The New Year is now in full swing and 2o17 promises to bring us some fantastic games, from new IP’s to great sequels for classic franchises. When listing the games we were most looking forward to this year we couldn’t help but cast our mind back to how some of these classic franchises started. After casting our minds back we noticed that it had been 10 years since some of these epic games were released. Prepare for a trip down memory lane as we list some games that are celebrating their 10th Birthday this year, you’ll be surprised by how old some of these games are.
The Witcher officially started life as a set of Novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. It then rose to critical acclaim in 2007 when CD Projekt RED released the game on PC. First described as a action role-playing hack and slash video game, The Witcher has evolved into one of the best loved RPG franchises of this generation, with The Witcher 3 winning Game of the Year at the Video Game BAFTA awards in 2016.
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
It’s safe to say that Nathan Drake is the current reigning PlayStation Mascot, and his first outing was on the Playstation 3 all the way back in November 2007. Many people thought that Uncharted was just a rip off of Tomb Raider as Lara Croft had expanded from a PlayStation exclusive title to multiple platforms. Uncharted was far more than just a Tomb Raider clone however, it was it’s own thing and in some cases gamers have stated that Drake’s games are better than Lara’s.
There wasn’t much like Assassin’s Creed before the game made its debut on the 13th of November 2007. The very idea of an open world game where you could take down targets with a variety of stealth tactics excited gamers across the world. Little did Ubisoft know that this game would kick off one of their most popular franchises to date. What also appealed to most gamers was the fact that the game would jump from present day all the way back to The Third Crusade which lead to a very interesting and in depth plot. The franchise is still going from strength to strength now, with the latest instalment set in Victorian England.
Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The game that started off the COD craze. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare always has a special place in most gamers hearts. It was, and still is one of the most popular online First Person Shooters to date. Last year also saw the release of the Modern Warfare Remastered Edition, which brought the game to the current generation with brand spanking new visuals. It was like the game that many gamers fell in love with, with a new lick of paint. It’s the main reason why most people bough COD’s latest title Infinite Warfare.
The spiritual successor to the massively popular SystemShock came out on the 21st of August 2007. Bioshock has been dubbed by many as having one of the best storylines in a first person shooter game to date. It also was dripping with art deco visuals, creepy themes and what is quite possibly one of the best settings for a video game. Who doesn’t love the idea of a city under the sea? The game also got 2 sequels and now people are even remastering the original SystemShock.
The Orange Box
One of the main selling points of The Orange Box back in October 2007 was that it came with Half-Life 2 Episode Two. Even though Half-life 2 was great and Team Fortress 2 was an awesome multiplayer game, the main game that sold The Orange Box was Portal. A relatively unknown first person puzzle game that turned the puzzle genre on it’s head. The premise was a simple one, complete the test chambers using your Portal gun. What unfolded as you played the game was a narrative that revolved around GLaDOS, one of the best loved bad guys in current video game history.
Super Mario Galaxy
Ask many gamers what their favourite Mario game is and they will probably say Super Mario Galaxy. This title took the Mario Franchise and beefed it up 10 fold as Mario was launched into space! He was able to explore Galaxies and run across mini planetoids in order to collect Power Stars. Each planet had its own gravitational pull which also added to the epic Mario 3D gameplay that was first introduced in Super Mario 64.
With Guitar Hero already at it’s 3rd instalment. Rock band took to the stage in November 2007. This game wasn’t about playing guitar, in Rock Band you were able to play as a whole band as singing and drumming were also introduced. The games developer Harmonix created Guitar Hero on the PS2 before selling the GH franchise to Activation and creating Rock Band with MTV Games and Electronic Arts. Rock Band has been highly regarded as one of the best music rhythm franchises out there to date with Rock Band 4 only coming out in 2015.
Peggle stole the hearts of hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike when it came out in February 2007. A lesser know indie puzzle game, people were finding themselves getting addicted to the game. The game was nominated for several awards including “Best Downloadable Game”, “Best Handheld Game” (for the iPod port), and “Innovation” awards.
One of the main selling points of Crackdown was the fact it had a Halo 3 Beta attached to it. What gamers didn’t realise was that Crackdown was a pretty decent open world game. True, it didn’t have much story but it was filled to the brim with collectables and upgrades for your character. This idea of the game was to take down mob bosses across the city and upgrade your super cop’s various abilities. What people found most satisfying about the game was when your character’s jump ability was fully upgraded and you were able to bound across the city rooftops.
What is possibly one of BioWares best loves RPG franchises. Mass Effect started life on the 20th of November 2007 as an Xbox Exclusive. It soon ramped up in popularity and gained another 2 sequels. It also went multi-platform and has been pegged as one of BioWare’s biggest successes. The next instalment of the franchise, Mass Effect Andromeda is due out later this year and has most, if not all gamers out there itching to get back into the popular Sci-Fi RPG universe.
So there you have it! It’s hard to believe that these game will be 10 years old this year. What are your fondest memories of the games listed above? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below.