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My Top 10 Games of the Decade

A new decade is already upon us, and the past 10 years haven’t treated our generation all that well. We are still in one of the worst global economies since the 1930’s, and the press is backstabbing us like there is no tomorrow. Saying things like how much they worry about their present youth becoming tomorrows politicians. Which is all ironic considering the things they done to themselves over the past few years, but this article is not about politics or my hatred for close-minded disrespectful elders. Who seek to destroy the base principles on what countries are founded from, but I always tell myself that every obstacle is a stepping stone for our success in the future. Yet that is not what this rant about our decade is about.

This about the good of what has come from the past years. This is about the awe-inspiring interactive art that had critics begging for a sequel, a story that had a twist that dropped our jaws so far down to the ground we absolutely had to believe it was a lie just to find out in the end it was the dreaded truth, this is about the intensity of a military story that grasped the people’s attention, this is about a fantasy world that created an international cultural phenomenon that spanned generations. This is about the greatest games of the past decade.

There have been many great ones and many bad ones, and then there are the games that have been immortalized into the beloved library of classics that consists of games like Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Goldeneye, Zelda, Starcraft, Excite-Bikes, Kirby, and whatever else you wish to add into the library that you see is a classic in your eyes.

So without further delay here are the top 10 games of the past decade.

10. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves


Nathan Drake has become the Indian Jones of video games. Sure we had Laura Croft before him, but that chick was no Nathan Drake. Drakes got swag, charm, deadly skill, an incredible knowledge of ancient history, and he can slaughter yetis like it’s nobodies business. Add him into a game that provides an in-depth storyline, beautiful HD graphics, and perfectly paced action sequences. You’re in for one hell of a ride. Thanks Nathan we can’t wait for your next adventure.

9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


I can already see the emails coming in why are you putting in Modern Warfare and not Modern Warfare 2. I will admit Modern Warfare 2 improved the multiplayer to the franchise, but Modern Warfare is the game that created the multiplayer craze. I will also admit that I am not the biggest fan of the franchise, but like I stated in an earlier article there is no denying the influence it has on today’s gamer nation. Many people still go online to taunt and brag online about how much of a higher level they are than the newest guy on the block. So here’s to all the lifeless egotistical Neanderthals who believe there somebody just because they spent a significant amount of their life mastering one game, congratulations.

8. Counter-Strike


Before there was Modern Warfare there was Counter-Strike the game based of the Half-Life engine that was dedicated to giving the lovers of Half-Life something to awe over, and game developer Valve delivered. Everyone was already asking,”why didn’t they give us multiplayer in Half-life this would have been awesome!” Well it’s because Valve had something much more entertaining planned for us. Plus in my opinion, Half-Life would have suffered if the game was launched with some kind of multiplayer component. It would have ruined the believability of the Half-Life story.

7. The Sims


Who would have ever thought life would make such a fun game. Well the people at Maxis did, and proved the gaming media, at the time, just how stupid they sounded. The Sims managed to do the near impossible by making the simulation genre successful. Even spanning the gender gap by appealing equally to both men and women, it kept everyone up late looking after the copious needs and wants of tiny computer avatars. In the end the creators are nothing short of gaming gods, creating the best selling PC game of all time.

6. Guitar Hero 2


Sure Guitar Hero was fun, but the genre didn’t catch the recognizable popularity till Guitar Hero 2 came out. Now we have music games coming out of our ears, and we only wish for them to stop making them. Fortunately it seems are prayers were answered, yet at the time this was easily one of the most entertaining party pleasers since Mario Party. We could at least thank Activision for giving us what once was, some of the most fun moments, and funniest memories that we will forever cherish.

5. Halo: Combat Evolved


Before the dawn of Halo first-person shooters were considered to be only good on the PC. Then the Master Chief took the stereotype and shot it with a rocket launcher. Halo’s groundbreaking controls, stellar graphics and amazing scripting set the bar for future shooters like Modern Warfare, Left 4 Dead, Bioshock, and of course it’s own sequels. Halo will forever be a benchmark for gaming.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess


There are so many things about this game that are great. It’s one of the only games on the Wii that is actually good, it’s a direct, and darker, sequel to Ocrina of Time, and the story can rival any Hollywood  script. In fact I dare say that the Wii might have been invented for this game alone. The gaming mechanics of Zelda were taking to a new height with the Wii remote and nunchuck, and set the standard for every Wii game to come. Sadly most of the present Wii games do not meet that standard. Well Nintendo at least you remade the classic Zelda so that a newer generation could cherish it, Thank You.

