Your top 10 games of the decade

At the end of every year people always talk about what their top 10 favorite games were of the year. Unlike most years, this year marks the end of the decade. I posted a link below to my favorite 10 games but I want to know what yours are too! Make sure to leave them in the comments but choose wisely, there were a lot of good games this decade on various platforms and with only ten slots it can be harder than you think.

Quick! Before it's too late: Name the 10 best games that came out this decade!

Here's mine:
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In no particular order:

Half-life 2
L4D1 and 2
Team Fortress 2
Call of Duty 2
UT 2004
New Super Mario Bros for Wii

No particular order:
TES IV: Oblivion (provided it's been modded to hell and back... several times)
CoD 4
Mirror's Edge
Left 4 Dead
Rome Total War
Assassin's Creed 2
Plants vs Zombies
Dwarf Fortress
Team Fortress 2
Age of Empires 2 (actually I far preferred it to number 3)

And... oh, there's ten already.
All PC games, except AC2 (and I don't own it - went to a friend's place) because I only have PC

In no particular order...

Warcraft III
Call of Duty II
GTA: Vice City
Battlefront II
Battlefront I
Midtown Madness II

My top 10 of the decade looks like this.

GTA IV (multi-platform)
GTA San Andreas (multi-platform)
Fallout 3 (multi-platform)
Halo 3 (XBox 360)
X3 Terran Conflict (multi-platform)
The Orange Box (multi-platform)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty (PS2)
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)
Peggle (multi-platform)

i'm a pc only gamer so my list is just for pc (in no particular order):

planescape torment (1999)
system shock 2 (1999)
deus ex (2000)
vampire the masquerade bloodlines (2004)
the elder scrolls iv oblivion (2006)
fallout 3 (2008 )
grand theft auto iv (2008 )
anno 1404 (2009)
dragon age origins (2009)
risen (2009)

I, too, would love to put Planescape: Torment and System Shock 2 at the top of my list, but 1999 isn't part of this decade I'm afraid.

Yeah, that list pretty much sucked, with a couple exceptions. HL2 was decent and KoToR was pretty awesome, though the graphics were barely standard at the time and look horribly sub-par now. WoW at number 1 is just heresy, that game sucks so hard I can't even begin to list my issues with that POS.

All PC games:

Star Wars Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy
Half Life 2 + the Episodes
Team Fortress 2
Call of Duty 2, Modern Warfare 1 & 2
Assassins Creed
Quake 4 (simple yet fun FPS)
Battle For Middle Earth 1 & 2
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Race 07 or Rfactor

Could probably change a few of these, and dunno about "best" but defiantly really enjoyed playing...

Forza 3
Fable II
Batman Arkham Asylum
Geometry Wars retro evolved
F.E.A.R (PC)
Metriod Prime 3 Corruption
Mario Kart Wii

Okay, here is my list. This is obviously just my opinion, that pertains to my subjective experience of these games.

