Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
Long ago in the faraway time (alright, Macworld 1999), Steve Jobs unveiled Halo, a Mac-exclusive game from a little studio called Bungie. It caused such a stir that Microsoft snapped it up for its Xbox console – and the rest is history. From its vast vistas to perfectly-pitched gameplay, set to an epic soundtrack, it was a powerhouse that would dominate FPS gaming for years to come. And it was nearly an Apple exclusive; Steve Jobs must've been spitting tacks.
Far Cry 3 (2012)
Each Far Cry game has taken a radically different tack to its predecessors, and Far Cry 3 was no exception. The savannah setting and malaria mechanics of Far Cry 2 went out the window; in their place was a lush tropical island packed with pirates and lethal wildlife (who can forget their first encounter with a cassowary?) and a compelling story of madness and obsession. The highlight? Sneaking through a pirate base, bow in hand, only for all your efforts to be undone by a stray tiger.
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Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013)
Yes, it's Killzone with a prettier paint job – but this PS4 launch title was the first to really deliver on the promise of next-gen console gaming, with its 1080p, 60fps gameplay. Set some 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, Shadow Fall follows a new set of characters and two rival factions who live side by side divided by a vast wall, casting you as an elite soldier crossing swords with an intelligence operative. The recent 4-player co-op update has gone a long way to address complaints that the game was a little too linear, earning it a place on our list.
Crysis 3 (2013)
Although we've already covered the original Crysis on our list, it was that game's success that caused the franchise to expand onto the console platform. Set in the future in New York City, your character works in the signature Nanosuit whilst you use advanced weaponry to take down your prey and prevent mankind's extinction. Players can choose a gameplay style based on direct confrontation or a more stealthy approach in order to deal with enemies, and as to be expected, it's visually stunning – though inevitably, PC gamers were quick to complain about the jump to consoles.
Battlefield 4 (2013)
Another game that ushered in the era of next-gen gaming, Battlefield 4's multiplayer experience is second to none. With 64 players duking it out across a battlefield where every building is destructible, in tanks, choppers, and boats, it's a staggering spectacle. Add to this Levolution, which changes the landscape in real-time with interactive environments that react to your every move, ensuring no two matches are ever alike, and you're on to a winner.