Picking the ‘best’ game of the ’00s isn’t as easy as you’d think

Picking the ‘best’ game of the ’00s isn’t as easy as you’d think
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Written by 

Joseph Kime

Published 

26th Feb 2024 14:40

Ah, youth. Lost in a moment. It's incredibly easy to imagine that much like movies, TV, and the cost of cheese, video games were just better back in the day. Back when we were bright-eyed and wowed by the graphics of Crash Bandicoot, video games felt so much cooler, with their mere concept being new and exciting.

It seems as though technology has reached its peak, and even as we breach the world of AAAA games (stop saying that, Skull and Bones, it won't make it happen), we still look fondly on the crunchy and polygonal games of yesteryear with much more excitement.

As fans clash over what could be deemed the 'best' game of their childhoods, it becomes more and more difficult to gauge just what it means to be 'good.' Still, at least we can all agree the '00s were pretty stellar for video games. 

Fans debate the best game of the 2000s

As is the Reddit way, Reddit has come together in an attempt to decide the near-impossible, especially when considering how belligerent some users can be. They're trying to unite on what the best game of the 2000s is.

In a new post in the Gaming subreddit, one fan asked for submissions on the best game of the new millennium, before suggesting some impressive titles. The OP picks out the unforgettable Final Fantasy X, followed by Resident Evil 4, and sleeper hit Smackdown VS Raw 2007 - a game regarded as the most-improved wrestling game in history by many. 

Others have chimed in with their picks that are equally game-changing when considering the industry and also damn good fun. Deus Ex, Need For Speed Underground 2, Half-Life 2 and Warcraft 3 all get their moment in the spotlight in the thread, and it's telling of just how diverse the era was.

Consoles and PC gaming opening up to all sorts of genres, even with ones that were practically invented in the ten-year period. But, it seems one developer has precedence here, with plenty of praise for Bethesda as the 'king' of the '00s. 

Reddit crowns Bethesda king of the 2000s

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The comments reveal some real diamonds in the rough, but it seems that Bethesda-published games are getting the most love for the era, turning the world of gaming on its head with its most iconic RPGs.

"Oblivion blew my mind when it was released," says one user. "Being able to see something far away and actually walk to it was crazy."

Fallout 3 gets a look-in, too, with one fan saying, "The moment when you leave Vault 101 and it shines white for a few seconds to then show the wasteland is one of gaming greatest moments ever, Will never be beaten for me!

It’s clear that the era of the '00s has produced some absolute gold, and fans will always have a deep nostalgia for the games that were released in the early 2000s. Still, that won't stop us from championing Pokemon Emerald Version as actually being the best game of the decade.  

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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