IGN's overall Top 10 Videogames of the Decade 2000-2009
Gordon Freeman is a pimp.
I don't agree with every selection, nor the order, but it's certainly not as bad as I had feared. It's nice that sales and graphics were not the determinant, but creativity and relevancy in pushing the boundaries of gaming as a whole.
@callahan- Its ONE critic's opinion. Not everyone is obligated to think the same way. Heck, I think Shenmue and San Andreas are better than any game to come out this generation. Thats MY opinion. Try not ta blow a gasket down there will ya :) Edit: And yes, I was one of the people who thought that MGS3 was better than MGS4. I personally didn't like MGS4 very much. It was an interactive movie IMO.
My game of the decade is definitely KOTOR. I don't really get Half-life being the best game of the decade. I had fun playing it, but I can't really see what blows people away.
Actually, the list is great. The only thing I would have changed would be moving UC2 up a few spaces. Other than that it's pretty good imo.
I would've put in CoD4 and Halo Combat Evolved too, both were great titles and considering the decade as a whole both were very influential titles. I would even put Demon's Souls. What's with the lack of handhelds? Pokemon Gold? Yellow? Oracle of Seasons/Ages? Some of the greatest games also were on handhelds, who can forget Pokemon?? Edit: Oh, I see their logic, they took every game of the year and ranked it overall. Good list anyway, though I don't like the idea of taking one game from each year. Fallout 3 is probably the only one I'd disagree with.
They basically ranked the best from every year with each other. I totally agree with Half life 2 being there. Uncharted 2 should have been a couple of ranks higher. Half life 2 is so beloved bec it was so ahead of its time when it came out in 2004, hell there are actually games that come out now that don't look as great as HL2 (the pc version on max settings that is). The story is good, gameplay is fun and addicting and I like the characters. Alyx and Gordon are great, even though he never utters a word, but that's what makes this game so immersive and good. But its just opinions I guess, some like faster paced shooters esp. now-a-days and they find HL2 a bit boring for them. That's ok, to each his own I guess.
The Freeman also beat out Mario in Gamespots greatest hero of all time contest. Half Life 3 will be the title that introduces and sets the bar for the nex-gen. Guaranteed.
Half-Life 2 was unbelievable when it first came out and it still holds up to this day, just look at how well the Orange Box did.
Half Life 2 was a very worthy pick. That game was unrivaled when it came out and is still one of the best games I have played to date.
It's a nice list. here's mine in no order LittleBigPlanet MGS4 Kingdom Hearts II Uncharted 2 Metroid Prime Zelda: Wind Waker Halo: CE Bioshock KOTOR Fallout 3
But I don't get how people can think Gordon is a good character. He doesnt say anything, and has no interaction with other characters so we have no way of knowing what he's like. If he was killed off and replaced with someone else I would not care at all. Games like Uncharted show how character interaction and dialogue should be. We know so much about what Drake is like, but nothing about Gordon.
Hmmm is it me or they put Mirrors edge and Braid over Metal gear solid 4 in 2008 ?? loll are they serious?
It drives me nuts that Half Life 2 gets so much praise. Even when it first came out, I thought the controls felt too slippery, every object in the game gave the impression that it was made of styrofoam, the main character never spoke (which wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't tell bad "nudge wink" jokes about how he never spoke), and most of the "good guys" were nerdy pansies. The graphics were good. That's about it. Counter Strike was a far superior application of the engine.
The lack of anything Blizzard is utterly disturbing.
"Gordon Freeman is a pimp." I need to know what makes Half Life 2 so good? I played it and I wasnt too impressed by it. As for the list, I am surprised there isn't a Halo on there.
Anyone realize the irony that Uncharted 2 made the list only a few weeks after they wrote an article about how Mass Effect 2 is better than it? This just proves the point of the article was to start a flame war.
The point of Gordon being a "character" even if he doesn't speak is a bit confusing for those who don't get how both of the major titles in the series set the very high benchmarks for how gamers could expect to interact with their environments. In that sense, Gordon is the best "character" because he forces the gamer to interact with the game world in ways that make it feel like you're in the moment (even the puzzles have this quality even if unrealistic). As you can see from my avatar I have a bit of a bias tho.
