It is February 2nd and for many means, the weekend playing video games, but for us, we had to compile one of the hardest Top 10’s for our mini-series. This month, being the second one of the calendar marks the best two’s in gaming, which was no easy feat as many of the greatest titles end up being a sequel to some of the most fantastic series throughout the entire medium. It took much to find the best of the best but here are the greatest games that end with the number two.
10 – Ages of Empire II
Starting our list is the medieval RTS title that is still played and expanded upon decades later. Ages of Empire II put fans into the world of many global dynasties in search of conquest against rival factions. Starting from the Dark Age and evolving into the Renaissance Age with the many different empires was a true treat, and taught me more about these factions than my elementary school ever did. The popularity of the game has grown exponentially over the years and an HD Edition with all new expansions have graced our thirst for world conquest once more.
9 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
From one of gaming’s most polarizing moments to being praised as one of the greatest shooters in history, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 seemed to have it all. The first game had the nuke, and its sequel had “No Russian” a mission where you assassinate many bystanders at an airport which caused so much controversy in the gaming community and everywhere else, but even though this gripping moment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had some of the franchises best narrative in showcasing what modern warfare would actually. Top it off with some of the best multiplayer and you have yourself a memorable shooter.
8 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Nathan Drake has taken part in some of the most incredible and adventurous experiences that the Sony consoles had to offer. The highlight the Uncharted franchise was the second installment with Among Thieves which at the time, pushed the boundaries of any title at the time and still delivers on that same awe-inspiring excellence years later. While newer entries to the franchise have also strived for that same excellence, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves still remain on top the plateau for all of Sony’s adventure series.
7 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The time of this franchise rivalry has been one-sided as of late as Mario excelled in the 3D world while Sonic has slowed down, but back in the SNES vs Genesis, this race was a far closer one. Sonic’s trio of lightning-quick platformers were the consoles flagship titles and the second installment played a huge part of the Sega machines growth in the gaming market. From superb visuals, fast gameplay and an amazing soundtrack, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a fantastic game that had many gamers divided on either getting a SNES and a Genesis and brought the height of the console war to a new level.
6 – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
For those who do not know, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest isn’t just one of my favorite games, but it is my favorite game of all time and it is well deserving to be placed on this list. Diddy and Dixie’s adventure through Crocodile Isle all while trying to save Donkey Kong from the nefarious King K. Rool and his band of scallywag baddies. Not only is the visual aesthetic of DKC2 amazing, but it was a challenging platformer that has players tested from beginning to end making it the best in the entire Donkey Kong franchise.
5 – Mass Effect 2
The Mass Effect trilogy is considered by many gaming’s best modern-day titles for its vast story, expansive gameplay, and enticing narrative. Commander Shepard’s space saga helped establish the franchise as one of gaming’s great as well as becoming a blockbuster title that many would try to replicate. Even the trailer for Mass Effect 2 delivered an outstanding introduction as to what to expect throughout the entire game and Shepard and Co mesmerized gamers with such an excellent experience.
4 – Super Mario Galaxy 2
The jump from 2D to 3D has been fantastic for the Mario franchise, but the Wii era games have been exceptional titles. Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel were some of Nintendo’s best work on the motion control based console and the creativity carried over on the second title pushed the boundaries for not only the console but the franchise as well. Not only that, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 also pushes players to almost impossible heights with many difficult levels and hard to complete puzzles that will have you seeing stars till the end.
3 – Halo 2
Regarded as the best in the franchise, Halo 2 is argued by many to be Bungie’s best work. The space shooter took Master Chief and the original Xbox to new heights with a captivating story, fantastic gameplay, and an even more incredible multiplayer which helped revolutionize the entire genre. While the series has enjoyed a comfortable growth over the years, the Halo franchise really took off after the success of Halo 2.
2 – Portal 2
To think a title that has you jumping from obstacles by creating portals may be one of the most ingenious ideas for a game and the Portal franchise does it twice. The first Portal game placed players in a puzzle based prison and using physics captivated audiences everywhere and the second installment in Portal 2 grows on that idea by having cooperative play take the focus which led to remarkable results. Having to coordinate with another individual to find a way out was and still is such a memorable experience.
1 – Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 wasn’t just a fantastic game in its own rights, but it was THE game for quite a long time. Its fascinating story has captivated a devoted cult following over the last decade as well as being regarded as one of gaming’s greatest titles. With more than 14 years since its release, many jokes have been made that we will never have the send-off it deserves, but it quickly becomes a crying shame that one of the best titles may be relegated as just a relic of gaming’s past. Still, Half-Life 2 is hailed as one of gaming’s greats and is the obvious pick for this weeks Top 10.
And with that ends another weekly Top 10, but with so many games ending with the number two, it’s very difficult to feature every title. Think you can top our list? Let us know what you think is the best game that ends with the number two and stay tuned for many more weekly Top 10’s.