Top 10 Video Games of the Decade

I seem to be on a roll with video games at the moment. I guess that’s for two reasons. My boy is getting old enough to play Mario Kart on the Wii, and the winter in the UK is made for gaming. Cold, wet and dark.

Anyways, there was a question on the gaming forum I use a lot for chatter and buying/selling, NTSC-uk, asking what your Top 10 Games of the Decade were. Wow, that got me thinking. It’s actually a pretty tough question, and it’s hard to date some games in your head, as when you look ’em up they were too early in many of my cases. So we chatted about it at work and with friends on Twitter, but it’s taken me all day to get this down.

Here it is, in no specific order.

Phantasy Star Online (DC)
Crazy Taxi (DC)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare2 (PS3)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
Katamari Damacy (any version/any system)
Orbital (iPhone)
Guitar Hero World Tour (Wii)

So, explain yourself, Smith!

Some of these are here because they were novel, or a breath of fresh air, like Katamari and Guitar Hero. Some are there because of the memories I have from playing at that time, Phantasy Star Online. Some are there because half way through playing I caught myself saying out loud “Goddamn… I love this game!”—Batman Arkham Asylum.

Notice there’s no Xbox games in the list, since I’ve never owned one, thus Xbox games simply can’t be in my top 10.

Try as I might, I could not bring myself to put Super Mario Galaxy in there. As Dan at work said, there’s no real difficulty curve to the game, it’s the same all the way through, which I think is true in many respects. Maybe it’s due another play.

I’m guessing a few of you will be wondering why I’m including Orbital on the iPhone in this list (and since a few people are linking here, including Orbital’s creators) I guess I’ll pen a few words about that too. The game is ridiculously addictive, which is always a good starter for 10. The graphics are neat, very like Galaxy Wars, and the controls are sublimely simple. You click the screen to fire the ball. It’s not an earth-shattering development in gaming, but it’s the a great example of crafting a great little game for the medium it’s delivered on, the iPhone. You can fire it up for a quick go, it saves it’s state when you hit the home button, and you end up simply blaming yourself when you cock up. You never feel cheated by the game. Orbital’s onsale for 59p at the time of writing, so get it bought if you’ve not done so already!

‘Artley asked me shortly after what my Top 5 Games of the last 30 years would be, which funnily enough I found a lot easier! Mine would be Bubble Bobble, Metal Slug X, Tempest2K, Crazy Taxi, Super Mario World!