3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic


Widely considered one of the best RPG’s of all-time, and the best Star Wars game of all-time,. Many were skeptical of a Star Wars RPG that didn’t involve Han Solo or Luke Skywalker, and most of all being developed by a company that never made a Sci-Fi ever. With that skepticism in mind, Bioware blew our minds away with a story that was so amazing, many critics were saying it was better than the previous movies that George Lucas made. This game raised the bar in gameplay dialogue, voice acting, and in-game consequences. Many RPG’s today use KOTOR for inspiration. Fallout 3 used KOTOR’s dialogue system, and Mass Effect 2 was inspired to create equally great voice acting in their game. And now with Bioware making a KOTOR MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, we cannot wait to create our own adventures in the Old Republic Universe.

2. World of Warcraft


Love me for it, hate me for it. But too many it’s hard to believe there was life before World of Warcraft.,and again to many, there actually was not. Blizzard’s massively-multiplayer game has been a nerd culture icon  since its release, turning otherwise everyday people into sleep-deprived lunatics begging for just one more raid at 2:00 AM. Other games have tried to steal the loyal fans of Blizzard’s MMO away, but in the last six years, none have come remotely close to luring away more than a handful of WoW players. Currently there are about 12 million out there, making Warcraft larger than the size of Greece. Not bad, for a video game.

1. Shadow of the Colossus


The first decade of the new millennium was a turning point for not just video games, but art as well. With new technology at developers fingertips, designers could implement so much feeling into their video games that the creations they made could be anything that their imagination could grasp! This is why true lovers of video games are so set on believing that their ,”games,” are a form of art. Video games are not at all a mindless series of beeps and blinks anymore that most of our elders believe them to still be (close-minded idiots). Some video games have the power to elicit just as much emotional response as any soaring aria, lush painting, or dramatic theatrical monologue ever could. And what do most of the lovers of these games turn to use as an example when debating about video games as an art? There is only one answer, Shadow of the Colossus. The masterpiece is what invented the great debate as video games as an art form. It combines unique gameplay, gorgeous visuals, and pure imagination in such a amazing way that it raised the entire medium of video games so far only a few can compete against it. The game also lets gamers deals with seriously heavy subjects like morality, life and death, passion, courage, unfailing loyalty, and noble sacrifice. No game has ever done that before. Yet the praise of the epic doesn’t stop there outside the peacefulness of the game there are many specific moments in the game that will make tears to roll down your cheeks, there are some moments will leave you paralyzed in awe, and others will simply leave you speechless, and those who had the privilege of playing the game know exactly what moments I am talking about. Shadow of the Colossus truly deserves to be the number one game of the decade, and one of the best games of all time.

There they are the top 10 game of the past decade! Please send your hate mail to Philmcrakin@nobodysbuiznes.inc. =) or comment at the bottom. Can’t wait to read them!

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42 Comments to “ My Top 10 Games of the Decade ”

  • Liam February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Great Article! Completely agree with your number one!

  • Soulibon February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Thanks I gave your comment a thumbs up haha

  • non-biast bastard February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Why the hell did you put WoW in there! media whore! That game sucks dick!

  • Soulibon February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    12 million people seem to disagree with you.

  • Ed February 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    The count down was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • HennyFarthing February 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Look non-biast bastard (thats your name, no insult intended) Read the title, it says ‘My’ meaning personal. Just because you don’t agree it doesn’t mean you need to turn into a biast bastard.

  • mikhal5569 February 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Pretty solid list except Resident Evil 4 needs to be on there somewhere. Also, I understand that your not a Wii fan but not one Mario game? Isn’t Galaxy one of the best reviewed games of all time and Wii Sports the best selling? Come on..

  • John February 19, 2010 at 12:05 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Omg! I forgot Counter-Strike came out this decade man I spent hours on that game glad to see it got the recognition it deserves.