1) Deus Ex - I could go on and on about why this game is awesome. This might be the best game I ever played.
2) The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Sure, it might not look as good as Oblivion, but it has more quests, more characters, more factions, more backstory, more items, more imagination, more choices, more dialog, more immersion, and a very interesting in-game society. People complain that the TES series (and Fallout 3) are all too similar to each other, but I can't complain: no ones makes role-playing games likes Bethesda does and Morrowind illustrates the very basis of their formula.
3) Planetside - That's right, my #3 goes to Planetside. There is no game quite like this. I still don't understand why no one has copied (and polished) Planetside's central idea. Sure, it could use a lot of improvement now: the RPG elements, the graphics, the physics, adding some AI and cities, the objectives (would be fun to capture something more than caves and bases), the environments, etc. but what's important is that Planetside proves that a first-person shooter in one virtual, persistent world is possible. And yet, here we are in 2010, and we still have MMOs with boring combat, where you just click on the attacks you want your character to do and watch him repetitively swing his sword at a monster while numbers appear above its head. Planetside may not even be that fun anymore, but it is so unique, and so amazing to have giant battles, with long-ranged artillery, bombers, dogfights, infiltrationists, hundreds of footsoldiers and tanks that it definitely deserves a spot on this list. No game this decade has impressed me as much as this.
4) Halo - People always complain when a Halo game makes it on a top ten list, but no one can deny this was an AMAZING game in 2001. Nintendo was still making games where peoples hands are boxes in 2001, while Halo had amazing graphics (with bump mapping!), a gorgeous setting, solid voice acting, an interesting plot, and completely unique, and innovative gameplay. This game was way ahead of its time.
5) Team Fortress 2 - Funny, artistic, unique, engaging. One of the best multi-player games of the decade
6) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - The combat, quests and exploration might not be as deep as in Neverwinter Nights, but this game had a great storyline, a fresh take on the Star Wars setting, and beautiful music, voice acting, characters, animations.
7) Psychonauts - So the combat is unoriginal, the boss fights are lame, the side-missions involve unfair treasure hunts, and it's not as good as Tim Schafer's adventure games, but the amazing concept, characters, humour and level design makes up for it. Seriously, go look at some screenshots of the levels; this is an incredibly imaginative game, where the characters are explored in a depth which is unparalelled for a video game.
8) Portal - Everyone's played it. Everyone's loved it. Everyone knows why. I don't feel like explaining why this is such a great game.
9) Bioshock - Beautiful art-deco setting, with a nice atmosphere, interesting characters with interesting mentalities. However, it's not as good as the System Shock series, and despite its interesting themes, gameplay doesn't involve much more than killing disfigured maniacs.
10) Crysis - At first I was disgruntled by the fact that my computer couldn't run it, but now I see that this is an excellent game. It has a few flaws (story, AI, pacing), but the gameplay is excellent and the graphics are ahead of their time. I put this game on the list because, Crytek, much like Valve, shows how amazing the PC is as a gaming platform: Crysis can be modded in every way, and extra levels, total conversions are easy to do, which gives this game limitless value.

Huh, these are mostly first-person games.

Notable games that didn't make the list:

Sims series - This ambitious game asks the question "Can we make a real video game that is about everyday life?". The answer is no: these games are just one progress bar after another.
Half-Life 2 - Gordon Freeman is a boring characters (OMG nerd rage), and that undermined the entire plot of the game. In fact, he isn't really a character at all. He is a pair of hands who shoots bad guys, and that the other characters refer to as "Dr. Freeman". Silent protagonists are okay in games that have a minimal story, and little contact between characters, but here it was pretty awkward. It was tedious to hear all these one-way conversations, and to be unable to tell the other characters what is going on. The graphics are great, but the physics are overrated. Many games (Far Cry, Halo 2) had similar technologies, the only difference was Half-Life 2 showed them off more with a gravity gun and out of place puzzles. Sure, some levels have a pretty good design, but they were far too linear, and vehicle segments and puzzles affected the games pace.
Modern Warfare 2 - I didn't like this game at all. The single-player campaign had a horrendously stupid plot. I would've preferred it having no plot than having a bad plot. There were only 4 characters (Makarov, Shepherd, Price, MacTavish) the rest were all expendable soldiers. The gameplay was a 4 hour shooting gallery with scripted explosions, and the multiplayer (although I only played it for 3 hours) was little more than run-and-gun. The developers should've focused on making the campaign longer and playable in co-op instead of making small levels exclusively for co-op. Placing this game alongside Morrowind and Deus Ex would be like comparing the Transformers movie to Citizen Kane.
Grand Theft Auto series - played these games for a couple of minutes. I don't know why, I just never really liked them.
Fallout 3 - I preferred the original interplay games.
Far Cry - I put Crysis on the list, they're fairly similar.
Battlefield - Planetside is better
Guild Wars - The only reason this game sells is because it is a one time purchase game that is marketed like an MMORPG. No, playing alongside with 4 other players in your own instance of a campaign and having arena PvP is not an MMORPG, even if there are trading areas with other players in them. This is just a single-player/co-op RPG with the lame combat and graphics of an MMO.
Horror games - I'm just not a big fan of horror. They just always feel so unoriginal, they use the same tricks to scare the player: monsters jumping out of nowhere, images that flash on the screen for half a second (F.E.A.R had this) etc.
MMORPGS - I think there is a LOT of potential in MMORPGs. However, developers can NEVER do it right. Here is my vision of what MMORPGs should be: an open world, with minimal predefined laws or society: it is up to the players to make politics, enforce laws, wage wars, build alliances, amass riches, make a name for themselves. Instead, developers choose to make MMORPGs where players have to kill monsters, fight in arena-like PvP, collect 10 wolf tails, grind, grind, grind and follow missions that have been defined by them. EVE managed to break away from these MMO archetypes, but the outer-space setting wasn't very interesting. Shadowbane tried too, but in the end there was no way for laws to be enforced (no way to report to the guards, or authorities, crimes that are being committed), so it was pretty much anarchy as soon as you stepped out of the city. I didn't put MMORPGs in my list (Planetside might be an exception) because I feel they still have such a long way to go.

