A child of the 80’s, I not only grew up on video games, but I’m also from a generation that video games have always been marketed to. Honestly, there’s never been a time in my life when someone wasn’t trying to sell me a video game. From the childhood days of the NES, to the teen years with SNES and Sega, to the college years of PS and PS2, to the adult gamer days of the XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii, it seems as if I’ve always represented the demographic of a video game fan.
And I was, for awhile, at least. In my late teen years, I was too busy with my band to play a lot of games, but now that I’m older, I play almost exclusively ‘Family’ or ‘Party’ games. I cannot remember the last time I played a video game by myself; nowadays I only play if I can play with all of my friends, and the following list will probably reflect that somewhat.
Instead of counting down my favorite games of the decade (which would probably consist of at least 10 rhythm-based games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero), I decided to list my favorite game for each year, based on release date. It was as good of a way as any to keep the list as varied as possible. Let’s go.
2000 – The Sims (PC)
2001 – Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2002 – Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
2003 – Mario Kart: Double Dash! (NGC)
2004 – Doom 3 (PC)
2005 – Resident Evil 4 (NGC)
2006 – Guitar Hero II (PS2)
2007 – Rock Band (PS2)
2008 – MarioKart Wii (Wii)
2009 – Guitar Hero V (Wii)
Thanks much for checking out the CDP Decade In Review today. I’m taking tomorrow off and coming back Monday with the start of the Top 250 Albums Of The Decade(!). Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend.