My favorite game in the last 10 years would have to be Fortnite. I've always been attracted to the looter games like Fallout and Destiny, but the Battle Royale genre really opened up the experience even further for me. I instantly fell in love with the combination of looting, shooting and especially building, since I’ve been building my own houses and bases in games like The Sims and Command & Conquer. Being able to squad up with your friends or just go in solo is everything I've been wanting to play for a long time, and the feeling you get when you are actually the last man standing is a feeling that no other game can give you. That is why Fortnite is my favorite game.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remains one of the best video games of all-time for me due to its exciting gameplay, memorable storyline and revolutionary multiplayer. I remember playing missions like "All Ghillied Up" for the first time and comparing the extremely tense tones and muted color palette to a movie. With each whispered order, Captain MacMillan guides you through each careful step of the mission, which is then brought to a crescendo as you take aim at your target, Imran Zakhaev, from the hotel vantage point. This mission and many others like it have become fond memories for myself and many other people that played this game.
Bloodborne is probably the game that I have devoted the most time to playing in recent memory. From its Lovecraftian setting to player community, this game really hit all the sweet spots for me. I appreciate how environments can keep surprising the player with layers of over-the-top Victorian-meets-Gothic architecture which ooze with unease across one giant map. As things begin to change, you notice just how wrong the city of Yharnam truly is as you stack your "insight" fighting grotesque beasts and exploring a city that keeps even the most well-traveled areas interesting on later visits. The trick weapon system allows for a surprisingly deep combat system with varying playstyles that made both the PvE and PvP of the game exciting and fast-paced. Even after playing through the game a few times and mastering some boss fights, I always found something to bring me back in.
What can I say about the first Black Ops that has not already been said? The game was a masterpiece in many cases and, in my opinion, was Call of Duty’s greatest in its history. The campaign was mind-blowing, while the online multiplayer introduced many soon-to-be iconic maps. However, Zombies was really the knockout hook from out of nowhere. The mode was already pretty popular by that time but Black Ops perfected it. The amount of time I spent playing on Kino Der Toten with my buddies was insane. This game shaped my taste for future online shooters. Honestly, to this day, I hold the current games my friends and I play to the standard of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.