Here are the games I simply never played, because I can't buy everything. Also, the fact that most of these games don't have demos had a big effect on my decision not to purchase them.

Mass Effect
Dragon Age
Total War series
Counter-Strike (too busy playing Halo Custom Edition)
Also, I'm mainly a PC gamer, so console exclusives didn't make the list. I don't really play Japanese games either.

PS: It would've been easier for me to make a top ten list of 1990s games.

half life 2, uncharted 2, the bourne conspiracy, infamous, guild wars, portal, gears of war, assassin's creed, bioshock, mass effect.

just off the top of my head.

Looks like my list has very little intersection with other lists.

Touhou series (I like 8 the best)
Final Fantasy IX
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death
Half-Life 2

I was about to complain about the conspicuous absence of such classic titles as Doom and Tomb Raider, but then realized that I'm just old and in the wrong decade.

I haven't played a lot of games in the past 10 years but I vote:
Half Life 2 / Orange Box
Ghostbusters The Video Game

I don't play many games. I'd say that ones that kept me occupied the most would have to be Counter-Strike, Red Alert 2, and Diablo 2.
Edit: after looking at that blog list I completely forgot about Guitar Hero and Rockband, lol.

Operation Flashpoint.

Came out in 2001, and kept me entertained for half of the decade. Nothing else even comes close. I still haven't tried OFP2 though.

SimCity 4. I only wish I had the time to play it.

The Sims. Spent way too many hours on that.

I'm tempted to nominate Need for Speed, but the entire franchise has been going downhill for the last decade.

_dandy_ said,
Operation Flashpoint.

Hmm, I might have to change my answer from BF2 to OFP. Forgot all about it. It's too bad BIS is incapable of fixing the bugs in their games, because without the bugs ArmA was going to be even better than OFP.

toadeater said,
Hmm, I might have to change my answer from BF2 to OFP. Forgot all about it. It's too bad BIS is incapable of fixing the bugs in their games, because without the bugs ArmA was going to be even better than OFP.

Well, in all fairness, they eventually did fix enough bugs to make it playable (OFP, that is) and, bonus, with the last couple of patches, you no longer needed the disc to be in the drive to play it. :-) I did buy ArmA (but never really got into it) and ArmA 2 (but just lack the free time to play these days).

Not sure how I missed the GTA franchise. :-) Definitely should be up there, as I kept myself going back to it even after finishing the main missions.

Got blog spam? Why isn't the content in the article, instead of a link to your blog? Even a copypasta job would have been fine!

... Anyway:

