1. Half-Life 2 (2004)
Here, graphics reached a point where they were good enough. Believable enough. Real enough. The physics engine was equally bang-on. But the ultimate reason why HL2 remains at the top of this list is simply that it plays better than any other game ever.
And that's that, that's the last word in what the Best Game Ever is and always will be. You might read other lists, you might hear people say "oooh, you've got to play Impetuous Mole Crusade, it's the best game evvvah," but they're wrong. We've made the decision and that's final and if you disagree, you're wrong, because we've published our opinions on the internet and that made them true.
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