fresh IP from all the sequels out this Christmas – it became an overnight hit with great reviews resulting from the effective use of the Cell-Shaded graphics resulting in stunning visuals, and solid gameplay, Borderlands is the game that just keeps giving. Set on the world of Pandora, where ‘The Vault’ is discovered puts you on a journey to re-open it 200 years after those that first discovered it were wiped out. With its four player drop-in drop-out co-op, and more guns than Santa’s little helpers can make in time for Christmas, Borderlands is an enjoyable and addictive game that will keep you coming back for more.

3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog’s second outing on the PS3, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves really shows what the PS3 is actually capable of in the hands of a competent developer, with stunning graphics and environments ranging from a Turkish museum to a war-torn Nepal. The game play will be familiar to fans of the first with a cover system and a nice variety of guns to use against the hordes of enemies standing between Nathan Drake and the chintamani stone. Among Thieves features a compelling storyline which draws you in until you cant wait for the next cut scene – which looks like something out of a movie in the cinematic way it was done. Overall Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will keep you coming back for more, and with the inclusion of Multiplayer this time around, Drake and Co. are going to be kept busy for a while to come. Plus I hear Uncharted 3 is going to involve Drake preventing Scrooge from stealing Santa’s hat.

2. Assassin’s Creed 2

Assassin's Creed 2

Another title which looks to be a strong contender for Game of the Year, Ubisoft’s sequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed will also be high on many gamers Christmas lists. This time you’re in Italy during the Renaissance, with Ezio as the main protagonist this time around. With the game boasting stunning graphics, another intriguing storyline through the use of the Animus machine, and according to Ubisoft, the repetitive gameplay that we were used to in the first game being a thing of the past, with new techniques for your protagonist, like the vile of poison, a single shot pistol, and the dual-wrist blade. Old Saint Nick better watch out, someone who had a lump of coal in his stocking last year may be looking for revenge, and Ezio definitely has enough new tricks up his sleeve to pull anything off.

1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Now this game will most likely be on everyone’s Christmas list this year – whether they’ve been good or bad. Let’s face it, there hasn’t been a game with this much hype surrounding it since the dark ages before Halo 3 came out and we all ‘Finished the Fight’. With what looks to be stunning graphics and a pretty awesome storyline – Who doesn’t want to fight in the Whitehouse? – to a Multiplayer that’s been revamped from the successful first game. This title looks to be a strong contender for the Game of the Year award, and will definitely make the Elves sweat to make sure they have enough copies.