In the last couple of years there have been many great games released, but only a few will live on in our memory (more likely mine), but still, these is a small list, in no particular order, of the games that really impressed me in the last years:
1. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series : This was one of my most anticipated games ever. I wanted this games years before it came out. Unfortunately, when iti did finally come out, my computer couldn't run it. This made me more anxious and more interested in the game. Everyone said it had problems, but overall I wanted it more than anything. I finally played the entire series 2 years ago and was completely satisfied with the games. Simple terrific. My favourite shooters in recent years, at least for the PC.
2. Fight Night Round 4 : Few sports games have impressed me as much as this game. I've always been a boxing fan, but boxing games weren't always great. Fight Night Round 3 wasn't what I wanted it to be, but FNR 4 was amazing. The game is the most difficult boxing game I've played so far but this makes it even more rewarding than any other. It's gameplay is top-notch. It's not a simple button-mashing fighting game, you have to use your hands, keep your guard up and throw punches only when you can actually hit your opponent. Awesome game. It may be my most played Xbox360 game ever.
3. The Elder Scrolls Oblivion: I know Skyrim came out, but I still have tons to do in Oblivion. This was my thrid PS3 game and I've put more than 500 hours of gameplay only into one savegame. I even bought the game on the 360, the 5th year anniversary edition just to get some achievements. It is one of the best and most emmersive games I have ever played, and one of the best RPG games. I've never encountered bugs or crashes and the graphics, even after 6 years, still hold up great.
4. The Witcher : The Witcher has basically the same story for me as the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. I expected it a lot but couldn't run it until years after it's release. Still, it was more than I could have hoped for. A truly deep role playing game which sucks you in immediately. I even bought the book The Last Wish, the book on which this game is based upon. It's an absolutely amazing game with a wonderful story, great characters, great action, great voice acting, great everything. If you could play the game with a controller, it would be even more fantastic. Fortunately, The Witcher 2 will be available on the 360 so I'm looking forward to playing it with a controller. I can't wait!
5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots : It couldn't have been a list without this game. It's a unique game. It combines storytelling and gameplay beautifully. Some don't like the fact that it has lenghty cut-scenes, but I think that is the reason this game is so amazing. At it's launch, it had the most amazing graphics ever in a videogame. Ever! During the cutscenes you were able to zoom-in to try and find rough edges in the graphics. Everything looked great in this game. Combine all this with great gameplay and a wicked story, and you may have one the best games ever made.
6. Red Dead Redemption: I have to say first that I am not a western fan. I never was. This game however, made me fall in love with the genre. It is, in my opinion the best game ever made. It's not my favourite, but it is the best game ever made. I haven't found anything wrong with it. Anything. The graphics are great, the voice acting, sound effects and music are perfect, the gameplay is better than in any sandbox game. I simply could not find anything wrong about this game. It is a masterpiece. Many hated GTA4, I didn't, I loved it, but this is Rockstar at it's finest hour. Never have I ever played a more complete game than this. It will live forever in my memory.
I thought a list like this would be good with the end of the world coming and so on. I wonder what games have impressed others over the years. These are not necesarilly my favourite games, but they left a mark on me.