Beginning in 2005 with the launch of the Xbox 360 and continuing with the launch of the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii in 2006, the previous generation of the consoles was fraught with some of the most stellar titles of all time. With the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and the WiiU being somewhere in between), this generation is winding down to a close.
What a ride this has been. We saw the rise of indie game development and more prominent digital distribution of video games. Wireless controllers have become the standard, as well as entertainment features that became a standard for all gaming devices (Netflix, Youtube, etc). However, the real reflection needs to be on the games, as the quality has peaked yet again.
Disclaimer: I have not played everything, nothing on PC. As I will try to be objective, ultimately, this list will of course be comprised of my opinion. Because of the amount of games that this generation has had, I'm guaranteed to miss a couple of your favorites. That's what the comment section is for. Onward! Oh, and there may be some spoilers…
Say what you will about what Call of Duty has become, haters. You cannot deny the influence the series has had on the industry. When Modern Warfare first dropped, it was amazing, a game changer. The story gave you characters that you cared about, even if the story was a bit generic (stop terrorists from blowing up the world). However, that nuke being dropped and killing your character was unexpected. The graphics were incredibly photo realistic and the gun models were stellar. The game also ran at 60 frames per second, which I admit, am a sucker for.
Let’s talk influence. Aiming down the sights is a staple in every first-person shooter now, as is clicking down the left analogue stick to sprint. Every online multiplayer mode has customizable classes now, complete with loadouts, skill trees, and those notorious kill streaks. Modern Warfare popularized experience points in online shooters, making them RPG-esque (which I am a fan of). Anytime I do anything in an online shooter these days, a number pops up on my screen (+10xp, +50xp, etc). Sure Call of Duty has caused the gaming landscape to be oversaturated with shooters, changed the way companies take risks creatively and with new ideas, and popularized annual franchise releases for many genres (although to be fair, sports games have been doing it for generations), but you can’t deny the influence and awesomeness of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Check out Part 2, counting down 10-8 of the top 10!