@AzelKosMos: Your praise of the game helped me decide to purchase it eventually, so thanks for that.:)
Here's Part 1 in case you missed it.
Alright, here's the second part of my favorite games of the decade list.
7. Grand Theft Auto IV
I've always been a big fan of the GTA series but the mindless fun and endless cheat codes were what appealed to me most. The writing in the series has always been top notch and often hilarious, but the plot itself never kept me completely interested. That all changed with GTAIV. There were still plenty of humorous moments in the game but it took a darker tone and actually focused on a coherent narrative, at least more so than previous entries in the series. By the end of it I was really invested in Niko as a character and wanted to know what would happen to him. Best of all the gunplay was immensely improved, thanks in part to a solid cover system, and the mission variety was better than it had been in years past. Those two things significantly decreased the frustration factor that often pops up in GTA games. Plus, the inclusion of online multiplayer didn't hurt.
6. Valkyria Chronicles
I have to thank those at the RPG Temple for this one. Leading up to this game's release I didn't know much of it and didn't care either. Final Fantasy Tactics would be the only strategy RPG in my heart. But the positive feedback from some people at the Temple convinced me to get the game, and boy am I happy I did that. Valkyria Chronicles is a strategy RPG, but it ignores many conventions that follow that genre. The ability to actually control your individual troops really changes things, and eventually I got hooked. I'd find myself repeating previous battles over and over again not only to level up troops but also because it was a lot of fun. On top of that the game looks amazing with its watercolor painting-esque visuals and the audio is fantastic as well. Although the story isn't groundbreaking I find myself ranking it right up there as one of my favorites. It hits all the right spots, tackling tough issues, presenting a compelling cast of characters, and delivering a perfect ending. This is easily the biggest and most pleasant surprise of the decade for me.
5. God of War II
The God of War games deliver bloody, straightforward action at its finest. The controls are extremely fluid, the boss battles are epic, and the over-the-top violence fits the games perfectly. I went with God of War II specifically because it took the framework from the first game and just made everything bigger and better. It really pushed the PS2 to its limits and showed what the system could do; now that's what I call a perfect swan song. Oh, and Kratos is probably the most badass character in video game history. His quest for revenge on Greek Gods just reeks of awesomeness.
@TheKungFool: Well that should keep you plenty busy.:P @SavoyPrime: Damn straight Ron! *high-five* @DraconigenaDeus: Gotta agree with you on GTAIV Jeff...even though it made my list.:lol: It just seemed like the insane sales and perfect scores were a bit much. Still loved the game though obviously.
Again, not much to argue with great picks, especially Valkyria Chronicles...so beautiful. I do think GTA4 is over rated though and happy it didn't appear higher in the list...
Anthony, you're right about not judging games soley on the demos. I will eventually give Valkyria Chronicles another try (with the full version!) but I'm actually getting burried in games right now, lol. I just picked up RE5, Dragon Age Origins, God of War Collection and MW2 is on the way, so my time is spoken for, lol.
No i've never played it because I dont have a ps3, but that is one of the few games i'm interested in playing across any of the current gen systems that I havent had a chance to play yet.
@N8A: I've never played Valkyrie Profile but I've always wanted to. Have you Nate? But the first thing I thought about when Valkyria Chronicles first came out was that game, pretty similar titles.:P But yeah, your friend really does need to get VC, now! @TheKungFool: You know what Adam, that's good thinking. Technically speaking it is one game.:lol: Aside from WindWaker all good picks there for your favorites of the decade. There was just something about WindWaker though that turned me off, and it wasn't only the art style (which I wasn't a fan of). But a couple of the games you mentioned will come up on the rest of my list. Oh, and perhaps you should give VC another chance. There have been many times that I've played a demo, not liked it, and then enjoyed the actual game. I can't imagine a demo representing VC completely. @celtic1962: *fist-bump* That's what I'm talking about Dave! @tinoshke: Good idea Christine, it's one of those games that you'll want to focus on. And consider getting Episodes From Liberty City too, those were just about as good as GTAIV itself. @Garrison_Ford: You don't have a PS3, do you Gary? Otherwise I'd say just get the GoW collection. But if I'm going with one I'd definitely say God of War II is the best in the series. Considering God of War and God of War II are both pretty cheap and not too long though, they're both must haves imo.
Alright so I've always been interested in the God of War games but haven't played any of them, sadly. So is God of War II the best out of the series?
I completely agree with you on Valkyria Chronicles, a hidden gem that was overlooked by many gamers. I still have to play GTAIV but I know it demands so many hours that I want to wait till next year during the period that less games are being released, to start playing it so I can focus on it entirely.
Great selection of games here. I still need to spend more time with VC but I've liked what I've played so far. GTA4 is fantastic and GOW2 was about as good as a game could get for the PS2.
Oh, and Anthony, lolo, if you're going to have God of War II up there, why not just say the PS3's God of War collection? That way you get both games, in HD glory :)
@N8A - if only your friend should be so lucky!! Valkyrie Profile I & II are absolutely wonderfull games! Personally, I'm not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. Perhaps I should give it more of a chance, becuase I'm only basing my opinion on the demo, but damn, the demo did everything in its power to make you not want to keep playing. As for my tops this decade, Zelda Twilight Princess and WindWaker would both be up there, as would Final Fantasy XII. Toss in Silent Hill 2, Shadow of the Colossus, maybe some Oblivion....now what....Lets go Uncharted, BioShock...ummm...so hard, okay round if off with perhaps Resident Evil REmake and even though I haven't played much of it, I can't leave out Mass Effect.
I was telling a friend earlier this week that he needed to get valkyria Chronicles and he thought it was a valkyrie profile game and said he wasnt interested. I've only heard praise about it.