Battlefield and Kotor both made it onto this list, I couldn't be happier...
How do you not have the most played game in 10 years! Halo 1, 2, or 3! Its ok, consumers are always right!
Why choose a 10 ten just to make all console makers happy? It makes ZERO sense... Seriously. What games have truly impressed you beyond IMAGINATION the past 10 years? 1) COD2 (I was so impressed with this game when I purchased the 360 on day one and started to play this game I was amazed. 2) After this, the PS3 came out and I purchased on day 1. Resistance fall of man was the next game that impressed the hell out of me. I loved this game and it truly made the PS3 shine. 3) Motor Storm 1. I couldnt believe the size and graphic detail of this game. What an awesome driving experience that I havent experienced prior to the PS3. 4) GOW 1. I truly loved this game on the 360 and finished it multiple times. 5) Heavenly sword. Epic.... 6) MGSIV ... Epic 7) Drakes Fortune 1... AMAZING! 8) RFOM2.. Amazing. And 64 players online was wild. 9) Drakes 2... Enough said. 10) MAG..... I cant get enough of this game. It is so addictive that I have actually played it until 5am in the morning multiple nights since it came out a few weeks back.... AMAZING!!! So, with no bias, these are my top 10 best games of the past 10 years. No need to give credit to the past. The past was awesome but the present is even better....
Mass effect 2 was released this decade not last so it wouldnt be on the list
Pretty good list overall.
Amazing how many people here agree with me about HL2 shouldn't even be on that list which adds to the fact it shouldn't be on it but the list is one guys opinion. I agree with a few of those games but a couple like Shadow of colossus and okami never took off in UK like god of war so they wouldn't be on the list if somebody from UK wrote the list as he probably would never have even heard of those games let alone played them. Counterstrike definitely deserves to be on that list though even though technically it wasn't originally designed by Valve they just bought the rights in the end.
I kinda like the list it could have been waaaay worse, I don't think GTAIII should be at the 3 spot and Maybe U2:AT could have been up a tad higher(it's position is cool though)I never Played KotOR :(so that can stay where it's at. Ofcourse you can't have a best of the Decade list with out Shadow of the Colossus. I would have liked to see DMC 1 or 3 up there. @ Jake1111 your list lacks older titles that paved the way for those titles to be great or good. It would be nice if we were referring to 7th gen only but.....it's cool though
The decade is not over. It ends at the end of this year so it makes me wonder if Greg over there at IGN would have prompted to boot Uncharted 2 and replace it with ME2.... Sorry, but I am still amused at the article he wrote last week on the matter. I for one am happy with this list and feel Uncharted 2 should be a place or two higher ont he list just for the technical prowess of the game alone.
Uncharted 2 and Half Life is correct to be on that list but there should be other titles. They are inconsistent with reviews and other articles they released.
Games that IGN scored higher than every game in their top 10 of the decade: Conker's Bad Fur Day God of War Gran Turismo 3 A-spec Grand Theft Auto 4 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Halo 2 Jade Empire (WTF IGN) Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence Metal Gear Solid 4 Metroid Prime Perfect Dark Resident Evil 4 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (Dreamcast) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Dreamcast)
I wasn't aware ME2 was made 2000-2009
Im fine with half life 2 being the top of the list i mean its the perfect sequal, but seriously san andreas deserved to be in top ten and mgs 4 and i no im gonna get bombarded with thumb downs but im really really suprised Halo CE isnt in the top ten
What a fail by ign both movie (dark knight best movie of the decade) and half life 2 best game of the decade.
Half life 2 is easily the best conventional first person shooter of the decade. Its a tough call picking anything to get close to it, not even the original halo integrates its characters and narrative nearly as well into the gameplay. Im most disappointed deus ex did not feature, not only high up in this list, but should be quite high up the list of all time greats... I also preferred battlefield 2 to 1942 as that game seemed to have polished and perfected the subgenre. However neither of those would feature for me in the top ten good as they are- it seems IGN just tried to ensure some sort of spread in their picks.
their just a gaming site full of geeks, who read every comic book and watched every star trek movie.. for me Gladiator is Movie of the decade and MGS 4 is game of the decade