  1. Half-Life 2
    The best shooter of the decade, and probably the best shooter of the next decade too. This game showed us that you can craft a great story into a first person shooter without it simply just being a "shoot-to-win" gameplay mechanic. The introduction of the Source engine also made this game one of the best looking games of its time, and also allowed for an epic amount of interactivity that completed a game that was years ahead of its time.
  2. Team Fortress 2
    The most fun you can have online. Team Fortress Classic, a Half-Life mod, had a small but very loyal fanbase, but when TF2 came about, the game's popularity went skywards and has continued to be one of the most played multiplayer games on the PC. The fact that even the game doesn't take itself seriously makes it epic fun to play, and has resulted in an online community with a fantastic sense of humour, and one that always welcomes players of all skills.
  3. Mario Kart Wii
    A personal favourite for me, not so much that it was revolutionary (although the "floating wheel" mechanic is great), but that it helped me survive university by being an any-time-of-day source of stress relief.
  4. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
    A game with one of the creepiest atmospheres of any game world. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. SoC won't make it onto a lot of these lists simply for the fact that you had to be extremely fortunate to actually be able to play this game when it came out. An apparent non-existent testing process at GSC Game World (The developer of the game) meant that when the final game was released (several years late), it was full of game-stopping bugs. However, most of the bugs are now fixed, and if you still haven't played it, it's a great game. A very open world, shooter and RPG elements, all mixed with a deep plot make this a fantastic game to play.
  5. Counter-Strike
    Released as a retail box in the year 2000, Counter-Strike 1.0 was explosively popular, and to this day, 10 years after its release, it still regularly appears in the top 3 played games on Steam, which is an incredible achievement for a game that was succeeded by Counter-Strike: Source, over 5 years ago. Counter-Strike introduced many, many kids to online gaming, and can be held partially accountable for the popularity of online gaming to this day.
  6. The Sims
    When it came out, it was a great game, and two sequels down the line, they're still great games. The Sims allowed us to control people like an interfering deity, and we loved it. The game sold incredibly well, and it appeals to wide range of audiences, from children to pensioners, who need to feed their god complex, and also have a bit of a sadistic side.
  7. F.E.A.R.
    Aside from Ravenholm, FEAR is the first time a first person shooter has had me "crapping my pants" scared. F.E.A.R. was a first person shooter that spent the entire time waging psychological warfare on the player from start to finish. The game's main feature, the ability to slow down time, made the game amazing fun, and the game overall was just fantastic, if you're willing to have your nerves shredded, destroyed, and then shredded again.
  8. Crysis
    When Crytek started showing off Crysis, the whole world drooled at the sight of it. Crysis was one of the prettiest games ever, and still is. The pseudo-superhero suit that the player wears allows you to perform extraordinary feats of strength and speed, and its open nature allowed you to achieve a given objective in any number of different ways. Zero-Gravity, invisibility, super-strength, beaches, palm trees, blizzards, ice, aliens, and a kitchen sink, Crysis had it all.
  9. Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
    Again, this is a personal favourite. It was the first strategy game I played after the release of Command and Conquer: Red Alert, and I lost a good portion of my teenage years playing it. After maybe a year of playing it, it went into "the graveyard", a pile of games that I don't play anymore, and then miraculously managed to get resurrected when my university housemates and I realised we could play it over our university network!
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    The announcement of a Call of Duty set in the modern world was greeted mixed emotions, but bowled everyone over. It was a great refreshment for the already great Call of Duty Series, and spawned a sequel which just this year has become one of the biggest selling games of all time. Modern Warfare was the definition of a great game.

NOTE: All opinions expressed in this comment are my own, and of my own personal experience, your mileage may have varied.

Plants vs Zombies (awesome!)
GTA:Vice City (was the best)
NFS: Most Wanted
C&C Generals

Thats my favorite 8, that i still play (mostly COD4 anyway)

In no particular order...

World of Warcraft
Half-Life 2 series
Knights of the Old Republic
Battlefield 2
Crysis (minus the ending)
Medieval: Total War
Call of Duty 4

There's many more worth listing. And as for the Sims, I don't consider that a game, it's more of a virtual sandbox than a game.

halflife 1
nfs 3 and up
unreal tournament 2k3 2k4
startrek voyager elite force 1 and expansion
CnC all
diablo 1, 2+expansion

You understand what a decade is right?

Atlonite said,
halflife 1 - released 1998
quake3 - released 1999
CnC all - quite a bit released before 2000
Aquanox - released 1996
diablo 1 - released 1996

Well, since you said "quick" not much time to think about it, so here you go
Sin: Episode 1
LOTRO (gettin' tired of it but it's lasted me a long time...)
Guild Wars
Burnout: Paradise
Red Faction: Guerrilla (I hadn't even played 1 or 2 before I got it)
Fallout 3 (see above note)
Command and Conquer: Generals (would still not be able to put it down if the multiplayer was reliable...)

M_Lyons10 said,
How did Bejeweled sell in 5 Million countries? Was it in one of those time capsules we shot into space?

With a helping hand from a little bit of sarcasm.

The 2000s was the decade that started on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009.


World Of Warcraft
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Half-Life 2 (+ Episodes)
Assasin's Creed
Prince Of Persia
Battlefield 2
F.E.A.R. (and all its expansions + FEAR2)
NFS (and all its titles)
GTA (from Vice City till IV)

Halo: Combat Evolved (and the series)
Uncharted 2
CoD4: MW (MW2 also)
GTA Series (namely VC)
God Of War 1 and 2
The Sims 1, 2, 3
Half-Life 2
Ratchet and Clank
Grand Turismo 3 and 4
Battlefield 2

That's my list. I love more games though.

Ratchet and Clank Series
Rainbow Six Vegas 1+2
Halo Series
Half Life 2/Orange Box
COD MW 1+2
NCAA Football
Timesplitters 2
Runescape (It's no WoW but it got it done for me)

That's just a short list of what I enjoyed playing this past decade.....