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20Aug 12So today marks the 10 yrs since I've been apart of Gamespot. (Not totally true as it's when I had my new account after the transition to the current set up). I had a previous blog mentioning ten of my favorite games from the past ten years while being apart of Gamespot. I'm not going to go through that again. This particular blog is more for reflection. Seems like yesterday I was checking on the new games for the PS2 while this new system named "XBOX" was just starting to get its feet underneath it. There has been a lot of changes from different people that used to be here to people like Synthia that has made this place pretty enjoyable, at least for me. I look forward to another ten years here. Salute!
3Aug 12Edit:Had a chance to go back and redo it to make it better.
So on August 20th, I'll celebrate 10 years of being a part of GameSpot. *Disclaimer, like many people here, it was a lot longer than that just when the whole conversion thing took place then.* I remember the site being originally videogames.com where GS just talked videogames. The site was not great but it was definitely the best place to check out previews and reviews of games. It was a pretty awesome place for the late 90's. That being said, I thought about all the games I've played during that time and have come up with the top 10 games that I enjoyed from the time of GS as it is now up until today. It was very hard but here goes:
10. Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2) - Release date March 28, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Kingdom Hearts. It caught me off guard with just how good it was given it had Disney characters in it. KH2 built on the first game and did even more. For it being a PS2 game, the graphics where gorgeous. Fighting the camera became a chore but overall, Kingdom Hearts 2 was an absolute delight. I was able to accomplish everything in the game (which today would result in a platinum trophy and such) and it didn't feel like a complete chore to do it. I can remember scavenging for XP play replaying the Beauty and the Beasty stage by killing the enemies there. KH2 was a lot of fun.
9. America's Army/Special Forces (PC) - Release date August 28, 2002
America's Army was a pretty fun first person shooter. The realism that was displayed worked well in this game. I spent well over 1,000 total hours played on this game. Hospital (perhaps the best map in any FPS since some of the N64 Goldeneye maps) made this game what it was – a game that you can pick up and learn but also that threw in a bit of realism that made you think about how you would take out the other team. Plus, it was completely free. Can't beat that.
8. Half-Life 2 (PC) – Release date November 16, 2004
Following up to a pretty good game in its own right, Half-Life 2 launched with extreme hype and but did it not disappoint. I think I must have spent like 20 minutes at the beginning of the game just picking random things up and tossing them. The graphics were absolutely stunning and the physics were amazing. The creepy old dude bugged me out though…
7. Grand Theft Auto IV (360) – Release date April 29, 2008
GTA III paved the way for how sandbox shooters are made today. It did a lot of things differently but in a good way. Enter GTA IV. I spent numerous late nights playing this game (even though I had to work the next day). Graphics were good, gameplay was great but something else made this game awesome…you actually cared what happen to Niko. Here's what I mean: towards the end of the game there is a mission where you either go kill someone or take the money. Might not seem like much at the time but it causes a significant outcome on the game….you either take the money and your cousin dies or you kill the guy (name escapes me right now) and your new wife is gunned down, be it accidently. One of the first sandbox type of game that I can remember where it essentially branches in one way or the other depending on what you decide to do. At the time, I thought it was very thrilling and engaging.
6. Infamous (PS3) – Release date May 26, 2009
This game shocked me (no pun intended) by just how good it was. I wasn't expecting to even play it much less complete it. It didn't seem like the type of game I could get into. Boy was I wrong. Outside of the tedious side quests, I found the game to be very exciting. Also, Infamous was the first PS3 game where I got a platinum trophy.
5. Mass Effect Series (360) – Multiple
I couldn't pick just one game out of the series because they are all so very good so I decided to just say all of them. One of the funniest things I can remember about these games is the hoopla that came about form Mass Effect 1's "sex scene". Makes me chuckle every time I think about it. Anyway, the RPG element of the series was a pretty nice touch. But the story….amazing. I became quite invested in how things turned out to the point that I recently started Mass Effect 2 over just so that I can make sure everyone survives before I play Mass Effect 3 again.
4. Battlefield 2 (PC) – Release June 21, 2005
BF2…what can I say about this game?? I spent something like 1400 hours playing this game. This game was so much fun, especially the patch that brought about infantry only maps. Awesome, awesome game.
3. Blackhawk Down (PC) – Release date March 23, 2003
BHD's single player….was a disaster. Extremely boring and glitchy. However, that is not why this game is so high on my list. The multiplayer was...astonishing. I consistently played this game for a good 4-5 years. The maps were incredible and the fast past action made this game extremely enjoyable. This game was great because it didn't try to be anything more than it was.
2. God of War 2 (PS2) – Release date March 13, 2007
I did not play the first God of War prior to picking up GoW2. I was a little lost in regards to the story initially but got the gist of it after playing through it for a while. But man, I loved this game from the start. Fighting the big statue at the beginning of the game got me hooked.
1. Uncharted 2 (PS3) – Release date November 9, 2009
There are not many words to describe just how much I loved this game. I've never been a big action type of person. I've most played FPS and RPG games such as Final Fantasy. However, the hype of this game got me to check it out…and man am I thankful I did. This game was extremely well done. I actually stopped playing games such as Fallout 3 and Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare 2 to play this game exclusively. Great, great game.
So this is my list of ten games from the past ten years. I know people will definitely disagree with me because I didn't mention games like Halo, Zelda, Call of Duty, etc. It was a very hard list but these are the ten games I had the most fun with and that took up most of my time.
It's been a great ten years here at GameSpot. I look forward to another great ten with an amazing site just for us videogame fans.
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