    And I agree with Mickal on his opinion, not gonna add Mario to the list. I’m glad to see you also recognize him as the icon he is in your begining paragraph, but come on man no galaxy? Kinda wierd at least you put Zelda on there or else I would have been a non-boast bastard. Hahaha

  • Soulibon February 19, 2010 at 12:46 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Man I really wanted to put Mario Galaxy up there. It was hard deciding between Zelda and Mario, the Nintendo fanboy in me was being torn to pieces. My mind was saying ,”Pick Mario every other critic has”, but my heart was saying ,”come on man you know you wanna pick Zelda that game was the shit!” So i decided to pick Zelda. If I made a top 11 list it would definitely be up on there!

  • Michelle February 19, 2010 at 2:22 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Couldn’t agree more! Looking forward to your next article.

  • Aaron February 19, 2010 at 3:01 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    You totally need to include Half-Life 2 itself on this list. #1.5 maybe. Fallout 3 is pretty awesome. I can think of others, but not now. Some good choices though!

  • a very surprised new fan! February 19, 2010 at 3:30 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ok Soulibon you have made me a lover of your writing! You added Halo to your list! So many of the others sites didn’t IGN, 1UP, G4 just to name a few! Finally a journalist with some sense!

  • Soulibon February 19, 2010 at 3:34 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Once again Half-Life 2 was definitely on consideration list along with fallout 3. Yet again it was so hard to only pick 10! I was considering doing a top 20 just for this article, but i told myself that i was only doing 10. But once again i totally agree fallout 3 needs to be on that list.

  • Soulibon February 19, 2010 at 3:35 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    I know once again tough sacrifices were made for the greater good!

  • Not a bad list February 19, 2010 at 9:25 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Hmmmm I have to agree with Aaron on this one might have wanted to added Half-Life to the list. Other than that it’s a good one.

  • WHat the eff??? February 19, 2010 at 9:32 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Gta 3 not good enough to be on there or at least 4. I mean WTF isn’t GTA 4 considered some kind of epic shit, from you people, and you add WoW. Lame GTA FTW!!!!!!

  • fo diggity February 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ah the original Halo. A gentleman’s game. None of this “XBox Live” or “dual wielding”. You will sit next to your foe and play HANG-EM-HIGH and win with the basic pistol. Because that’s how you roll.

  • MJimiD February 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Really? “The Sims”, “LoZ:TP”, “CoD:MW”, “Half-Life”, and “KoTOR” were epic games and well-deserving of being on anyone’s “Top 10 of The Decade”, but the rest? I’m not down with ‘em. What about “GTA:SA” (RP mods for PC)? “Fable:TLC?” “Assassin’s Creed 2?” “MGS4:GoTP?” “Bully?” “Max Payne?” “SW: Jedi Knight, Jedi Academy?” “SW: Battlefront?” “Fallout 3?” “WH40K:DoWII?” “Splinter Cell: DA?” “Bioshock?” “Brutal Legend?” “LittleBigPlanet?” “NFS: Most Wanted?” “FIFA Street 2?” “Orange Box?” “GTA:CTW?” “Hustler” (Alright, that one’s just a random flash game)?

  • Mods???? February 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Can a journalist consider a game is deserving of top decade if it has good mods?

  • Soulibon February 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    In my opinion, no, he can’t. They were not created by the game makers, but fans of the game.

  • MJimiD February 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    PS “Mario Kart Wii”, “Super Smash Brothers Melee/Brawl”, and “Mario Party 7″ (8 & 9 were meh)?

  • MJimiD February 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    PPS “Shadow of The Colossus” is kickass too! I just dislike “WoW” (But I won’t be hatin’, though), “Guitar Hero” (Damn straight I’m hatin’), “Uncharted 2″ (Call me Black Sheep), and “Halo”

  • Matthew Gildea February 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Definitely agree with KotOR. In my own list, would of had San Andreas, Football Manager 2009 and CoD2.

  • Ipwnfools February 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    GTA: SA sucks! But whats up with no GTA at all?! No Vice City?!

    At lest you got Halo in there!

  • Soulibon February 20, 2010 at 7:06 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Mjimid your crackin me up man

  • Uncharted at 10!!!! February 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Uncharted 2 was an amazing game it deserved better than 10 maybe you souls switch up guitar hero 2 and uc2 that would make more sense!!!!

    Other than that it’s a good list.

  • Gage February 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ok thats an ok list. I can understand your reasons putting Shaodw of the Collussus at number one, but that game was really boring. The gameplay was aweful, the story was Cliche, and it completly lacked combat. I played the game for maybe at least 20 mins gave up and sold it back to gamestop. I tried to play it and I tried to like it bu it still wasn’t any good. I just couldn’t get passed the first 20 mins. I just dont understand why you, the media, give it such high praise. Tell me please?

  • Guirellmo February 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ok why the hell isn’t Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2 on this list? They not good enough for you!?

  • Jose February 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ahhhh World of Warcraft the game that stole my soul!

  • Pho February 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Not a bad list, I completely agree with your choice of Guitar Hero 2. Back then it was one of the most addictive games I have ver played, and was a way better party please than Mario Party ever was! I hold some of my funniest moments with that game. It’s too bad that Activision destroyed such a beloved franchise! Corporate Bastards!

  • Soulibon February 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    @guillermo

    Mass Effect 2 came out last month so it’s not a choice.

    Mass Effect 1 had a great story, but laos had a number of issues that could not be ignored even if you tried to ignore them they were still obvious.

  • Osev February 23, 2010 at 4:25 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    No list about this subject is complete without Shadow of the Collusus at number one!

  • Vegas Vic February 25, 2010 at 6:15 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    It is virtually impossible in a list of 10 to try an sum up the best of the decade. There has to be a category approach to this kind of review. I mean how dare you compare SIMS against anything on that list. It’s a great game don’t get me wrong but there is no way to equally compare it against a MMO or FPS. They are just too different. Now if you were to say something to the effect of “some of the most played and played for a good reason of the past 10 years” I would be on board with that.

    I think in your next review you need to break the games down by type and review inside of each. Hell that could take the rest of the year. Writers block issue solved.

    I will give you good marks on the descriptions and reviews of each title listed. I think the reviews were fair. As to the rest of you WOW bashers..!

  • Johnnerino February 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    @Vegas Vic

    I don’t think the writer was comparing the two games. I think he was just making a list of the greatest games of the decade. Not once did i see him say,” Well the Sims is like WoW.”

    If he said that directly I would totally be on your side Vegas Vic.

    Yet he didn’t!
    By the way no Mario Galaxy??? come on man, come on.

  • Renegade1985 March 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    I would have had Ratchet and Clank TOD in the list instead of the Sims but good list apart from that =D

  • Starfox118 March 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    perfect, totally agree, although i may have knocked WoW down a few, but you can’t really argue with the amount of fans it has even though its really no where near the top of my list. I would have probably put KotOR at 2 instead, that game was fantastic, shame the sequel was sub par and the Old Republic MMO doesn’t seem that great. Loss of some amazing potential there, can see why BioWare stuck with the sci fi in Mass Effect, it works so well.

    speaking of, why wasn’t Mass Effect in there?

  • Soulibon March 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Mass Effect was a great game but it had one to many flaws graphics weren’t that great, it had major frame-rate issues. Inventory system was a little messy, the constant need to go to the menu to switch ammo types was aggravating.

    I will admit thought Mass Effect is still one of the greatest stories ever told in a video game. But there were one to many flaws for my taste.

  • Luke May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Really. No GTA or Mario. You picked some good games, but omited some better ones. And Wow is a bit of a joke.

  • ChemicalBR0 September 29, 2010 at 4:48 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    great to see knights of the old republic in there.
    one of my faves also.I’d have had black & white in there somewhere too.
    the sims would be on my list of one of the worst games of the decade, pointless garbage with crappy graphics and animation IMO.
    I’m also amazed there’s no GTA or mario64 in there tho. I recently played through gtaIV single player again and it was still blowing me away with little things I’d never spotted before (a true masterpiece)

  • Dre February 12, 2012 at 5:02 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Batman Arkham City And Batman Arkham Aslyum

  • Name February 17, 2012 at 5:42 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Your list is idiotic. Your reasons are insufficient, and you’re missing most of the best games. Also, if you think that Twilight Princess is the only good game on the Wii, you’re completely retarded.

  • Adam J February 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    “Before there was Modern Warfare there was Counter-Strike the game based of the Half-Life engine that was dedicated to giving the lovers of Half-Life something to awe over, and game developer Valve delivered. Everyone was already asking,”why didn’t they give us multiplayer in Half-life this would have been awesome!” Well it’s because Valve had something much more entertaining planned for us.”

    Not quite. Counter-Strike was a user-developed mod, later picked up by Valve after it became immensely popular.

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