Video Games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. We’ve come a long way since the days of Pong and Tetris and we’ve seen many incredible games over the years. As technology advances, we are going to see some impressive titles come out in the next decade. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at 10 games that will never be forgotten.
Football is widely considered the most popular sport in the world today, so of course, one of the FIFA games had to make this list. The series has had many highlights over the years, but many consider FIFA 18 to be not only one of the best in the series but truly one of the best football video games of all time. The graphics are still amazing after a few years and the playability is just as sharp as when it was first released.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Grand Theft Auto series hit many milestones and still continues to break new boundaries in gaming today. On top of being one of the best selling games of all time, this is one that just about every kid played at some point in their life. The depth of the gameplay and the grandiose missions set this gem apart from other games of its time, all while having a rich sense of style and humor.
Pokemon Red Version
Pokemon Red is the definitive version of the game series that started the insatiable Pokemon craze of the 1990s and did it all in singular color 8-bit graphics. The world-building and character design of this game, coupled with the cartoon series, created an absolute force that did everything it could to entrance its young audience. Even years later, you can still go back to this game and enjoy it, making it one of the most memorable games to many people today.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The 2000s were all about the First Person Shooters, even more so than today. In a time where there were more WW2 era shooters than you could keep track of, Call of Duty took their illustrious franchise in a new direction and released COD 4 to rave reviews. Not only did this game set the standard for online multiplayer games, but in general was just a rock-solid FPS that focused on playability.
Resident Evil 4
At a time when gaming desperately needed something truly new to come along, Resident Evil 4 was launched, and gaming was never quite the same again. Changing to an over-the-shoulder view from its history as a stiff, fixed camera view, the horror genre was revitalized and numerous developers of different types have taken a page from this game since. While you can credit RE 4 with the mechanics of many games that followed, this title stands alone with its incredible atmosphere and horror styling.
Halo: Combat Evolved
By now, it’s well known that without Halo backing it, the Xbox system would have failed entirely. The anticipation behind this game was immense, and it certainly did not disappoint. Halo single-handedly changed the First Person Shooter genre of games, by adding new depth to what was quickly becoming a stale genre. Even today this game holds up incredibly well and overall, this is one of the most influential games ever and spawned many sequels.
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
A Nintendo 64 classic, this game put the Zelda series on the map for legions of dedicated gamers. Even today, over 20 years later, the title holds up well as far as gameplay is concerned and the original cartridges are treasured among collectors. The Zelda series has spawned numerous more games since, but the love affair of every Zelda fan likely comes back to this one magic moment in gaming history.
If there is one thing you can say about the Half-Life series, it’s that the games constantly push the boundaries of what is possible and expected. Half-Life 2 was praised for its unique and groundbreaking mechanics that achieved physics that were never before seen in gaming. While for years it seemed we would never get a sequel to this title, it seemed the developers were waiting for technology to catch us so they could break barriers again. Half-Life Alyx was recently released and is the first major title to come out on full-immersion virtual reality systems.
Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
At the time this gem came out, most Role Playing Games were very linear and straightforward. Morrowind pioneered the open-world experience and created a game that is widely considered one of the best RPGs of all time. With incredible depth, virtual miles to explore, and a truly free world you inhabit, Morrowind is an all-time fan favorite.
Final Fantasy 7
Many gamers consider Final Fantasy 7 to be the crowning jewel of the series. The game essentially introduced western audiences to the Japanese RPG style and created a title that was one of the most purchased and played games of the original PlayStation era. The plot was larger than life, the game had new features and a detailed battle system that was engaging and rewarded experimentation with the “materia” magic structure. After years of clamoring for a remake, gamers finally got it this year.