Yikes! This is well overdue.
While I admit some of the games on the list certainly have not reached 90% on Metacritic, none the less they are the ten games released this decade that, for whatever reason, I have the fondest memories of.
10. Conker's Bad Fur Day (Platformer, N64)
The Nintendo 64's Swan Song is a hilariously deranged platformer. A story about a cuddly squirrel that is filled to the brim with sex, bad language and hardcore violence. Probably the closest we will ever get to a video game adaptation of 'Meet the Feebles'. The single player mode is excellent, but the various multiplayer modes provided many hours of carnage. Remade as "Conker: Live and reloaded" on XBox.
9. Mirror's Edge (First Person Shooter, PC/PS3/X360)
I picked this up for a bargain $5 US recently on Steam recently, and I was instantly hooked. Outstanding graphics, innovative gameplay and an incredible "Action movie" type feel instantly made this one of my favourite First Person Shooters.
8. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Action/Adventure, Wii)
While I felt it lacked the epic feel of the N64's Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess was still a very worthy follow up. A brilliant fantasy adventure set in a vast world, with a huge variety of monsters, dungeons, bosses, environments, puzzles, characters and items. Horseback combat was a great addition to the series. I also think it is one of the few Wii titles out there that make decent use of the motion controllers.
7. Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (Adventure, PC/Wii)
I have been a die hard fan of Homestar Runner since not long after Trogdor was introduced to the world. So when it was announced Telltale were producing a series of adventure games based on the franchise, I flipped. The games themselves are great examples of the Adventure game genre, and feature enough obscure Homestar Runner and Pop Culture references to make them vital purchases for any Homestar Runner fan. Good on Telltale for keeping the Adventure game genre alive.
6. House of the Dead: Overkill (Action, Wii)
Horrifically offensive light gun game, with artistic inspiration from a certain Robert Rodriguez zombie flick. Holds the Guinness World Record for the number of F-Bombs dropped in a single video game. While the common criticism that the game is too easy is certainly accurate, it does not detract much from the fact that the game is downright hilarious to play with a mate in Multiplayer mode.
5. Oni (Action, PC/Mac/PS2)
A sadly underrated and ignored cyberpunk Action Adventure that seamlessly blends gunplay and martial arts. While the game certainly feels unpolished in many areas, even for 2001, it is an outstanding game if you can look past those faults.
4. Crimson Skies (Action/Flight Sim, PC)
A 'lite-sim' set in an alternative 1930's where Air Pirates rule the skies over a shattered America. Features intense aerial combat in customizable, "Hot Rod" type planes. Followed up several years later by an XBox sequel that unfortunately dumbed down the simplified flight model to the point of ridiculousness.
3. Super Smash Bros: Brawl (Fighting, Wii)
In the tradition of "Mario Kart" comes a fighting game based on characters from Nintendo, Sega and Konami games. As with every other entry in the series, the four player mode is made an incredibly chaotic experience by the huge variety of characters, weapons, items and stages. This is the ultimate incarnation of the franchise, not only offering the most content to date, but a level builder and the ability to play online.
2. Ace Attorney (Phoenix Wright) series (Adventure, GBA/DS)
A series of Japanese adventure games about a rookie Lawyer who fights to save his innocent clients from ruthless Prosecutors. Features compelling plots with unexpected twists, hilarity, tragedy, heart warming scenes, intense moments, bizarre situations and pop culture references. Four games are in the series, with a fifth due to be released in the West sometime soon.
1. Perfect Dark (First Person Shooter, N64)
While Perfect Dark is certainly an inferior game to it's predecessor Goldeneye, it is still a great first person shooter in single player, and an excellent one in multiplayer. The huge variety of multiplayer modes, from standard Co-Operative, innovative Counter-Operative (Player two controls the guards in the level) and a surprisingly flexible Death Match mode meant that me and my mates burned up many hours playing it during our High School years.