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The Top Ten of the 2000s: Video Games


Dec 22 2009, 04:32 AM (Post #1)
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Rank them as you may, by genre, or attack mine. These are mostly mainstream.

1) The Sims - playable by all.

2) The Madden Series - Bringing the NFL to your living room, in your hands. Evolving yearly since 1990, this game really became 3D in the 2000s.

3) Call of Duty series

4) Halo 1, 2, 3 -- deep storyline, longer game

5) Any game released using the Quake Engine -- taking FPS to the very next level

6) F.E.A.R. -- play it at 3am. It will change your life.

7) Half-Life 1, 2 -- take on the government as Gordon Freeman

8) Gunbound, Maplestory, et al -- the MMORPG really changed the world of gaming online. After all, its free. Included here can also be Facebook games

9) Far Cry 1, 2

10) World of Warcraft
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Mar 23 2011, 02:52 AM (Post #16)
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o.gif You all forgot Pokemon! (Was that from the 2000's?)
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Mar 23 2011, 02:27 PM (Post #17)
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The original Red/Blue versions were released in 1998. Gold and Silver were released in 2000...but I wouldn't put either of those on the list. For me, the original's were the best and, with the exception of Ruby/Sapphire and the GBA remakes of the originals, they all just don't seem to really measure up to the originals.
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Mar 24 2011, 05:42 AM (Post #18)
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And the lesson of the day: All good games came from the late 90's.
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Mar 25 2011, 04:49 PM (Post #19)
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This here is my list:

10) Megaman 9 (Wii/XBOX 360) - When people were least expecting it, Capcom decides to make a new Megaman game. Since we never got a 9 and a 10, they decided to make 9 and, to the enjoyment of all of the oldschool Megaman fans, they used old NES style graphics. Overall, I wouldn't say that this was the best Megaman, but it was good...and man was it difficult. It makes it into my top 10 of the 2000's.

9) Neverwinter Nights (PC) - Just when I thought that I would never play console RPG's again, one of my old friends introduced me to this game. Let me tell ya, it blew me away. It wasn't the graphics, but just the smooth gameplay and the dark storyline. It sucked me right in. The game engine is based off of D&D rules, which makes it even more interesting as you watch the computer make dice rolls against you. Overall, a good game.

8) Crysis (PC/XBOX 360/PS3) - Need I explain? Go buy it, install it, crank the graphics settings all the way up to full (if you can) and start playing it. You'll shortly know why I put this on the list. On top of that, it's also a pretty good FPS.

7) Smackdown vs. RAW 2007 (XBOX 360/PS3) - I don't know what it was about 2007, but it seemed like a great year for franchise games. Smackdown vs. RAW 2007 was no exception. They packed as much content as they could into this game with unlockables, old WWE legends (which finally included their entrance videos and music), and various modes. The season mode contained 3 unique storylines with several different options that could be played with any character. It also included the popular GM mode, where you play as the General Manager of a show and you try to beat the ratings of the other show by making award winning matches. It's a great game, it entertained me for hours, and I still play it even though several other SvR's have come out since then. Whatever THQ did for this game, it was perfect and, for whatever reason, they have yet to get the formula right ever since.

6) Eve Online (PC) - This game is...well...crazy. Let's just put it that way. And huge, don't forget huge. The only gripe I have with this game, in fact, is its complexity. It's fairly difficult to figure out how to play, but it does start you off with a rather long tutorial to try to teach you at least the basics of this game. Basically, you fly around space as a member of an alien race of your choosing. You can pick professions, and even start your own business! On your off time, you can go shoot down some space pirates, or other players. Everything you do in this game has an effect on the community - so you could literally start an empire with an iron fist clutching every player on this game. Or, more simplistically, you can just blow stuff up.

5) World of Warcraft (PC) - I'm sorry, I know it's cliche but I can't have a top 10 of 2000's without putting the most successful MMO ever created somewhere on this list. I have a few gripes with this game, and there is always room for improvement, but it is very addicting and can be very fun if you don't play it too much. The graphics are decent, the selectable races and classes are fun (albeit, unbalanced at times) and engaging, and they're always adding more stuff to it. Yeah, it's $15/month, I know. But the game also changes every month, so it's not like you're paying $15/month for something that gets stale.

4) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) - What can I say? It's a great game. It's like combining Snake Plissken from "Escape from New York" with "Rambo: First Blood Part II". In fact, one of the cutscenes near the beginning of the game actually finds its origins in "Rambo: First Blood Part II". This was really a great game and, even though it was a prequal when a sequal to MGS 2 was highly anticipated, this game did not dissapoint. It was really interesting being able to control Big Boss before he was known by that name, and true fans of the series like myself found the storyline quite engaging, entertaining, and fulfilling.

3) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Gamecube/Wii) - I really anticipated this game, but I must admit that when I finally got it, I was quite skeptical that any Zelda could live up to Ocarina of Time. However, within an hour of playing it, that skepticism was shattered...more like obliterated. I really enjoyed the darkness of this game. Whereas OoT had a more "childish" feel to it, I felt that the developers of TP really took this project seriously, and made it with the intention that old school gamers like me would be playing it. The graphics are beautiful, crisp, and sharp. The storyline is one of the best, if not THE best LoZ storyline ever written. The controls and gameplay are wonderfully smooth. Not only that, but the game itself has several throwbacks to older Zelda games, containing moblins, for instance, and of course - Gannondorf. The final boss battle is the single most epic final boss battle in any game I've ever played, and that is saying quite a bit. Not only that, but it finally brings closure to the Zelda timeline that Nintendo started with OoT. This game was so satisfying that, after I beat it, I felt full. It lacked nothing.

2) Diablo II/Lord of Destruction (PC) - After reading what I said about LoZ - TP, you're probably amazed that I put D2 ahead of it on the list. Well, I did that really for one reason - Replay Value. I wouldn't say that LoZ - TP lacks replay value, but D2 certainly has a lot more of it. Really, if I had a top 10 list of games with the best replay value, D2 would definitely be high up on that list. But besides that, D2 was a beast of a game. Its expansion, The Lord of Destruction, made it even better. It had plenty of classes, each customizable with skill trees that could be manipulated to create several viable builds, fun quests, even better storyline, and more items than you could count. This game actually made beating the same boss 100 times in a single day fun...and challenging. The massive amount of monsters that this game throws at you at any given time is mindboggling and, just when you start to think you're indestructable, you're dead. If beating the game once doesn't satisfy you, you can do it again on an even higher difficulty - which will yield better item drops from monsters. Playing this game online through battle.net also puts a whole new spin on things by making the game more difficult for every player that joins you on your quest to slay the three prime evils. If you haven't played this game yet, then you've been living under a rock. Please, do yourself a favor and go buy this game now.

and my number one pick for the top 10 games of the 2000's is...

1) No More Heroes (Wii) - This game is wonderful. No, this game is magnificent. No, this game is extremely, insanely, awesome. No, this game is IMMACULATE. This is THE funnest, THE most entertaining, THE greatest game I've ever played...period. Forget #1 on the top ten list of 2000's...try ALL TIME. What makes this game so great, you ask? Well, that's just it folks - there isn't one single thing about it that makes it great because it's all great. The overworld, your vehicle, your main character, your weapons, your objectives, the bosses, the levels, the side quests, the old school gaming nostalgia, the mini games, the supporting characters, the storyline, the graphics, the music, the controls...everything - 11/10. The shame of it all is that this game just isn't appreciated enough - and for some strange reason, the critics prefer the crappy, boring, watered down sequal that they released a couple years after this one. Why on earth they would prefer that piece of garbage over this game will forever puzzle me. Please, if you haven't played it, go buy it. If you don't have a Wii, buy it just for this game. I gurantee you that you will NOT be dissapointed.


Honorable Mentions -


Fallout 3
The Sims Series
Madden 2007
Dragonball Z: Budokai
LoZ: The Phantom Hourglass
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire
Pokemon Stadium
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Serious Sam 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Mirror's Edge
Super Mario Galaxy
Civilization 4
Spore
Guild Wars
Runescape 2
Call of Duty: World at War
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Bully
Halo Series
Morrowind/Oblivion
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Mar 26 2011, 05:56 AM (Post #20)
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Oh, how could I forget Conkers Bad Fur Day?

BTW, did you write a letter to the editor recently? I read one today with your name.
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Mar 26 2011, 09:03 AM (Post #21)
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No, actually. There's another, impostor, Mike Perry around these parts.
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Mar 26 2011, 07:52 PM (Post #22)
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There's only room for one, it's a fight to the death!
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Apr 29 2011, 02:08 PM (Post #23)
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You're absolutely right. I ought to walk around with a broadsword and, when I find the impostor, scream "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!" and proceed to chop his head off.

When the police come and ask me why I did it, I'll just say "Ohhhhhh Nooooooooo!"
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