published Thursday, Jan 21st
It’s starting to heat up now. We’ve counted down 50-31 in our countdown of the 50 best games of the last decade and we continue with another 20 as we rundown positions 30 to 11.
30 – World Of Warcraft
Massively multiplayer online role playing game have never been the same since the release of World of Warcraft in 2005. With more than 10 million people registered just three years after launch, the massive open world, races, quests, items, and levelling system has been a hit since day one, and there is no doubt that it will continue to be strong for a long time yet.
Platform: PC Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Year: 2005
Even without the Bond license at their disposal, Rare were still able to craft one of the finest FPS games ever. It may not have aged well graphically, but multiplayer sessions of PD are still as addictive now as they were nearly a decade ago.
Platform: Nintendo 64 Developer: Rare Year: 2000
28 – Mirror’s Edge
A game based around free running? That’s what Mirror’s Edge delivered. What it lacked in depth and storyline, this beautifully stylised title more than made up for it in it’s unique approach to gameplay. Mirror’s Edge has to be on of the most orginal action titles of the last decade that frustrated and delighted in equal measure.
Platform: Multi Developer: Electronic Arts Year: 2008
27 – Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 would have made the list for its addictive gameplay alone; with its nine perfectly-balanced classes, stunning art direction and inventive levels only boosting its position. Its enthusiastic community and continued support from Valve makes it one of the most popular (and fun) multiplayer titles even over two years after its release. Oh, you can also unlock some pretty sick hats.
Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Corporation Year: 2007
26 – Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
A stunning follow-up to one of the greatest game ever made. Majora’s Mask took the Zelda franchise into dark and complex territory with its unique and disturbing story, following Link’s quest to stop the moon crashing into the quaint land of Termina.
Platform: Nintendo 64 Developer: Nintendo EAD Year: 2000
25 – Gears Of War 2
Epic’s massive hit Gears of War brought a sequel just two years after the original game, hailing a new chapter in a clearly unfinished story. Using much of the same, but also adding a few necessary extras worked out well for the franchise with singleplayer keeping the locust horde coming thick and fast. Multiplayer hadn’t missed a step either with new game modes, a ranking system and the unforgettable chainsaw dual sequences.
Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Epic Games Year: 2008
24 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
Following on from the highly acclaimed Metal Gear Solid on the PSone was a tall order but Konami once again pulled another winner out of its hat. Focusing predominantly on new character Raiden this time around, player’s were given not only upgraded graphics but also satisfying new moves and a typically over the top Metal Gear story.
Platform: PlayStation 2 Developer: Konami Computers Year: 2002
23 – The Sims
The Sims saw you being given a new level of control and creativity not found in any other PC title at the time. The freedom to allow you to design your character, to construct a house and to make decisions for that character was a fun experience. This game spawned numerous add on’s and two sequels and is one of the biggest selling PC games of all time.
Platform: Multi Developer: Maxis Year: 2000
22 – Wii Sports
Technically the best selling video game of all time; this selection of sports games, designed to show off the Wii, is a joy to discover. As a demonstration of what the Wii is capable Wii Sports is great, and the amount of fun to be had with friends in the process – priceless.
Platform: Nintendo Wii Developer: Nintendo EAD Year: 2006
21 – Grand Theft Auto IV
The city that never sleeps comes to video games in the form of Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV. As a fully functioning environment to do as you will, the flood gates open as Niko Belic arrives from Eastern Europe. The story is tuned to perfection, the physics are flawless, and every person has a character behind it. What more could you want?
Platform: Multi Developer: Rocksteady Studios Year: 2008
20 – Killzone 2
The visually stunning Killzone 2 no doubt set the bar for console graphics back in February 2009. Bringing with it solid combat, intense action, a solid array of weaponry, thrilling set pieces, memorable enemies and a captivating multiplayer that quickly carved out a strong following from the PlayStation 3 community.
Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Guerilla Games Year: 2009
19 – Left 4 Dead
A number of Valve titles appear on our list, and for good reason: their releases guarantee fun and Left 4 Dead was no different. Forcing players to rely on helping each other for any hope of survival, the AI Director’s random placement of items and enemies made each play through unique, meaning you’d be happy to take on the zombie apocalypse with friends again and again.
Platform: PC Developer: Valve Year: 2008
18 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of Patriots
The best selling PS3 exclusive gave us an intricate and visually stunning look at Solid Snake as an aged war veteran who is thrown amidst a war fought by Private military. From the breath taking visuals to the cinematic cut scenes to the excellent stealth combat, this game provided every Metal Gear fan with the game they wanted.
Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Kojima Productions Year: 2008
17 – Resident Evil 4
Having torn up every cliché in the survival horror rulebook, Resident Evil 4 went on to become one of the best action games of the last generation. There were as many memorable set pieces in this game as the rest of the series put together. This Wii edition is undoubtedly the best version available.
Platform: Gamecube Developer: Capcom Year: 2005
16 – Burnout: Paradise
Rejuvenated a series that was in danger of going stale, Burnout: Paradise’s beautiful sandbox environment provided the setting for some of the most intense race action ever seen. Thrown in a healthy dose of cars, event option and a seem-less multiplayer mode and you have have one of the best race titles ever made.
Platform: Multi Developer: Criterion Games Year: 2008
15 – Grand Theft Auto III
Bringing the Grand Theft Auto series into 3D, 2001’s gritty Grand Theft Auto III proved to be an incredibly influential release. The sandbox-style game received universal praise from the gaming press, along with plenty of negative remarks from the mainstream press, thanks in part to it’s violent and sexual content. Due to its distinguished popularity, developer Rockstar has since released several other games in the series, and here’s to the next.
Platform: PlayStation 2 Developer: DMA Design (Now Rockstar North) Year: 2001
14 – Fallout 3
A modern-day marvel, the word ‘epic’ is a suitable tag for Bethesda’s massive RPG/shooter hybrid. The post-apocalyptic world, blanketed by sadness and laced with black humour, was persistently engaging and the sheer amount of things to do made scouring the broken beauty of the Capital Wasteland a wonder every time you visited.
Platform: Multi Developer: Bethesda Year: 2008
13 – Super Mario Galaxy
Gamers waited for a decade for Nintendo to create a true follow up to the revolutionary Mario 64, and were handsomely rewarded for their patience. Super Mario Galaxy may have built on a lot of the elements of its grand predecessor, but contained enough unique ideas of its own to mark it out as a true benchmark title. It also had possibly the best soundtrack of the last decade.
Platform: Nintendo Wii Developer: Nintendo Year: 2007
12 – Halo 2
After the success of Combat Evolved Bungie knew they had to deliver, and deliver they did. While it offered a great campaign it was the multiplayer that stole the show. Despite admitting they couldn’t do everything they wanted Bungie still managed to create a online experience that has managed to clock hundreds of millions of hours, and is still the most popular Original Xbox title online.
Platform: Xbox Developer: Bungie Year: 2004
11 – Batman: Arkham Asylum
The decade saw Batman rejuvenated via two outstanding films (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) and the interactive medium thanks to Arkham Asylum. An expansive and consistently intriguing environment, a simple but effective combat mechanic and massive dedication to the source material made the player feel like The Bat, cementing its place as the best comic book-based title so far.
Platform: Multi Developer: Rocksteady Studios Year: 2009