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During the 2000s a number of great PC games joined the PC game hall of fame. Even though the game consoles soon established their own on-line multi-player games, a number of hit PC game titles ensured that Windows games never lost their appeal. These were a few of the great PC game titles of the last decade that proved you do not need a game console.
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Call of Duty
History came to life when Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty came out for the PC, and undoubtedly this emerged as one of the biggest PC game series of the decade. Call of Duty is a FPS game that was originally set in the 1940s including Russian campaigns in the USSR, British battles in France and Germany, and American action in the front-lines of France in 1944. As such, famous battles such as Stalingrad and the Battle of the Bulge were regenerated in this PC shooter. Further additions to the Call of Duty franchise moved away from the 1940s into more modern eras, such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was one of the highest grossing PC games of the decade. Aside from their great single player games, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was also one of the finest multi-player game titles of the last decade with its multi-player modes on various maps. As such, the Call of Duty game series is one of the great FPS games alongside Doom and Half-Life.
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World of Warcraft
Few PC game titles in the 2000s had as much impact as World of Warcraft. Blizzard’s World of Warcraft quickly established itself as the best massively-multiplayer online game, and has remained as such since the original World of Warcraft first emerged in 2004. Since then, the game has gained a large fan base with up to 10 million subscribers. Further expansions to the World of Warcraft series such as The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm have provided exciting new redesigns and enhancements to the graphics engine which have ensured that World of Warcraft still remains the king of MMORPGs.
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Meier's Civilization empire building game series was taken to a new and exciting level with this fourth instalment. The most obvious enhancement that Civilization IV provided was its new 3D graphics engine which added a new dimension to the game. However, in addition to this the game also enhanced the series with religions, UN resolutions, enhanced multi-player mode, and revamped combat which included various bonuses and promotions for military units. All this helped to ensure that Civ 4 was the best instalment to the Civ series.
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The original Half-Life game was always going to be hard to eclipse after Freeman’s nerve racking escape from Black Mesa. However, Half-Life 2 somehow managed to pull it off with a sequel that many consider to be superior to the original. The game features some fantastic effects, animations, and physics which helped to ensure it among the highest rated PC games of the 2000s. As such, Half-Life 2 won numerous awards, including six at the 2004 British Academy Video Game Awards. Further expansions to Half-Life 2 have included Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and an episode three which is set to be the last expansion in the trilogy. Keep an eye out for that one!
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Company of Heroes
If ever a game gave Command & Conquer a run for its money, the Company of Heroes RTS game did just that in 2006. Company of Heroes is a strategy game based in the 1940s on the western front in France circa 1944. In the single-player campaign you take command of either Able Company or Fox Company during the Battle of Normandy. Or alternatively, in multi-player matches players can take command of either the Allied or Axis armies. Company of Heroes included a great Essence game engine which enabled some great effects, as well as some of the most impressive physics ever included in an RTS game. Overall, Company of Heroes was one of the best PC strategy games of the last decade, and was rated the PC game of year in 2006.
These were five of the best PC games of the 2000s. Call of Duty, Company of Heroes, World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, and Civ IV proved once again that you do not need a game console for great games.