Gameplay Meets Tech (03-04)

Bungie Studios & Gearbox Software
Halo: Combat Evolved (2003)
The Halo series has earned quite the following among gaming fanatics and the first title in the series is claimed to be solely responsible for the original Xbox’s initial success. The PC release of Halo: Combat Evolved was heavily hammered because of the 2-year delay compared to the Xbox version, though it essentially offered the same quality story alongside an astonishingly fun game.

It's unfortunate that the PC title is commonly looked down upon though you will have to blame Microsoft and their decision to overlook the PC version of an otherwise well-rounded game. Nevertheless, Halo: Combat Evolved was a winning title no matter the system it's played on.

Halo today: Big on the Xbox, not so much on the PC due to the severe development delays. Halo 2 took nearly three years to come to the PC and Halo 3's jump as been discarded.

Infinity Ward
Call of Duty (2003)
While most if not all Call of Duty titles have been received well, we've decided to give credit to the game which started things off for the series: the original Call of Duty.

Competing with countless other WWII-themed first person shooters at the time, Call of Duty was as good if not better than the rest and that success is shown through the endless market bombardment of Call of Duty sequels. Offering a moderately paced action experience both online and off, the original CoD is simply something you shouldn't have deprived yourself from playing.

Call of Duty series today: Multiple CoD sequels and expansions have followed since the original game, all of which stuck with the WWII theme except Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the potential future release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which is said to be slated for debut in late 2009.

Far Cry (2004)
Crytek's development and design skills were displayed quite clearly with the beauty and years of fun Far Cry brought us. Often thought to be the best in its genre since the release of Half-Life, Far Cry presented immersive vast environments and magnificent artificial intelligence for the time.

Far Cry today: Although the game received a sequel last year, FC2 was developed by a different team and it showed. It wasn’t a bad game, quite the contrary but Crytek’s own Crysis was more in line with what Far Cry hardcore fans were looking for.